Hinged trailer tongue

Discussion in 'Other Repairs' started by primitive, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. primitive

    primitive Member

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    The tongue on my boat trailer takes up 3 - 4 feet of my garage, what a waste of space. Has any one installed a home made OR a boughten folding trailer tongue?? I see Cabelas sells one that looks like you just saw off your exzistingtongue and bolt the hinged unit on. Man, this is brilliant idea. Three extra feet in my garage, priceless. The one Cabelas sells is made by Fulton Manufacturing co. If you installed a home made unit pictures would be appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Several years ago, I had a trailer that telescoped in & out / removable. I'm pretty sure it was homemade, it just had the next size smaller tube welded inside one half, and was pinned with a hitch pin. I saw one on another forum that telescoped out about 6 feet so it was easier to load/unload, he had some descent pictures. If I can find it again I'll add a link to it.
     

  3. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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  4. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Thats pretty neat. I have never seen anything like that. It could come in handy for sure.
     
  5. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    I did the sliding tongue extension back in the summer on mu pontoon trailer and it works good.
     
  6. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    I would probably just get some tubing that would go inside the existing tongue. Saw it off and weld that smaller tubing in. Then you could put a hitch pin in the other side for easy removal. If you go the welding route, just make sure you are welding in a well ventilated area if your trailer is galvanized. I know around here you cant buy a boat trailer that isn't galvanized (all the salt water), but other parts of the country painted trailers are fairly common.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    thanks for the link brother.
     
  8. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    I have a swing away on my trailer and love it!
    Bill
     
  9. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    That extendable trailer tongue is slicker than snot!!! I like that!
     
  10. olddriller

    olddriller New Member

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    Ron,
    I have a swing away tounge on my trailer. Its made by Bear Trailer Mfg. Inc.
    Box 311, Lebanon, Missouri 65536 1-417-286-3300 The people from Bear Trailer have been great people to deal with. I had one problem with the trailer lights connection , Bear sent me a new connection. ASAP. Iwas leaving mine set out side and had the front of the trailer a lot higher than the back , rain water was running back into the tounge where the light connection is located. I started leaving the front of trailer lower and haven't hade any more problems.
     
  11. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    I have a hindged trailer for my small boat trailer.... It makes the launching easier as I just back the trailer to just short of the wheel bearings, and then bend the trailer and launch the boat.... no wet bearings....my buddy has a fab shop and made an extention as indicated in the post.... our experience with "tube within tube" is that the fit is close and you have to keep on top of the corosion that may happen ... Id suggest maybe doing the galvanize process.... places here in Ca does it for min charge 300lbs..$200 plus ....

    Bayrunner Ray
     
  12. trapperP

    trapperP New Member

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  13. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I was contemplating an expandable trailer tounge. I priced the 14 Gage metal and they quoted $144.00 for a stick 10' long. The 11 Gage was 64.00 for 12'. I am just not sure if the 11 Gage would be heavy enough for the trailer. Seems as though it would as all your basically doing is pulling or backing.
     
  14. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    I dont know about yours, but my trailer for my 14' jon only has a rating of 75 pounds for the tongue anyway. I would however keep in mind the flexing that a trailer tongue does. I learned just how much mine flexes when i put a wooden walkway down the center of the trailer. The trailer bounces a lot more now because the tongue isn't flexing as much to absorb bumps in the road (at least that's my theory).