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post #1 of 7 Old Jul 28th, 2006, 2:24 am Thread Starter
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where to mount a chock

I have a 7x12 foot utility trailer. I want to haul my 2000 lt.

Should I mount the chock to the front.

Or, should I mounth the chock so that the bike is centered over the axle?

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Mount the chock to the front to keep the load on the toungue of the trailer. If you mount it towards the back and hit a bump the trailer tongue will try to rise up and force upwards pressure trying to lift the rear of your tow vehicle. Mounted to the back will also take pressure off the hitch and casue severe swaying of the trailer.

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I would load the bike on the trailer. Then check with a bathroom scale or similiar, the amount of tonge weigth. You want about 10%. Adjust the bike forward or back to acheive this balance.
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Mount the chock to the front to keep the load on the toungue of the trailer. If you mount it towards the back and hit a bump the trailer tongue will try to rise up and force upwards pressure trying to lift the rear of your tow vehicle. Mounted to the back will also take pressure off the hitch and casue severe swaying of the trailer.

Well... its a 12 ft trailer. I wouldn't mount it towards the back. Mounting it at the front of a 12 ft trailer would probably put at least 80% of the 65% of the bikes weight infront of the axle and none behind it.

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I would load the bike on the trailer. Then check with a bathroom scale or similiar, the amount of tonge weigth. You want about 10%. Adjust the bike forward or back to acheive this balance.
Excellent idea. How exactly do I measure with a bathroom scale?

I am assuming that an 850lb trailer with an 850lb bike should have a tongue weight of about 90-135lbs. Am I right?
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Excellent idea. How exactly do I measure with a bathroom scale?

I am assuming that an 850lb trailer with an 850lb bike should have a tongue weight of about 90-135lbs. Am I right?


Load bike on approximate center of trailer - obviously with the hitch secured on tow vehicle. Extend jack stand or swivel wheel and place on top of scale, move bike back and forth until you hit zero on the scale (called out by a helper). As you move the bike forward the scale will begin to increase until you have hit the number you want. Have your helper mark dead bottom center of your front wheel with a magic marker on the trailer bed, that's where you'll position the center of the chock. I think if you get 100 lbs. you'll be doing just fine. A little too much is way better than not enough.

Something to consider - use double the amount of QUALITY Ancra brand tie downs you think you'll need. Resist the urge to buy the crap at Costco or Walmart - they are absolute garbage. Think of it as tying down a chest full of 20,000 one dollar bills that you don't want to lose.


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http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/Sc...?idProduct=343

This site has a very nice motorcycle chock to mount on your trailer.

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