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Cutting the trailer shaft to fit in the garage

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never saw anyone cut the tounge to fit in a garage.

 

a friend of my brothers years ago cut the door so the tounge could stick out....kooky.gif

 

 

how much do you need to take off?

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It is called the tongue, not shaft. Sounds porny, huh?

 

Anyway, if you shorten the tongue, you must be sure you still have proper weight distribution. You need tongue weight (the downward force the hitch on the tow vehicle experiences) to prevent trailer sway.

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It's quite common (for garage fit) to hinge the tongue or have it slide through a sleeve at the juncture of the wishbone structure. I've done both; they both work, but I prefer the sleeve.

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I have a folding tongue on my trailer for the 21ft WA. It is the best feature of the trailer. I fold it and have about 3/4 of in inch to spare in my garage. I did not relize that you could by kits. I think I might do that for the smaller boat just to make it easier to get around when it is in the garage for the winter

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Every tongue I ever saw was bolted on. I don't see any reason why you can't shorten other than shifting balance. More critical on a single axle than a tandem, I think. Re-drilling and bolting has to be to factory spec too.

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DO NOT WELD!

Each side of the weld will stress and that's where the cracks / breaks will be when it fails.

That's why the auto industry still rivets frames on their trucks and such.

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I had a trailer shop put a swing hinge on my FL flats boat and it is terrific. Tongue is same as normal when in place and gives me almost 2ft more room in the garage when hinged. I have no idea how big a trailer they can used for. Down south they use them all the time because most boats are garage kept because of high humidity and local rules. JP

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i did it for my 13' whaler. cut the neck off to fit it in the garage and had the welding shop make a sleeve so i could bolt it back together. wouldn't recommend it for a heavier boat and trailer tho. too much risk

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