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    shortening tongue on shorelander trailer.

    I have to store/park my RXT seadoo in a confined space. Shorelander trailer and RXT length is 15 feet 4 inches. I can shorten the trailer tongue by 6 inches to make for easier storage but was concerned this may affect trailer articulation when I have to back up jetski(such as down a dock ramp).As well I'm not sure how it would affect the trailer suspension(due to reducing flex it may cause more rigidity?).....thoughts?...experinces?


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    Should not cause any problem. May increase tongue weight a small amount.

    You could also cut more off and add a swing away.

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    I would NOT cut it shorter, but would cut it to install a swing away adapter. My Triton Bass boat trailer has this welded on and works great. It is also a great theft deterrent by using a locking pin in the open position.

    http://www.etrailer.com/dept.aspx?fu...FQfl7AodNDoAYg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpt7779 View Post
    I would NOT cut it shorter, but would cut it to install a swing away adapter. My Triton Bass boat trailer has this welded on and works great. It is also a great theft deterrent by using a locking pin in the open position.

    http://www.etrailer.com/dept.aspx?fu...FQfl7AodNDoAYg
    Why not cut it shorter?

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    Cutting it shorter may work but, I would be concerned about jackknifing the trailer now that the tongue would be shorter, especially in tight turns.

    The swing away adapter simply solves his problem with minimal effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpt7779 View Post
    Cutting it shorter may work but, I would be concerned about jackknifing the trailer now that the tongue would be shorter, especially in tight turns.

    The swing away adapter simply solves his problem with minimal effort.
    I would agree if it was more of a distance than 6". I would bet you would not even tell it changed.

    But I agree I would cut it back as far as I could and use a swing away.
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    This would be my greatly preferred approach. It is a known good solution to your problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by jpt7779 View Post
    I would NOT cut it shorter, but would cut it to install a swing away adapter. My Triton Bass boat trailer has this welded on and works great. It is also a great theft deterrent by using a locking pin in the open position.

    http://www.etrailer.com/dept.aspx?fu...FQfl7AodNDoAYg

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    Thanks for the advice.....the swingaway will be the way to go.I parked it in my storage facilities and it just fits with an inch to spare.

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    if you check on your trailer the front main beam should unbolt and pull out at least my 04 shorelander did I mounted a swing jack on the back section to hold trailer up removed two bolts to side out front beam

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