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Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby BabyHewe » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:25 pm

This might help someone sometime. I had to cut the tongue off my trailer to get it into the garage when we moved back home to WA. Was going to do the swing tongue thing from Fulton but they are almost impossible to find right now in 3x3 online and wasn't going to pay $150 for one locally.

So, putting my Mechanical Engineering degree to work I made a sleeve tongue with the remaining part I saved from cutting. Used a 12" section of Stainless 2.5" square tube with UHMW shims on 4 sides to take up the slack. Match drill the hole for a 5/8" hitch pin with spring and Voila'. Works like a champ and allows me to launch and tow a little easier. About $40 total and strong.

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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby Shooter » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:33 am

I'm thinking the same thing only to the extreme.
On the waterbug trailer I want to be able to drive on and to drive off.
Think Lowboy trailer on semis.
The tongue Will insert and extend from both ends of the trailer. Being a catrermeran the winch post will be short and I will drive over it.
I don't need to float the boat off so I will have a ramp that can be on the front or the back.
Good fix on yours, makes me more confident in my Idea.
Ever think you need a LONGER tongue ? Not for pulling of course but to get the boat out farther at a low water ramp.
You could carry an extra length of tube on the trailer just for that.
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby BabyHewe » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:19 pm

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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby steph281086 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:53 am

BabyHewe wrote:
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Thats awesome. How heavy is it when removed? Also more theft proof.
The thing I hate about the swing tongue is pinching the wiring harness... I know of two people that managed to pinch and cut the wires that go through that tongue.
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby BrownBear » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:37 am

Never considered one so short, but it works well. Around here with our big tides and soft beaches at low tides, guys do the sleeve thing but with a 6'-10' sleeves to slide out and give a little more "reach" to the trailer when launching.
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby BabyHewe » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:15 pm

Its like 10-15 lbs.
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby Rhino » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:29 pm

I was thinking about doing the same thing but I was worried about the weight of the insert
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby SilverFox » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:55 am

Nice. 8-)
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby prconnection » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:15 am

Maybe a stupid question but are there any insurance implications doing this modification?
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Re: Sleeve Tongue

Unread postby lsfmoose » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:10 pm

If it was me I would also box the outer parts of tongue where you cut tongue in half. Then not knowing thickness of insert I would use at least 1/4" wall thickness. Remember every time you hit a bump the joint will take a big hit.

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