My trailer conversion / mod has taken longer than anticipated but is nearly done. I now need to figure vehicle position on the trailer to come out with a good tongue weight. The main brains indicate that a good tongue weight should be between 9 and 15 % of full load. For this method example, I'm using a known empty weight of my Roadster of 1942 lbs and for calc method trials I'm guessing my empty trailer weighs 1500 lbs. I can verify that later and do final calcs from that number.
Here's my plan and I could benefit from your input, please. Car and trailer weigh 3442 lbs. Shoot for 12% tongue load so that makes 413 lbs. I don't have heavy scales to measure the tongue weight but I can use bathroom scales which will easily take 1/2 of 413 so I plan to make a cross beam to hold the tongue up with the bathroom scale out 2' to one side and a wood block out 2' to the other side. I could then ease the Roadster up onto the trailer and move it forward till I see 206 lbs on the scale.
Make sense ? Ideas ? Thanks.