What is the best use of my tongue?

I am getting a utility-style kayak trailer (a 5x8 foot utility trailer converted to a kayak trailer by professional welder) and it has a 7 foot tongue. It has an A-frame design (i.e. two horizontal stabilizer bars coming off it back to underneath the trailer bed).

Any trailer experts out there have an idea about best means to use this tongue? Do you diamojnd plate it for a flat carrying space? Anyone enjoy a tongue box? Brand? Carry Propane tank and grill? Any other ideas appreciated.

NOT claiming any expertise here …
A nice flat surface here is perfect to do wat you want with it. Add a box, well vented for air flow while you go down the road. Suggest thinking modularly so different thins will all work. Be they a few milk crates to an over priced x brand roof box. If “T” weight allowed, suggest putting the propane tank close to hitch since it is small / round ( should not interfere w/ backing or tight turns, will take up less storage real estate + be close to tail gate ( cooking ) if you have a truck. Just keep those safety chains from whipping … ting, ting … BOOM !


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a empty trailor, You want the tongue weight around 40 to 60 pounds.....same when loaded....

consider what a box or some propane tanks will do for the tongue weight before doing it.

You want to be able to wheel the trailor by hand either empty of fully loaded.

Best wishes

Sorry I re-read the title...this post has to do with a Trailors tongue.....Your tongue might need more than 40 to 60 pounds weight on it ....not sure...You be the judge of what keeps it from bouncing up and down....but still able to be moved when fully loaded

If this were not a family friendly board
then I would have to say that the jokes would write themselves.

Never user it as "a sharp,2 edged sword.

Surprise me

once you decide what to put on it…
the material that you use to secure it can be properly referred to as:


All I can say is that the title of your post certainly was eye catching!

Got me to read it!

Guess I was not focused on trailers.


Trailer storage box
My canoe hauler is a converted single axle boat trailer with a flat aluminum diamond plate deck and steel trees to carry four canoes. I wanted a deck to help prevent road debris from bouncing up and hitting my nice boats. I mounted a pickup truck cross body box on the back of the trailer to carry (and store)the PHD’s, tie down straps, rope etc. I got the box at a garage sale cheap, it even locks so I don’t have to worry as much. I mounted it on the back, well behind the axle, so it would reduce the tongue weight on the car. I have also, at times, mounted a four bike rack on the tongue so I can carry all the toys. That however dose add tongue weight. I intend to make a plywood box for the trailer long enough to carry all the paddles so they don’t have to be in the car. That I will mount behind the axle as well.


J. Curtis

Stand, Wheel Stand, Spare Tire

First and foremost, you don’t want anything permanent that would get in the way of loading your boat(s).

Diamond plate might be a little heavy for an 8 foot trailer with a 7 foot tongue, especially if it’s a single axle. You probably already have plenty of tongue weight, so if you make a flat surface there, maybe use 5/16 inch plywood and let it taper down with the tongue towards the hitch. You don’t want it to be albe to get into your bumper/tailgate when turning tight.

I like to keep my tongue clean. I have a wheel jack and a spare tire on my 4x8 utility trailer. Then again, my tongue is under 4 feet, so not much room for anything else.


I was surprised the ladies didn’t pipe in here…

Ask her.

awke now
Certainly got my attention. I was just getting sleepy and ready to head to bed. That subject line woke me right up. Now that I am all jazzed up, I might have to have another cup of chamomile tea… or three.

don’t make me say it
always wondered where the monicker salty came from

Not sure - but seems like a perfect …
…place to put a jump seat for those who complain about the cost of the boats you are hauling behind you! :wink:

Ok - in reality I liked Patrick’s idea of creating several smaller modular boxes that you can clip or lash on. As I am a GP user - why not put all your Euro paddles on it so that any rocks kicked up by your tires hit the blades and not your boats?

Yes, I digress…

Thanks for the laughs.

Some serious good advice on here. I never really thought about tongue weight, but I can see that is a factor, such as using Diamond plate versus plywood. I may just cut and paint up some plywood with bolted on tie-downs and then be able to place whatever I want on there, strapped down. Or nothing at all, plus it’ll save rock throws, as stated. Not certain how I will apply the plywood securely to the tongue and angle pieces as I hate to drill into the tongue–perhaps U bolts.

Thanks. Glad this thread got those tongues wagging.

Too light a tongue weight and the trailer will not track properly. Weight should be 60% in front of the axle for proper towing.

Try it as
a Bohemian rectal probe

Admit it Cooldoc. You know perfectly well but just don’t want to admit it that you should get it pierced and place a walnut sized diamond stud in there.

You are just looking for some validation and acceptance.

Dagger RPM? hmmmm