A commonly asked question that we get a lot is in reference to the size of tongue. Sometimes it’s because people want an opinion (we’ll give you one!) and other times it has to do with certain types of equipment. We are here to walk you through each length tongue, what size equipment each one holds, and pros and cons to each. That way you can easily answer the question: “What size tongue should I get for my trailer?”
6500 Standard Tongue
The 6500 Standard Tongue is 11 feet long. This gives you 4 feet of length in front of your trailer when hooked up to your vehicle. This size tongue can haul up to a 10-foot kayak. Now, a pro to having this size tongue is that it pulls closer to your vehicle. However, there are some cons that come along with this. The first one being if you get a spare tire (which 99% of people do), it takes up a lot of space on your tongue. If you are fine with this, then it is no problem! But if you have a vehicle that has a trunk door that swings open to the side, it could pose a problem. You most likely won’t get enough clearance between the spare tire and your door to open it. Also, if you happen to buy a longer kayak or canoe in the future, you risk not having enough space to put it on top of your trailer.
6500 Long Tongue
The 6500 Long Tongue is 12.5 feet long. This gives you 5.5 feet of length in front of your trailer when hooked up to your vehicle. This size tongue can haul up to a 15-foot kayak. Now, we don’t want to be biased or anything, but this length tongue is our favorite! It’s like the Goldilocks of tongues—not too short, but not too long. It is by far our most popular length tongue, as well. If you are having a hard time deciding what size tongue to go with, this one is never a bad option. And honestly, I can’t think of any cons to this one!
6500 XL Tongue
The 6500 XL Tongue is 13.5 feet long. This gives you 6.5 feet of length in front of your trailer when hooked up to your vehicle. This means it can haul up to an 18-foot kayak. The pro to having this size tongue is that you will never run out of space when hauling long objects. It also makes it easier to back your trailer up (it won’t jack-knife as easy). The only thing to be made aware of is yes, it’s a longer tongue. If you are uncomfortable with pulling your SPACE Trailer farther away from your vehicle, then opting for a shorter tongue is the move for you.
As you can see, tongue size is based purely on what you think is best! No size is better than the other. They all have their upsides. Knowing what you plan to do with your trailer will help you to make the right decision in the size of tongue you want. If you ever need help deciding or want to talk it through with us, give us a call!