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Why You Shouldn’t Drill Additional Holes on Your Trailer Tongue

Orange space trailer packed for a trip

A big part of becoming a new SPACE Trailer owner is knowing what size tongue you’d like. There are three different sizes you can choose from. Knowing what you want to do with your trailer can help you choose which length tongue you’d like. For example, if you know you will be hauling a canoe, getting the longest-length tongue is a good option. However, this decision isn’t easy for some people (and that’s okay)! We’ve had people ask if they can purchase a longer tongue, and then drill additional holes to move it to different lengths depending on what they are wanting to haul. Although this seems like a good idea, it actually isn’t. Here’s why.

Causes Rust

Trust us, we’ve thought of drilling extra holes before, but there is a reason we don’t. If you drill extra holes in your trailer tongue, it causes easy rusting. You are exposing the tongue material to the elements which causes unneeded and unwanted rust. The holes that are already drilled into the tongue are done so by the manufacturer, so it won’t cause rusting. If you drill holes and it causes rusting, your trailer tongue might not last as long as it would have otherwise.

Creates Weak Spots

Tan space trailer with tent on topThis is the main reason we do not drill additional holes in your trailer tongue! (And why you shouldn’t, either)! Having a trailer tongue that is removable so you have the option to store your trailer vertically comes with its limitations. Drilling additional holes in the tongue can cause weak spots and therefore makes it less safe to travel with. We cannot say this one enough—we want you to be safe, so please don’t drill additional holes in your trailer tongue!

Voids Your Trailer Warranty

When you receive or pick up your trailer, you get a 1-year warranty. Performing alterations to your trailer, such as adding extra holes in your tongue, voids the warranty. This means if you have any issues with your trailer, you will have to pay for new parts even if it falls within one year of your purchase.

As you can see, it is best to leave your trailer tongue be. If you really want different length tongues, then the best option is to purchase an additional length tongue and swap them out when you see fit.

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