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Old 09-11-2017, 11:49 AM
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Tow Hitch Height?

Got a new tow vehicle in the middle of the season and did not realize the ball height would be that much different.

I noticed my prop guard hitting on the way home in areas it has not hit before.

Guessing my tow ball is a tad higher than before.

Anyone know what the best height is to run the trailer level or below? I need to buy a new hitch and may opt for an adjustable and find my own sweet spot.

I'm thinking about 16" is a good start.

Trailer is a factory 205 with single axle.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:58 AM
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I would venture to say it doesn't really matter as much on a single axle as a tandem, but I think just for weight purposes level is best.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:14 PM
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You want the tongue of the trailer to be parallel to the ground when hitched up and truck fully loaded; at what hitch height you will achieve that is a guess of a few things.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:30 PM
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level for sure,

this hitch is awesome.

https://andersenhitches.com/Products...ombo-ball.aspx
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level for sure,

this hitch is awesome.

https://andersenhitches.com/Products...ombo-ball.aspx
I just bought something similar for my F250. B&W makes awesome hitches
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You want the tongue of the trailer to be parallel to the ground when hitched up and truck fully loaded; at what hitch height you will achieve that is a guess of a few things.
If you don't tow lots of different boats at different heights, I'd hook it up however you have it now, park it on a level lot and measure where it needs to be to sit level.

Why it matters on a single axle is that the force of the boat coming at the back of the truck when you brake should not want to lift the boat or pop the hitch off the ball. You want the force from the trailer to push straight into the hitch.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:55 PM
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I just bought something similar for my F250. B&W makes awesome hitches
that does look sharp
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+5 to level for all reasons mentioned above.

Adjustable is good, especially if you need a lower tongue height for the Seadoo or other.

That said, best bet is to park your trailer unhitched, use your tongue jack to find level which then determines proper hitch ball height. Most vehicles will settle down a few cm or inches after tongue weight hitched.
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:01 PM
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level for sure,

this hitch is awesome.

https://andersenhitches.com/Products...ombo-ball.aspx
One thing you need to be worried about with that hitch is it hitting the ground on the lower part. Someone had one break right at the where it transitions from the receiver tongue part to the hitch part.
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:41 PM
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agree with others on being level ... most bumper pull trailers are set up for a 16-17" base of ball height (when loaded). you should be able to measure from level ground up to the bottom of the receiver hitch opening where the ball mount slides in, then get a ball mount drop to get the base of the ball height to be 16-17" based on any sag in your suspension when hooking on the boat and other stuff.

I use a 6" drop ball mount on my truck for most trailers including my boat as their tongue weight doesn't cause more than minimal sag, maybe 1/2 inch ... but use a 4" drop when I hook on to my dump trailer since it could be 14,000 lbs pull weight and pretty hefty tongue weight forcing the rear of the truck to sag a couple of inches when loaded.
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