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Old 02-04-2018, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Looks like I will be making the 375 mile haul back from Virginia in a few weeks with a pretty heavily loaded trailer. (I do not want to have to make another trip, ever.) By "heavily loaded" I mean within the standard limits of the Jeep and hitch, not trying to do something crazy.

Now that I'm roughly 4" over stock, should I buy a new ball mount with 4" more drop than I have now? That would seem logical, but thought I would ask.

Anything else I should keep in mind during the trip back? I did a few runs with a heavy trailer pre-lift and the Jeep did great. Just want to make sure this next trip goes well.

Seems like I asked this question before, but I can't find the thread. Sorry of this is a rerun.
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Yeah I'd just figure out how much higher you are and get a new receiver to match.
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Very interested in hearing feedback on this I've got the same setup basically, and plan to tow a +/- 3500lb trailer from California to New Jersey. With the stops along the way, it'll be 5000mi.

I'll be using a weight distribution hitch, and that has a drop hitch on it already. I'm a little concerned with out much it will end up sagging, I know WD hitch helps, but I have nothing to gauge from here.
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Looks like I will be making the 375 mile haul back from Virginia in a few weeks with a pretty heavily loaded trailer. (I do not want to have to make another trip, ever.) By "heavily loaded" I mean within the standard limits of the Jeep and hitch, not trying to do something crazy.

Now that I'm roughly 4" over stock, should I buy a new ball mount with 4" more drop than I have now? That would seem logical, but thought I would ask.

Anything else I should keep in mind during the trip back? I did a few runs with a heavy trailer pre-lift and the Jeep did great. Just want to make sure this next trip goes well.

Seems like I asked this question before, but I can't find the thread. Sorry of this is a rerun.
First measure the trailer tongue height that you will be pulling
Then you'll know for certain how much drop you'll need
You have to also figure in tire height as well as the 4 inches so measuring is best bet.
Then OD off when pulling the trailer, plan ahead of course when stopping etc
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Originally Posted by tommudd View Post
First measure the trailer tongue height that you will be pulling...
I will be renting a trailer. Hopefully they will have the information available and that it will be accurate.
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When I had the drawtite hitch that has a longer neck on it the 2" drop ball mount always worked great with my ~3" lift. Now that I have the recall hitch I find that its sometimes impossible to get trailers hooked up with the spare tire in the way. Ive got to put the ball mount on the trailer first then back the Jeep up or pull the trailer up and insert the ball mount in the receiver... I need to paint my drawtite and put it back on.....

In short, all trailers are different so it just depends on what the trailer needs. U haul trailers have worked good with my 2" drop.
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I think there was a standard where the top of ball should be 17.5-18.5" off ground loaded.
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trust, but verify.
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The trailer being level when towed is more important than the ball height.

If the trailer tongue is 24 inches off the ground and the ball it 18 inches, the trailer will be tilted down and not level. Same for the opposite. This may be exaggerated measurement numbers, but give the "visual".

As Tommudd said, get the measurement of the tongue height. Then measure your hitch height. The difference is the "rough" drop or raise ball mount needed.

Remember, 10-15% for tongue weight. This will lower the hitch height some also.

Also, IMO, if cannot get trailer level, it would be best to have the tongue slightly higher rather than lower. No more than 1 inch though.
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What they said.
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