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Old 05-05-2016, 09:42 PM   #1
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Hitch height

This has probably been discussed, but I searched & could not find what I'm looking for. Just looking for learned opinions

I have read & been told verbally, that if you can't get you TT perfectly level while towing, it should be a bit a bit high. Also read & been told the opposite, that it should be a bit low. Gut feeling is a bit low would be better.

My situation is this. I have two drop hitches. One has the TT an inch high. It looks like more, but multiple measurements show 1". I suppose adding load to either the TT or the bed of the truck could bring that down closer to level. But maybe not. The other drop hitch has the TT 2 inches below level. And again, I suppose added weight might increase that drop a bit.

These are small numbers, and may not amount to a hill-o-beans. But which setup would you go with?

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Old 05-06-2016, 05:15 AM   #2
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Surely there is an adjustment point between those two? Are you using any kind of weight distribution?

My old equilizer setup had holes every 1.5" I believe to dial in hitch height.
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I'm towing 3/4" high in the front. Wish it was dead level, but I'm tired of messing/wrenching with it and it pulls good. Maybe, when I get some more time I will adjust it again.

It doesn't matter too much for single axle trailers but with tandem axles I would think tongue high would place more weight on the trailers' rear axle?

Tongue low, more weight on the forward trailer axle?

If one is close to trailer GVWR, could be exceeding axle/tire rating?
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:01 PM   #6
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Maybe try a ball with a 2 inch rise to get you level.
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:54 PM   #7
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Maybe try a ball with a 2 inch rise to get you level.
I was unaware the ball itself could be had with different heights. I'll check into that. Thanks.

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Old 05-13-2016, 11:12 AM   #8
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The Andersen WDH has an adjustable shank. It comes in either 6", 8" or 10" with associated numbers of holes available to adjust height.
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Adding more tongue weight really won't help the height adjustment because you'll pick the rear end back up with the WDH. Ideally, you'd like to have your tongue low enough so you can PU the rear end of the truck to within an inch of unloaded height and trailer level.
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