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Old 08-23-2015, 12:41 AM   #1
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Smile Towing Hitch Vey Low

Bought myself a very nice Range Rover Sport 2009 model a few weeks ago but had no towing hitch fitted so bought a new gen Land Rover removable one from UK(around $700), which just locks in when pushed into its slot now when measured from ground to top of ball on hitch its only 15" (400mm) where as my Mitsubishi 4wd and Ford Transit Van sit at 20"(520mm) which is perfect when towing my Coachmen Apex QBS22. looks like I will have to sell the new hitch and get the removable or fixed receiver with the 2" slot for the different hitch that would rise the hitch ball to 20", Has any members had this problem with there Range Rover Sport that's is if anyone has got one of these and fixed the hitch height issue, Cheers
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:50 AM   #2
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You may be able to find a taller ball. When we were factory fitted on our prior TT, they had a variety of balls to adjust to different vehicle heights. We ended up with a hitch that came up about 4" above normal instead of the ball.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:59 AM   #3
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I do not have a Range Rover but as said above they make longer shanks to rise or lower the ball height. Mine needed to be reversed (lowered) to allow me to tow the TT when we changed to a larger vehicle. $700 for a hitch... OUCH!!
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:07 AM   #4
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You may be able to find a taller ball. When we were factory fitted on our prior TT, they had a variety of balls to adjust to different vehicle heights. We ended up with a hitch that came up about 4" above normal instead of the ball.
The ball cannot be moved its a gooseneck hitch with permanent attached ball see Land Rover Tow Towing Hitch Ball Hook Range Sport LR3 LR4 KNB500070 Thule | eBay this is the one I have, as you can see it sits low, Cheers
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:31 AM   #5
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How's that supposed to work with a WDH?
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:46 AM   #6
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How's that supposed to work with a WDH?
You cannot fit a WDH to Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Its mentions this in the owners manual,
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My Benz receiver also sits at 15" off the ground but I use a ProPride 3P (similar to the Hensley hitch system), dropping the connection to the trailer by 5".

In your situation, I would definitely go with the original 2" lock receiver if the max supported tongue weight is adequate. Or else have a new Curtis hitch (or any other brand) installed that will give you the 800#tongue and Class3 strength. As mentioned by others, you need to setup WD and anti-sway. (I know that I would, even if you are equipped with air suspensions and that the SUV has a tow-mode with sway contol)
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:21 AM   #8
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My Benz receiver also sits at 15" off the ground but I use a ProPride 3P (similar to the Hensley hitch system), dropping the connection to the trailer by 5".

In your situation, I would definitely go with the original 2" lock receiver if the max supported tongue weight is adequate. Or else have a new Curtis hitch (or any other brand) installed that will give you the 800#tongue and Class3 strength. As mentioned by others, you need to setup WD and anti-sway. (I know that I would, even if you are equipped with air suspensions and that the SUV has a tow-mode with sway contol)
Looks like I will have to shop with Atlantic British in Sun Valley CA, they have the 2" receiver and tow hitch and a video on how to fit them, has tongue weight of 500Lbs, but still no option to fit WDH, in saying that I have towed my TT with my Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero for a few thousand miles here in NZ and never has a single sway on the TT, also the Prodigy 3 brake controller fitted inside the vehicle has a lever to move to brake the TT only if you do get a sway,
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You cannot fit a WDH to Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Its mentions this in the owners manual,
That's with the factory hitch. When you install an aftermarket 2" hitch then you can use a WD hitch.
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Would never tow any full height TT, with a vehicle that doesn't allow to use a WDH.
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