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Selecting a Tow Hitch
How to find the correct drop or rise height before choosing your new tow hitch ball mount.

Choose the correct drop or rise for a tow hitch ball mount by leveling the trailer tongue and measuring the difference in heights of the tow hitch receiver and the ball. Choosing the proper height makes towing safer.

How to choose a towing hitch ball mount
1 Measuring ball mount drop or rise
On level ground measure the height of the receiver top and the height of the ball skirt. The difference is your ball mount drop or rise.
2 Ball mount options
You can choose from a wide range of ball mount drops and rises.

Buying the right ball mount for receiver hitches is critical to the safe operation of your trailer. If you install the wrong mount, the weight imbalance may break either the ball mount or the trailer coupling, causing a huge accident that could easily kill people. Follow the measuring instructions below to find the right “drop” or “rise” height.

Park the vehicle and the trailer on level ground. Drop the trailer jack and level the tongue with a bubble level. Then lock the proper-size trailer ball into the trailer coupling. Measure from the ground to the skirt of the ball. Then measure from the ground to the top of the vehicle hitch receiver. The difference between the two measurements is the “drop,” or “rise.” Find the ball mount that’s closest.



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on another note, trailers with torsion axles MUST be level when loaded and/or towing. if the trailer isnt level, it puts extra weight/stress on the tires and can/will cause a blow out, and premature wear of tires, hubs/bearings, and the torsion springs in the axle.

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very good point
most dont have a clue as to the axle on their trailer


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we have 2 of these hitches. love it! we have 4 different trailers each require a different height...

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I got one of those with dust on it
a must have for mulitaple trailers


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