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post #1 of 7 Old 08-26-2008, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Size / length of drop hitch?

Got my JK all geared to tow our little pop up, and am going to pickup the ball and hitch in the next couple of days. Is there a rule of thumb for how much drop a hitch should have? I have 35s and 3 inches of lift.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-26-2008, 11:57 AM
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I think you want your trailer level, so whatever drop it takes to level the trailer. Put the trailer level, back the Jeep up with no hitch in, and measure how far it is from the hitch to the tongue.

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I have been told that you want 19 1/2" from the ground to the top of the ball.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-30-2008, 10:51 AM
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I have been told that you want 19 1/2" from the ground to the top of the ball.
It all depends upon the height of the tow vehicle and the trailer. My XJ has 3" lift with 33" tires and my pup has tiny little 8" wheels. I have my drop hitch set at it's lowest to make it level:


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Base your drop length on how high your trailer tongue is. For instance, I have 3 different draws for my Heep - I used a straight-back for my current PUP when I was at 2" of lift, and now that I'm at 4.5"-ish, I use a 3.5" drop. My Harbor Freight cargo trailer is still on stock wheels/tires, so I use a 5.5" drop draw.

Do the best you can to keep the trailer as level as possible.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-30-2008, 09:12 PM
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like the others said, just pull up behind it and measure the difference from center of your hitch reciever to the trailer's ball. My jeep with 35's and 4" took a 10" drop hitch to keep my 6x12 open trailer level while towing it. It's better to have the trailer slightly angled downward towards the hitch then the trailer angled upward or youll come into sway issues (lack of tongue weight)


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post #7 of 7 Old 10-01-2008, 03:33 PM
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What the others have said for keeping the tongue of the trailer level. It took an 8" drop for me for both our 14' Jon boat and pop up camper.
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