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Unread 07-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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towing truck height vs towed jeep height

my buddy has a 2008 or 2010 chevy silverado with a v8 with z71 suspension with a tow package, but not 4x4. my jeep tj has 6 in of lift in the front. if the angle of the tow bar is off (as in pointing down) would that be bad? im asking this question because im wanting to flat tow it but not wanting to purchase the towbar until i could get a little more information about the subject.

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Unread 07-23-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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It is meant to be "as flat as possible", this isnt always possible, I would say that as long as the angle isnt steeper than about 10 or 15 degrees you should be ok, just keep in mind that stopping and accelerating will put undue stress on the towbar at the ball, more so when stopping.
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Just get the proper ball mount and be done with it. http://www.etrailer.com/faq-ballmount.aspx


I have one with a 6" offset for my XJ on 37's. Works fine. Keep all the vectors flat.
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my buddy has a 2008 or 2010 chevy silverado with a v8 with z71 suspension with a tow package, but not 4x4. my jeep tj has 6 in of lift in the front. if the angle of the tow bar is off (as in pointing down) would that be bad? im asking this question because im wanting to flat tow it but not wanting to purchase the towbar until i could get a little more information about the subject.
Pointing down can be very bad because in an emergency braking situation the towed vehicle can pole vault up onto the rear of the tow vehicle.

Do you have a drop hitch you can turn upside down and re-mount the ball?
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cool cool. i dont think the degrees should be off anymore than that. ive heard you should leave your key in also so that your steering wheel does not lock? is this true? and thanks for all the help so far!
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Unread 07-25-2012, 12:39 AM   #6
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Turn the key forward one position, to unlock the steering, put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in gear or park, thats important
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It is meant to be "as flat as possible", this isnt always possible, I would say that as long as the angle isnt steeper than about 10 or 15 degrees you should be ok, just keep in mind that stopping and accelerating will put undue stress on the towbar at the ball, more so when stopping.
15 degrees sounds a little high - you should check with your tow bar manufacturer. The manual for my Roadmaster Sterling says no more than a 3" height difference between the center of the receiver and the center of the pins, which is a in the 5-10 degree range.

But that is easily solved with a drop receiver (flipped over if necessary).
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5 degrees sounds a little high. Consider the vector forces when you have the receiver and the tongue at a 15 degree angle to each other and you slam on the brakes at 60 mph. It is equivalent to putting a hydraulic jack under the tongue and trying to force it off the ball. Just get the right ball mount like I said above.
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