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#11601670 - 05/13/16 04:01 PM Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer
Joey J. Offline
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Registered: 06/09/04
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Loc: Flower Mound, Texas, USA
I know there are some variables involved, but what size drop is best for pulling a boat trailer? I'm looking at getting a 4" drop.
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#11601680 - 05/13/16 04:05 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
Wayne P. Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/10
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Loc: Charlottesville, Va
The one that positions your boat trailer close to level.
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#11601681 - 05/13/16 04:05 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
bogey♂ Offline
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Loc: plano
everything is relative. Do you have a lift? Do you need a 4" drop? That might make you have to back in deeper at the ramp, and if you park somewhere that the underside of the ball/the bolt might drag.
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#11601726 - 05/13/16 04:37 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
BassnJAK Offline
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Registered: 06/28/09
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Loc: Springtown, TX
+1 The one that positions your boat trailer close to level.

don't drop it any more than you need to.
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#11601873 - 05/13/16 06:31 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
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My new, totally stock, Tundra 4x4 needed a 4 " drop. Trailer is 1/4" higher in front than the rear. Easiest way is to measure the trailer frame rail height from the ground and accommodate the difference between it and the receiver with an appropriate hitch.

On a side note, it is less critical on a single axle trailer, but a level trailer is still a good idea.
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#11602002 - 05/13/16 07:50 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
Chet Offline
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 1350
Loc: Ft Worth
Your mfg should be able to tell you the correct distance from the ball to the ground. For example my Ranger is 17inches.


Edited by Chet (05/13/16 07:51 PM)
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#11602150 - 05/13/16 09:29 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
pinesaddict Offline
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Registered: 04/11/01
Posts: 646
Loc: longview tx. usa
Take the trailer to a level parking lot. Chock the trailer wheels. Unhitch the trailer. Use a level to level the trailer frame. Measure to the toung. This is the correct height after the weight is on the truck


Edited by pinesaddict (05/13/16 09:37 PM)
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#11602170 - 05/13/16 09:43 PM Re: Drop Hitch for pulling a boat trailer [Re: Joey J.]
TorySweatman Offline
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Registered: 12/03/13
Posts: 244
Loc: Sanger, Texas
My truck is Low (looks lowered) due to a decked Truck bed full of junk. Lol so I have a drop hitch upside down. Lol

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