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Old 03-16-2004, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This may be an elementary question but I am new to the towing world, and the "Duramax"


I am the proud owner of a 2004 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 and was wondering if there was a good recommendation for a "typical" or "safe" draw bar.


Rule of thumb I've heard it the ball should be around 17" off the ground for a standard enclosed car trailer, is this true?


Based upon that it seems to me by measurment I'd need a 4" drop bar. Does this sound correct.


Already have a 2 5/16" SS ball ready for the mount, just want to get the right one!


Sorry if I'm asking a ton of questions, Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2004, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome and congrats on your new addition.


I think that the ball height and drop bar length is determined by the trailer manufacturer's recommendation and static height of the rear end of your truck.


That's how my RV shop set up my new WD hitch for my trailer. I remember seeing quite a few measurements on the hitch setting page of my trailer's manual.


I never delved into the actuals for different trailers. I know by experience that you want to pull the trailer frame parallel to the road.
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Old 03-26-2004, 03:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What he said!


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Old 03-27-2004, 02:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dave is right.


Place a level on your trailer tongue and jack up the trailer until it's level. Measure from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler. Then measure from the top of your 2" receiver (on your truck hitch) to the ground. Subtract your first measurement from this number and you have the drop you need. This can vary if your rear end sags from the tongue weight of your trailer. (Tongue weight is the downward weight on top of the trailer ball. GVWR is the total weight of whatever you are pulling.)


To simplify things, you may want to look into a height adjustable ball mount. There are all kinds and the price range varies.


If your trailer requires a 2-5/16" ball, make sure the ball mount you buy is also rated to handle the weight of your load. Some are only rated at 500 lbs tongue/5000 lbs gvwr. I'm guessing that your loaded enclosed trailer will be closer to 8 or 10,000 lbs.


I bought a solid steel 10,000 lbs mount and 2" ball with a 1-1/4" shank. I needed the large 11" drop capability since my friend sometimes tows my boat with his lifted Ford F350SD. I just have to pull two pins to adjust the height with this mount.


http://www.etrailerpart.com/adjustableballmounts.htm








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Thanks for the info!


Been looking around at the mounts and only finding the 5000# trailer load units.


I guess a special order is in place! More than likely will get an adjustable unit for the most flexability.


Thanks again.
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Xsta,


Measure your truck's hitch and make sure that an 11" adjustable won't hang down too far.
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http://www.wjsperformance.com/aluminum%20hitches/aluminum%20hitches.htm


I've got one of these. It's a work of art. Billet aluminum. I have the "new" version which doesn't have a pin on the ball, just a pin for the adjustment and a pin for the receiver. They also make a 11 or 12" drop version. I ended up buying mine off ebay from a guy that bought the wrong one (he needed a larger drop). It's rated for a 10,000lb trailer and 1,500lbs on the tongue.
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Old 04-18-2004, 01:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, I have that also and it is great because I pull two different ball size trailer So I got the flip one and it's great. Just lock it to the truck it looks so pretty a theif wouldn't have to work too hard to steal it.
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