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Hitch height?

Postby fishrman [OP] » Oct 18 2018, 6:59pm

Got a new 17 Silverado Z71. I will use it to pull my 2003 18 1/2 foot Basstracker that sits on a typical Trailstar trailer. I have always pulled it with Jeep Grand Cherokees in the past. Decided I should measure, or try to, and get as close to level as I could. Have always used a 2 inch drop before but maybe I should have been using a little more. In measuring from top of receiver and bottom of the tongue on the trailer and figuring the weight of the trailer on the vehicle, I am coming up with approx. 19.75 for the receiver and 16.5 on the trailer. Difference should be the correct drop or 3.25 inches. Just wondering if this sounds correct to you all and wondered if anyone else out there might have the same setup to verify. Thanks for the help. (I know, I worry to much!)
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby 19trax9519trax95 is online! » Oct 18 2018, 7:05pm

You want the trailer to be level or slightly nose down.

I'd imagine that boat doesn't make the truck squat much of at all.

So you'd want a hitch that drops down enough to allow the trailer to be level. Which in your case sounds more like a 3" drop.
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby fishrman [OP] » Oct 18 2018, 7:32pm

19trax95 wrote:You want the trailer to be level or slightly nose down.

I'd imagine that boat doesn't make the truck squat much of at all.

So you'd want a hitch that drops down enough to allow the trailer to be level. Which in your case sounds more like a 3" drop.

Kind of what I am thinking. This could be good news as I want a aluminum or stainless and, for some reason, big difference in price on Ebay between a 2 inch drop and a 3 and 1/4 inch.
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Postby 19trax9519trax95 is online! » Oct 18 2018, 8:04pm

Yeah the 2" drop is probably the most common and readily available, which usually means it will be the cheapest.

I want to invest in one of the adjustable drop hitches. But for a good one, they aren't cheap.
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby fishrman [OP] » Oct 19 2018, 12:02am

19trax95 wrote:Yeah the 2" drop is probably the most common and readily available, which usually means it will be the cheapest.

I want to invest in one of the adjustable drop hitches. But for a good one, they aren't cheap.


Ya, looked at those too. Seem pretty popular but I can't justify one. I usually only pull 2 different trailers and the other one is a light aluminum that I usually don't pull to far so I can get by without one.
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby Walkers » Oct 19 2018, 4:42am

I have several trailer and two trucks. I always shoot for 16" on both trucks and trailers, makes life easy.
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Postby orbitingHQ » Dec 14 2018, 1:53am

I have that bw tow and stow and love it. I haul a 20' dove tail for the atv's/rzr, and can get the height exactly where I need it.
My little 6x12 utility trailer is just a shorter in hitch height, like one notch. My boat trailer gives me an issue, my safety chains are a little short for the drop hitch, so I throw on the old hitch for now. Been too lazy to get longer chains.
Another reason the drop hitch works better on the atv and utility trailer is it sticks out farther than a standard hitch, allows me to drop the tailgate without hitting the jack winder on the trailer. WIN! My neighbor made that mistake...he bought a 20' trailer..exact same one as me, loaded the trailer up with 2 atv's and a rzr and had to put another atv in the truck bed...he has a toolbox so he had to eave the tailgate down, which is not a big deal, but after you get home you realize there are two HUGE dents on the top of your tailgate because it was down and hitting the jack winder when you made that 6 point uturn....He still has not bought the drop hitch...the horse/water story.
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby Walkers » Dec 14 2018, 3:01am

I have the 2" drop on mine, guves me a 16" to top of ball height with the trailer on.
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby Jrhanbar98 » Dec 14 2018, 3:26am

I too have a ‘17 Z71 LTZ 4x4. I have a 4” drop and when I tow a 6x10 single axle utility trailer i’m slightly nose high, could probably use a 6” drop but it works. Trailer has full size tire s not the snowmobile trailer tire. 2x4 will sit lower and 3” might very well work.
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Re: Hitch height?

Postby hunt4steve » Dec 14 2018, 7:58pm

Get one of these adjustable drop hitches.

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Different tow loads have different heights, and different tongue weights. Having an adjustable drop hitch will allow you to fine tune your hitch height with what ever load you have.
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