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  • Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

    Good day,

    I wonder if there is a standard hight (from ground) of the ball mounted on a hitch ? Or is it a question of vehicule hight vs trailer type. Tx
    a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work ..


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    Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

    You need to use the correct size drop for the trailer to ride level.
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    • #3
      Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

      Hitch ball height can vary by trailer. The key is for the trailer to ride level, just as Gary stated...

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        I tow 6 different trailers and have 5 different drops for it to fit my truck. They make my trailers ride level. My wife is tired of seeing all my balls lying around the garage!!!!!!!!
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        • #5
          Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

          Originally posted by cooter2506 View Post
          My wife is tired of seeing all my balls lying around the garage!!!!!!!!
          Your wording is hilarious...

          Did you ask her if she had a better place in mind for them???

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          • #6
            Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

            Originally posted by pecheux View Post
            Good day,

            I wonder if there is a standard hight (from ground) of the ball mounted on a hitch ? Or is it a question of vehicule hight vs trailer type. Tx
            The most important thing is to get the trailer to ride level, But the average hight normaly seems to come in at around 18 to almost 19 inches sometimes from the ground to the top of the ball not hooked up to the trailer, Then try to level it out from there if needed.
            In the long run, Using OEM parts may just cost you less money!

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            • #7
              Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

              pecheux,

              like the others said you want the trailer level, here is the chart that came with my hitch
              to figure it out...........




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              • #8
                Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                My wife is tired of seeing all my balls lying around the garage!!!!!!!!
                at least there not in her purse
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                • #9
                  Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                  Trailer should ride level. Bottom line. One reason it is difficult to tow directly off the bumper in most cases.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                    I have an adjustable type that goes up or down with a wrench, and ball's are a quickchange with the spin of a flat screw. Saves Much aggrevation..

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                    • #11
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                      Thank you guys ... all of your explanations say it all. Woodsterken: thank you for the picture.
                      a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work ..

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                        Originally posted by cooter2506 View Post
                        I tow 6 different trailers and have 5 different drops for it to fit my truck. They make my trailers ride level. My wife is tired of seeing all my balls lying around the garage!!!!!!!!
                        Really tempting.......But I am not going there.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                          While most trailers do vary, I'd have to say the average tow height of most is about 18".
                          Boat trailers often vary by tire size though, the key is often to get the boat as low as possible, this means that the tongue is often pretty low.

                          I have 12 boat trailers, all but one tows at 18" give or take a 1/2" or so. The same for most of my utility trailers.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                            I was always under the impression that the height should be at a point where you will achieve approx. 10% of the gross weight of trailer load on the ball. This is critical in how the trailer will "ride" behind your vehicle. Too much weight on the ball is not good but too little can be downright dangerous.
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                              Re: Hitch ball hight ... is there a standard ?

                              Originally posted by smclear View Post
                              I was always under the impression that the height should be at a point where you will achieve approx. 10% of the gross weight of trailer load on the ball. This is critical in how the trailer will "ride" behind your vehicle. Too much weight on the ball is not good but too little can be downright dangerous.
                              Tounge weight and tow ball height are two completely seperate things...

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