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Old 06-10-2008, 01:04 AM   #1
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Am almost a proud owner of a new 2008 Challenger 371; unit is still being prepped by the dealer. The receiver height is 25" at the top of the receiver unit. I plan to haul a TOAD and need to drop the ball mount to about 12 inches. Question, how much does the Ford chassis (242" wb) tail settle when the rig is fully loaded? Anybody out there got any experience with this issue?
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Am almost a proud owner of a new 2008 Challenger 371; unit is still being prepped by the dealer. The receiver height is 25" at the top of the receiver unit. I plan to haul a TOAD and need to drop the ball mount to about 12 inches. Question, how much does the Ford chassis (242" wb) tail settle when the rig is fully loaded? Anybody out there got any experience with this issue?
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:05 AM   #3
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Actually, I might have a little. I have been hauling horse trailers behind motor homes, and 4x4 pickups for over 20 years. A horse trailer is even more important to level because it is less stressful on the horses legs. I once had to have the tongue extended 6 feet in order to fit it under an 11.5 foot camper. Extending the reciever would lower the tongue weight, and put more flex into the hitch.

I bought an 07 daybreak and found a hitch with a the right drop. If you can't find, in trailer supply store not an RV store, you can have a local welder make up one with the correct drop.

As far as the back end settling a bit, I haven't really noticed it. I have noticed however that because unlike a toad with a towbar or a car hauler with the single axle I have tongue weight and they have very little or none. So everytime I put the trailer on the motor home and off the tongue jack I can see the reciever flex. Without the weight on the hitch I can slide my hand between the reciever and the body. With the trailer on I can put my fist there.
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