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Old 02-16-2005, 04:42 PM   #1
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Now that I got your attention. Today I got a new hitch and brake control installed on my Van. I know the ball should sit at least 1" above the coupler on the toungue. Does this have to be an exact #. My trailer is sitting on stone on the side of my House and is level. It is difficult to get an exact measurement to the inside of the coupler. My measurements say it is around 21" to the ground but it is up on a piece of 2x6 so I subtracted 1"1/2 that gives me 19 1/2 " to the ground. My existing adjustable weight distribution and ball measure 21" to the ground when attached to the Van (ground to top of ball) -so I assume I should be OK with out adjusting the ball height at all . Sounds to good to be true using the same height ball for two vehicles?? Any thoughts?
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Old 02-16-2005, 04:42 PM   #2
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Now that I got your attention. Today I got a new hitch and brake control installed on my Van. I know the ball should sit at least 1" above the coupler on the toungue. Does this have to be an exact #. My trailer is sitting on stone on the side of my House and is level. It is difficult to get an exact measurement to the inside of the coupler. My measurements say it is around 21" to the ground but it is up on a piece of 2x6 so I subtracted 1"1/2 that gives me 19 1/2 " to the ground. My existing adjustable weight distribution and ball measure 21" to the ground when attached to the Van (ground to top of ball) -so I assume I should be OK with out adjusting the ball height at all . Sounds to good to be true using the same height ball for two vehicles?? Any thoughts?
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Walt
OLd TV
2000 Ford Expedition 5.4 355 rear
WD friction sway
Tekonsha voyager brake control
New TV
2003 Dodge ram conversion van 5.9 392 rear
WD friction sway
Tekonsha voyager brake control
towing a 200 Jayco 264 BH 28' 5100 lbs dry
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Old 02-16-2005, 06:36 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are in the "Ball Park"
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Once you get them adjusted right were you want them a support, available at most athletic stores, may be helpful in maintaining them within the ball park.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:49 AM   #5
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After checking my old TV I realized the ball sat Almost 4" above coupler. I never checked it because I assumed it was OK. Could that be a problem being to high-the trailer looked level and never had a problem towing???
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:00 PM   #6
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The top of the ball should fall between 18-22" from the ground. Don't forget to allow for the rear end of the van to sit a bit when the weight is added. The levelness of the trailer is much more important that the "number" of inches the ball is off the ground. John
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