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Old 11-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Hitch height in bed of truck

So I went ahead and bought the Curt Q5 slider hitch for my 2006 chevy 2500hd. My concern is if I leave the hitch in its lowest height setting when I slide it back the pinbox gets awful close ( 2-3 inches) of my tailgate and bedside. The Curt has the option of raising the hitch height to 3 different levels which would give me more clearance, but I am concerned I would be shifting the weight and jeopardizing the ride quality. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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Closest to the rear axle would be my preference. Easy to try all three and decide from there. I really do not thing the difference would outweigh your concern about the clearance. If I had the thought about the clearance that is all I would be thinking about driving down the road.
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Over or slightl;y in front of the rear axle is best. Sliding back and getting too clsoe to the tail gate...well that is a problem with short bed truck and one reason why I will only use a long bed.
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Ok I don't think I drew the picture very well. When the hitch is locked in the forward towing position everything is fine. However when I use the slider the pinbox gets very close to the tailgate. I can raise the vertical height of the hitch by 2 inches for clearance when the hitch is slid backwards but will the extra 2 inches of vertical height affect my weight distribution when towing and the hitch is in the forward position?
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2 inches vertical will not affect the weight distribution. Now I understand
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Perfect. That eases my mind
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2 inches vertical will not affect the weight distribution. Now I understand
Actually, it will. It will also affect how the trailer pulls. The ideal situation is to have the trailer level when being towed. You are anticipating having it ride a little bit nose high. Although not ideal, it is better than nose low.

With the nose high, there will be more weight on the rear wheels than on the front. That will contribute to uneven tire wear and will also increase the amount of bouncing.

Have you considered just leaving the tail gate off? That not only solves your problem, but also makes it easier to hitch and unhitch.

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Actually, it will. It will also affect how the trailer pulls. The ideal situation is to have the trailer level when being towed. You are anticipating having it ride a little bit nose high. Although not ideal, it is better than nose low.

With the nose high, there will be more weight on the rear wheels than on the front. That will contribute to uneven tire wear and will also increase the amount of bouncing.

Have you considered just leaving the tail gate off? That not only solves your problem, but also makes it easier to hitch and unhitch.

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Actually we are talking clearance here. Although the balance of weight is paramount, the actual weight of the vehicle and the tow would have to be calculated to decide the actual distribution difference. Since the lower setting has been tried and not weight calculated my advice was based on difference of distribution levels per inch based on my set up
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You want the trailer as level as possible. 2" increase in pin height can effect the trailer. If yuo raise the pin, check to see if the trailer has jake plates or shackles that can be raised on the suspension.

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Ok so I raised the hitch vertical height by one hole (about 2 inches), which although it looks odd because the top of the hitch is level with the bed side it has given me 10 inches of clearance from the bottom of the camper to the bedsides and the kingpin is clear in the maneuvering position. I measured the frame of the trailer to the ground in front and back and there is a 1.5 inch difference b/t front to back. So i am slightly nose high but I don't think 1.5 inches is bad.
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You should be ok to tow as you say it sits now. As TXiceman mentioned, do you have the ability to raise the trailer on its spring mounts? Lots of them do--I had to raise mine to the highest level (lower mounting holes) to get enough clearance for the bed side.
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You should be ok to tow as you say it sits now. As TXiceman mentioned, do you have the ability to raise the trailer on its spring mounts? Lots of them do--I had to raise mine to the highest level (lower mounting holes) to get enough clearance for the bed side.
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I would check the total height of the trailer. Make sure its not over 13' 4".

For 20 years, I set my hitch height so trailer is level when unhitched. Saves setup time. Usualy rides 2" low in front. Low is best for drag coeficient.
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