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Old 04-08-2016, 05:22 AM   #1
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Need some advice on drilling a new pin hole for hitch receiver. My truck and trailer are about the same weight, [5000 lbs], Thinking about drilling a new hole thereby shortening my hitch. Theory being that this will transfer more weight to the truck. Would 2 ins make any significant difference and if so, how much ?
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:21 AM   #2
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Since the pin is stopping the hitch head from ( want to say just, but it a pretty big funtion )sliding out from the receiver, as long as there is a decent amount of steal between the hole and the end of the reciever, i don,t see it could hurt anything. How much your going to gain by the few inches shorter ?????
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If you have 750 lbs of hitch weight (assuming 15%) now you will still have 750 lbs of hitch weight to be carried by the truck after you shorten the ball platform. You will however move the weight forward by 2 inches and distributing a little more of the 750 lbs on the FRONT axle.

You didn't say if you have a weight distributing hitch or not, if you do, then shorting the hitch will probably require readjusting the hitch system.
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Can you lower your tailgate while hooked to your truck?
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Im sure someone smart with numbers () can tell you exactly, but assuming a 500lbs hitch weight I'd guess it would only redistribute about 5 lbs of weigh to the front axle. If that.

Id save the wear on the drill bit.......
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I just don't think that will make any significant difference. Assuming you have some kind of equalizing system, just adjust that to shift more weight forward.
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Need some advice on drilling a new pin hole for hitch receiver. My truck and trailer are about the same weight, [5000 lbs], Thinking about drilling a new hole thereby shortening my hitch. Theory being that this will transfer more weight to the truck. Would 2 ins make any significant difference and if so, how much ?
I don't think it will transfer more weight to the truck. However, it will decrease your overall rear overhang and its leverage. There are 2 things to consider:
1. Your truck will squat less under the weight of trailer.
2. Shortening rear overhang is equivalent to expanding your wheelbase which will help in controlling sway or accommodating longer TT.
The significance of these 2 inches may be negligible if your vehicle is a long wheelbase pickup or van with standard 58 or so distance from rear wheel hub to the tip of the hitch receiver. However, in the case of short wheelbase SUV, keeping rear overhang as short as possible is crucial, if you plan to tow anything substantial. My hitch ball about an inch or less from the bumper, hooking up without backup camera is out of question
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Yes, I can lower tailgate.
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My truck is a short box Dodge Dakota pulling a 22ft Prowler. In the present configuration,
the ball is about 12ins from the bumper. I get the theme from answers that adjusting the
hole is not worth the trouble.
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By moving the hole (therefore the hitch ball) you decrease the area between the trailer tongue and truck bumper when turning. Not much concern when going forward, but it may be that extra inch you need to keep from crushing your bumper when backing in somewhere.
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That makes sense-about the reduced turning. Didn't think of that. Think I'll leave as is-thanks all
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