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Old 09-19-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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Adjustable Trailer Hitch Question

As we're getting ready to make our first trip with the DP pulling a 22' motorcycle trailer I've got a question regarding the type hitch I should purchase. I'm going to need a hitch with a 4" drop to keep the trailer level as we drive. Once we reach our destination, dump the air and set the jacks the DP will be 6" closer to the ground. This will result in the tongue of the trailer down and rear/ramp of the trailer up; probably too high to offload the bikes.

If I buy an adjustable hitch with enough drop or rise to compensate for the 6" differential, will that solve my problem by allowing me to lower the trailer jack, pull the pin (on the adjustable ball) while the DP rises or lowers?

Has anyone already dealt with this situation? If so, how did you manage?


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Old 09-19-2010, 05:16 PM   #2
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I would either unload the bikes before you level or level without dumping your air.

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Old 09-20-2010, 06:59 PM   #3
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An adjustable hitch usually means using a couple large wrenches to loosen bolts and reset the hitch height. You'd have to unhitch the trailer anyway to do that. Why not just loosen the trailer's ball coupler and crank the trailer's tongue jack to raise it enough. Then just lower it again when ready to leave. Nothing moved, so it should slip right back on.

An electric tongue jack would make this a lot easier!
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We have an adjustable hitch for our 20' bike trailer and we always unloaded before leveling and reloaded after bringing the leverlers up. Didn't have to just did. The drop difference really didn't effect whether we could load or unload anyway. Just didn't want to move that kind of weight around while on the levelers.
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