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Old 04-15-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Anyone flat towing with a 8" drop hitch

Just wondering if anyone is flat towing using a 8" drop hitch ? I need that much to bring my towbar somewhat level.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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Yes. We have an 8 inch drop. No issues with it, other than scraping it on a couple steep driveways.
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Also have a 8" drop receiver, tow bar is level and have had no issues.
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:29 PM   #4
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Just wondering if anyone is flat towing using a 8" drop hitch ?
I need that much to bring my towbar somewhat level.
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I would try to get a base plate with higher mount points.
There is no way a 8" drop hitch would work on my coach....
My 2" drop hitch, (which I couldn't find and had custom made by a certified welder/fabricator), scrapes more often that I like!

What toad, base plate , (and coach), do you have?

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:39 PM   #5
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Just remember that the tow bar does have an acceptable up/down variance from level - depending on make & model. I would rather see a tow bar within specs with the smallest drop possible so scraping doesn't happen.
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I have a 13" drop and an 8" drop and a 4" drop (in use) have used all 3 at one point or another depending on the trailer and how much load on the motor home.
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Not sure what tow bar you're using, but Blue Ox says level to 4" high on coach side is acceptable. If 8" is level, I would use a 6".
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i am using an 8" drop hitch with roadmaster falcon all terrain towbar. i could use a 6" hitch I might change it if i run into one in the future.
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i am using a 8" drop hitch with roadmaster falcon all terrain towbar. i could use a 6" hitch I might change it if i run into one in the future.
My 2012 Honda Fit with Roadmaster base plate center pin is 17" off the ground. With my All Terrain Sterling tow bar I have 3" of safety zone up or down. My new Adventurer 32H tow hitch is 26" at the center point. So I will need a 6" drop,
26-(17+3)=6
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My 2012 Honda Fit with Roadmaster base plate center pin is 17" off the ground. With my All Terrain Sterling tow bar I have 3" of safety zone up or down. My new Adventurer 32H tow hitch is 26" at the center point. So I will need a 6" drop,
26-(17+3)=6
When I was first setting up my tow bar, I measured them separately as you are stating and thought they were going to be way off.
Once I got the two vehicles together and actually hooked up, it turned out I only needed a 2" drop.

Seems that small variances in the surface the vehicles are sitting on can look like a big difference until you get the vehicles lined up together.
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We needed the 8" drop for our ReadyBrute Elite so that the surge braking would work properly. I think our bar has less variance than others...
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Think most would agree that if you can get the hitches with in 2 inches, you are good. I prefer the coach be on the higher end with the toad always lower--just me. As stated, they make 8 inch drops so you are good to go--however, if your coach is prone to dragging a lower hitch, you need to check it from time to time to make sure you havent damaged it [eg, cracked a weld] during a dragging event.
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I too am usingtheReadyBrute Elite towbar.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:48 PM   #14
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I use a 12" drop and a Falcon All-Terrain to tow bar to drag my Impreza around and have not encountered any issues. I doubt you will have any issues with an 8" drop.
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