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Old 05-22-2016, 07:52 PM   #1
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Can you put a drop down in a drop down?

So i am still 6 inches off and I have a 10 inch drop down now, can i just add a 4 inch to this? hat would get me with in 2 inches of flat. Center of tow vehicle pivot is 10.5 inches off the ground and pivot point center is 16.5 inches off ground on RV. IDK WHY THESE PICTURES ARE SIDEWAYS FROM MY Iphone
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So i am still 6 inches off and I have a 10 inch drop down now, can i just add a 4 inch to this? ...
The semi-short answer is you shouldn't add a drop down to another one. It is similar to the caution about adding anything like an extension before or after a hitch unless you are prepared for the reduction in towing load.

The other issue would be if you did add one and then bottomed out the hitch I would be very concerned about the damage it could cause.

2 maybe silly questions (I'm not trying to insult you) but just to verify something...

1. Is the RV OFF any leveling jacks?
2. Is the ground very level from the front of the coach to the back of the toad?
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no

It's not on jacks, and the ground is pretty level, problem is the damn hitch is 26 inches off the ground on the RV. I DO use a tow brake. I was getting everything set up today for a short trip this Tuesday. This is my first tow and I wanted to make sure I had everything set up properly and take my time doing it. I just don't know what to do next, I have a lot of money tied up into this so far.

I will go to my local trailer store tomorrow and see what they can think of. I can't be the only one with this problem, there has to be others using a Sunova for towing.
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I think Blue Ox makes some adapters for your toad that will raise the attach points up so you can get things more level. Might look at their website or give them a call.
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I've never seen a coach hitch that high in the air. Even 20" is high. You're gong to mess around with this and never make it right by adding or using drop hitches. I would take it to a hitch shop and have them make a new custom hitch with taller side shoulders that would lower the whole assembly.

Here is what I did to mine just last week....I've done it to two coaches now to get my tow bar level. The upper hitch is level with my Silverado toad and the lower hitch is level with my CRV toad. They were both done by a hitch shop. The one below is still a 1/2" above the drag bars.

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I've never seen a coach hitch that high in the air. Even 20" is high. You're gong to mess around with this and never make it right by adding or using drop hitches. I would take it to a hitch shop and have them make a new custom hitch with taller side shoulders that would lower the whole assembly.

Here is what I did to mine just last week....I've done it to two coaches now to get my tow bar level. The upper hitch is level with my Silverado toad and the lower hitch is level with my CRV toad. They were both done by a hitch shop. The one below is still a 1/2" above the drag bars.



That is what I am going to do today after work, I got the part to weld at my favorite trailer store and my neighbor is a good welder so we're taking the hitch off and adding another receiver. Thanks for the suggestion.
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WHY THESE PICTURES ARE SIDEWAYS FROM MY Iphone
It's because most forum software doesn't have the software needed to interpret the position flags embedded in iPhone photos. You can help this by only taking pictures with the On/Off button held in your right hand for landscape or at the bottom for portrait shots.
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I would strongly suggest you call Winnebago for some guidance on the subject. If you read page 12-3 of the 2016 Sunova owners manual it gives the maximum drop distance and length of the receiver from the coach.


http://winnebagoind.com/resources/ma...5/15Sunova.pdf


The text says the maximum drop is 4" (which is far less than the 16" you are suggesting) and the maximum distance from the coach is 8".


Your solution may work, but I would find out if towing outside the maximum range will effect warranty should you have problems.
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My hitch is 26" off the ground also. Fortunately my base plate is 16" high, so I'm running a 10" drop. Could go with an 8" drop for ground clearance, but I'm tired of spending money.
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I had to go with an 8" drop hitch. I used this because I too was concerned about scraping:

http://smile.amazon.com/Ultra-Fab-Pr...ilpage_o02_s00
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