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Old 05-28-2013, 11:09 PM   #15
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I'd call it a good move on Winnebago's part. Why not warn people about the problems associated with too much drop that allows the hitch to fold under the rig?
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I would think this could be a real problem for Winnebago. If their recommendations are followed to the letter it would essentially put them out of the towing arena. The Jeep Wrangler has about the highest ground clearance of any stock vehicle on the market.
In addition to that, why do you think a towbar that is several inches out of level wouldn't be much more dangerous as far as "folding under the rig?" In an emergency stop situation, I'd much rather put my money on the drop hitch than a tilted towbar.
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I put the brackets on the Jeep baseplates yesterday and did another measurement. The brackets raise the attachment point by 1".

I also had an extended conversation with the people at the Customer Relations Department at Winnebago. They were willing to concede that using a 6" drop receiver would be feasable as long as the Jeep was equiped with a non-surge style braking system. We use a Roadmaster 9060 system.

I'll measure the height of the motorhome hitch receiver again today on a known level surface. When doing the previous measurement the rear axle was on a level part of the drive while the front axle was on a slope. I'm hoping the down hill position of the front wheels was causing a slight rise in the position of the receiver. If I gain another inch I'll be at the 3" difference recommended by Roadmaster.

Even if there's little or no difference in the motorhome receiver height the added height of the Jeep connection and a 6" drop receiver will bring the difference down to 4".
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I'll measure the height of the motorhome hitch receiver again today on a known level surface. When doing the previous measurement the rear axle was on a level part of the drive while the front axle was on a slope. I'm hoping the down hill position of the front wheels was causing a slight rise in the position of the receiver. If I gain another inch I'll be at the 3" difference recommended by Roadmaster.
That's a good idea. Also, I would make sure the moho is sitting on the tires and not on the levelers for the measurement. Let us know what you find!
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I just measured the height of the receiver for the second time and much to my disappointment there's no change on a known level surface. It's still at the 27" mark so for now I'll give it a try with a 4" difference between the Jeep and the motorhome. If all works well I'll leave it alone. If there are some problems I'll have to decide between lifting the Jeep and putting on an aftermarket bumper with higher attachment points.
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Just food for thought... Buy a smittybuilt bumper with the D-ring attachment points & you can use a Blue Ox adaptor (BX88291) to hook up with.

As of now Smittybuilt is the only one listed for use of this adaptor. Now that being said, I've been building (or having them built) for years doing this hook up to the D-rings on aftermarket bumpers, works great and keeps a good approach angle for the jeep when offroad.

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I use a Curry Enterprise Skid/Baseplate.... it is 18" from the ground to the center of the pins, I have a 2013 Rubicon, it is on stock 32" wheels and suspension. The baseplate can use Blu OX, Roadmaster or demco attachments... just for your fyi. Im sure spacer pucks on the jeep will get you within range.

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