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Old 02-04-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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New to towing 4 down

I just purchased a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar to tow a 2010 Honda Fit. Blue Ox recommends that the receiver on the motor home is no more than three inches
above or below the point of attachment on the toad. If I use a 10 inch drop hitch receiver I am 4 inches above the point of attachment. A 12 inch drop would be ideal. Two questions. Would it be dangerous to use the 10 inch drop and if so are you aware of anyone who provides a 12 inch drop hitch receiver? I would appreciate any info you can provide. My MH is a 2005 35 ft. Sea Breeze on a Ford chassis

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Old 02-04-2016, 06:17 PM   #2
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My concern with that much drop is how low will it be when you go through a dip or the front end hits a ramp and lowers the rear ???

How high would the bottom of the receiver be from the ground ?
would it hit the ground ?

The fit is such a light car, I don't think you will have an issue with it trying to push under or over the hitch !
You might consider not worrying about getting it all level, but just compromise a bit with say a 4 inch drop like this ?

Another consideration is that large drop hitches like these usually drop the capacity of the hitch a lot unless you spend big bucks...

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Old 02-04-2016, 06:22 PM   #3
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We went from mid OR to Phoenix with our new to us then, Magna towing our Honda Odyssey and needing 6" drop. No trouble at all but the MH weighs 50,000#'s and the van about 4,500#'s. I bought a 4" drop from RoadMaster at the GS rally as I miss measured. In fact I'm still using it since it's only 2" off level and within spec's.
On RoadMasters site they have a chart showing the different forces for the different heights.
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:28 PM   #4
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Think BO prefers that tow bar be close to level to optimize the geometry between the coach and the toad. If not level, then better for toad to be lower than coach--unlikely that a light weight toad like yours will ever push under the coach bumper. Much worse situation if toad is higher--potential to "pole vault" over tow bar--so go with 4 inches lower....
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About 15 years ago I had a 135-pound load of sports equipment, and its rack, detach from the roof of my car at 65 miles per hour, on a three-lane highway full of cars returning from a holiday weekend. Miraculously, it landed, stayed together, and did not hit, and was not hit by, a single car or truck behind me. The results could have been tragic. Even more ironic, I was known (until then) by our group as the person most careful about securing his racks and equipment for safe travel.

Once you have an experience like that, you tend to follow manufacturer's recommendations.

In other words, get the drop hitch to bring you into the range.

A few questions/recommendations:

1) Your coach hitch seems very high. What is the actual measurement to the center of the hitch receiver, with the coach on level pavement and at both light and full loads?

2) To minimize the drop, pick an adapter that brings you to within 1 to 2 inches above towbar level (at normal coach load).

3) You'll probably need longer safety cables with the adapter.

4) Whose baseplate is installed on the Fit?

If memory serves, our Roadmaster baseplate measures 16-1/2 inches above the pavement, to the center of the pins.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:46 AM   #6
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FWIW: Our prior MH also had a very high hitch. We used a 10" drop (Blue Ox) which still left it one inch above level. We towed a Saturn Vue over 60,000 miles, including one panic stop from near 60 mph, with no issues other than the hitch dragging a couple of times. I'd not be fearful of towing as you described.
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When we bought our new coach it was 6 in higher than the BO towbar on the jeep. Towed that way a few times, then bought a 6 inch drop. It tows nicer now with things being in the correct geometry than it ever has.

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