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Old 09-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch height for tow dolly

Have this tow dolly from my class c for towing my wife's honda. This drop hitch is also left over. I am concerned about the angle of the dolly tung to the hitch. Do you thinks it is to steep to be safe?
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Have this tow dolly from my class c for towing my wife's honda. This drop hitch is also left over. I am concerned about the angle of the dolly tung to the hitch. Do you thinks it is to steep to be safe?

I am looking at ordering an Acme Tow Dolly.
Their web site states:
THE COUPLER HEIGHT MUST BE BETWEEN 12 TO 16 INCHES HIGH TO THE BOTTOM OF THE COUPLER FROM THE GROUND. PURCHASE AN ADJUSTABLE BALL IF NECESSARY. ITíS IMPORTANT.

You may want to check with the manufacturer.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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Assuming the propane tank in the background is level, then it looks like the tongue of the dolly is only slightly out of level.

I have almost the exact situation on my RV/dolly set-up and have had no problems in over 10,000miles.

And, I will offer that if you do go to a longer drop hitch - you increase the chance of bottoming-out the hitch when going over driveway curbs. Plus the higher edge on the front of the carrier platform will aid in preventing a "climb-over" if something bad happened at loading or during use - like in a panic stop.

My dolly has surge brakes which require a more-or-less level braking master cylinder (mounted on the front end of the tongue). It is designed to sit at about 14" off the ground, but my RV's hitch receiver is 24" off the ground...so, to reach level, would require a 10" drop hitch. IMHO that is just too much leverage to place on the receiver, so I have a bit of an angle...it's all good.

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The dolly is an "American Car Dolly" brand, made in Colorado. My ball is 19" above ground. This dolly uses something called EZ Brakes. It is an electronic brake controller that is mounted on the dolly and works via the stoplights. There is a basic initial setting and then you adjust from there if there is any locking or skidding of the wheels after initializing. It seemed to work pretty well when I used it on the class c MH. This time I will be towing my Toyota Tacoma 2wd. I used to drag the hitch occasionally before so I do think it was a little on the low side then. The only time this hitch angle would be a problem is in going over a hump of some kind where the angle would increase though I think there is quite a bit of rotation left. A much more common thing would be driving thru a dip and the extra height would actually be a good thing.
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Looks too steep and angle to me, but pictures can be misleading too. What does the dolly manufacturer say, that's the deciding factor.
Our Demco KK-460 requires 18" to the top of the ball. I had to use a 2" drop, then use a 1" extended ball to get it perfect.
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The angle is more critical on a surge brake dolly, than your set-up. However; keep in mind under a hard stop situation the rear of the coach is going to come up increasing the angle you see in the static position as in the picture. If you sense a push set your toad brake "harder" or lower the hitch ball.
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You do want the tow bar to be as level as possible. From the looks of the dinghy, that tow attachment is sure low to the ground.

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You do want the tow bar to be as level as possible. From the looks of the dinghy, that tow attachment is sure low to the ground.

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It's a car dolly, not a towbar. If I had not already had it, I would probably use a bar instead.
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