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Old 04-12-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Tail Drag.....how to minimize

In the process of buying a 2007 31ft Class C with the E450 chassis. My Kia Soul toad is only 13"' high at the BluOx towbar attach points so I need to drop the hitch on the MH by 4" to have a level towbar. With the monster overhang on the coach, I anticipate trouble avoiding scrapes or dragging. Dunno if caster wheels are available for the added dropped receiver hardware. What do I do to try to avoid the dragging.......... perhaps just always take an angled approach to inclined service station (or campground) driveways? Looking for suggestions [yeah, I know....buy a class A with a long wheelbase ] Any tips appreciated. If I ran w/o the extra drop hardware, I would be about 4" high at the MH end.....max spec (from BluOx, anyway) is 3". With a toad wt of only 2800 lb, perhaps 4" would not be that bad.....or dangerous? I have an RVi2 toad brake.....set to "Compact Car" . Ed S in Denver.
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If the max raise you can go on the tow bar is 3 inchs, I would go for a 1 inch drop, draw bar. That way your in spec. but not 4 inchs closer to the ground.

I have a old 30 ft C with a 14 inch hitch height. It has skid plates on both sides of the hitch and they drag often.
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I use one of these rollers when I have a drop hitch installed. It never has come into play, and if it did it probably would only help reduce the dings to the bottom of the towbar stinger, but still...

I'd go with a 2" drop to get you within the zone of plus or minus 3 inches from level. Roadmaster makes at least two, with different ratings; links are here and here.

I also use the Quiet Hitch(es) to take slop out. They work very well. here's a link to them.
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I also have a relatively low trailer hitch and have learned to always do this, but sometimes have to wait for traffic to clear so I can use part of the other lane. There is an Cracker Barrel parking lot exit East of Louisville that is so steep that I cross (slowly) at a 45 degree angle. The alternative can be to become "High centered" between the front wheels and trailer hitch dragging on the pavement, and the rear wheels spinning from no traction. I saw a friend get in this situation once, on a crossover with a big dip between east and westbound of a 4 lane divided highway, and it was a real mess...

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I am towing a Scion xB on my Canyon Star. The difference from the motorhome hitch to the Scion attach brackets was 12" so that is what I went for. Once in a while I drag the hitch and the sound drives me crazy, but, 99% of the time it tow's the Scion like a dream. Maybe I'll get one of those wheelie dealies mentioned above.
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