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Old 03-03-2017, 09:46 AM   #1
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Receiver height.

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We bought a new to us 2008 Itasca Horizon 40td. It is on the FL Maxum chassis. I need to get a ball mount to pull my tow dolly. Trying to find out what the height to center of the receiver is when aired up ready to travel. I hate to start up and run just long enough to air up and then have to drop and re-level. We are on a permanent site for another month and a half.
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Hello forum gurus.
We bought a new to us 2008 Itasca Horizon 40td. It is on the FL Maxum chassis. I need to get a ball mount to pull my tow dolly. Trying to find out what the height to center of the receiver is when aired up ready to travel. I hate to start up and run just long enough to air up and then have to drop and re-level. We are on a permanent site for another month and a half.
Any help from the forum would be appreciated.
Kent.
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While many coaches, especially the same brand, year, make and model will ride "close" to the same height, yours may differ by quite a bit. Our coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT, quite possibly will ride at a different height than yours, even though it's close to the same model, albeit short by a couple of feet. The ride height sensors will be the determining factory ride height. The hitch assembly will also be possibly different than yours.

It's no big deal at all to fire the big girl up, let it completely air up the suspension until the governor reaches peak air pressure and bleeds off, then shut the thing down and take your measurements for YOUR coach. That way, you'll be DEAD SURE of what yours will ride at. Contrary to what some believe, you WILL NOT damage any part of any component of the engine, trans, or ANYTHING by running it for a short amount of time, for your needs. Good luck.
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With a ball mount you should be able to get an adjustable hitch that can be set at different heights to get you just what you need. As long as you can be reasonably close at where the receiver will be you don't have to know exactly. It's not like an adapter for a 4 wheel down tow bar, those are much beefier and costly with fixed lengths because the tow bar places much more pressure on the receiver than a tow dolley ball hitch does.
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I use a tow dolly my ball mount is at 7.5" drop any short and the rear bumper on my Accord would drag so my want to check the height of your receiver and set the ball at the mid point. Hope that helps.
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Use a compressor and connect it to your air connection in the front of your coach to pressurize your air system. Lift the coach take your measurements then bleed the air down.

You should be running your engine regularly while parked for prolonged periods. I run mine every three weeks and allow it to come up to temp before shutting it down. Keeps the seals lubricated and ensures I don't have any issues when it comes time to depart such as dead batteries or leaking fluids.
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Use a compressor and connect it to your air connection in the front of your coach to pressurize your air system. Lift the coach take your measurements then bleed the air down.
The front air connection has a check valve in many coaches and will not air up the coach - it's an air supply outlet only.

Just start the engine and let the pressure come up until the air dryer exhausts. It will take you two seconds to measure the height.
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