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Old 01-27-2023, 01:33 AM   #1
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Drop hitch qustions.

With the new truck it seems I need a new drop hitch. The new trucks receiver is 2.5" instead of 2". And all the drop hitches I have are 2".
To connect to our horse trailer I need a drop of between 6 and 7".
Am I better off with a dedicated drop for each trailer? Or an adjustable drop hitch?
Up till now I have bought dedicated hitches for each trailer, But the 2.5" drops are more expensive. I have looked at adjustable ones that are also expensive, but at least I only need one.
They all look heavy. some are forged aluminum, but I'm not sure I trust alloys.
[ maybe I'm wrong in this but ....]
The steel ones I have looked at all have some extras. Like sway bar connections, or rubber snubbers, etc... Before I buy What do you all look for in a hitch? Thanks DR
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Old 01-27-2023, 01:43 AM   #2
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I use a separate forged hitch for each drop that I need. Three of these will be cheaper and easier to use than an adjustable hitch.
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Old 01-27-2023, 04:59 AM   #3
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You need to read the specs.

If the adjustable one is rated higher then your heaviest trailer, that's all you need.

A fixed , forged, one may be stronger but then something else , like the coupler, may not be and that can fail.
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Old 01-27-2023, 07:06 AM   #4
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If your trailers where under the weight on your 2 inch receivers just buy the 2 1/2 to 2 inch sleeve.
Just remember it's in there and use your existing drop downs.
You could always have someone tack weld the sleeve on the truck receiver and be good to go.
Tractor Supply or your truck dealer should have the sleeves. Our truck came with the sleeve.

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Old 01-27-2023, 07:16 AM   #5
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I never seem to have the right hitch for the right trailer, so I popped the big bucks for an adjustable. I went with B&W, 7" drop and the tri-ball head. I also got the one with the bevel so I can keep the hitch in case I ever get a truck with the fancy drop step tailgate.
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Thanks all who answered. The new truck needs quite a bit more drop than the old truck, so the old drops with a sleeve are not going to be right. DR
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I was having a similar issue with deciding what drop I would need for my new truck and travel trailer. This was solved by getting a BlueOx weight distribution hitch that has an adjustable hitch.
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https://www.bulletproofhitches.com/

Expensive as rip, but really built stout. My travel buddy uses one with a WDH adapter and his Blue Ox head mounted on it, works great. He also has a flip over 2 and 2-5/16 for general use.

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After adding up the cost of three forged drops and three balls it's about the price of an adjustable one with all three balls.
I'm looking at Bullet proof hitches
https://www.bulletproofhitches.com/?...tproof%20hitch
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I never seem to have the right hitch for the right trailer, so I popped the big bucks for an adjustable. I went with B&W, 7" drop and the tri-ball head. I also got the one with the bevel so I can keep the hitch in case I ever get a truck with the fancy drop step tailgate.
I am about to buy the exact same ( and 7" drop also )
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Old 01-28-2023, 03:32 PM   #11
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If you think you may someday go with a GM with the step tailgate, get the B&W with the slight bevel at the top. Think they call it MultiFlex. Rumor has it the drop step can incur a very expensive ding when dropped on a regular hitch.
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