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Old 08-07-2021, 01:35 PM   #15
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if you used something like this upside down, you'd have more ground clearance:

https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpowe...11437940&psc=1

And, if you needed more height:

https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpowe...80485423&psc=1
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Old 08-07-2021, 01:40 PM   #16
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Im with the others. To many points of failure. But I like to buy one with the right rise or drop. I have a nice collection of them,
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Im with the others. To many points of failure. But I like to buy one with the right rise or drop. I have a nice collection of them,
I've only got 4. Plus a Equalizer WD hitch.
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Old 08-07-2021, 03:05 PM   #18
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You could have just done this....

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You could have just done this....



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I sure could have but I don't have one of those and was trying to use what I already have on hand. Thanks
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I sure could have but I don't have one of those and was trying to use what I already have on hand. Thanks
Exactly....use what you got

It has ratings for BOTH Drop & Rise
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Old 08-07-2021, 06:27 PM   #22
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Exactly....use what you got

It has ratings for BOTH Drop & Rise

Me and Old-Biscuit are thinking a lot alike, now that's a scary thought. Don't know who is in more trouble, me or him.
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As others have said, stay within the load ratings and should be good to go.

however, if it were me, unless I needed an adjustable ball height for different trailers, I’d determine the rise or drop needed for my trailer, and get a fixed hitch that achieves that height. Then you’ll have a one piece ball mount with less “slop and clunk” due to 2 pieces and two pins.

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I have spent almost 45 years towing stuff, anything from wrecked vehicles/trucks, motorhomes to construction equipment to camping trailers etc.
You name it I have probably towed it.
I have also seen more mishaps of towed items than you can imagine.
That is a very light duty hitch.
Personally I wouldn’t tow anything more than maybe a motorcycle trailer with that set up.
Not to sound harsh but that’s a hot mess IMO.
The simpler you make it the better.
Parts left off cost nothing
Parts left off can never fail.
Every pin, bolt, joint or weld is a potential failure point.
The pics posted of the simple ball mount will work well, it will provide a clean and secure link between tow and towed unit.

2 other points-
With your existing setup hanging that low you lose a bunch of departure angle, dips and driveways could be a problem.

To me the biggest thing-
Put on your engineering hat and visualize the way the loads of the towed trailer are transferred to the tow vehicle. You have the linear pull (draw) on the receiver on the truck, you also have the vertical load (tongue weight) on the receiver.
Fine.
With your existing setup you now have the vertical load (tongue weight) focused on a single point (the pin) and is in turn focused on the welds of the shank before it is transferred to the receiver.
But you also have a load incurred that a fixed ball mount doesn’t have and that is a rotational load. The square tube receiving the height extension is going to act like a fulcrum turning both the draw load and weight load into a rotational load. You clearly have some play there otherwise the anti rattle wouldn’t be needed. That play is just going to exasperate the issue and get sloppier with time.
That’s putting an awful lot of faith in that square tube and attaching welds.
Let’s not even consider side loading either.

This is one place where being frugal can cost a bunch. What’s your rig and a$$ worth?
The straight shank mount shown earlier can be had for probably $40.00 or so.
Cheap insurance.
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I have spent almost 45 years towing stuff, anything from wrecked vehicles/trucks, motorhomes to construction equipment to camping trailers etc.

You name it I have probably towed it.

I have also seen more mishaps of towed items than you can imagine.

That is a very light duty hitch.

Personally I wouldn’t tow anything more than maybe a motorcycle trailer with that set up.

Not to sound harsh but that’s a hot mess IMO.

The simpler you make it the better.

Parts left off cost nothing

Parts left off can never fail.

Every pin, bolt, joint or weld is a potential failure point.

The pics posted of the simple ball mount will work well, it will provide a clean and secure link between tow and towed unit.



2 other points-

With your existing setup hanging that low you lose a bunch of departure angle, dips and driveways could be a problem.



To me the biggest thing-

Put on your engineering hat and visualize the way the loads of the towed trailer are transferred to the tow vehicle. You have the linear pull (draw) on the receiver on the truck, you also have the vertical load (tongue weight) on the receiver.

Fine.

With your existing setup you now have the vertical load (tongue weight) focused on a single point (the pin) and is in turn focused on the welds of the shank before it is transferred to the receiver.

But you also have a load incurred that a fixed ball mount doesn’t have and that is a rotational load. The square tube receiving the height extension is going to act like a fulcrum turning both the draw load and weight load into a rotational load. You clearly have some play there otherwise the anti rattle wouldn’t be needed. That play is just going to exasperate the issue and get sloppier with time.

That’s putting an awful lot of faith in that square tube and attaching welds.

Let’s not even consider side loading either.



This is one place where being frugal can cost a bunch. What’s your rig and a$$ worth?

The straight shank mount shown earlier can be had for probably $40.00 or so.

Cheap insurance.
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Old 08-11-2021, 11:21 AM   #27
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Just go buy a 3" rise or drop ball mount or whatever rise/drop you need or just pound a few 2"x4"s together a drill a hole where you need the ball shank.

I am kinda warming up to the 2"x4" idea.

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I don't see a problem with it. The specs say it's good for rise or drop. It's only rated to 5000 lbs. Not sure why you added the U-bolt and flange?
The unbolt and flange is an accessory!
It removes any annoying slack in the hitch to receiver.
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