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grassmasterswilson
02-02-2011, 03:17 PM
Have a 2500 diesal with 285 tires, so it sits a little higher than normal. I pull a double axle trailer that hauls my equipment. Usually 1 or 2 mowers or fertilizer and sprayer.

I'm currently using a normal reese hitch and thinking of getting a drop hitch to help level out the trailer and prevent uneven tire wear. Anyone have this set up and what drop are you using? 2 inch enough?

seabee1
02-02-2011, 04:58 PM
i use a 3 1/2 drop on my 01 hd but it take's what it take's to get it level !:usflag:

grassmasterswilson
02-02-2011, 05:24 PM
I guess what I run now is a 2 in drop, but to me that is just a stock mount. Tried to get the ball off because I have an 1 7/8 ball on a bigger drop. It is rusted on I couldn't get the thing to budge. Might try the smaller ball in the driveway to see how it looks before buying a mount with 2 inch ball.

grassmasterswilson
02-02-2011, 06:02 PM
95% of the time I use my 2 in ball for pulling the trailer, but my truck is also my personal vehical. I may have the need for a smaller ball. What do you guys think about something like this.....

http://www.tractorsupply.com/trailers-towing/towing-systems/hitch-balls-mounts/hitch-balls/buyers-products-adjustable-tri-ball-mount-12-in-vertical-10-000-gtw-1004049

What about saftey chain and trailer light lengths? would you need to lengthen them?

Greg78
02-02-2011, 06:23 PM
Got a Ram 3500 DRW 2wd and have a 6" drop to make it level.

mowerbrad
02-02-2011, 07:40 PM
I use something like this, except mine is red and has a pintle hook on it too...

http://www.awdirect.com/adjustable-tri-ball-hitch-1802225/trailer-hitch/

It has worked for me quite well for 2 years, plus it has all the different sized balls on it, so I can tow anything without switching out the hitch.

grassmasterswilson
02-02-2011, 08:03 PM
I use something like this, except mine is red and has a pintle hook on it too...

http://www.awdirect.com/adjustable-tri-ball-hitch-1802225/trailer-hitch/

It has worked for me quite well for 2 years, plus it has all the different sized balls on it, so I can tow anything without switching out the hitch.

Did you have to lengthen the safety chains and light hook up?

mowerbrad
02-02-2011, 08:22 PM
Did you have to lengthen the safety chains and light hook up?

On my old trailer I did have to lengthen my safety chains and my light plug. On my new trailer the chains and wiring was all long enough.

The hitch definately is longer than your standard hitch, probably by 6 inches. But the fact that I can adjust the drop or rise of the hitch in seconds and switch to different size balls in seconds, is well worth the price. I think I spent $250 on mine and would pay it again in a heart beat.

Junior M
02-02-2011, 08:42 PM
Hook your trailer up the way it is now with whatever drop hitch you've got. And then go park on a level surface.

Measure at the front of the trailer and at the rear in the same area, say the frame rail, top rail. Something that is standard the entire length of the trailer.

Then split the difference, so lets say your trailer is 2ft off the ground in the front and 18inches in the rear. drop the front 3 inches and that'll bring the rear up 3 inches. And wam your trailer is level.

aird208
02-02-2011, 09:06 PM
I have a diversi-tech adjustable aluminum drop hitch. It has worked great and makes it a breeze to switch from the 2" ball to 2 5/16" ball and any height needed based on the trailer I am towing. I have the 8" drop on my truck.

http://www.diversi-tech.net/Hitches%20Page.htm

Junior M
02-02-2011, 09:08 PM
Once I get more than 2 trailers, I am gonna switch everything to 2 5/16s