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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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What's wrong with this picture? Towing Setup

I rented a pop up camper from work for the Midwest Commanders outing this weekend. We hooked it up and it sat 10" higher in the front with a 2" drop slug in the hitch.

I had my buddy, intheclouds, take a look at it and he agreed that it should not sit like that. It could be extremely unstable at highway speeds. Not to mention looking completely weird going down the road.





He had several other size drops that I could try. I ended up using his custom made 14" drop. It sits level with that one. I also had to extend the safety chains as they would not reach with the new drop.

What do you all think of this deal? I'm running Rusty's lift with 32" tires.

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Looks like you could have used a 16" drop but you will have to make do with what you have I guess. LOL don't accelerate to hard or you will drag the hitch on the ground.

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Haha, that looks even stupider in pictures! What a strangely designed trailer...talk about a low tongue!

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That's because its designed to be towed by a car, which sits lower. I'd go with a 4"-5" drop at most, that'll keep the tongue more level with the road. That drop is way too long for the trailer & towing setup.

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When it's on the road it's almost level. My driveway is kinda a V. the concrete part slopes away from the house while the part the XK is sitting on slopes back toward the house. It's only a slight grade each way but it makes it look worse than it is.

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I have to agree with rwmorrisonjr... it looks like if you even had to drive into anything slightly inclined, (gas station entrance, anything like that) you are going to hit the tow hitch and trailer on the ground. Needs to be about 4-5 inched higher.


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Looks like you need to make a custom lift kit for the camper so you dont need such a big drop hitch!




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I had to use a 7" drop to pull my box trailer but remember I have the 2.25 lift.



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Man, I would absolutely not pull that thing. You will dig every time you pull into a gas station or get on a dirt road or a grass field. I have to admit I laughed and thought it was a joke when I looked at the photo. The problem is, if you tear up that tongue jack you will not be able to unhook that trailer easily when you arrive at your destination. Be sure to bring some wood blocks in case that happens.

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I thought the pictures were supposed to be a joke also. I use an 8" drop with my 2.25" lift and it works with most trailers I tow. One is a small trailer about the size of that camper and it is a couple inches higher in the front than the rear when hooked up, I have no stability issues when towing. Definitely get a hitch with less of a drop or you will wish you did with every bump you hit on your trip.

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