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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I'm new to towing and I drive a 2014 Trialhawk with the towing package. I'm renting a 5x8 U-haul to begin towing equipment around for our upcoming shows this month and I have no idea what size drop to get for the trailer. I've pulled a small utility trailer before with a 2" drop and saw that I needed much more for it to even out. What should I be measuring to get it level and what is a good ball mount to buy that I shouldn't have to worry about failure with? I'd say my budget is around $50

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the drop for my car is 9 1/2" and should probably be 10", but that's with the lift and the fact that my utility trailer is pretty low. is yours stock? if so, a 6"-8" drop will probably get you through in a pinch, and should be available reasonably inexpensively from walmart

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Generally 8-10" is what people have reported on the forum, but it depends on the vehicle + trailer combination.

A good way of doing it, if possible is buy several (that you can return) and actually hitch up and check the height. The trailer frame should be level, or slightly low in front. Remember you are going to have ~10-12% of your trailer+cargo weight on the hitch.

The other way to get a somewhat reasonable measurement to to measure to the bottom of the receiver hitch on the vehicle and to the bottom of the coupling on the trailer, when level. The difference will be roughly the amount of drop you need.

The right way is to load up vehicle plus trailer and find the drop height that has the trailer very slightly nose down.

If you are renting from U-Haul, and you don't have a draw bar, rent/buy it from U-Haul when you get there. They should give the right one, but make sure you still check for level.

You can also get an adjustable hitch, but they are much heavier and more expensive.

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I have a 8" for my utility trailer and a 5 1/2" for my enclosed trailer because they sit level at different heights. Best thing you can do is go to Uhaul and measure one of the 5x8's sitting level to get the distance from ground as @Rojhan mentioned. The tow receiver on the Cherokee is pretty high for a crossover. I rent a lot of equipment for work and generally do not need a rise except for big machines.

With your budget of $50, you are all set. I just had to buy a new 5 1/2" (mine just got stolen) and the total after adding a 2" ball was around $38. IIRC, the 8" drop was about $45 when I bought it, then add a $10 ball so $55 or thereabout.

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5 1/2" drop for a uhaul.

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I would recommend getting a locking hitch pin for the draw bar as well as a lock that will secure the ball mount on the trailer. Not sure what will work on a U-Haul trailer. You don't want someone to easily steal the trailer and cargo. Check with U-Haul for the proper diameter ball if you buy from somewhere else. If you have the rear view camera, life is a lot easier. The white rectangle closest to the bumper is exactly where the hitch ball is located. This makes backing up and hooking up extremely easy.

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A site like e-trailer has the information on how to calculate the drop needed. Towing parts I stick with brand names like Reese.
Basically you want the trailer level when hooked up.
Now the question might be loaded vs unloaded. A utility trailer /u haul trailer might be more of an issue loaded when doing the calculations.
In my case, my 4x8 utility trailer sits high unloaded (8" drop). When loaded "properly" its close to level.
*Now one last point I may suggest to you is read about loading a trailer properly. This is very important for safety/control reasons.
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My recommendation is 5 1/2" drop with a 2" ball. Don't let them talk you into a 1 7/8" as uhaul trailers can use both.

If you ever tow a trailer other than a uhaul trailer you'll likely need more drop. My travel trailer for example needs an 8" drop. With 5 1/2" of drop you can tow any uhaul trailer and when unloaded it'll sit level. Once packed it'll sit like it should. Always remember to load the heaviest stuff up front by the tongue of the trailer.


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The easiest way to do this is find a level concrete parking lot. If there is a jack on the trailer, jack the trailer until it is level. Then, back your tow vehicle as close as you can to the ball mount on the trailer. Then, measure the distance from the bottom of the tow vehicles draw bar's square hole to the bottom of the ball hitch on the trailer. This will give you the drop for the draw bar. I prefer the trailer to be level; I'm OK with the trailer tilting slightly to the front, but this increases the weight on the ball, and I don't want to exceed the maximum tongue weight, which is 450 pounds with the Factory Tow Group.

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The easiest way to do this is find a level concrete parking lot. If there is a jack on the trailer, jack the trailer until it is level. Then, back your tow vehicle as close as you can to the ball mount on the trailer. Then, measure the distance from the bottom of the tow vehicles draw bar's square hole to the bottom of the ball hitch on the trailer. This will give you the drop for the draw bar. I prefer the trailer to be level; I'm OK with the trailer tilting slightly to the front, but this increases the weight on the ball, and I don't want to exceed the maximum tongue weight, which is 450 pounds with the Factory Tow Group.


Most uhaul trailers don't have tongue jacks.


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