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Old 06-29-2003, 10:12 PM   #1
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Hitch ball height... the Airstream web page at

Where is that measured to? Top of the ball?

I know this is a dumb question.



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Old 06-29-2003, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hitch ball height...

Greetings Don!

I have just completed resetting my hitch after having some rear suspension work completed on my '75 Cadillac - - raised the ride height by nearly 2". In addition, the hitch was set up for my '64 Airstream that needed 18.75" rather than the 18" for the Minuet that I am preparing to tow with the car. I found the following "pdf" file from Reese to be invaluable in the process of making these adjustments:

Reese Hitch Head Adjustment Directions

Basically, what I learned through following these instructions was that the suspension on my Minuet has settled resulting in a level ride hitch height of 17". Following the directions in the "pdf", I set the hitch height to 18" (measured to top of ball the additional 1" is to compensate for tow vehicle squat as per Reese directions). After reading these instructions, if I were setting up the hitch on my Suburban and I could get sufficient drop, I think that I would set the hitch height to 17" as the Suburban doesn't squat at all when the Minuet is hitched to it and 18" is resulting in a nose high attitude for the Minuet

The result is a very smooth towing experience with the Minuet and Cadillac combination.

Good luck with your project!


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Old 06-30-2003, 05:29 AM   #3
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Normally, yes, to the top of the ball. If you think your trailer suspension has sagged, get the trailer level, then measure from up inside the ball coupler to the ground. You'll have to add a bit (maybe 1/2" or so) to compensate for the truck sagging, even after weight redistribution.
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