What are tradeoffs in extreme rise/drop hitch heights?
What are the tradeoffs involved - if any - in extreme rise/drop heights?
I'm towing a 16' International with a Jeep, using a Reese weight-distribution hitch and a hitch bar with adjustable shank (google Reese 54970).
The Jeep's ball height is about 4 inches higher than the trailer's hitch height when everything is level and disconnected, and things are mostly level when connected and spring bars loaded.
Setup is working fairly well but I really should have the ball lower. And someday I'll get bigger tires on the Jeep, so I'll have another inch or so to make up.
I see that shanks with greater drops are available (google Reese 3215).
What tradeoffs are involved in dropping the ball down say 10 inches from the receiver? As long as I'm not exceeding max specs, does drop/rise height matter?