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gatewaygrip 11-01-2012 10:09 PM

Drop down receiver
Looking for a 4"-6" drop down receiver, made for towing a trailer. 500tw and 5000+gtw. Any suggestions?

TG Twinkie 11-01-2012 10:13 PM

Curt Manufacturing makes receiver hitches and ball mounts.
Just type in Curt Trailer hitch into the search engine.

dznf0g 11-02-2012 08:09 AM

I assume you mean a DRAWBAR which has a 4 -6" drop. Never seena a receiver which drops down.
I you're looking for a drop drawbar, Reese, Equalizer....all make them. I'd suggest an adjustable one, like one of these:

Specialty Adjustable Shanks : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store

slowmover 11-08-2012 09:07 AM

Contact etrailer for all the generic stuff.

AWCHIEF 11-08-2012 10:46 AM

Nothing special about them really. Any auto parts store or Walmart should be able to fix you up.

dkottum 11-08-2012 01:28 PM

Are you planning on using this to tow your Airstream?

If so you ought to be considering a weight distribution hitch with sway control. The drop bar would be included with the w.d./sway control hitch as an assembly.

doug k

urnmor 11-08-2012 03:54 PM

I agree with Doug. If in fact you are going to tow an AS you should determine the height of what the ball should be before buying just any reciever shaft. When I bought my knew TV I found out the receiver shaft that I had was to big for my vehicle because it came to close to the pavement and when I reversed it the tailgate would hit it (not good on a new vehicle). We then tried a number of Reese's adjustable shaft before I found one that gave be the correct height of the ball.

gatewaygrip 11-09-2012 08:45 AM


Thanks for your advise. The drop down receiver would be for an old style w.d./sway hitch design for a lower vehicle. After searching and talking to multiple people, no such thing exist. All drop downs are for towing a vehicle behind a R.V. or accessory racks. Tried to save some money!

mefly2 11-15-2012 09:07 AM

Can you simply fit a new shank to the WD hitch that you already have?

bbnaugher 04-18-2013 04:55 PM

We have the old style WD sway hitch that came with our Argosy, but our F150 hitch is too high. We are looking for a drop hitch shank (not a ball) for 500 lb tongue weight & at least 5,000 lb gtw also. Has anyone found one that will carry that many lbs?

TG Twinkie 04-18-2013 05:38 PM

How many inches of drop do you need? Curt manufacturing makes an assortment of different ball mounts. Which is the part that slips into the 2" receiver on the TV.

Jared129 04-18-2013 06:08 PM

I just had to buy a new shank that had a larger drop when switching from my half ton Dodge to the new 3/4 ton. I found one through Draw-Tite which is rated at 14,000 lbs GTW and 1400 lbs tongue weight....they have a few selections here:

bbnaugher 04-18-2013 09:35 PM

We need 2" - 4" drop. Our receiver slips in the TV with a shank with a ball on the other end with the holes for the sway bars to fit in. So a regular ball mount will not work with our WD set up. Any suggestions?
Looking for a Hi-Low Drop Hitch Adapter with 500 lbs tongue weight.

TG Twinkie 04-18-2013 11:51 PM

Can you post a pic of your previous setup? Just stick the old one in the receiver and take a couple of shots for us.

bbnaugher 04-19-2013 07:50 AM

I will when the storm passes, thanks for your help.

dnmais 04-19-2013 09:09 AM

Try Blue Ox at Blue Ox - Drop Receivers

They make a drop down accessory that works well and may not require modifications to what you have. I got one on Ebay for a good price.



bbnaugher 04-19-2013 11:01 AM

This is what we have been looking at. One place told me it would work, but another place said it was not for pulling a camper, but it was made to tow a car behind the camper with a tow bar. This is the style that we need. Just needed to verify that it will work for pulling a camper. Which one do you use, the one for 5,000 or 10,000 lbs? What is the tongue weight on these?

dnmais 04-19-2013 11:16 AM

Dear bbnaugher,

I have used the 4" drop 5000 lb model with an 86, 25ft Sovereign. Tongue weight is around 700 lb. Worked fine for us. It is extremely robust and the welds are first rate. You may wish to use the higher rating just to have a bit of a safety factor.
Only issue is it puts the pivot point a little further behind the rear axle. This did not cause any sway issues as we were using a 3/4 ton Dodge Ram diesel with extended cab with an 8ft bed. Truck had a very long wheelbase and was extremely stable. Our electric umbilical cord was long enough as well.

bbnaugher 04-19-2013 11:42 AM

Thank you for the info.

ROBERT CROSS 04-19-2013 01:32 PM

Is this what your looking for?
1 Attachment(s)
Most companies offer an adjustable stinger.

This is what I used on our 63 Safari.


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