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Old 07-26-2016, 03:31 PM   #1
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Drop hitch?

I have a 2016 30 foot Classic being towed by a 2005 Ford F-350 crew cab 4 wheel drive with stock tires and wheels with an 8 foot bed. There is no lift kit installed. I have an equalizer hitch.
Here is my issue.
I need to turn from a paved road with a 2% grade into a gravel/ dirt driveway that has approximately a 6 % grade. I will take a smart tool out there to get an accurate slope measurement in a few days. The gravel driveway climbs for about 100 feet before leveling off. I was thinking about buying a drop hitch to facilitate getting the trailer up the drive without draging the bottom and damaging my trailer.. The idea being that I would chock the trailer tires and unhitch in a turn around spot at the end of the pavement and remove the equalizer hitch. I would then install the drop hitch with the 2 5/16 ball positioned about 6 to 8 inches lower than level towing height. This would leave at least 6 inches of space between the trailer's tongue and the ground. The rear of the trailer would raise up from 10 inches of clearance to 15 to 16 inches. I am thinking that this configuration if only used to move the trailer a couple of hundred feet would greatly aid in preventing the rear end from dragging and damaging the trailer.
Please share your thoughts and or experiences

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Old 07-26-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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It should work fine, as long as you don't drag the tongue jack.


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Old 07-26-2016, 03:49 PM   #3
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Depending on how close it might be better to just lift the trailer. But either way should work.
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