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Old 07-13-2018, 11:05 PM
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I have a 2014 F150 with the bilstiens all the way around at max height and I swapped the rear blocks with 3" blocks then I have some Nitto 35" tires. I picked up a PJ 77" X 12' utility trailer today and measured up the drop I would need. In my head I was thinking like a 6" drop or something, maybe 8" at most...

So I disconnect the trailer and lower it down with my level on the tongue. I measure from the ground to the top of my reciever and get 23" then I measure from the ground to the top of where the ball sits in the trailer and got 15". Then factor in the roughly 3" ball and I get a difference of 11"s

is it possible that I need a hitch with an 11" drop to drag this trailer around level? What about factoring in the UTV that will be on it from time to time and the truck loaded down? Should I go with an 8" to factor in the sag ill have?

does anybody else have a similar set up, if so what drop are you using? I dont want to spend the money on an adjustable right now...

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Any insight on this before I buy something? Anybody with a similar set up?
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You donít add anything for the height of the ball. The ball is made to have zero inches of rise unless you buy a ball that has a specified amount of rise.
You need a. 8 inch drop.
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You donít add anything for the height of the ball. The ball is made to have zero inches of rise unless you buy a ball that has a specified amount of rise.
You need a. 8 inch drop.
I'm not adding anything. What I have is 23" to the top of the receiver then 15" to the top of the ball.

I cant use that measurement because receivers dont come with *****. The 3" I am taking away is the height of the ball which down not factor into the height..
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Ok... the way you wrote it was confusing. Take the measurement to the top of your receiver and subtract the height from the ground to the bottom of the coupler.
We already know you need a drop hitch so 15-23=-8
8 inch drop

edit, so to the bottom of the coupler will be the measurement to use,not to the top.

Also look here. It tells you how to measure. Itís only two numbers.
https://www.etrailer.com/faq-ballmount.aspx

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Can you flip the axles to the bottom of the leaf springs? I did this on a utility trailer to lift it up. Then you may only need a 3 inch drop. I also wouldn't worry if it is perfectly level. Like you said, it will sag some.
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