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John97031

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A question about drop hitches
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:01:20 AM »
I'm getting ready to tow a 10ft motorcycle enclosed trailer behind my Jayco Greyhawk 26DS  class C for the first time. I did the drop calculations and it calls for a 5 inch drop. With the overhang from the rear axle this seems likely to hit. Especially going in and out of gas stations or anything resembling a driveway.

Anybody have experience towing behind a class C? And what was your experience and suggestions?
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Re: A question about drop hitches
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 10:18:06 AM »
I tow a VW Bug behind my Class C, without a drop hitch, and it will occasionally drag when entering and exiting a steep driveway.  With a drop hitch I would expect it to occur more often.  I usually just take it slow and easy and try and enter/exit at an angle to lessen the degree of slope I am trying to overcome.  You might try a skid wheel to help with the situation.

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Re: A question about drop hitches
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 05:22:29 PM »
I tow with a 4" drop.. now.. Question: Do you already own the trailer?

YOu can get trailers with tongs that have a "Offset" so they hook up HIGHER than the frame.  THis is what I'd recommend

NOTE also The tow assembly is not really designed for a TORQUE loade. it's designed for a straight line tow.. Using the Drop (or Rise) hitch adapter (But not the Raised tong method) Puts a Torque load on the cross bar and can rip it right off the frame.. Did to me. But I was towing over 4,000 pounds at the time.

I was unable to find an example of the kind of thing I was looking for but its kind of a Gooseneck style, Just where a real Gooseneck is designed to attach to the bed for a truck. This is designed to attach to the step bumper.

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Re: A question about drop hitches
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 11:56:17 AM »
Yes it is gonna drag sometimes. Maybe more often than you like. With the long rear overhang, there isn't anyway to avoid it.  Maybe you can use a bit less drop, say 4" or even 3". It's a compromise...
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