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Oasisbob

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Posted: 01/11/21 09:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am installing my old class 3 adjustable heighth hitch on my new to me Ford Explorer with factory receiver. On the lowest setting my ball is still 2-3 inch's taller than my trailer hitch is when trailer is level. This is unhooked. Do you think my Explorer with factory tow package will sink down a few inch's and work? I do use load leveling bars. Option B is to purchase a different hitch that will lower the ball another two inch's. What say you? I know for sure you guys know more than I do. Thanks in advance.


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Posted: 01/11/21 09:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hook it up and check it. You have a WDH and that doesn't have it's own receiver?


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Posted: 01/11/21 10:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You want your Explorer to squat 2 or 3 inches so you don’t need a new hitch?


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Posted: 01/11/21 10:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don’t think any of us know your setup like you do...and the best way to find out is to hook it up and give it a try.


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Congrats on the new rig Bob!
Sounds like it’s close to working.
Couple things?
Is the Explorer auto level air ride? If it is, that doesn’t help, but it may not be prohibitive.
Is your trailer tandem leaf springs? If so it will handle a little nose up better than torsion axles which will place more load on one axle or the other if not close to level.
Lastly, throw the trailer on, put some weight in the vehicle and camper to simulate how it will be loaded on the rear axle of the vehicle. See how it looks and drives restoring some weight to the front as needed.
If it’s good, it’s good. If not, then you may need to get a lower hitch.
Imo, I’d confirm that first. If no auto level I bet it will be very close or work.


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Posted: 01/12/21 05:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes it's going to squat some, but you won't know how much until you try it. An inch or two one way or the other is not the end of the world.

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If your using a WDH you'll want to take 2 measurements of the front end of tow vehicle, ground to wheel well.
Take a measurement unloaded and another with trailer hooked up with tounge weight.
Set the hitch up to where the 2 measurements have been split. This indicates weight transfer.

That said, with my HD trucks, I've always started with my hitch ball 1" higher than trailer coupler when setting up WDH and always got weight transfer and a level trailer.

Not knowing your trailer or tow vehicles capacity, none of what I said may happen.

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Posted: 01/12/21 02:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bob, get a B&W Tow N Stow and adjust accordingly.

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Thanks all. Some good observations. Seems I just need to hook up and see. Thursday looks dry . I will let ya all know. Thanks again

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^ Now lets see a pic of the new Explorer! Eco boost?

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