Adjustable ball mounts: worth it?

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  1. Dingit

    Dingit Active Member

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    After fiddling around a lot trying to get close to a level tow with my "new" popup which will probably be off once I actually add gear, I'm wondering it it is worth the extra expense to get a draw bar with an adjustable height to account for changes in TV height due to loading, etc.

    They are kind of expensive (at eTrailer they start around $180 for my TV), but it would be nice to be able to change the height a small amount without adding to the ball mount collection.

    Anyone like these or have recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
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    Customer Well-Known Member

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    Once you dial in your typical way of loading and traveling, no further adjustment is needed. Save your money.
     
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    If loading up your camper dramatically changes the TV sag then I would add air bags to the TV.
     
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    Advance Auto has them for half
     
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    I just checked Advance Auto and I didn't find the size I'd want in an adjustable, but I appreciate the referral.

    Hooking up the camper doesn't change the height of the TV noticeably. It has a pretty stiff suspension. But that plus anything loaded into the truck might lower it some. I dunno. I should have swapped drawbars just to get the popup into my driveway...[LOL]
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    No its not work buying an adjustable Draw bar. If your not dialed in. T,ake a measurement when loaded and hooked up, from ground to top of ball. Take a measurement when the truck is loaded but no trailer. Take your measurement of the trailer sitting level on level ground to top of coupler.. Do the math figure what drop or rise you need, error on the trailer nose being level or down up to 1.5 inches lower than level. Look up on curt manufacturing or reese for which draw bar works best. Search online and order online, or I have always found on amazon for $30 or less.
     
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    I know that's the standard procedure. I am wondering if it matters if you don't always pack the same. I pack differently depending on where I'm going and for how long. Does an inch or two off perfect matter?
     
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    As long as its a little low in the front, you are good to go.
     
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    As long as the tongue is not high you're ok. If you're level on an unloaded truck and less than 1.5" low when the bed is loaded. I too pack differently for almost every trip, depending on where we're going, how long we'll be out, whether it's a single campsite or multiple. But the hitch height doesn't vary enough to make much difference.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    I have an adjustable that I love. It has allowed me to tow 4 different trailers without having to change the drawbar, just a quick adjustment with a ratchet and I'm ready to roll.
     
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    I use an adjustable one with a quick change ball. It allows me to tow different trailers with minimal work and I don't have to have different draw bars for every trailer. I use one of these, it's inexpensive and as long as you don't tow anything heavy it does the job.
     
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    I have three trailers with three different ball sizes and three tow vehicles with three different hitch heights.....My stack of ball mounts is impressive....lol.
     
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    Any model recommendations for a 2.5 adjustable receiver? I think I have something that will work but if I do have to buy yet another &%$* ball mount it's gonna be the last one.
     
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    I cannot find anybody that sells the one I have. I think they might have stopped making it.
     

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