Max Rise Safety Concerns?

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  1. nwcurt

    nwcurt New Member

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    Good morning,

    I flipped the axle on my '05 Fleetwood Tucson and need a pretty significant rise on the hitch to tow it level.

    I know they sell the hitches as "drop -OR- rise", but are there any safety concerns using a hitch that's at a 10" or even 12" rise? It looks a little funny - especially since it seems almost all hitch setups are with a DROP, not a RISE at all.

    Just making sure I'm not risking some kind of colossal towing failure. Any advice or input is appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    I had a 6 inch (ish) drop hitch that I used with the big pick up and motorcycle trailer.
    Truck is gone, 4Runner is shorter, pop up is taller.
    Flipped the ball on it and have used it a couple years now with no issue.
    What are you towing with that you'll need that much rise and why did you lift the camper so high?

    Because 10-12" is a LOT of difference.
    I don't think that using it flipped over is a safety or strength issue, you're only towing a light pop up.
     
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    I lifted it so I could put some real tires on it and get some more clearance on bad forest service roads. We had an almost identical popup a decade ago and went through 4 tires on a month long road trip. Wanted real radials this time. It raised it about 4".

    The tow vehicle just happens to have a low-sitting hitch. It actually has a pretty high bumper and clearance itself ('08 Kia Sorento), but the hitch mounts pretty low.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    joet Well-Known Member

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    Curious as to how you got a 10-12 inch lift out of an axle flip.
     
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    I only got about 4" out of the flip. The rest is the low hitch on my tow vehicle.
     
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    Different vehicle, but here's the flip. Not that extreme, really.
    T3.JPG
     
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    When they design those things they know how it will be used.
     
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    Closer look on the lift
    T2.jpg
     
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    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

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    Nice. No worries about that rise. Time to lift the Sorrento
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    This is why I bought a tall camper to start with.
    I look at older ones and can't understand how they don't drag everywhere.
     
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    Yeah, there's no need to worry about using a drop/rise mount in the rise configuration... it's designed to be used that way (unless there are specific restrictions from the manufacturer, of course).
     
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    I use a 5" lift on my minivan - always have. No issue at all. higher lift requires a bit more reinforcement of the receiver insert, but will tow just fine.
     
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    Rusty2192 Well-Known Member

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    Just check the weight capacity of the ball mount. It isn’t too common, but I have seen some with different capacities for drop vs rise. I doubt it will be an issue with a pup, but I’d check just to be sure.
     
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    Will you be able to open your tailgate with a hitch rise that high?
     

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