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    Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 9:59am
My new TV sits substantially higher than my previous one that the dealer setup with the ball mount.  In looking at the ball mount instructions, it says to measure the height of ball coupler when the trailer is level and add one inch to that to determine the correct ball height setup.  Is that STOP around here?  The lowest I can get the dealer supplied ball mount puts it two inches higher than the coupler.  The dealer will swap it out for me, but that's a four hour roundtrip.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 10:15am
Not sure about that 1 inch calculation (others more knowledgeable will chime in) but no need to make the 4 hr trip; ball mounts are readily available at any decent rv shop and not very costly. Easy to change out the ball.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 10:44am

Really need to know if you have a WDH or just a shank and ball. If the latter, Walmart has a variety of balls and different 2" shanks - straight and up to 4" drop/rise (at my local store).

You'll want your trailer to be level or, even better, slightly lower at the tongue, when fully loaded for travel.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 1:39pm
+1 to David's post.  You want to be slightly lower at the tongue.  We started our measurement at dead level and then subtracted 2" so that the tongue would be lower, this substantially helps reduce sway as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 2:02pm
Same her , we use the 4" drop on our F-150. Tows great!
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Thanks folks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 3:58pm
etrailer sells a very good adjustable height ball hitch, I use it and recommend it. You can change your ball height to make it level.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
Originally posted by mcarter

etrailer sells a very good adjustable height ball hitch, I use it and recommend it. You can change your ball height to make it level.

Hah!  I just got off the phone with Sami at etrailer, and she came up with the perfect solution.

Thanks again.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jun 2018 at 6:18pm
most any U Haul store has all kinds of hitch supplies.  I must have 5 or 6 "stingers" with 2" balls mounted.  Each TV /trailer  hookup is different.  I have always preferred the Balls with a hole for a cotter pin on the bottom after mounting it in the stinger.  Just further assurance, or insurance, if you will.
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