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So I picked up a diesel Jeep GC the other day and plan to do a lot of towing with it as I build up my collection of toys. While I know I may need a Weight Distributing hitch down the road (btw...the 2016 manual says weight distributing is needed at 5,000 lbs NOT 3,500 lbs) I'm looking at picking up a standard hitch in the meantime to tow my father-in-law's dual axle dump trailer filled with mulch or a utility tractor, a 20' aluminum car trailer, a 4x8' harbor freight special, a pontoon boat, a dual jet ski trailer...you get the picture.

I went out to measure today and the 2016 Jeep GC hitch is about 19" from ground to the center of the pin. What I'd like is a hitch that is versatile and can be used for everything I have now and whatever else may come in the future. Accordingly, I'm looking at a GenY 324 that offers 7.5"/8" of drop or rise (Amazon and GenY's website don't agree), or a GenY 323 that offers 5". I know the 7.5"/8" will provide me room for further growth, but I also worry about bottoming out on pavement transitions with it. The 5" could be a safer bet, but may not meet the needs of a smaller trailer too.

Any help is appreciated (based on experience)!

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Old 04-04-2016, 02:32 PM
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Re: GenY Hitch Height

Personally, I have a 4" drop that works with both my boat and utility trailer.
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Re: GenY Hitch Height

8" drop works perfectly with my utility trailer....perfectly level @ normal ride height with my bike in it. .....and in OR2 it is high enough that the back of the trailer is low enough that I can use the gate/ramp to load the bike without 'high centering'.
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8" drop works perfectly with my utility trailer....perfectly level @ normal ride height with my bike in it. .....and in OR2 it is high enough that the back of the trailer is low enough that I can use the gate/ramp to load the bike without 'high centering'.

So the 8" drop doesn't make you pucker when you're say pulling out of a gas station onto a road where the transition may be less them optimal? I just worry about how much the drop will compromise the departure angle when I may be pulling a trailer that doesn't need 7.5" drop. But I have a feeling if I unfolded the harbor freight trailer and set it level I'd find I need a significant drop. ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1459872769.872447.jpg

Any thoughts you have would be great. Leaning towards the 7.5" drop for versatility...


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Re: GenY Hitch Height

etrailer.com sells adjustable height ball mounts that will solve your problem. Most trailers will vary slightly in height. If you have a lot of toys to tow, this may be the ticket you are looking for.
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etrailer.com sells adjustable height ball mounts that will solve your problem. Most trailers will vary slightly in height. If you have a lot of toys to tow, this may be the ticket you are looking for.

Yep, I'm looking at this one (attached)ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1459873505.546469.jpg and seeing if I should get 7.5" or 5" for most versatility without overly compromising departure angle.


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Re: GenY Hitch Height

It's usually best to have the exact ball height required for a particular trailer to be able to calculate the correct drop ball mount size for a given combination. That requires measuring the trailer when it's parked level and on its jack. Different trailers will require different accommodations sometimes.

Like some others, I've been lucky that both my small horse trailer and my utility trailer have worked out fine with a 4" drop, although I still need two ball mounts because they are different sized balls and I also preferred a much heavier ball mount for the horse trailer.
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