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Old 08-12-2014, 01:46 PM
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Towing ball mount drop

I have a 14 JGC Overland with Quadra Lift suspension. I know that trailers vary in height, therefore people will need different drop heights, but I am wondering what drop most people are finding in the new jeeps. My old 2004 Jeep ran with a 2" drop, but I found with my 2014, I needed a 4" drop to tow my boat. How much of a drop are you using?

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Old 08-12-2014, 01:56 PM
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

I utilized a 2 inch drop all weekend towing sea-doos. I had no issues, but I did purchase a Trimax TAR300 Anti-Rattle 5/8" Keyed Receiver Locking Pin System.

I've never towed with a Unibody SUV before and the banging sounds sent via the hitch drove me crazy. This device works pretty well in limiting the sound through the cabin.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

Both my 2 horse trailer and my utility trailer coincidentally required the same 4" drop, although they are different ball size, so I need separate ball mounts. I'm guessing that 4" drop will handle many trailers, but we should always measure to be sure that the trailer is properly oriented for best results. (level or a hair nose up, never nose down)

I have not experienced the banging sounds that FHLH mentions with either of my ball mounts...they are pretty snug and heavy cast ball mounts from Northern Tool.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

Which Ball mount exactly?
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I'm using a Reese and it's loose hence the anti-rattle pin I purchased.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

I've heard reports about the banging on the other forum; it has nothing to do with unibody, but is rather a slightly too small receiver in a slightly too large hole, causing the receiver to move around from side to side as your towing. Some add padding of some sort, or get a different receiver etc.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

I went with an aluminum ball mount with stainless ball. I hate the look of a rusted ball mount on a new vehicle, and the steel ball mounts rust too fast. I have a fair amount of play when I put the ball mount in the receiver. I used to use a Pro Series 63100 Lock-Tite Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin (available at amazon). I really like this setup, but it only works with a hollow ball mount. With the new aluminum ball mount, it is solid, so I had to find a new option. I just bought a Draw-Tite J-Pin Stabilization Pin and Barrel Lockset for 2" Trailer Hitches (got at local trailer hitch place, but etrailer.com sells them). I had to drill a 7/16 hole to get it to work on the factory receiver, but so far, it seems to have removed the slop, and I don't hear the clunking around anymore.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

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Which Ball mount exactly?
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I'm using a Reese and it's loose hence the anti-rattle pin I purchased.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

I have a Reese with a 3 1/2" drop and a wrap of duct tape on either side of the pin hole.

Fits just fine with 2" ball in foam recess next to the jack.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

I use a 3 " drop with a couple of different small trailers (golf cart / seadoo) and it's the perfect height for both.
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Re: Towing ball mount drop

After a lifetime of using normal hitches, I finally bought an Aluminum "Rapid Hitch" that has both a 2" and 2 5/16" ball on it and is adjustable.

My old truck had a very similar hitch height to the Jeep and I found myself using the 4" drop, 2" ball, combination for most of my towing. The only bar I had was only rated for 6,000lbs so when I bought the Jeep it seemed worthwhile to get a higher capacity one to match the truck. The new adjustable one is:

Towing capacity: 8,000 lbs with 2" ball, 10,000 lbs with 2-5/16" ball. (1,500 Lbs Tongue Weight) - So I don't have to worry about it being the weak link.

It has 5.5" of adjustment range (then I guess you could flip it over and go up with it too, so really 11") and I have found that my open utility trailer and boat both sit correctly at about 4" of drop. I am picking up a new custom football tailgate trailer (12' enclosed set up to party) next week so we'll see what that one needs!

So far, I'm very happy with this hitch though, I tow a fair amount and it's nice to know that I have some flexibility



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Re: Towing ball mount drop

I had a 2" drop originally and that was too high for my trailer with 13" tires.

Went to the 4" and it's much better. But I think a 5" would be better as in levelled, but they don't seem to make those.

Also added one of those tightening locking pins, to stop all the clunking noise.
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