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Old 09-30-2013, 11:46 PM
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Hi all,

Got my first truck last week :-) 2012 RAM SLT

Need to buy the right hitch to match the trailer. I figured the difference between the truck and trailer to be 6" drop.
My question is: with about 700lb weight on a hitch (7000lb boat trailer) will the hitch "sink" lower? Should I assume the hitch under load will be 2" lower and get 4" drop hitch?

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3-4" drop should be fine. If your really worried, get one of the adjustable ones and then you can change as needed for different loads.
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Here is what has worked for me. Set up your trailer on flat ground (not hitched to your truck) and adjust the tongue jack so the trailer is level. Measure the height from the ground to the top of the hitch (where the ball will contact). Then measure the height from the ground to the top of receiver opening on your truck. The difference between the two measurements is the drop differential. To account for the difference under load, I would add an extra 2" of drop.
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get one of the adjustable ones and then you can change as needed for different loads.
I vote for this ^^ I got an adjustable drop hitch a couple months ago and it's definitely the way to go. For one, not all trailers you tow are going to have the same tongue height. Two, if you ever change the height of your truck you can still use your hitch. And three (kind of relates to two) if you buy a different truck or need to use your hitch on a buddy's truck that's a different height that's an option. All great reasons to buy one IMO. I'm still using the same hitch that I had on my 1500 with a 6" lift on my 3500 (stock height for now) and I've used it on my dads truck that's even lower. It's great to have that versatility and now go out and buy a new hitch every time you change the height of your truck or have a different trailer to pull.
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IMHO an adjustable hitch is the way to go for those who tow multiple trailers, where differing heights may come into play. I got the idea the OP has one trailer he wants to tow and if so can save $$ with a standard hitch bar at the correct drop.
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If your are pulling 7k lbs, I'd suggest you look at a weight distribution & anti-sway hitch, not just an adjustable height shank. I run an Equalizer brand towing my 5k lb trailer with about 750 lbs tongue weight empty & it works great. The ball height is adjustable & you adjust the vertical drop during the setup process.
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I've found the weight distribution hitch on sale for $200. Installed it on Saturday. Will give it a try with a full load in a couple of weeks.

I didn't get the anti-sway bar for it yet (it can be added any time). The truck (2012 RAM SLT) is said to have an electronic anti-sway system in it. I will see how does is perform on the highway. Anybody can speak to that?

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