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We have a Suburban 2500 and are pulling a travel trailer with it. Both the car and travel trailer are new to us. When my husband, set up the travel trailer to the car the tongue of the trailer is angled up. My understanding is that the travel trailer needs to be level. How do we fix this? In order to be even, we need the tongue down about 3 inches. The weight distributing hitch is adjustable and is adjusted to the lowest position.


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Posted: 07/13/12 05:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can you post pictures? That would help. Also make and model of hitch.

You might need some sort of drop hitch.


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Posted: 07/13/12 08:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You SHOULD be using an adjustable hitchhead assembly on your truck. this allows you to raise or lower the ball and get the trailer level before setting up the weight distributing system (to keep it level and weight correct on all four wheels of the tow vehicle). If you don't START level you can't GET to level by adjusting the hitch.

Here is a link to the part you need to make the correct changes to your hitch. Adjustable Shank


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The part you adjust the hitch height on is called a draw bar and you may need to but a longer one that allows for lower adjustment. This is especially common on 4WD vehicles. They're not cheap though, I had to buy one for my previous trailer and it was about $100 but it did allow me to get a near perfect level.


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No doubt the adjustment bar needs to be flipped over to go down instead of up. If it IS already down, I'd have to ask where on earth they put the hitch itself. Did they mount it right under the back window or something?

Flipping that part of the hitch over should get it low enough for anything, except perhaps one of those raised swamp buggys, you know, the kind that you need a ladder just to climb in.





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Posted: 07/13/12 08:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Trailer level to slightly nose down provides a more stable towing experience.

You need to lower the ball. The easiest way is using an adjustable shank. I had to buy a longer shank when I went from a half ton pickup to 2500 Burb. This is what I have now.


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As others have responded, you need a draw bar that can flipped over or one that has a longer mounting point that makes it adjustable. Be certain you get one rated for your size trailer. Like this:

http://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Reese/RP54970.html


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Thanks everyone. We found instructions on measuring to get the right shank. We'll get a new one.

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