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I have an air hitch that requires I raise the front of the trailer around 2 inches for optimal unhook height. I built two 7 1/2" high blocks for under my front landing gear. I keep the outer upper tubes in the middle of their range and the lower adjustable tubes as short as possible. Never had an issue. Also helps with trailer movement and jack longevity.

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I don't mind the extra lift to hitch and unhitch, but if you do, you could raise the hitch just enough to take the weight off the ball, then pull the pin on the ball and let it drop down into the hitch, and pull away.
Rehitching might be a bit tricky with that, however, unless you mark the exact height of the hitch.


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I’ve been confused by the problem that isn’t easily solved with blocks. What am I not understanding? I am in a very uneven site. The front was much lower so I used several blocks to minimize the front jack leg extension length.


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gkainz: That's a great idea. I'm already at the lowest pin hole but if I understand what you're suggesting, the ball unit will probably slip down in the tube a little when the pin is pulled. You're right it might be a tricky hitching up again unless I'm exactly in line with the hole in the adapter.

Super_Dave: do you have an Andersen Hitch?


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My jacks seem to have enough travel available that it's never been a problem. I understand having to raise and lower a bit more than a regular hitch can be viewed as a negative, but my property isn't totally flat nor are a lot of the places we camp so I don't see it as much of an issue - my jacks get a workout regardless.


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Super_Dave: do you have an Andersen Hitch?

Yes, and what confused me was not just putting blocks under the front jacks so that they have their full travel length. i.e. over a foot of travel length to get off of the ball.

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We have a Ford F-250 and use the Andersen Hitch and have no issues with it. Wish I could be of some help but we have never encountered the issue you are having.

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