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Old 07-04-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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U-Haul 5X8: What size drop hitch do I need?

As the subject line states, I'll be towing a Uhaul 5X8 trailer about 600 miles, mostly down I95. Obviously I'd like as few problems as possible so I'm trying to figure out what size drop I'll need. I have the (crappy) 3 leaf springs and a 1.5" AAL. Walmart has a package deal http://www.walmart.com/ip/Reese-Towp...r-Kit/16349667 I'm considering but I'm not sure if it will be enough of a drop.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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which ever keeps the trailer level
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which ever keeps the trailer level
X2..get out your tape measure. Make sure the components are rated for the weight you'll be towing and get the right ball size. I get mine from a trailer supply outlet and let them torque the nut on the ball. 12" wrench won't do it.
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Wilson the one in the link is a lot of drop.
I tow an enclosed trailer & have rented the Uhaul same size you are talking with 2" drop ~ 3/4" rise from WalMart. We both have same truck minus the tsb.
Etrailer sells them cheaper but then there is shipping cost.
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i would say a 2-3 inch drop.

edit: go to a place that has u hauls, back up to one and just see how far a ball would need to be down so its level
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More than likely, U-Haul will have what you need on hand & could sell you one.

I've been pulling the 5x8 for the last couple years when I go on vacation.
Works great for hauling my motorcycle to the mountains.
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I've got that same kit and have a similar set-up in the rear (1.5" AAL but mine's on the TSB leaf pack w/ overload still installed) and that drop worked well for me when towing the Uhaul 5x8. The trailer seemed pretty level when loaded. I used the same drop when I hauled a 6x12 before the AAL and it worked also but the trailer was tilted forward slightly.
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