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U-Haul 5X8: What size drop hitch do I need?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by WilsonTheDog, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Jul 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    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-Towpower-3-1-4-Drop-Starter-Kit/16349667 I'm considering but I'm not sure if it will be enough of a drop.

    What say you?
     
  2. Jul 6, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    which ever keeps the trailer level
     
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    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.
     
  6. Jul 7, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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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
     
  7. Jul 7, 2011 at 8:08 AM
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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.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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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.
     
  9. Jul 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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    Thanks a lot, guys. Appreciate the input.
     
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