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Old 05-14-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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A "no drop" ball mount?

While I was traveling, I was trying to fine-tune things. I had my hitch set up with a 2" drop. But as I noticed it more and more on flat ground, I thought the trailer was leaning too far forward.

So I flipped the mount, giving me a 3/4" rise. Really close to level, but now the trailer is tipped just a bit back.

I know that if I'm going to be anything but completely flat, I want it leaning a little forward. But I'm kind of right in the middle. The lean forward is pronounced, while the lean backward is very subtle.

If there were a straight ball mount, that's what I'd want. But I don't see that as an option anywhere. It seems like the smallest rise is 3/4"-1", and the smallest drop is 2".

I guess maybe in a couple years when I upgrade to 15" wheels, this may work itself out. Any advice until then? Go with the 2" drop and have the trailer lean forward a bit much? Or go with the 3/4" rise and have it lean ever so slightly back?
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:24 PM   #2
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I have a "no rise" hitch on my rig. It looks like they just squashed the 2" tube flat to one side if that makes sense.
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:31 PM   #3
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Never lean to the back !!
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:32 PM   #4
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You could always get an multi adjustable ball mount that allows you to do more fine tuning.

Curt also sells a no drop Ball mount.
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:50 PM   #5
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Etrailer lists 2 hitch balls with a 2" and also a 1" riser. C40034 and C40033. One of these might work.
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First let me say I know nothing about this subject I am only chiming in with questions... My Scamp owners manual said to have it 18" from the ground to the coupler which mine was spot on but it leaned considerably to the back. When I took it to the trailer shop to have a brake controller added to my wrangler they put on a 2 inch drop and now it is just about level. The trailer place said that was how it should be but it seems like that puts more weight on the hitch than having it lean back some. BUT after reading the above comment by Bob in Mb I am thinking level is best even if it puts more weight on the hitch which I am only assuming. Helpful comments?

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$15 at Harbor Freight. 2" Ball Mount Hitch with 0 Drop
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First let me say I know nothing about this subject I am only chiming in with questions... My Scamp owners manual said to have it 18" from the ground to the coupler which mine was spot on but it leaned considerably to the back. When I took it to the trailer shop to have a brake controller added to my wrangler they put on a 2 inch drop and now it is just about level. The trailer place said that was how it should be but it seems like that puts more weight on the hitch than having it lean back some. BUT after reading the above comment by Bob in Mb I am thinking level is best even if it puts more weight on the hitch which I am only assuming. Helpful comments?

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Yes, it does put a little more weight on the hitch. But if your trailer is up in front this can induce sway. Level to slightly low in front is where you want your trailer.
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First let me say I know nothing about this subject I am only chiming in with questions... My Scamp owners manual said to have it 18" from the ground to the coupler which mine was spot on but it leaned considerably to the back. When I took it to the trailer shop to have a brake controller added to my wrangler they put on a 2 inch drop and now it is just about level. The trailer place said that was how it should be but it seems like that puts more weight on the hitch than having it lean back some. BUT after reading the above comment by Bob in Mb I am thinking level is best even if it puts more weight on the hitch which I am only assuming. Helpful comments?

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Level is good, but a little lean forward works best for me.
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As long as it does not overload your tow vehicle, a little more weight on the hitch is a good thing.

The main disadvantage of the lower ball mount is not weight but tongue strikes. Not much you can do about it with a low profile trailer like the Scamp 13 except take dips and driveway aprons slowly and at an angle. Replacing the fixed tongue jack with a foldaway, adjustable, or removable jack helps.
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I don't think any of those would work with my anti-sway bar. It has one of these coming off my mount, so a ball permanently mounted on the hitch isn't going to work. I need to be able to mount that between the ball and ball mount.

The mount I have is 2" drop, 1" rise (or 3/4" depending on what description you look at...) so I need something more flat than that.

Jon, do you know where you got yours? I think I saw something like what I want but it was for a 2 1/2" hitch I think...
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I guess I could just live with the front lean. It is definitely more stable that way. I just wanted, without having to deal with weighing the tongue, to be sure I wasn't going over my truck's tongue load limit. I figure if I'm level I don't need to worry about it.
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Jaye, You are right, the lower you hitch the Scamp to your vehicle, the more weight it adds. I have a bathroom scale with a detachable readout and spent some time figuring out tongue weight on the TV with my new Scamp 13'. Yep, I could get the tongue weight to 150 lbs., yay!! But the trailer was certainly not level! I, too, think level or slightly down at the tongue is the safest, but I've only driven 2000 miles. Then there is the whole discussion of TV tongue ratings, etc.
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First let me say I know nothing about this subject I am only chiming in with questions... My Scamp owners manual said to have it 18" from the ground to the coupler which mine was spot on but it leaned considerably to the back. When I took it to the trailer shop to have a brake controller added to my wrangler they put on a 2 inch drop and now it is just about level. The trailer place said that was how it should be but it seems like that puts more weight on the hitch than having it lean back some. BUT after reading the above comment by Bob in Mb I am thinking level is best even if it puts more weight on the hitch which I am only assuming. Helpful comments?

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Scamp says that for a Scamp13 the height should be 18" to the top of the ball.
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