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Old 02-10-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Scamp suggests a ball hitch height of 18" for their 13'. Is this measured to top of ball? We're picking up a new 13 in a couple months and want to be sure we have the correct hitch setup. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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Normally that is to the bottom of the ball, when attached the trailer should be level.
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To be safe, you can purchase a height adjustable hitch.
8-in-1 Adjustable Ball Mount Hitch
It can be installed as pictured or turned upright if you have to add height.

Etrailer has a plethora of hitch devices.

etrailer.com - Products adjustable hitch
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And, I like to have the trailer level with the tow vehicle.
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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To be safe, you can purchase a height adjustable hitch.
8-in-1 Adjustable Ball Mount Hitch
It can be installed as pictured or turned upright if you have to add height.

Etrailer has a plethora of hitch devices.

etrailer.com - Products adjustable hitch

Thanks Darwin. Do you suggest the adjustable mount just as a precaution for this one-time pick-up situation, or do you find that you need to make adjustments periodically depending on how your vehicle is loaded in order to maintain level?
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:37 PM   #6
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To be safe, you can purchase a height adjustable hitch.
8-in-1 Adjustable Ball Mount Hitch
It can be installed as pictured or turned upright if you have to add height.

Etrailer has a plethora of hitch devices.

etrailer.com - Products adjustable hitch
The adjustable hitch is probably better suited to those who tow multiple trailers with the same vehicle and need to adjust the hitch height for each. For a single vehicle-trailer combination, is best to buy a hitch with the correct amount of drop or rise to suit your specific trailer.
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To be absolutely honest with you, what I would do is just get one of these:
Ball Mount Hitch with 6" Drop
And use it. A little high or a little low just ain't gonna matter that much. The hitch above can be inserted either way - a little low or high. When you do that, you must remove the ball and install it in the other direction. Should you not require a 4" drop, you can purchase these things with less or more drop - lift.

Harbor freight is less expensive than most others so you don't have much invested to begin with.
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Personally have found that having the hitch height incorrect by as little as few inches to high can make a big difference the tow stability. I purchased when I first started towing with my smallish cross over SUV 2 different bars until I got one that felt right under most towing situations. Although I have a much larger heavier tug now am seriously considering getting an adjustable draw bar for it. There are times when it would be nice to easily drop it down a bit to get a little more weight on the tongue i.e. when I am traveling on a freeway with a fully loaded water tanks at the rear of the trailer.
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I am assuming that your buying a 13 foot trailer that you are probably using a light weight tug to match the light weight trailer. If you are indeed using a light weight tug I would have a full grown adult stand on your bumper while you measure for the proper ball height. A 200 lb person should just about simulate the tongue weight drop of a 13 foot trailer.
You could also call Scamp and see if they stock stingers and can set you up from the get go when you get there avoiding you starting your own personal collection of stingers like alot of us have.
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I would have a full grown adult stand on your bumper while you measure for the proper ball height. A 200 lb person should just about simulate the tongue weight drop of a 13 foot trailer.
You could also call Scamp and see if they stock stingers and can set you up from the get go when you get there avoiding you starting your own personal collection of stingers like alot of us have.
LOL Great advise!
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The 18" is really a starting point. If you are picking up a used Scamp, like many of us, the axle may be shot or have been fixed with a higher ride. In either case, this will affect the hitch height (as I found out recently). While getting prepared to pick up an 82 Scamp, I set my hitch to 18. When I showed up, I really needed about 14". The trailer rode nose up for about 5 miles until I found an Autozone. With the low clearance and a shot axle, it doesn't take much to make the trailer ride seriously out of whack.
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I should have read the original post more closely. I would say that 18" to the bottom of the ball (top of the ball mount) will be good.
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Etrailer.com/faq-ballmount shows how to measure
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:38 AM   #14
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I'm purchasing a new Scamp 16'. The paperwork received from Scamp notes explicitly: "you will need a 2" ball. Approx 21" from the ground to the top of the ball."
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