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Old 07-17-2018, 10:27 AM   #1
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Casita towing low

Just purchased a 2012 liberty deluxe casita .
Taking it home and it is towing low with our hitch? Towing with a Honda Odyssey any suggestions on a different hitch or ?
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:38 AM   #2
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What do you mean by towing low? If it is low at the hitch it is an easy matter to purchase and offset ball mount. This will raise the hitch point higher. If it is that the trailer is low, the issue is the axle, and either needs to see the trailer raised on the axle, or the actual itself replaced.
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Sheril, you probably need a ball mount with a rise. You will have to level your casita and measure to determine the correct rise.
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It is at the hitch.. thank you so much..
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Gompka,
Thank you!!! For the visual too...��
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A picture is worth a thousand words. While you are at it, a locking pin for the hitch receiver is an excellent investment.

Try an image search on, best locking receiver hitch pin
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Another thing to try out

Hello, and congrats on the new Casita. I just wanted to point out that you may not need to purchase a new receiver. First you can try removing the ball from your current one, and then just flip the thing over, and put the ball back on upside down. A receiver is meant to give raise or lower with the same piece of equipment.
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:12 PM   #8
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Is it low because of the ball height or because the tongue weight is too heavy for the vehicle suspension. If it's a Casita 17 they can have a tongue weight of 450 lb or more. The 16 is lighter on the tongue,
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Hello, and congrats on the new Casita. I just wanted to point out that you may not need to purchase a new receiver. First you can try removing the ball from your current one, and then just flip the thing over, and put the ball back on upside down. A receiver is meant to give raise or lower with the same piece of equipment.
Just to clarify, you are referring to the ball mount. The receiver is the square tube that mounts to the tow vehicle, and "receives" the ball mount. Bus yes, even a straight ball mount has a bit of offset and if turned over can make a couple inches difference.
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I stand corrected.

You are absolutely correct. I misspoke. I did mean the ball mount, not the receiver. Thanks for setting that straight.
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You are absolutely correct. I misspoke. I did mean the ball mount, not the receiver. Thanks for setting that straight.
No problem. I blame my mother for wanting things to be correct.
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Up, down, its all about getting the right ball mount to keep your trailer level.

When we pulled our Casita behind our F150 (relatively tall receiver height), we used a 2 inch drop ball mount. Then we got our Escape. First trip I noticed it was not towing level, dropping towards the front. So I stopped at Harbor Freight and got a zero drop (flat) ball mount. Actually the Harbor Freight had a ball welded permanently to it, which I like a lot.

Problem solved.

A lot of vans have a relatively low receiver hitch height. So an upward raising ball mount is to be expected. I flipped our 2 inch drop mount over, and now use it as a 2 inch rise ball mount. When we move the Escape in our yard, its super tight, so I use our Honda Element with that 2 inch rise. I probably could use a 4 inch rise mount. Since we only move the trailer 30 feet (into its narrow carport for storage), I am not worried about it. And we would never, ever tow our Escape behind the Element.
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Sheril, you probably need a ball mount with a rise. You will have to level your casita and measure to determine the correct rise.
Can sway ball be attached to this?
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