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Old 02-05-2004, 04:18 PM
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I purchased an 04 F250 and need to purchase the receiver hitch for the tow package that came from the factory. I know I need to measure the drop on both the truck and the boat, but I do not have access to the boat & Trailer at this time. Can anyone give me a general idea of what size drop I may need on the ball mount? The trailer is a South Florida 12,000 model that takes a 2 5/16 ball. Tralier carries a 31 Sonic.

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Fords are a bit higher than most,, I know my f-150 super-screw is... I use a 3 inch drop and it works fine for my boat and jet-ski trailer, a 6 inch drop is a bit too much.. Sounds like you have a triple axle trailer with smaller diameter probably 14's, so a 3-4 inch would do it..
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A general rule of thumb for receiver ball heights is around 18-21 inches. Just measure up from the ground to the top of the ball. I would set it as clsoe to 19 or 20 as possible.
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You might want to try one of these.Cushoined hitches .
I'm getting one for my F350. It should give you the drop you need.

The 750 RT looks like the way to go.

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I'm not towing with a Ford, but an '01 Chevy dually and I have the very top of the ball height set at 28". I think you would need to look at the length of the trailer and the amount of "sag" the tongue weight puts on the truck to be exact. I use the old three ball adjustable height hitch so I can change to what ever I need to. The last time I saw them for sale was in Overton's for around $200 w/locking pins.
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St31 there is also a set up called the quik hitch see if you can find it. it folds out and adjustable up and down , then folds back up and hides with the receiver will see if I can find a pic to post.
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I have 2000 350, just go buy one of those 3 ball adjustable receivers, I have 4 trailers I tow and not one of them uses the same hitch. So I have a 5 gal. bucket with 5 of them in it ( one is just for a shackle for pulling stuff).
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I use an adjustable hitch with 3 balls on it. I believe it has about 12" of vertical adjustment. I know the company that made it was called Roto-eze but I'm not sure they are still around anymore. Overton sells a similar one from Hitch-rite for $240

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I had to turn my reciever with the 3" offset upside down for more height to get the trailer to set level.

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How'd you do that? I've been sitting here for 30 minutes trying to get that same link to post! Guess you can tell how computer literate I am!

st31,
That's the ball mount that I would get, it's the one that I use. I've been using it for years with no trouble.

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