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Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver - 6" Drop - 6" Rise

Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver - 6" Drop - 6" Rise

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Achieve the proper height for your tow bar setup with this drop/rise hitch adapter. Provides either a 6" rise or a 6" drop to make up the height difference between your RV and towed vehicle. Rated at 5,000 lbs. Pin and clip included. 1-800-940-8924 to order Blue Ox accessories and parts part number BX88130 or order online at Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver - 6" Drop - 6" Rise. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Accessories and Parts - BX88130

  • Tow Bar
  • Hitch Adapters
  • High-Low Adapter
  • Blue Ox
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • 6 Inch Rise/Drop

Achieve the proper height for your tow bar setup with this drop/rise hitch adapter. Provides either a 6" rise or a 6" drop to make up the height difference between your RV and towed vehicle. Rated at 5,000 lbs. Pin and clip included.


  • Allows for proper position of tow bar
    • Makes up for height difference between RV's hitch and towed vehicle's base plates
  • Can be used in either the rise or drop position
  • Constructed of sturdy steel
  • Resists rust and corrosion with durable powder coat finish
  • Includes pin and clip for attachment to trailer hitch
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Drop: 6"
  • Rise: 6"
  • Maximum weight capacity: 5,000 lbs
  • Maximum tongue weight capacity: 500 lbs
  • Distance between center of hitch pin hole to center of hitch pin hole: 7-3/4"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • 1-Year warranty

Note: Designed for flat towing only. Do not use to tow a trailer.

Many tow systems require some sort of hitch accessory to either raise or lower your tow bar so that it sits level. To determine if your setup needs an adapter, hook the tow bar up to your RV and towed car and measure to see how close to level it is. The "safe zone" for a motor-home-mounted tow bar ranges from 3 inches above level to 3 inches below. Car-mounted models must be absolutely level. This high-low adapter can provide you with the necessary drop or desired rise to achieve a level tow bar setup.

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BX88130 Blue Ox Towbar Drop Receiver - 6" Drop 6" Rise

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Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver - 6" Drop - 6" Rise - BX88130

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (99 Customer Reviews)

Achieve the proper height for your tow bar setup with this drop/rise hitch adapter. Provides either a 6" rise or a 6" drop to make up the height difference between your RV and towed vehicle. Rated at 5,000 lbs. Pin and clip included.


Easy to research options and order the best drop receiver for my application. Staff was able to answer my one question (can you mix/match vendor products) in the affirmative. Fast delivery. Easy install. I noted that there were a few "wires" on the hitch from welding, but I filed those down.


I just fitted the Blue Ox towbar, for 6 inch, drop/rise, receivers. Also, the, Roadmaster quiet hitch lock, for 2 inch hitches. Both are excellent products, strong and very well made. There is no movement, with my new hitch lock in place. Two pictures included, showing both, attached to my Subaru Ascent, the drop hitch now sits at 15 1/2 inches above the ground. I will send more pictures of the lights, also purchased from when my mobility scooter carrier is completed.


This thing is worth the money in my opinion, and I wasn’t excited about the price when I bought it. I needed to raise my dirtbike rack up and didn’t want to worry about something breaking, especially on rough roads. Dropping something as expensive as a dirtbike is bad enough, but the carnage you could unleash if it happened in traffic is the main concern. One year later and I’ve very glad I got this instead of a cheap one. I’ve used it a lot and it’s basically like new, definitely a heavy and well finished item.


The hitch receiver is very stout and sturdy. My review is more fore the folks at eTrialer. com. Fantastic all around. Everything I have ever ordered has been shipped and delivered way ahead of schedule. Customer Service is great. Also, the Technical support is above great. They give excellent advice with pros and cons as applicable.


Works great!


Solid. Heavy. Solid shank. Good finish. Will mate to a 10,000 lb. Blue Ox tow bar and base plates on a 2016 Lincoln MKX. Needed to close the 5" hight gap on my flat towing set -up. Also did Air Force One brake system and charge line. Professional installation.


Wanted a hitch that would lower my bike rack so my Jeep tire would go over it. But since I'm carrying two Levo's (ebikes) on a Thule T2 Pro I wanted a rack that was really strong. This combo is not light. This rack impressed me with how rock solid it is. Lowered the rack making it easier to load my bikes since my Jeep has a 2.5 inch lift and 35 inch tires. This hitch lowers the bike rack back down to an easier height for me to load the bikes.


Extremely well made product - packaging outstanding - fit our unit exactly and it put our BlueOx tow adapter at exactly the right height.


Was perfect for correcting the hight difference between our Jeep and motorhome. Very heavy construction.


towbar drop receiver works awesome


Very good service. Shipped right away, and tracking was easy, and arrived on time. You kept checking to make sure everything was OK. Very pleased. Will buy from you again and I will tell others.

Tom M.


This receiver is very high quality. The welds are Perfect and the finish is high gloss and super tough.
I would buy again.


Excellent build quality,very heavy duty. Thank you for the great service and product!


I received my part in less than 48 hours.. best service.. I’ve ordered other things from them before and was totally satisfied every time. Photo has nothing to do with anything,just want to show off my truck,lol


Solid product from Blue Ox, as with previous purchases from that manufacturer.


Very happy with the drop down hitch. Appreciate etrailer's guidance in selecting right hitch. I really like the order tracking option.

Great product. Solid and well built.
Terry S - 04/07/2019


I just received my 6 inch drop hitch. It's so well built and solid, I think I will need help getting it on my car. I'm handicapped, so moving around is difficult. I'm in the slow process, of getting a mobility scooter carrier together. I bought a Subaru, Ascent, with hitch, but the hitch was too high, and my scooter won't go up the ramp. I had to find a strong drop hitch, and this is the best I have found. The tongue weight is the big issue, my carrier and scooter weigh 200 lbs. I'm informed, when using a drop hitch for a carrier, 50% of the tongue weight, of the hitch, is lost. A lot of hitches for sale, only have tongue weights of 200 lbs and this would not be safe for my purpose. The tongue weight of my Ascent is 500 lbs. I've also purchased a set of LED lights, (for the carrier), already fitted, from Etrailer, another excellent purchase. When I can get help to finally, get everything together, I will send pictures of the finished project. has been great to work with, every purchase arrived in excellent condition, and all of their representatives I spoke to, have been very knowledgeable and helpful.


Nice well made product


Unlike the receiver I bought at camping world that broke, this one is solid steel in the shaft. It looks and feels much more substantial. It arrived on time and as promissed.


Very well-made drop hitch receiver to give the right clearance for a bike rack on my Jeep. Standard shipping was very fast. I’d gladly do business with you again.


All components very well made and solid, with good finish. Delivery packaging offered good protection. Installation instructions clear.

Service from was excellent - questions answered fully and promptly before order placed, price promise to match other supplier prices honored, order out for delivery within 24 hours with tracking information, and e-mail sent immediately after products delivered with supplier product info and instruction PDFs all gathered together in one place.

Thanks for the very professional follow-up on the Blue Ox products I bought. In the end, I only used the set-up for about 3,000 miles before I changed my rig from a Class C towing a Jeep Wrangler using the Blue Ox parts to a Jeep Grand Cherokee towing an Airstream. Everything worked just fine for those 3,000 miles and all the parts have been sold on, practically as new, [on-line].
Ian V - 11/01/2017


I was able to obtain the products in a timely manner. The items seem to be very good quality.


What can you say about a trailer hitch ?? It is a drop/rise adapter .
But--- etrailer has been good with me very helpful and good delivery , --- timely .


Competitive price, great service. I've ordered several items at different times and they've all arrived early.


Just what I needed quickly. Item was in stock... shipped out & delivered in 4 days. Thanks!

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Ask the Experts about this Blue Ox Accessories and Parts

  • How To Lower Bike Rack 6 Inches and Maintain Stability
    In order to raise/lower the connection point of a bike rack you can use a high-low adapter. The Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver part # BX88130 is a good option for a 6" rise/drop since it has a 600 lb tongue weight rating. That said, adding an adapter is going to increase play/wobble there is no way around this. However, you can minimize this with a stability device, the Blue Ox Hitch Receiver Immobilizer II part # BX88224 is what I recommend.
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  • Why 4 Pins Included to Lock Base Plates and Tow Bar
    The fourth pin of part # BX88177 you're asking about is in case you have a high-low adapter like part # BX88130. This way you can lock the adapter to the motorhome's hitch receiver and lock the tow bar in the adapter using both of the 5/8 inch pins. Then the other two 1/2 inch pins are for locking the tow bar to the base plates.
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  • Why Does Blue Ox 7" High-Low Adapter BX88241 Have Bolts In It?
    The Blue Ox High-Low Adapter for Tow Bars - 2" Hitches - 7" Rise/Drop - 12" Long # BX88241 you were looking at is actually welded together and has additional side plates bolted on for extra strength. The reason for this is the addition of the side plates is what gives this adapter its 10000lb rating, where the # BX88130 you mentioned is only welded with one set of side plates and has a 5000lb rating. The bolts used on the # BX88241 are grade 8 hardware for plenty of additional strength. Between...
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  • How To Measure For The Correct High-Low Adapter For Flat Towing
    To measure for the correct high-low adapter to level your Blue Ox Tow Bar you will need to measure from the ground to the center of the trailer hitch receiver on your tow vehicle, and from the ground to the center of the base plate tabs on your towed vehicle. If your tow bar uses a 2" shank to mount into the receiver of your tow vehicle you will need this measurement to be within 3", and if your tow bar attaches to a hitch ball on the tow vehicle you will need to get this measurement perfectly...
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  • Recommended Ball Mount for Ram 2500 with 5 Inch Lift to Pull 9,500 Pound Trailer
    I do have a solution for you, however the Blue Ox Tow Bar Drop or Rise Receiver # BX88130 that you referenced cannot be used to pull your 9,500 pound trailer. This particular unit has just a 5,000 pound capacity so it cannot handle the weight of your Rockwood Ultralite. It is also designed for flat towing only (pulling a vehicle all 4 wheels down behind an RV) and should not be used to tow a trailer. In order to keep your trailer level with your newly lifted Ram 2500 your best option...
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  • Recommended 6" Rise/Drop High Low Adapter
    I may have another option but we do no longer carry the Curt Raised Receiver Adapter you were looking at. The closest option we have is Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver # BX88130 which extends 7 3/4" and offers a 6" rise or drop. Keep in mind that using a towbar adapter will lower the tongue weight rating of your trailer hitch receiver by 50% and can only be used for flat towing or carrying accessories, can't be used to tow a trailer.
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  • What Height Difference Calls for Using a High Low Adapter When Flat Towing
    You will need a high low adapter since basically it's okay to have up to a 3 inch height difference between the base plate attachment point and the hitch of the RV. Since you are at a 6 inch difference an adapter would be needed. To be perfectly level you'd want the part # BX88130. If you were to flat tow without an adapter like this you'd wear out the front tires and suspension components of your Gladiator quickly since the RV would be basically pulling down on the vehicle as it's pulling...
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  • Availability of Adapter to Move Hitch Bike Rack Away From Rear Gate on 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    The Blue Ox Towbar Drop Receiver, part # BX88130, is an adapter that is designed to be used with tow bars only. The high-low adapters are only for use with a tow vehicle that will be flat towing another vehicle with a tow bar. Because the tongue weight capacities are very low on these adapters they are not designed or intended for use when towing a trailer, cargo carrier, or bike rack. I can not recommend using this part for your application. If you use a hitch extender like the Hidden...
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  • Availability of Drop Shank for Use with Weight Distribution to Allow Trailer to Tow Level
    Most likely you can just get a new weight distribution shank that has more drop so that your trailer can be towed level. If the current shank you have has 3/4 inch diameter holes that are 1-1/4 inches apart measured on center (this is a very common size, almost all systems have these dimensions), then a shank like the part # C17123 would be a great option. From the top of the shank down to the very bottom measures 13-1/4 inches.
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  • How to Raise a Cargo Carrier on a Minivan for More Ground Clearance
    The best option I have for you is to use the MaxxTow Ball Mount part # MT70066 which will raise the cargo carrier another 6" off the ground. The reason I recommend this option over other adapters is because it will not reduce your tongue weight capacity by 50% like all of the other options will. The ball mount portion will not be needed for your application but is needed for strength. The Blue Ox Towbar Drop or Rise Receiver part # BX88130 is designed for flat-towing only and cannot be...
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  • Recommended Ball Mount or Weight Distribution Shank for Adjusting Height of Hitch Ball For Level Tow
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  • Should a Tow Bar Sit Level Between the Towed Vehicle and the RV When Ready to Tow
    Having your tow bar as level as possible is the best way to have it set up. Because of that you would want the 6 inch drop adapter. I have spoken to tow bar manufacturers and they say one of the key factors in how long a tow bar will last is how close to being level it was used. We recommend that the entire set up be no more than 3 inches above or below level. The 6 inch Roadmaster adapter # RM-048-6 will work well for you.
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  • High/Low Hitch Adapter with 6-Inches of Rise for Use with Hitch Cargo Carrier
    Use of a hitch adapter like Roadmaster # RM-048-6, which offers 6-inches of rise, will have the effect of reducing your hitch's capacity by 50-percent. This results from the change in geometry - the load being further away from the hitch - and is a common side-effect of hitch adapters. If you use this adapter your hitch capacity will be 250-lbs, and after you account for the 70-lb weight of the carrier you will then have an actual cargo weight capacity of 180-lbs (250 - 70 = 180). This...
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  • Dual Hitch Receiver to Flat Tow a Jeep and Use a Cargo Carrier at the Same Time
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  • Can a High/Low Adapter be Used with a Hitch Extender for Flat Towing
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