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Will Longer Ball Mount Increase Turning Clearance for Small Trailer When Backing Up?

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I have a 2005 Saturn vue and will be towing a 5foot by 8foot u-haul trailer to California as for backing up with some lee way would a 10inch ball mount make a difference than the 7. Any answer would be greatly appreciated.

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Having an extended ball mount will help with giving you some additional clearance simply because it moves the pivot point back which changes your clearance at the outer edges. The Curt # D-4 is similar with 10-1/4 inch measurement. You may want to consider the Ball Mount 3/4" Rise or 2" Drop, Extra Long # D-26 which is 12-5/8" from hitch pin center to ball center. Then you will need a hitch pin like # C21500 and hitch ball like # 63845

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