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Why Does My Blue Ox Ascent Tow Bar Need To Be Level

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I do not understand why a height difference of more the three inches is not recommended between my RV and towed vehicle? When using the above hitch, it mounts easily and does not seem to bind. I will admit the difference in my set up is about 9 inches and might look better if closer, but is it really needed and why?

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The reason for this comes down to safety and the additional pressures that would be exerted on the components when your Blue Ox Ascent # BX4370 tow bar is not level. The additional force that is put on these components ultimately makes it more likely that there is a catastrophic malfunction while towing your vehicle. I'll also add that while you may not see much binding currently since you're on a flat surface, it's more likely to happen over time with maneuvering around corners and up and down hills. The "safe zone" is 3" either up or down that the tow bar should be above or below the receiver on your motorhome, but it's best to get the tow bar as level as possible.

I've linked our helpful article that talks about this and shows you how to measure to determine the correct adapter you'll need, as well as a link to all of our rise/drop adapters.

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