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Picking Out Ball Mount So that Trailer Sits Level

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We have a 2014 F250 Super Duty 4x4 6.7 Diesel and are purchasing a 2022 Forest River 25FKBS. Tongue weight is 810, GVWR is 7810. We have a hitch, but believe it is too low for the trailer, so we are looking for a Reese or Curtis product. Sway bars arent required, turn radius while backing up is more important to us. Recommendations?

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So you really just want the correct rise/drop ball mount to allow your trailer to sit level and not a weight distribution system.

I attached an FAQ that details how to pick out the correct ball mount. Picking out the correct ball mount will allow your trailer to sit as level as possible. Basically you will first measure the height from the ground to the top of the receiver opening on the hitch while on level ground. Next, you will measure the coupler height from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler when the trailer is on level ground.

Next, you will need to compute the difference. If the hitch height is greater than the coupler height the difference is the drop required. If the coupler height is greater the difference is the rise required. You will want to pick the ball mount with the rise/drop closest to the difference.

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We are now thinking a weight distribution hitch is a safer choice, recommendations?

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I'd go with the Reese Strait Line part # RP66084 based on your tongue weight. This will give you also the most proactive sway control that works to fight sway before it starts too. This is definitely the safest option.

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