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Old 01-15-2020, 11:37 AM
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Any experience here with front mounted hitches using significant rise for the ball?
It's very tight getting my travel trailer in my shop. A front mounted hitch would make it easier.
A quick and dirty measurement suggests I will need a 7" rise. Curt and Draw-Tite make hitches for my 2013 F150.
My concern is a ball mount with that much rise actually working on the front.
I'd rather not use an extension due to weight, grade and a tight corner.
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I would call etrailer.com and ask them.
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Thanks. Sent 'em an email earlier but hope someone here has experience.
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I used one of these flipped over. The front receiver hitch was low so I needed height.
Worked great, no problems .
Trailer and load was about 10,000 lbs.
I only used it on private property. I had a 90 to make down a narrow "alley" with not enough room when around the front of the truck when backing in.
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How are you going to see the opposite side on the trailer? Do you turn your side mirrors to face forward?
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Why didn't I think of that???
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I used a 6" rise on the front. It did fine for what I was doing. I would push about 6k lbs up 7* driveway and turn up to 30*.
I used the solid one pice forged ball mount so there are no welds.
I used to have it on dash cam video but can't find it.
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I dont think you would have any issues with the rise. You might want to check the specs for the curt and draw tite. Probably different ratings for tongue weight. I realize you wont be driving it down the road, I dont want this to turn into the whole gladiator pulling a boat or Rav 4 thread, bit dont want you to damage your truck or hitch. I have used the curt on 3 of my trucks. Front hitch is awesome! Makes it so much easier.
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I had a rise on mine, but I could not tell you how much it was, as I've long since sold the truck and my current boat is tiny and easy. What I can tell you is that the front hitch was some of the best money I ever spent on a truck. It made navigating a difficult driveway and a super tight gate a breeze. What a difference! Also, it can come in handy for other things. I made a fishing pole holder for the beach, and even used a bike carrier there when the bed was full.
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I installed a Ranch Hand bumper on my F250 and it had the receiver in it. I had to have about a 10" drop hitch. It worked fine pushing my bay boat around.
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Front hitch with a rise of even 12" works fine.Just try to go with the shortest extension length rise possible. You will love the front hitch!!!
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I have a Curt front receiver mounted on a 2017 F150. A portion of the front air dam is notched to enable the receiver to extend through the air dam.

The end of the receiver is below the front bumper and the front bumper extends above and forward of the receiver. This is important to visualize because there is potential for the front bumper to interfere with a lot of rise in the ball. The potential for interference depends on the exact configuration of the ball mount. If there is a lot of horizontal extension there is no problem. However, if the ball mount goes straight up from the receiver there is a limit on the height it can be without an extension.
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That is my main concern. Angela at etrailer suggested a ball mount that is longer than most. She had nothing to offer on the hitches themselves.
The photos at etrailer suggest the Draw-Tite sticks further forward than the Curt but I don't know if that is really the case. To my mind the longer protrusion is ugly and more likely to hit something on unimproved roads.
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I didn't care much for pulling up to the trailer with out a spotter.
I was afraid I'd put the toungue through my grill.
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I hate it when that happens.
Seriously that sure would be worse than the rear bumper.
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You can get one of those eye ball cameras, with the magnetic mount, put it on the ball mount and use it to pull up exactly right!


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Originally Posted by Milehog View Post
That is my main concern. Angela at etrailer suggested a ball mount that is longer than most. She had nothing to offer on the hitches themselves.
The photos at etrailer suggest the Draw-Tite sticks further forward than the Curt but I don't know if that is really the case. To my mind the longer protrusion is ugly and more likely to hit something on unimproved roads.
The solution is a receiver extension like https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Adapt...rt/C45791.html. These come in various lengths so you can size it depending on the ball mount configuration. Due to the leverage, an extender reduces the capacity of the receiver. Since you are using it for maneuvering slowly that shouldn’t be a concern.

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