Our Weigh Safe and 180 Drop Hitches are available in a 4”, 6”, 8”, and 10” drop/rise. As far as specifications go, we recommend at least 11” of clearance from the bottom of your installed ball mount. Here is how you can determine which size drop will work best for your vehicle:
- Measure from the top of your tow vehicle to the ground (make sure you are on relatively level ground)
- Subtract drop height (all of our drops measure 3” longer than the listed drop length; 4” drop = 7” in total, 6” = 9” and so on)
- The total that you get after subtracting the drop is the amount of clearance you would have with that particular drop
22″ (top of receiver to ground) – 11″ (8″ drop + extra 3″) = 11″ (of clearance)
* It is important to know that this is a generic recommendation and there are other factors that could impact the distance from the bottom of the hitch to the ground.
We sell thousands of hitches per month and we have stayed below 1% of reported gauge issues. We have since switched to a stainless-steel gauge instead of the copper that we were previously using which has further decreased the number of gauge issues.
If an issue does happen to arise with your gauge, we have a lifetime warranty on our gauges and we can get that repaired for you. All you need to do is fill out a “RETURN REQUEST” on our website and submit the appropriate documentation.
It is important to know that “zero” is anywhere between 0 and 100 pounds. There is a dampener built into the gauge to protect it from spiking any time you go over large bumps or dips. With that being said, light-weight trailers and lighter loads with only a few hundred pounds (below 300lbs) will sometimes take a couple minutes to read the correct weight. Heavier loads (over 500lbs) will take the gauge less time to read the correct weight.
** Standing on your hitch is not an accurate way of testing the gauge