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Old 05-25-2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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Towing a CRV flat with Winnebago 36y 22.5 tires

Is anyone doing this? What size drop receiver did you use? We must be doing something wrong with our measurements, though it seemed simple enough. Coming up with 12" which I know is wrong.
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:56 PM   #2
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You may be correct in 12 inch drop due to high frame mounted hitch. I have a 2015 Winnie Sightseer 35G and I had to get a Blue Ox 10" drop bar and I am still 1 inch high. Tried 12 inch, but it was too much the other way and would put too much stress on HHR front.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:32 PM   #3
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What is your towed car? You should measure from the point your towbar attaches to the ground. Then measure the center of the pin hole on the coach's receiver to the ground. Subtract the first measurement from the second to arrive at the amount of drop you need. Keep in mind that it is permissible to have your attachment point on the car either 2" above or 2" below the pin center on the drop receiver.
If you go to the towing part of the general motor home area on IRV2 there are some "stickys" that have some good info on towing behind a motor home.
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What is your towed car? You should measure from the point your towbar attaches to the ground. Then measure the center of the pin hole on the coach's receiver to the ground. Subtract the first measurement from the second to arrive at the amount of drop you need. Keep in mind that it is permissible to have your attachment point on the car either 2" above or 2" below the pin center on the drop receiver.
If you go to the towing part of the general motor home area on IRV2 there are some "stickys" that have some good info on towing behind a motor home.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:42 PM   #5
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My bad. I am sorry I missed that.
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Yep, measure the center of the hitch on the RV and the center of the attachment points on the towed. 2" high or low is the usual max.
With our '02 DSDP I didn't need to raise or lower. With the Magna I used a 4" drop and I'm still 1" higher on the MH.
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:28 AM   #7
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I guess I am surprised by needing such a large drop, doesn't the mfg. realize we want to tow cars????
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Is anyone doing this? What size drop receiver did you use? We must be doing something wrong with our measurements, though it seemed simple enough. Coming up with 12" which I know is wrong.
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I guess I am surprised by needing such a large drop, doesn't the mfg. realize we want to tow cars????
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A 12" drop certainly seems excessive to me, (but it is what it is).
Which manufacturer do think is at fault...Winnebago, Honda or the maker of the base plate/towbar?
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Old 05-26-2015, 03:35 PM   #9
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I am thinking Winnebago. Lots of people tow the CRV with other motor homes, I have a Demco base plate, nothing unusual there. We will go measure again after the rains that are forecast stop, may be a while.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:07 PM   #10
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Well, I must be missing something here. The OP states that he's come up with a potential 12" drop slider for the receiver in his coach, to make the tow bar level, for towing his CRV. Just because some of you have a 4" drop doesn't mean that's what he needs. Different coaches, ride at different heights and, also have different frame mounted hitches which, end up at different heights too.

So, like what's been stated and explained, just measure pin-hole height to the ground on the coach and, attachment point height on the toad (CRV) and, subtract the difference. You come up with, what you come up with. If it's 12" well, then it's 12". I've seen way more than one, combination coach and toad, roll into campgrounds with a tow bar at a 45 degree angle due to the height difference between the coach and toad and, the driver didn't do anything about it and just towed the car that way.

Apparently no one died, 'cause they still rolled into camp and, camped for the night. It's surely not something I'd do. But, there are, sometimes, severe height differences in the two. So, if the OP comes up with 12" and, has done the measurements correctly, well, he's got to go with what he deems necessary to make his situation work.
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if the OP comes up with 12" and, has done the measurements correctly, well, he's got to go with what he deems necessary to make his situation work.
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Old 05-29-2015, 01:14 PM   #12
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This is becoming a world of discovery for us. We talked to our mechanic about where to get a receiver hitch custom built. He gave us the name of our local iron works place. Called them and a custom built, re-enforced(due to the length) 2" receiver is $40. He can make them in any length we want. He carries up to 10". Can't beat that.
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This is becoming a world of discovery for us. We talked to our mechanic about where to get a receiver hitch custom built. He gave us the name of our local iron works place. Called them and a custom built, re-enforced(due to the length) 2" receiver is $40. He can make them in any length we want. He carries up to 10". Can't beat that.
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10" isn't too bad. Even a 12" isn't that far off track, not normally used but, it's not that bad. You ought to see some of the boat towers over here in Lake Havasu City AZ. Some of these "Kids" have trucks that are 4' off the ground and, tow ultra-low speed boats. Some of them have "drop" sliders that close to 16" or more in length. Anyway, glad you're going to get your situation resolved. Good luck.
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Using an 8" drop. With my set up. Years towing the CRV. No problems...ever!😘
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:42 AM   #15
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Have a 35F towing Ford C-Max. The tow system is Blue Ox with 10" drop making the car's towbar almost level.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:24 PM   #16
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Just a word of caution......big drop could be a problem!

When I was at the Blue Ox factory, the guy next to me was getting his tow bar replaced because the 10" drop caused dragging going thru driveways. The bottom of his tow bar was all ground away. I think they gave him a 6"drop replacement. I just checked Blue Ox website, for my tow bar they specify up to +/- 3 inches offset allowed.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:10 AM   #17
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Thanks for the input. We can go +/- 2" according to Ready Brute. We have a dip in our driveway and realize we will need to hook up in the street.
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We have a 2014 Adventurer 38Q and must use a 10" drop to keep the Roadmaster tow bar level. I think the hitch manufacturer says no extension over a 6 or 8 inch drop. Who to obey? I. Opted for the tow bar folks.


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