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Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby rollercoaster » 07 Aug 2017, 22:51

The hitch on my Syncro is way too high,
due to the bigger wheels and springs etc.

This must be a common problem, and I guess there are various remedies.
Please let me know of any helpful ideas.

As a stopgap to move a little lightweight trailer..
and this doesnt mean its a great idea..
the hitch on mine has a four bolt face,
and I am thinking of getting a drop plate made up
Basically allowing some adjustability up and down,
it would have to be very thick plate and good bolts.

Been done before?

It would be good to have a hitch that was easily removable,
for ground clearance when its needed.
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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby Tinium » 08 Aug 2017, 10:36

I've been thinking something similar recently; My old landy had an adjustable height hitch that used a screw to move the hitch up and down within a housing, but I've never seen anything like it since :)

I'd been looking at adjusters like this before the next time I need to attach a smaller trailer:

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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby Jim San » 08 Aug 2017, 13:26

Not sure i'd trust that adjustable one but maybe my trailer is too big.
Depends on the trailer and hitch set up.

I thought about the drop plate but a fixed one would be a bit like a plough on those off road days.

My plan was to use pack plates under the hitch to raise the hitch height on the trailer - but in the end I ended up changing the springs on the van to drop that back down a bit. The lead axle on the trailer is a little light on pressure until weight goes in the trailer.
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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby hugomonkey » 08 Aug 2017, 17:36

most of the towbars over here are also mounted on drop plates this is my one here
pretty sure that Dai has the other adjustable type on his van http://www.roughtrax4x4.com/3-5-ton-adj ... BYEALw_wcBImage
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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby rollercoaster » 08 Aug 2017, 21:27

Sorry I havent sorted out a new picture system yet.

Mine has a good quality original fitment hitch that I can only describe as a "swan neck"
but between and the tow bar is a square of four bolts, bolting the swan neck bit to the bar.
I am thinking that a simple long plate, replicating the spacings of the current four bolts, with multiple holes
would allow it to become an eight bolter, with a lot of range up and down.
Even though to adjust it would mean undoing and dong up the bolts.

It would change the stress a bit, so not ideal at all.
But without a picture does anyone understand what I mean?
I would have thought it had been done before, or is it a totally bad idea.
Got to be better than a rattly sliding hitch relying on pins?
I have had one of those years ago and wasn't too happy with it.
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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby silverbullet » 10 Aug 2017, 07:26

Sounds like you have the original syncro Westfalia hitch. Personally I would put a packer/riser block between the trailer frame and the coupling. The bolts will still be in shear amd there is no risk of damaging the (rare & expensive) Westfalia hitch.

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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby rollercoaster » 10 Aug 2017, 18:07

Thanks for the engineers perspective.
That could work, but for a couple of things,
I am mostly towing various trailers that aren't mine.

Even my trailers have a small bandwidth of hitch heights,
so it would be good to be able to adjust my hitch.

There is a "normal height" for a hitch,
I can measure it on my shin, theres a permanent bruise!

My hitch is something like five inches too high at the moment!
There must be lots of syncros in need of hitch height adjustment,
all it takes is some bigger wheels and tyres, maybe springs and spacers.

Probably a market for a well engineered solution..
Nudge nudge!
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Postby rollercoaster » 10 Aug 2017, 20:11

Never been one for wanting such a high riding monster truck,
but its actually a nice ride, seems well balanced,
so I am reluctant to mess with the suspension or wheels.
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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby muileach » 19 Aug 2017, 09:17

Hi it is possible to fit a plate to a westy tow bar I fitted one to my syncro as I wanted to fit a ball and pin hitch but still have the option to replace the original. I got my mate who has an engineering fabrication shop to make it for me, he made the backing plate out of 2 10mm plates welded together. He then had to make two packers as the westy square plate is not perpendicular he measured the angle then cut a block to suit, he then drilled all the holes and fitted it to the van. I have been using it for a couple of years now with no problems even moving a yacht up and down the beach.
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Re: Tow hitch too high? whats your remedy?

Postby rollercoaster » 19 Aug 2017, 20:43

Thanks!
Theres some food for thought in there.
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Postby silverbullet » 19 Aug 2017, 22:21

I cant see a reason why you couldn't re-drill a Dixon-Bate type of adjustable hitch with that angled packer arrangement (weld the outer one in place)

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