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Why you may need a Step-Up or Adjustable Tow Hitch

Does your camper ride low to the ground, are you struggling every time to raise your jockey wheel? If you answered yes, read this.

Why you may need a step-up hitch?

When it comes to towing a camper trailer with your vehicle, one of the most important factors to consider is the height of your tow hitch. If your vehicle’s hitch is too low, it can cause a number of issues, such as making it difficult to raise your jockey wheel, scraping the ground, bottoming out, and even damaging the trailer itself.

One very easy solution to this problem is to use a step-up tow tongue, which is a device that attaches to your existing tow bar and raises its height. This allows your vehicle to safely and securely tow a camper trailer without worrying about the clearance issues that can arise with a low hitch. 

Before you go out and buy a new hitch, you may be lucky if your current one is a L shape like the one to the left, as these can simply be flipped to give you extra height. Sometimes you only need just that little bit extra. However, if this is not enough – you will need to invest in a new hitch. 


But why exactly is a step-up tow tongue necessary?


  1. To prevent bottoming out: When your vehicle’s tow hitch is too low, it can hit the ground or other obstacles while driving, causing the trailer to bottom out. This can not only damage the trailer, but it can also put stress on your vehicle’s suspension and create a dangerous driving situation. A step-up tow tongue can help prevent bottoming out by raising the hitch to a higher position.

  2. To improve visibility: A low tow hitch can obstruct your view of the road, making it difficult to see other vehicles and potential hazards. This can be particularly dangerous when backing up, as you may not be able to see the trailer behind you. A step-up tow tongue can improve your visibility by raising the hitch to a position where it won’t block your view.

  3. To reduce stress on your vehicle: When your vehicle’s tow hitch is too low, it can create a lot of extra stress on the suspension and other components. This can lead to premature wear and tear, and it can even cause your vehicle to break down while towing. A step-up tow tongue can help distribute the weight of the trailer more evenly, reducing the amount of stress on your vehicle and extending its lifespan.

In conclusion, if your vehicle is too low for towing, a step-up tow tongue is a necessary investment. Not only will it improve your safety and visibility while towing, but it will also protect your vehicle and camper trailer from damage. So, if you want to avoid the headaches and potential dangers of towing with a low hitch, be sure to invest in a step-up tow tongue or adjustable tow tongue.


Where can you buy them?

Supercheap Auto, Repco, Trailer Spares – Are just a few of the places you would be able to pick one up. They range in price from around $120 and up. Just make sure when you select one, that it has the weight rating you require, the correct fitting for the hitch receiver you are using, and that it fits onto the tow bar of your tow vehicle. 


Still have questions? Shoot us a message or give us a call and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding safe towing of your camper! 

Drive Safe & Happy Camping!

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