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Hitch Extender For Adding Enough Space Between Trailer and SUV to Open Rear Hatch

Question:

I want to be able to open the back of my Suv when hooked up to tow my camper can I use an extension safely for this purpose?

Expert Reply:

You can do that if you wish, but be aware that using an extension lowers the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. The further the load gets extended away from the hitch, the more leverage is applied. This leverage can damage the hitch or cause it or its attachment points to the vehicle to fail.

If you can get by with the reduced capacity, I'd recommend the 12 inch # MT70024, the 14 inch # C45795 or the 18 inch # HE18.

An extra long ball mount might be a good alternative. If you click the link I've provided, you can see the ball mounts available. The product description for each one will provide the length between the hitch pin hole and the ball hole. A longer ball mount will NOT reduce the capacity, so if you can find one with the proper length and rise/drop, it'd be a better choice.

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