I think you are on the right track with the Z in the hitch tube. I would plate the sides for the added strength. When I was a kid my dad had a trailer where the hitch tube was lower than the hitch on the truck so he had a Z added to the tongue and the sides plated. We used the hell out of that trailer and never had an issue with the hitch.
Mine: 2018 Sportsman 850SP - 26" Bear Claw HTRs on OEM steel wheels(I really don't like the Aluminum ones)
Polaris Hand warmers, Mirrors.
Hers: 2007 Sportsman 500 EFI, Polaris Winch, 26" Bear Claw HTRs on Moose 427x Wheels. QSC Clutch Kit, Hand Warmers
2001 Magnum 325 MOSE 12" rear wheel conversion. 25" Sedona Coyote tires
2001 Magnum 325 Warn winch and Moose 60" plow
2017 Polaris Ranger 1000XP - Roof and front glass
SOLD 2004 Sportsman 600 Twin