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Old 10-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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hitch shank question

Hey all... I finally upgraded my tv... Got an 05 Dodge 3/4 ton, cclb, cummins to pull our salem cruise lite 281BHXL... I never was comfortable pulling it with my half ton chevy....

Anyway, i need a longer shank for my equalizer hitch. Coupler on camper is 17", top of truck receiver is 23", so i need at least a 6" drop correct?

I see equalizer wants $175, which is robbery.... Anyone use another brand of drop hitch?
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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you could flip you axles
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:08 AM   #3
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$90 on ebay.
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Great find on ebay, and its close!

Flipping axles is a interesting idea as well, i hadn't thought of that... Dont think i would get it high enough though.... Plus this camper, being 30foot and a lightweight, i am not sire i want it higher, but great idea!
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Great find on ebay, and its close!
Look closer at that link and you'll see the same outfit also sells one with an 8" drop.

Plus, almost any brand of adjustable shank should work, perhaps with a little jiggling.

Here's a genuine Equl-I-Zer shank with 9" drop"
https://www.etrailer.com/p-EQ90-02-4400.html

Reese brand shanks cost about the same as the Equal-I-Zer brand when purchased from an on-line discount source. So you wouldn't save much by switching to a Reese shank.
https://www.etrailer.com/comparison....400&pc2=RP3215

And here's a comment from a customer that bought different brand of shank:
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Point of caution when ordering for use with another manufacturer's W/D system: I ordered this Curt brand drop-shank to retrofit to another manufacturer's W/D system, needing more drop since we bought a different (higher ride height) tow vehicle. The Curt's shank dimensions were slightly different than the old shank's (from the front/back of the drop portion to the head mounting holes). I had to retrofit different parts from the hardware store to make the shank/head work correctly. No issues w/ the shank just a caution when mixing manufacturers, a risk I knew when ordering.
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Just had another brain cramp. If you have any farm and ranch stores nearby, they often have towing supplies.
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Good idea Ray... I did check our local farm and fleet. Might have to make a Big R trip.

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you could flip you axles
Don't flip your axles and mess up the center of gravity for your trailer.
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You don't literally "flip the axle". Trailer axles cannot run upside down because of the curve in the axle housing, and the magnetic brakes won't work right when upside down. Instead, you raise the trailer by moving the leaf spring perches from under the axle to over the axle.

Flipping the axles does not change the horizontal center of gravity. It does raise the center of gravity on the trailer. That's no problem unless you insist on driving like a maniac and taking very sharp curves at way too high a speed. If you drive like an adult with a raised trailer, you won't have any problems caused by a raised center of gravity.
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Even Wal-mart has drop hitch adapters at least in some stores, Any RV store. U-Haul.

Reese makes an adjustable one you find in a lot of places.

Mine is a Blue-OX,, Custom made for my RV (Standard one with a minor mod) by Blue-OX but I forget what I paid for it in 2006.
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Walmart drop shanks are only class 1 or 2. WDH are class 4&5. Big difference!
I too have a Dodge 2500 Cummins powered 4x4 and the standard drop works for me on the lowest holes. Ball is 2" higher than trailer before hooking up, but I don't have to set the bar tension as high as with my old 1500 GMC.
A friend has a lifted Ford and found a drop shank at a welding /hitch store for his setup.
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Just so you understand how I set my WDH up. Per hitch manufacturers instructions, I set my TT level (measure frame at front and back to verify), measure top of coupler where ball would be inside it, set hitch on truck 1-1.5 inches higher as truck needs to squat at least that much before WDH adjustment. With the 2500 Dodge, 2" squat makes front and rear level, and that is as close as I can get it without buying a bigger drop shank, so I go with the 2" instead of the hitch manufacturers 1-1.5 reccommended height. I'm only .5" off, and the 2500 doesn't need the amount of leverage the 1500 GMC needed from the bars to bring it back to level, which is pretty close to proper weight distribution.
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Thanks NFL.... Maybe i need to set the camper on the truck and see what it does... I am alittle afraid i wont get enough spring tension to make the sway control work... I agree though, this truck certainly does not need the same degree of w/d the little chevy did for sure!
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Call around to local shops. I found a Blue Ox 4 inch drop receiver at a local hitch shop for $32. everybody else was $60+ Check Northern Tool and Tractor Supply as well.
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