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Old 08-09-2022, 02:59 PM   #1
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Weight dist hitch help

I'd really appreciate it if I can ask a lengthy question, I'm really confused about an issue I'm having setting my hitch up.

I have a 94-00-1000 wdh. This was installed by camping world on a stock height 2016 silverado 1500. I have since traded the truck in for a 2020 chevy 2500hd custom model. I don't know what my previous receiver height was but my 2500 is at 23" to inside top of receiver. I was expecting to have to make adjustments because this truck is so much higher. It also sits on 295 tires with 20" rims and the 1500 was on 265s with 18" rims.

My wdh on the 1500 was set with ball mount at next to lowest hole on the shank.*

Camper is a 2017 Springdale 311re. Just under 36' weighing 9700# loaded with 890# tongue weight. It pulled badly with the maxed out 1500. Only did it once and said no more!

If my trailer sits at true level in sloped driveway the inside coupler to ground measurement is 24". With ball mount on lowest hole on shank the ball is at 23".

If trailer sits parallel to sloped driveway inside coupler to ground is 19.5"

I really assumed that the new truck would require some sort of drop shank. Now I have no idea lol

Is it correct to do this with trailer parallel to sloped driveway, or do it with trailer at true level? Doing this on level ground would be difficult because of finding a level spot around here isn't easy at all.

Is it possible that I don't need a drop shank?*

With everything being parallel the ball is 4" higher than the coupler.

With trailer at true level the ball is 1" lower at lowest setting on ball mount.

Thank you so much for any help you can give, I really want this correctly done.*

I attached a pic of the shank I'm using, I don't know anything about how camping world installed this so maybe a chance they used a different shank?

Thanks!

Jack

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Old 08-09-2022, 03:31 PM   #2
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You need to find yourself a good, level spot, and work from there.
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Old 08-09-2022, 05:45 PM   #3
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As carrybosse said, a level spot is best. However, I think you can get your setup close with your sloped driveway. Get the trailer so it is parallel to the slope of your driveway, then move the ball so it is ~1" higher. This should get you close.

However, you will need a flat area for setting the tension of the wdh. The slope will mess with your front end measurements unless it is a very gentle slope...


Oh, and your tongue weight is too low. You should have 10-12% of the total weight on the tongue. This could have been part of the issue when using your 1500, though I think you made the right move to get a heavier truck for pulling that much weight.
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You can take the hitch apart and turn the shank around where the longest part is sticking up instead of down and get more adjustment but you need to start from scratch with the manual instructions for your hitch on a level parking area or similar to get it right for the new truck.
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