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Old 06-23-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
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I'm getting ready to hit the road for the first major trip in July, and I bought a new 2014 Ram Ecodiesel truck to help with that trip. I'll post another thread later and report the awesome Airforums community on how the truck does with fuel mileage, etc.

At this time, however, I'm just trying to get my new TV to hitch to the trailer, as it's significantly higher than the old TV. I looked at the towing thread for advice, but I'm not finding what I need. I was able to find how to properly measure the trailer and hitch height. It's a 9 inch drop! I'm afraid I'll never find a set-up that has that kind of drop. Here's a photo of the current hitch set up attached to the OLD TV. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with a 9 inch drop??
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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I'm getting ready to hit the road for the first major trip in July, and I bought a new 2014 Ram Ecodiesel truck to help with that trip. I'll post another thread later and report the awesome Airforums community on how the truck does with fuel mileage, etc.

At this time, however, I'm just trying to get my new TV to hitch to the trailer, as it's significantly higher than the old TV. I looked at the towing thread for advice, but I'm not finding what I need. I was able to find how to properly measure the trailer and hitch height. It's a 9 inch drop! I'm afraid I'll never find a set-up that has that kind of drop. Here's a photo of the current hitch set up attached to the OLD TV. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with a 9 inch drop??
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What's the hitch setup on the new rig? Did you put the old hitch receiver on the new TV? You will need a different hitch head at least. I have an Equalizer and the hitch head can be dropped quite a bit, not sure if 9" is a possibility.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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Hi Rich. The new TV has a factory receiver.
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Try someone like Curt mfg. They make a lot of stuff for receiver hitch assemblies.
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These guys play in the lifted truck market, and they are dealers for several hitch makers. They may have some ideas.

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I'm getting ready to hit the road for the first major trip in July, and I bought a new 2014 Ram Ecodiesel truck to help with that trip. I'll post another thread later and report the awesome Airforums community on how the truck does with fuel mileage, etc.

At this time, however, I'm just trying to get my new TV to hitch to the trailer, as it's significantly higher than the old TV. I looked at the towing thread for advice, but I'm not finding what I need. I was able to find how to properly measure the trailer and hitch height. It's a 9 inch drop! I'm afraid I'll never find a set-up that has that kind of drop. Here's a photo of the current hitch set up attached to the OLD TV. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with a 9 inch drop??
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What kind of weight distribution hitch is that? The reason I ask is that it doesn't look like it would accept an adjustable drop shank, which is probably what you would need. https://www.hitchmart.com/commerce/c....jsp?catId=281
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Hi Rich. The new TV has a factory receiver.
Sorry, I said 'receiver' but meant hitch. I assumed your new TV came with a receiver. I wanted to know if your intent was to use the old hitch on the new TV

If you're trying to use the old hitch in the new receiver you're not going to make that work. You're going to need a new WD hitch that will drop down to the trailer's tongue height. Have you looked at the Equalizer hitch? Similar but heavier version of what you have. Ball height is adjustable and there are a couple of different sizes of shanks.

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Thanks so much everyone who has responded. It does indeed look like I'll need to get an Equalizer or something like it.. I was trying to used some of our existing components, but the "adjustable drop shank" won't fit with our current system, as it is welded at the point where the bolts would go. It's an older model Reese hitch. I guess I'll suck it up and buy a new one
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You can reuse the bars and brackets, just purchase a new trunnion head and drop draw bar. They are available at Etrailer and other places.

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Thanks so much everyone who has responded. It does indeed look like I'll need to get an Equalizer or something like it.. I was trying to used some of our existing components, but the "adjustable drop shank" won't fit with our current system, as it is welded at the point where the bolts would go. It's an older model Reese hitch. I guess I'll suck it up and buy a new one
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This is what solved the problem on my 13 ram 2500 4x4 diesel. It is 8.75 inch drop. Actually I have one more hole down available if needed

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You can reuse the bars and brackets, just purchase a new trunnion head and drop draw bar. They are available at Etrailer and other places.

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