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Old 08-08-2016, 08:18 PM   #1
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2016 Chevy Tahoe high rear bumper

I have a 19' Bambi. Until last week I towed with a 2012 Suburban. My Reece WD set up was dead nuts level with a 6" drop. Prior to that I towed with a 2007 Avalanche and a 4" drop. Enter the 2016 Tahoe. My Bambi is now cocked aft and I'm upset. Being a Virgo it makes me crazy I'm about 1.5" to 2" out of level. Looks like I can't buy a new shank as mine is 12" and on the bottom. Anybody aware of a longer shank? My local trailer hitch guy said he isn't aware. I think the 20" wheels might be playing a small part in this. Other than smaller tires or a new WDH anybody have any thoughts? Thanks.......... Woody:
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Old 08-08-2016, 09:37 PM   #2
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Do you have self leveling air suspension in the rear of the Tahoe? Of so, and the level sensor is busted, that can cause the air to lift the rear end way too high.

How high is the measurement from the ground to the receiver in your new Tahoe?
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:43 PM   #3
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If Reese doesn't have the correct shank length, try and find a generic one that is compatible with the head. I thought our 2008 Tahoe was high, it sounds like the new 2016 models maybe higher?
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:35 AM   #4
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How tall is your Resse wd setup? If you need more than a 12 inch drop, theres something else going on. There is another option which is to lift the trailer. Either with blocks, new axles or taller tire wheel setup.
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:34 AM   #5
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There are 14" drop shanks out there. I think I got mine from e-trailer. IIRC, it was an Equilizer brand.
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Old 08-09-2016, 12:55 PM   #6
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Something is not right here. My daughter has a 16 Tahoe LTZ with 20" wheels and the top of the hitch receiver is 19" from the ground with no load. I believe the listed hitch ball height for the AS is 17 3/4". The tongue weight of the AS should drop the rear of the Tahoe at least 2 inches. It must be the Auto Load Leveling system coming into play. You may need to turn that off to use a WD hitch.
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My 2015 LTZ with tow package sits high. When I hook up our 26' Argosy it pulls it down until the self leveler fixes itself. I have a 12' box trailer that is way lower than the Tahoes hitch. Even with the adjustable hitch all the way to the lowest setting, the trailer is quite a bit higher in the front. It is irritating, but I don't want to use those rediculous two foot long hitches.
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Old 08-09-2016, 01:49 PM   #8
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The top of the ball should not be any higher than 1.5" to 2" then the top of the trailer coupling, you need to get your trailer level and backup so you can make a measurement. I had to get a different drop to lower the ball as mine was 5" to high and when hookup with the lever system in my Tahoe it made it to high, plus I have the 20" Michelin tires which also plays into the height.

Now my rig looks and drive level.
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The old rule of thumb is to make the ball height 1" higher than the inside of the coupler. Then Adjust the bars, then let the air ride level things up. You will probably notice every coming up level. If that does not work you have other problems. Better call Saul.
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My 2015 LTZ with tow package sits high. When I hook up our 26' Argosy it pulls it down until the self leveler fixes itself. I have a 12' box trailer that is way lower than the Tahoes hitch. Even with the adjustable hitch all the way to the lowest setting, the trailer is quite a bit higher in the front. It is irritating, but I don't want to use those rediculous two foot long hitches.
And what hitch would that be with your "rediculous" LTZ?




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And what hitch would that be with your "rediculous" LTZ?




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Meant ball mount.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:20 AM   #12
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Rocco, I just measured mine. To top of receiver 25" front wheel well 36.5". Big difference eh? Thanks, Woody
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:42 PM   #13
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Thanks

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for your input to my dilemma. I did find a Curt shank that will work. Did have to drill an additional hole but it looks like it will work just fine. Love the new Tahoe but maybe wish the designers hadn't let higher bumpers get away from them............
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Another option, for when you change trucks again.

http://www.andersenhitches.com/Catal...pid-hitch.aspx
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