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Old 08-12-2017, 03:56 PM   #71
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I am using an Equalizer hitch. The receive on the new 2017 Super Duty is 3" higher then my current receiver. I guess I will need a longer shank?
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:00 PM   #72
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They sell higher ones, but you can also turn the shank upside down to get more height. I did that with a lift and didn't have to buy a new one.

They have them on etrailer and Amazon. Pretty expensive, $90-140 depending on size etc... try turning it the other way first.
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I am using an Equalizer hitch. The receive on the new 2017 Super Duty is 3" higher then my current receiver. I guess I will need a longer shank?
Yes you will need the longer shank for the 2017 Superduty.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:49 AM   #74
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Yes you will need the longer shank for the 2017 Superduty.
FYI, with the longer shaft on a F-250 you get more lift off the rear axle out of the WD setting.
I set it the same way I had it on my F-150 and it transferred way too much to the front axle. I ended up with a scary ride and decided to reweigh the entire rig and that's how I found out.
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I have ordered the shank with the longer shaft. If I set it up the same way as my current F-250 only with the ball being higher why would that effect the WD?
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I have ordered the shank with the longer shaft. If I set it up the same way as my current F-250 only with the ball being higher why would that effect the WD?
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The "angle" between the hitch and the trailer is what varies the WD on an Equalizer. If you raise the ball without fiddling washers, you change the angle and the WD. To ride level, the trailer hitch needs to be at a certain height off the ground. To high and the back scrapes even more often. To low and you bump the front more often.

So, simple answer: Get the ball height set to level the trailer. Then fiddle washers to do the WD. Then re-check the level to be sure it's still ok.

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I have ordered the shank with the longer shaft. If I set it up the same way as my current F-250 only with the ball being higher why would that effect the WD?


If you were level on the old truck and by using the longer stinger on the new truck it's level then it shouldn't.
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:41 AM   #78
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ok, thanks. More concerned with sway rather then WD.
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I have ordered the shank with the longer shaft. If I set it up the same way as my current F-250 only with the ball being higher why would that effect the WD?
I put a lot of effort into setting up my hitch.
If it is convenient I would weigh the rig with the current set up and do it again with the new set up and that will give you an accurate picture of how much weight you are transferring with either set up.
In my case I was taking too much of the rear axle and that made for an unstable drive.
Of course weighing a rig is not always very convenient but its worth the effort IMHO.
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With the Equalizer, getting the WD set up is what loads the spring arms. Loading the spring arms is what gives you friction. Friction is what does the anti-sway. It's sort of an "everything at once" setup. Yes, this can lead to some odd outcomes if you are not careful.

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I put a lot of effort into setting up my hitch.
If it is convenient I would weigh the rig with the current set up and do it again with the new set up and that will give you an accurate picture of how much weight you are transferring with either set up.
In my case I was taking too much of the rear axle and that made for an unstable drive.
Of course weighing a rig is not always very convenient but its worth the effort IMHO.
This may not even apply to your setup since I am using a Blue Ox. However when I went to the longer drop the fulcrum dropped lower. The WD set at the same tension as previously lifted the back of the truck higher. I noticed it right of way when setting the bar that it had a lot more tension on it. It took me a little while to figure it out. So please disregard my comment.
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The "angle" between the hitch and the trailer is what varies the WD on an Equalizer. If you raise the ball without fiddling washers, you change the angle and the WD. To ride level, the trailer hitch needs to be at a certain height off the ground. To high and the back scrapes even more often. To low and you bump the front more often.

So, simple answer: Get the ball height set to level the trailer. Then fiddle washers to do the WD. Then re-check the level to be sure it's still ok.

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Which hitch did you use? I just switched from a F150 platinum to a F250 Platinum an I currently use an equalizer 4 point hitch.
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Which hitch did you use? I just switched from a F150 platinum to a F250 Platinum an I currently use an equalizer 4 point hitch.
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Mine is just a dirt simple Equal-I-Zer. Nothing fancy about it at all. No claim from me that it is best, better, perfect, ideal, or optimum. It's just what I have.

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I also use the equalizer. Going from an F150 to F250 you most likely will need a longer shank (the vertical part) as the F250 sits a 2-4 inches higher then your F150. As Uncle BoB has said just get the ball and coupler as level as you can prior to hook up. With the F250 that is about all you have to do. I also have air bags so upon hooking the truck and trailer are about as level as one can get them. Be sure and get the 2 and 1/2" shank. Equalizer part # 90-02-4900.
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