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Old 04-02-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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Old hitch ball height issue?

Sorry for all the questions. My truck is now 10 years newer than my old girl. My setup was perfect before and now I need to change it up.

The new Sierra with my hitch ball in is sitting at 23 1/8 yikes. I need it to be 18 according to my trailer manual. 51/8 lower.

Can I achieve this, as I only have one hole to Lower on the existing adjustable hitch as pictured. Iím thinking not? Canít get the damn bolts to budge and terrible at math.
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Is it me or is the sway ball arm bent in this picture? Do they have a slight rise or has she been bent at some point you think?

Can I get I longer drop with just buying a new hitch shank or am I looking at a new system?

Second ? About sway. Truck comes with anti sway technology and the inter grated trailer braking system. As well the WD says optional as my load is less than WD recommendation. But Iím thinking it would be a nicer set up to still have the WD for leveling out based on various loading scenarios- any advice?

Besides it taking me forever to figure out all the new tech toys on this truck what are you all using with the newer trucks keeping in mind I donít have a really heavy towing setup.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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That setup will not adjust to the new height, a new longer drop hitch shank will solve this issue. You can get it here:
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...SABEgISE_D_BwE

The sway ball mount may be a little bent, no big deal.

Be very careful talking about integrated anti sway in your braking, the truck will "pulse" the trailer brakes when it is in an "extreme situation", this will not cure sway. There are a lot of dif. theories about this and the only one that actually works IME is the Tuson Trailer Sway Controller found here:
https://tusonrvbrakes.com/products/t...ntrol-tsc-1000

As for WD or not, including weight distribution in your setup is highly recommended at any trailer weight. WD that is properly setup makes towing soooo comfy.

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Old 04-02-2018, 12:43 PM   #3
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The sway bar ball mount plate looks bent. IMO I would pur. new head & shank as this head looks a little flimsy. Insert shank into truck receiver, spray bolts w/pentr. solvent then use breaker bar w/cheater extension on handle, if need can use body wgt. to break nuts loose, [stand on bar will give lots more force than can do w/arms]. I don't no any thing about new tech. as my pu is 19 yrs. old can't help w/set up.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:49 PM   #4
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Yes. The sway ball tab is bent, but I don't think it matters. It's not carrying weight, just push and pull forces. If you want to try to straighten it, I'd put it upside down in the receiver, remove the little ball, and put a bottle jack under the tab. If that doesn't work, I'd leave it. (I can't imagine how one would bend that accidentally!)
You can get a new shank with more drop, all brands I know of have a similar 3/4" bolts on 1/1/4" spacing.
The nuts will be on there pretty good, so, I use two 1/2" breaker bars with 1 1/8" sockets. (And maybe persuasion from a 3' piece of pipe. We called those shade tree torque amplifiers)

Because of the hole spacing, you won't be able to hit the 5 1/8" perfectly, but you'll need to go down 4 holes.
You don't have four holes left, so a new shank is what you need.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:54 PM   #5
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If you do give up on it, I think your combination would be ideal for the Anderson hitch. Not too pricey, lightweight and easy hook-up.
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Old 04-02-2018, 02:35 PM   #6
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The friction sway mount ball is slightly bent. If you turn to far backing up the ball will contact the frame of the trailer and it will bend. Mine cracked badly once in Nebraska, but fortunately there are plenty of roadside welding shops in that state.

You will need more drop on your hitch. If your hitch is old and worn, maybe it is time to consider a new setup. There are plenty to choose from and everyone has their favorite. I switched to a Blue Ox last year and have been very happy with it.
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Same truck same issue. Here are a couple options from Amzn.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:45 AM   #8
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In the big picture, a new hitch assembly is not that expensive. It will probably be heavier duty than what you have, will work better and will have all new parts.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:53 AM   #9
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Sorry for all the questions. My truck is now 10 years newer than my old girl. My setup was perfect before and now I need to change it up.

The new Sierra with my hitch ball in is sitting at 23 1/8 yikes. I need it to be 18 according to my trailer manual. 51/8 lower.

Can I achieve this, as I only have one hole to Lower on the existing adjustable hitch as pictured. Iím thinking not? Canít get the damn bolts to budge and terrible at math.
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Is it me or is the sway ball arm bent in this picture? Do they have a slight rise or has she been bent at some point you think?

Can I get I longer drop with just buying a new hitch shank or am I looking at a new system?

Second ? About sway. Truck comes with anti sway technology and the inter grated trailer braking system. As well the WD says optional as my load is less than WD recommendation. But Iím thinking it would be a nicer set up to still have the WD for leveling out based on various loading scenarios- any advice?

Besides it taking me forever to figure out all the new tech toys on this truck what are you all using with the newer trucks keeping in mind I donít have a really heavy towing setup.
Looks like a new shank is needed....one that will provide the appropriate drop.
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:02 PM   #10
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Hmmm I agree the old hitch is a little out of shape.... and if you can't get the bolts out ... next best thing is to cut them off... (orginally they were torqued to 300 ft lbs... but you can bet them threads rusted togeather.. and it will take a lot more to get 'em off...

but, instead of taking a chance on the hitch being cracked and might fail... as it appears its been through some tough times... I would go to etrailer and buy the new hitch head, maybe a new ball at the same time.. as they also wear.... and a new shank...
I also have seen them for sale used on craigslist... at about 1/4 the price

The new head will retro fit your old system.. no need in getting something new when the old stuff is still good... it comes with new bolts and shims... from reese...

Something that bent might have cracked the welds... I know it is a silent issue... umong the manufactures... and reese even now includes a shim so that you don't over stress the casting and weldments when you tighten it up today...

I have seen a few of the heads come apart... lucky no loss occured as it was caught in time... and it all starts with a unseen with the naked eye... hairline fracture from stressing the head when the bolts are tightened and their is too much space between the shank and head... Most of the oldies now do the dye penatrant test to insure that the casting weldments are still good... every so often... just to be safe..

the adventure contenues...
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Old 04-03-2018, 12:15 PM   #11
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In the big picture, a new hitch assembly is not that expensive. It will probably be heavier duty than what you have, will work better and will have all new parts.
Just need the shank and ball. My bars chains and rabbit ears all good. Will get the shop to tap the slight bend on the sway ball arm. 100.00 vs 600+ for Anderson an upwards of 4-5 hundred plus taxation 13% get the coupler changed out as Iím sure that is worn out after 13 years of towing.

Ha my bank is broke and have lots of other things to get sorted like tires, window wind deflectors, truck cap, trailer maintenance and repair.. so somethings will have to wait to upgrade even if needed.

My truck will handle my little trailer much better than my old one and she was a nice tight sweet package. With new technology better engine and 3.73 gears integrated brake control, engine assist sway, it will be a breeze Iím sure. I have never had a problem with sway ever!!! I donít drive too fast and always paying attention to the transports.

Although my truck specs say WD is optional I will still use my system, just makes the ride more comfortable with the steering not too light or heavy. Even transferring a bit of the trailer weight forward maintains better steering/ handling.
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Old 04-03-2018, 01:01 PM   #12
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If you do give up on it, I think your combination would be ideal for the Anderson hitch. Not too pricey, lightweight and easy hook-up.



FYI, while the Anderson hitch is OK for Weight Distribution it is not a sway prevention hitch.
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Old 04-03-2018, 03:30 PM   #13
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FYI, while the Anderson hitch is OK for Weight Distribution it is not a sway prevention hitch.
FYI, you're absolutely wrong. It's great for both WD and AS when used with the right setup.

Should be quite suitable in this case.
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Old 04-03-2018, 03:57 PM   #14
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Well, Frankly Frank,

"It is not a sway prevention hitch"

The manufacturer, the vast majority of Amazon reviewers, Mr. Truck, lots of satisfied customers on IRV2 and here seem to disagree and tend to love the Andersen.

Lab results? Personal experience?
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