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Old 07-18-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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Combining 4" drop reciever to Hensley 8" drop shank

My 2006 GMC 4500 Top Kick hitch receiver (pictured) is 2" higher than the 8" Hensley drop shank.

Remedy: I purchased a 4" drop hitch receiver (pictured) to receive the 8" drop Hensley shank:

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Look carefully of the picture of the Hensley hitch on my GW. In the background you see the white GMC.

With the 8" Hensley drop shank inserted in the GMC receiver, measurement from floor to top of the shank is 20.5 inches

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Old 07-18-2015, 02:15 PM   #2
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My only concern would be that not having the Hensley hitch bar directly into the tow vehicle's receiver would diminish the effectiveness of the weight distribution function.

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The TV is the 4500 GMC. AS is 1969 Safari: The weight distribution function may be of little effect given the towing capacity of the TV is 17,500. Yes? Sway feature is not effected?
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Agreed that weight distribution is not a major factor in this instance, although the WD bar should be tightened to keep the bars from rattling. As far as the anti-sway function of the Hensley is concerned, I don't think that your contorted hitch bar situation would affect the that portion of the Hensley's job.

I would consider calling the guys at Hensley and outline your plan. Se if they have any issues with it. I have always found them knowledgeable and most helpful.

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That drop is significant. And in two steps makes me wonder as well. I second moosetags advice.
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:43 PM   #6
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I called Hensley. He stated they tested their drop hitch to 8". I explained my contorted plan. He neither agreed nor disagreed. Just reiterated the test to 8" drop. I wish to be safe. WD in this case is of minimal use. The anti-sway function I wish to retain.

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Old 07-18-2015, 03:05 PM   #7
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Remember, the Hensley head box opening, top, is 5 1/2" BELOW the top of the ball coupler height. In my Case, I need the top of the stinger at 15" from the ground. I don't think 8" drop is going to get you where you need to be....if I understand your setup correctly.
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:17 PM   #8
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Correct. That is why I purchased the 4" drop hitch + 8" Hensley drop shank:

Vertical distance measured from the top of the 8" drop Hensley stinger to the floor is 20.5 - 4.0" (drop hitch) gets me to 16.5"
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What's your ball coupler height with trailer level? I thought you meant you were at 20.5" WITH the 4" drop hitch......
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Have yet to receive the 4" drop hitch. I'll post the set up with measurements next week
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If I am understanding what you are saying correctly then I had a similar issue after purchasing the TV we have now. I needed a stinger with a 10" drop. I came up with a plan somewhat similar to yours - the major arm-chair feedback to the idea was speculation that there would be a lot of "slop" in adding an extra receiver into the mix - just didn't seem a good idea. I then spoke about the issue to Hensley and to Can Am. Hensley gave me the same information they gave to you. Can Am had dealt with the problem before and had a couple of different approaches. If I recall correctly they included welded changes to the existing hitch. In the end they fabricated a new stinger with the 10" drop for me - this has worked well - now into the 5th season of use with that stinger.

Might be worth giving Can Am a call - just to see if they foresee any issues with what you are thinking - or they might have alternate ideas for you to consider.


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Jay:

Can Am duplicated the Hensley stinger into a 10" drop for you?

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Jay:

Can Am duplicated the Hensley stinger into a 10" drop for you?

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Yes - here is a picture of the first hook-up with it - received it the day before we headed out on our trip to Alaska.

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Thanks. I'll contact Can Am on Monday. That setup is what I wish. This site won't let me enlarge. Would you send the pics to Ronald@evergreen-energy.net, please.

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