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Old 02-09-2015, 02:14 PM   #533
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Mefly, thanks for the info. The cost to change out shanks was exactly why I'm trying to pin that down.

Anyone else out there that has a 20" receiver height and can share their specific shank model?
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:17 PM   #534
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Mefly, thanks for the info. The cost to change out shanks was exactly why I'm trying to pin that down.

Anyone else out there that has a 20" receiver height and can share their specific shank model?
Hi, the top of my receiver is also 20"s high; I asked George Sutton RV to order a new shank for my new F-150. I haven't received it yet and don't know the part number. Since this dealer sets up Airstreams with Equal-I-zer hitches, I trust that they should know which one to use.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:56 PM   #535
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Robert, when you get it, and assess the resultant hitch ball height, please post again, or send me a PM. Thanks--
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:20 PM   #536
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Has anyone changed their shank out to the 18" long one vs. the standard 12" model? I ordered one and installed it today to be able to lower my tailgate (2015 F150) while hitched up. I got it set up with everything looking pretty good. Front of TT about 1 lower than back of trailer, and front of TV about 1/2" higher than when unhooked. I have not towed any distance with it but was just curious if others have done this and what their towing experiences have been, positive or negative with the extended shank.

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Old 02-15-2015, 08:39 PM   #537
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Silverlabs, I asked the same question not too long ago and got no replies. I would assume that anything that moves the trailer pivot point further from the TV rear axle would reduce the towing stability. But I do not know if 6" would be significant.
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Siegmann, thanks for the response. I installed it today and just drove it back to storage. Seemed fine but that was short distance. Leaving next week for a 3-4 week trip so I will get some time on the road with it. Bringing other shank along and will change back if I don't like it. Thanks again.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:08 PM   #539
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Traded TV, machine 1000# bars?

I just traded my 2006 F150 for a 2013 Ram 2500. As has been stated here, the ride is somewhat stiffer and I'm considering machining the bars on my hitch. My trailer came from the PO with a 10000/1000 hitch. Since the trailer GVWR is only 6300#, one could argue that the 6000/600 hitch might have been a better choice for him (and for me). I am concerned about the shock being transmitted to the trailer, and am thinking about machining the bars to be equivalent to the 600# bars. I am assuming that I will still need/want some weight distribution, but i can't hook it up to measure yet because my hitch has a Class IV shank and the new truck has a Class V receiver. While i address that problem, I'd like to get ready to machine my bars.

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1. If you are towing with a recent (2007-2015) Ram 2500, how much weight are you shifting to the front axle?

2. Can anyone provide me with the height and width of the 6000/600 bars?

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Old 02-27-2015, 11:59 PM   #540
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Robert, when you get it, and assess the resultant hitch ball height, please post again, or send me a PM. Thanks--

Hi, Siegmann; This is where I'm at right now. And I will post some pictures.

(1.) This is the shank that was recommended and later returned.

(2.) With this new shank in my receiver, It looks like I could plow a field with it.

(3.) I use a 4' stick with blue masking tape to mark fender heights; This one is my front fender unloaded.

(4.) This is my front fender when hitched; It is up 1/4".

(5.) This is my rear fender unloaded.

(6.) This is my rear fender when hitched; It's down 7/8".

(7.) This is the trailer connected using my cut-off Lincoln shank. I dropped the hitch by one hole on the shank.

(8.) This is my new Equal-I-zer brand standard shank. It is all set-up, greased, and torqued.

(9.) This is the side view. I later greased the ball and put my hitch away.

(10.) This side view shows the new shank attached in the same place as my test with the cut-off Lincoln shank; One exposed hole on top.
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Old 02-28-2015, 12:24 AM   #541
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New shank continued.

Hi, My truck and trailer were on my RV pad and it has a very slight slope to it. I believe that when on totally level ground That 1/4" up in front might become zero, or back to unloaded height. Also during this test my trailer frame was 15 1/2"s high in front and 15 1/2"s high in rear. I believe this is as close as it gets on a RV pad set-up.

(1.) Front of frame.

(2.) Front of frame at 15 1/2"s high.

(3.) Rear of frame.

(4.) Rear of frame at 15 1/2"s high.
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Old 02-28-2015, 12:34 AM   #542
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Hi, I also wanted to mention that during this test set-up, I used the same 6 1/2 washers adjustment that I used with my Lincoln.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:57 AM   #543
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I just traded my 2006 F150 for a 2013 Ram 2500. As has been stated here, the ride is somewhat stiffer and I'm considering machining the bars on my hitch. My trailer came from the PO with a 10000/1000 hitch. Since the trailer GVWR is only 6300#, one could argue that the 6000/600 hitch might have been a better choice for him (and for me). I am concerned about the shock being transmitted to the trailer, and am thinking about machining the bars to be equivalent to the 600# bars. I am assuming that I will still need/want some weight distribution, but i can't hook it up to measure yet because my hitch has a Class IV shank and the new truck has a Class V receiver. While i address that problem, I'd like to get ready to machine my bars.

Questions:
1. If you are towing with a recent (2007-2015) Ram 2500, how much weight are you shifting to the front axle?

2. Can anyone provide me with the height and width of the 6000/600 bars?

Thanks,

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Do a search as I detailed the process you are describing for using the 1,000 EQ hitch with a 25 AS ... much smoother ride for the AS after I tapered the bars - when we went from an F150 to a Ram 2500.
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mefly2 - Thanks. I found a post that explained how to do the taper based on moment of inertia calculations but it didn't have the dimensions for the 600# bars. I don't think it was yours. Sounds like you did exactly what I want to do.
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What dimensions do you want from the 600# bars. I have them and can measure.

Edit - Oh. I see now. Will measure.
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