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Old 04-30-2014, 06:54 PM   #1
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Hitch Problem with New Ram 2500

Well I should have taken this into consideration when I traded my Chevy Avalanche in on the Ram 2500. Went to move the Airstream tonight and the coupler/angle of the trailer looked like it was ready for take off. I have used a Reese weight distribution hitch with our Avalanche without issue...but then it was set for the truck.

Now I've got a problem. I would like to stay with the Reese system and distribution bars. But after measuring from the top of the hitch opening (24") and bottom of the coupler (13") find myself about 11" to high. What options do I have at this point? Look for an 11" drop? Do they even make such a thing? Can I use anything off my current hitch? Thanks for the help!

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Old 04-30-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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Yes Reese has an extended drop shank but you have other problems if you coupler is only 13 ins. off the ground. That should be closer to 18 ins.

Why so low?
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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Good point! It was dark when I measured the coupler and eye-balled it for level. I'll grab a level and flashlight and head back out for another measurement. I thought that was low also. Would make a big difference on the drop shank.

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I drive 2500 2013 Suburban with at least 9" drop shank with my Reese setup.
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Well I suspect that my lot is not level...to my eye it is. Leveled the trailer using a level and still around 13". Anyone out there with a "74" and know what is the height of their coupler? I would guess that the height should be the same. Thanks!

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The trailer does not want to be level when checking this . Parallel to the ground is what you are after.

If you can get things to a location that will have the trailer and the. Truck on the same plane.
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After looking at Airstreams specs for the 70's trailers, it would appear that the recommended ball height is 19.5". This would be on a new trailer, on level ground, with good axles. Would I be safe to use this number and go with a 6" drop hitch?

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You have to first find out how your trailer axles are now. Set the trailer parallel to the ground and measure the frame for and aft to ensure you are parallel to the ground. Now measure the coupling height. You axles may have dropped.

With a double or tri axle Airstream the trailer has to ride parallel to the ground

If not you will be tongue heavy if the coupler is high and tongue light if the coupler is low.
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Thanks Howie...that makes sense. This is a "74" whose axles should probably be replaced. That being the case, I would probably pick up another 2-3". Challenge I have now is not being able to move this trailer to a level spot. Interestingly enough, I have a "78" sitting near the "74" and it's coupler comes in around 17". Still an issue with the slope of the lot. I'll get the tape measure out tomorrow and make sure the front and rear frames are set at the same height then measure the coupler height. Thanks for you help!

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I think you can get up to 11 inch drop. I pull a 1988 with a 2500 4x4 with a 6" drop, Reese hitch, and it is about right. You need to find out how high coupler needs to be. And the ball is only going to drop an inch when you hook up.
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I have a 13 Ram 2500 diesel 4x4. I use a Curt drop bar which I bought from Amazon . As I recall the maximum drop is around 7.5 inches. The cost was around $80. much cheaper than a reese drop bar.. I am using it with a Reese head. Sorry I don't have the numbers, we are on the road right now.
The trailer is level and I have one more hole down available.
Since we have similiar trucks this should work for you. My ball height is 18 inches on the 61 on the original axles.
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I removed the factory receiver and added the Curt 15049 hitch to the 2012 Ram 2500HD and converted to an all air bag level ride suspension that lowered the back end of the truck to level. That combination needed only 1.5" offset from level with the adjustable stinger that comes on a ProPride hitch. The trailer tows about ¼" nose down from level measuring at opposite ends of the trailer.

I wonder about the leverage forces associated with an 11" drop using a weight distribution hitch system. That much drop may require a beefed up receiver on the tow vehicle.
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Thanks to all those that responded to my request for information. I never expected it would be so difficult to find a 6" drop bar. I have ordered a Curt from Amazon...thx Rick! Again...the Forum members come through...

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