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Old 05-20-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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Need Longer Drop Bar

I have a Reese weight distributing hitch set up with sway bars. It worked fine with my old truck but I recently got a newer truck and it rides much higher. Know of any good sites to order a longer drop bar or shank to help the trailer sit level? I'm looking for good prices and fast delivery.
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:59 AM   #2
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Have you tried local? The internet is full of cheap stuff and probably better prices, but a good local supplier can offer sound advice and if it is not long enough, you can return it. This is not an expensive part, hard to imagine the savings being worth the hassle if you get the wrong part.
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:33 AM   #3
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I have a Reese weight distributing hitch set up with sway bars. It worked fine with my old truck but I recently got a newer truck and it rides much higher. Know of any good sites to order a longer drop bar or shank to help the trailer sit level? I'm looking for good prices and fast delivery.
Check out your axles to see if they have added to the problem by lowering the trailer closer to the ground.

If the trailer has been parked for an extended period of time, then the axles could be bad.

The following article will teach you how to check them out in about 30 seconds.

Dura Torque Axle

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Old 05-21-2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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I've got a new Reese extended shank I will sell you for $20 plus shipping. The vertical arm of the shank is 12" long with holes at 1" on center. The horizontal arm is normal length. If you are interested, I'll send pics.

To get it to you fast, I could send it via Greyhound to Ft. Worth and it would be there by this evening.
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I've got a new Reese extended shank I will sell you for $20 plus shipping. The vertical arm of the shank is 12" long with holes at 1" on center. The horizontal arm is normal length. If you are interested, I'll send pics.

To get it to you fast, I could send it via Greyhound to Ft. Worth and it would be there by this evening.
That is an excellent offer from you. I recently bought a similar drop shank for my 07 Suburban at Camping World for close to $ 90.00.
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$20.00 is like getting it FREE

I recently paid $170.00 for a shank like that, plus the bolt kit required for the adjustable mount, in London, Ontario.

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If you don't buy it I hope he sends me a PM because Grayhound comes to Trenton NJ.

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Bob, thanks for the offer. I'll let you know later today as I need to do some measuring.
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Check out your axles to see if they have added to the problem by lowering the trailer closer to the ground.

If the trailer has been parked for an extended period of time, then the axles could be bad.

The following article will teach you how to check them out in about 30 seconds.

Dura Torque Axle

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Andy,
Thanks for the heads up about the axles. I was not aware of the problem or how to check them. I'll do it today when I take my other measurements.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:30 AM   #11
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Bob, I checked out my Reese drop and it is the same as the one in your photo. But I did notice I had room to lower it 1 more hole so I might be OK with what I have once I adjust the tilt angle of the head. Sounds like you might have some other takers on your offer. Thanks and good luck!
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OK, I admit it...I'm not smarter than a fifth grader! I have seen ads for various hitches and seen the ball tilted at various angles. I simply do not understand why you would want to do that. In my little pea brain, that would, in effect, reduce the coupling area and reduce safety. What am I missing.
Be nice, I have already admitted being less than the sharpest tool in the shed.
Thanks in advance for the education.
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You tilt the ball mount to position the weight distributing bars properly. If you have a Reese hitch, go to reeseprod.com for instructions on how to set the head.
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Adjustable Hitch 101

Scott:

I was in the same spot as you, regarding lack of knowledge, when I started this recent thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tch-41946.html

Many replies and photos there that will help you understand, as it did me.

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