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Old 09-30-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
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Tahoe/Flying Cloud - Shank - 9 or 11 inch drop???

Hey guys,

I think I am missing something here and hoping to see what others have done. I am picking up a 2018 Flying Cloud 25 next week (just delayed it). TV is a 2015 Tahoe, stock height, 20 inch wheels. I am using an Equalizer WD hitch.

I am measuring 23 5/8 to the top of the receiver. Add 3 inches for the ball. 26 5/8. Height of the coupler is somewhere around 17 5/8 giving me a 9 in difference. When I installed the Equalizer with the included shank (way too short, but measuring) on my Tahoe, the ball height it around 6 inches to high at the lowest setting I can get it to. When I add that 6" to the length of the shank, it gives me 11 inch difference.

So... I'm scratching my head making sure I don't order a shank too short and end up delayed again. Does anyone have a 2015 Tahoe (or anything) with similar measurements to know the drop needed more confidently? Will the Equalizer 9" drop be enough (it's the largest drop they have!)?


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Old 10-03-2017, 11:42 AM   #2
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I made the mistake you are questioning. I bought too long of receiver drop thinking my 25' needed a 17-3/4" ball height. I found that I needed my ball near 22" to have a level Airstream. Hopefully someone with a Tahoe can give you the proper length. But I'd wager the shorter receiver will be the correct one.

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Old 10-03-2017, 12:16 PM   #3
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Get the longer shank. You can always cut the excess off. My brother in law was going to borrow my trailer for the weekend but when hooked up to his Cadillac Escalade my standard short shank was about 6" to high. On my Sierra I'm at the lowest setting to achieve level.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:12 PM   #4
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I ordered the 9" shank, but when the dealer did the install they used the stock one and even raised it one hole despite my questioning it. Without the bars attached to the Equalizer hitch the Tahoe did squat a lot and was down where it should be, but once we got the bars installed the top of the coupler is sitting around 26". They said "see how much it settles and then adjust". Ha - it settled about an inch.

I am going to lower it to the lowest on the stock shank and lower the setting on the trailer attachment, but my gut tells me that will still be too high. I am afraid the 9" shank will sit really low (the shank itself) and possibly hit if going over a steep entry/exit.

Thanks for the input so far guys.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:27 AM   #5
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We have a 08 Tahoe like yours with the hitch in the bumper rather than under it. We tow our 20 foot. I just measured the 2 shanks I bought to pull our trailer level.
I started with a 12 inch but the front of the trailer was still a little high so I bought a 14 inch shank and installed 1 bolt from the bottom and our rig now is level. I had about an inch and a half cut from the bottom to help with clearance.
Yes the drop is low but in over 20k miles I have never hit the bottom.
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