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Old 09-12-2019, 05:27 PM   #21
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I have about a 5" drop on the shank for my 2500 Dodge to get it down to Airstream height. I also have a added on set of power steps on the truck for my short wife. A present after her 2nd knee replacement. But I like them too.
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Old 09-13-2019, 12:06 PM   #22
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does your trailer ride level when hooked up to the truck ??????
Take a picture of your rig hooked up and post it. If it rides level
there is probably nothing wrong with your set up. measure the height of your wheel wells,
front and rear. record it . now hook up your trailer as if you are ready to travel. Measure
the height again. If it measures close to the same height hooked up as unhooked, and your trailer is level you may not have a problem,
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:59 PM   #23
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On your new truck: In order for my wife to get into my 3/4 ton GMC I ordered a set of "AMP Research Automatic Running Boards." They have various length arms so the boards accommodate different height vehicles. She really praises them every time she uses them. As previously stated, have some one rig your hitch so everything rides level, both the TV andTT.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:05 PM   #24
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" I have to put the orange squares or something under the jack to get it tall enough to hook up."

It sounds like your hitch is not set up properly. As it is now, when hitched up, is EVERYTHING level or, does either the 2500, the Airstream (or both) NOT look level to the ground? If not, then start there. Get the 2500 AND the Airstream to sit level when properly hooked up on level ground. As already mentioned, a 2500 probably needs a different set up than was needed when you had a 1500. IF both the 2500 AND Airstream ARE sitting level when hooked up on level ground. then you might need a longer down tube on the jack or, a tongue jack stand ( https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Durable...SIN=B014R5PFOE )

I'll be curious to see just how you get this resolved. Regards,
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:22 PM   #25
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I have probably the same Equalizer Hitch with 1000# bars.

Sounds like you have not looked into the Equalizer Owner's Manual. This sounds normal to me... and the grade of the parking spot does make a big difference.

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Old 09-14-2019, 09:23 PM   #26
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I should add that towing as you are set up puts extra stress on the rear axle, and reduces tongue weight which may contribute to instability. It is important to tow with the trailer level.

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Sorry this is wrong, with a tandem axle trailer with torsion axles when the tongue goes up the pivot/balancing point goes back and the tongue weight goes up. Imagine the same thing that would happen if you removed the front tires from the trailer.

Although I agree it does put extra stress on rear axle and tires maybe overloading them.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:05 PM   #27
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Sorry this is wrong, with a tandem axle trailer with torsion axles when the tongue goes up the pivot/balancing point goes back and the tongue weight goes up. Imagine the same thing that would happen if you removed the front tires from the trailer.

Although I agree it does put extra stress on rear axle and tires maybe overloading them.
With the tongue level, the pivot point is between the two axles and while it does shift towrd the rear axle, the horizontal center of gravity goes back as the cosine of the angle, assuming no weight locations change. If the tanks are not empty, this will increase the CG shift. It is a race to see which has the most effect, and I don’t know what the analytical answer is, but I observed the corrolary to the effect when I measured the tongue weight of my trailer with a Shurline scale. As the tongue went down, the tongue weight went up.

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Old 09-15-2019, 06:51 PM   #28
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With the tongue level, the pivot point is between the two axles and while it does shift towrd the rear axle, the horizontal center of gravity goes back as the cosine of the angle, assuming no weight locations change. If the tanks are not empty, this will increase the CG shift. It is a race to see which has the most effect, and I don’t know what the analytical answer is, but I observed the corrolary to the effect when I measured the tongue weight of my trailer with a Shurline scale. As the tongue went down, the tongue weight went up.

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Interesting, I didn't check on an Airstream, I checked on a utility trailer. Easy check on that utility trailer raise tongue jack till off ground and trailer balanced.
I didn't think the higher COG of an Airstream would make that much of a difference.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:02 PM   #29
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I have only measured tongue weight on my trailer with a Shurline once. Raising the tongue increased the weight. One plastic "lego" block was good for 40 pounds of weight.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:17 AM   #30
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Thanks, Ray #25. My thoughts also. The TT and tv maybe set up properly, but it is the slope of the pad that is the problem. I have seen guys even have to dig a place fore the jack to remove from tv. It happens both ways. Too high or too low.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:14 PM   #31
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**update**

Yesterday it made it over to Vogt Airstream in Ft. Worth. I became a fan! Everyone was so helpful! They got me right in and even stayed late to make sure everything was set up, hooked up, and connected properly.

I ended up having to buy a longer shank. My hitch was 5.5 too high!?! They also corrected some things that were set up (or not set up) by the dealership I bought from.

Pleased to say that the drive home and the hitching/unhitching were panic attack free! All is well in my world now.

Thank you, all the advice was spot on!
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Old 09-27-2019, 10:01 AM   #32
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Thank you all very much for the info and guidance. Not sure why my Airstream dealer wasn’t the one to figure this out but now I know. I’m on Dallas area so I will probably try to find someone local. But that means another panic attack to get the hitched up and fixed. 😬

Thx again!
Hope you got your problem fixed. We just did the same truck upgrade, from a ‘16 1500 Ram to a ‘19 2500, both 4x4. I knew the receiver height would be an issue, so ordered a new shank with the most drop possible. Still, on paper the ball will be an inch and a half of so higher. But that will go away when hitched up and WD applied. Just got the new shank installed and haven’t towed yet, but the first trip will be to the AS dealer to get dialed in correctly.
By the way, if you didn’t get the power running boards with the new truck, I highly recommend you add them! They extend out further than topical fixed steps, and have a wide, flat step in the perfect spot. I added AMP research aftermarket steps to the 1500, and ordered the factory version on the 2500. Both work well!
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