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Old 07-25-2010, 10:14 AM   #21
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I like the reese extra drop pictuted here. Provides 5.75 inches of drop... but if I need more thene not so good. Is your recommendation to look for a 7" drop and if i need less - OK? I'm worried about some fabricated hitches not having the real rating that they advertise. Thanks for the comments.

Ordered this one today. Distance from top of reciever to ground 21" Drop on this hitch is 5.75. Ball platform should then be at 15.25. Add ball height of 3" I should be right at 18.25 unloaded. Depending on loaded squat on truck (about 2" ) I should be able to adjust up if needed, prob no need for lower. I will post pics and response one parts get here and I do the install. Thanks to all the rivet pros for helping me with this question.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #22
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Ordered this one today. Distance from top of reciever to ground 21" Drop on this hitch is 5.75. Ball platform should then be at 15.25. Add ball height of 3" I should be right at 18.25 unloaded. Depending on loaded squat on truck (about 2" ) I should be able to adjust up if needed, prob no need for lower. I will post pics and response one parts get here and I do the install. Thanks to all the rivet pros for helping me with this question.

Long drop shank came today. Is it an OK idea to use the trim strip on the side of the AS as a measuring point to determine whether ot not the trailer is level? I am OK in the front with the hitch frame but in the rear I cant get to the frame due to sealed underbelly. This could throw measurements of a bit.
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yes.

i typically use the MID level beltline trim

since the stream sides curve OUT to this level...



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yes.

i typically use the MID level beltline trim

since the stream sides curve OUT to this level...



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Thanks again 2air--- I will use the mid level beltline trim
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a bubble level can also be used

but finding a reliable reference point is tricky.

so one approach is to use the beltline trim in a REALLY REALLY flat concrete location...

and once it's reasonably level MOUNT a bubble level somewhere

(like the tongue) or just inside the entry door or on the SKIN somewhere...

or ?

this will pay off later and each time you seek level for parking, towing and so on...

finding a LONG level strip of roadway is often tricky when REchecks are needed.

with older units getting the FRIDGE really level is important 4 efficient function.

so older rigs (like yours) often have...

a small square/ROUND (target shaped) BUBBLE level in the freezer for this purpose.

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Old 09-06-2010, 04:48 PM   #26
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Installed this shank using lowest holes. Everything now matches up!
Thanks again for everyone's help

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