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Old 06-22-2024, 11:34 AM   #1
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Drop hitch shank too long?

Looking for input on how much clearance is enough for a drop hitch.

I upgraded by TV from a RAM 1500 to a RAM 2500 with air levelling suspension in the back. The new truck had a class V hitch receiver instead of a class IV, so I had to replace the shank of the hitch, the new 2 1/2 in. shank is much longer than the 2" shank leaving me with 8 inches of clearance without the load of the trailer on the hitch.

With the AS on the hitch I am seeing a drop of about 1 inch thanks to the sir levelling suspension, leaving 6 to 7 inches of clearance - is this enough?

Thanks in advance for input.
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Old 06-22-2024, 01:21 PM   #2
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FC25_Kashmir, take a look when you get the trailer hooked up. I think youíll find the trailer jack foot will be lower than your shank.

I also moved up from a RAM 1500 to a 2500 and got a CURT drop shank. I ended up cutting off the bottom two holes just to be safe but you can see from the photo, the jack foot is lower even before doing so.

Hope that helps!
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Old 06-22-2024, 01:32 PM   #3
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FC25_Kashmir, take a look when you get the trailer hooked up. I think youíll find the trailer jack foot will be lower than your shank.

I also moved up from a RAM 1500 to a 2500 and got a CURT drop shank. I ended up cutting off the bottom two holes just to be safe but you can see from the photo, the jack foot is lower even before doing so.

Hope that helps!
THANKS - that helps, I appreciate the pic.
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FC25_Kashmir, take a look when you get the trailer hooked up. I think you’ll find the trailer jack foot will be lower than your shank.
I'm curious, I see that's the stock jack. Is that as high as it goes? I see another 4" or so but it may hit the limit switch first.
I changed mine to the Husky 5000 and I always raise the jack foot up in between the bars.
As far as shanks banging the ground, it's easy to replace just the shank with any brand that's solid and the same size receiver. All shanks are 2" with the hole spacing of 3/4" bolts on 1 1/4" centers. (so a Blue Ox will fit on a Equalizer shank, etc.)
Not all companies measure length the same. Curt's 16" shank may be shorter than Reese's 16" shank.
I find e-trailer handy because they show a tape measure on the shank.
Is the one shown a 18" shank or a 14" shank? Depends.
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I'm curious, I see that's the stock jack. Is that as high as it goes? I see another 4" or so but it may hit the limit switch first.
I changed mine to the Husky 5000 and I always raise the jack foot up in between the bars.
Good catch Mollysdad, I stand corrected. For some reason I didnít have the jack fully retracted in that photo.

Iíve since spray painted a black line so I know when to stop and not hit the limit. I do remember the jack foot does come close to the bars.

FC25_Kashmir, apologies for the misinformation - As I mentioned, I did cut the bottom two holes off my drop shank and havenít had a problem.
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Old 06-22-2024, 04:59 PM   #6
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Good catch Mollysdad, I stand corrected. For some reason I didnít have the jack fully retracted in that photo.

Iíve since spray painted a black line so I know when to stop and not hit the limit. I do remember the jack foot does come close to the bars.

FC25_Kashmir, apologies for the misinformation - As I mentioned, I did cut the bottom two holes off my drop shank and havenít had a problem.
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I am going to put the trailer on it, and see where I end-up, if it is too long I will cut it as you did.

Thanks
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With the AS on the hitch I am seeing a drop of about 1 inch thanks to the sir levelling suspension, leaving 6 to 7 inches of clearance - is this enough?

Thanks in advance for input.

Oh for sure. If your back end is compressing 7 inches, theres a huge problem!

I think its just fine, 6-7 inches. If its not, you will know about it, but I can't see it being a problem on the stiffer suspension of the 2500.
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