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Baja Man

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Posted: 11/11/17 03:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a new to me 2016 ORV Timber Ridge 280RKS. It has a GVWR of 9600#, My truck is a 2003 Ford F-350 single rear wheel, 4X2. It has a payload capacity of 3860#.

I followed the set up procedures for the Equalizer hitch.

My trailer sites 5.75" lower in front when EQ bars are loaded for travel. This is measured at rear and front of frame (18.5" front and 24.25' at rear). I have attached a pic.

I have read that slightly lower in front is preferred to level.

Using the shank selection guide on Equalizer.com's website it calls for the shank I am currently using.

Front tow vehicle axle barely rises between loaded and unloaded.....approx. 1/2"

Since I am maxed out on ball height (using highest holes on a shank that has been flipped up), why I am unable to get my trailer to sit higher in front?

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Posted: 11/11/17 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Its been a lot of years since I had my TT and equalizer setup. If you followed their instructions and set up the shank correctly then you should have ended up almost level. I seem to recall flipping my shank which made it quite high so dropped it down a few holes to get level. Measuring the gap in my wheel wells front and back showed about 1/2" squat in rear when hooked up and EQ hitch attached. Any chance you can get a shot of the hitch setup from up close on the side?

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Posted: 11/11/17 04:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would either lower the trailer via its equalizer (if possible) or buy another shank - which is what I had to do.


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Does it pull OK?


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Posted: 11/11/17 06:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would get a draw bar with more rise, they are available I believe. Have you measured how much angle that difference is ? The recommendation is to be within one degree front low..

A quick online calculator shows that 5.75 in. of rise over a run of 28ft(?) is one degree. If it tows well happy traveling.

* This post was edited 11/11/17 07:06pm by demiles *


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Posted: 11/11/17 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

my shank is flipped up and I am maxed on upper bolt holes....unable to raise hitch head any higher.

Perhaps I need a shank that has a taller rise?

Does it have to be an Equalizer brand shank?

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Posted: 11/11/17 07:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Generally the width is common but the head bolt hole spacing may be different on other brands. Contact etrailer and they can get you the correct bar you need.

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Baja Man wrote:

my shank is flipped up and I am maxed on upper bolt holes....unable to raise hitch head any higher.

Perhaps I need a shank that has a taller rise?

Does it have to be an Equalizer brand shank?


No, it does not have to be the same brand.

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Posted: 11/11/17 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your rig looks like our F250 4x2, Equalizer and 28RLS Jayco. Ours is 2" lower in the front. I was happy that it came out that way. It tows like a champ. Honestly, I would hit the road and enjoy it. If it troubles you, a taller shank can be had from Equalizer or any 2" square shank. Equalizer is made in USA. Many others are made in China.


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Posted: 11/11/17 08:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you start out by setting your ball height at the same height as your trailer when level? If your trailer is setting low on the front, you usually have to add more washers in front of the ball. That will put more tension on the bars and raise the trailer by shifting weight to the truck.

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