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Old 04-09-2011, 11:03 AM   #1
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What size ball? WD installation

Picking up our trailer on Tuesday - I've got the truck and a reese straitline WDH w/ dual cam antisway. What I don't have is the hitch ball itself.

What size does the trailer take? FOr the reese I should have a 1.25" shank -is this the common size that I can pick up at walmart/advance or should i have begun the hunt a while ago?

Any advice on install is most appreciated. I know to put the ball level with the tounge and get the wd bars such that the front of the truck only rises 1/4" over stock ride height (seems like a very small amount). I do have a nearly perfectly level paved driveway to do all this in at least.

I assume I"ll be drilling the tougue to mount the hitch - me and drilling metal are not a good combination, so any advice on drill speed, cooling,bit type, pilot hole, etc, is most welcome.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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2 and 5/16 inch. Never seen one Wal Mart, or other places. Maybe Camping World.

You mention setting up the hitch in the driveway, but your first line says picking it up.....
How are you towing it home? The hitch needs to be set up before you leave with the trailer, at least that is my opinion.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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2 5/16ths ball; it only comes with large shank due to required load capacity

I towed my trailer home without WD; but tongue weight was only 450 pounds (or so) and only 40 miles. You will need to decided whether it is safe to tow your trailer home from the dealer without WD. It may not be safe. So, just because I did it doesn't mean that you should. There are lots of variables, your skill, the trailer, your tow vehicle, road conditions, yadda, yadda, . . .

Yes, you will be drilling into your trailer frame to mount the brackets for the cams. I found it easier to start with a smaller bit and progressively go to larger ones in steps. But be very careful if you do this as the bit can "grab" and possibly injure you. You need to drill slowly and deliberately; ready to release the trigger if the bit grabs and stops. If it does that, the drill itself will twist and that could cause damage to YOU. I also occasionally oiled the bit.

Are you sure you don't want the dealer to install? That seems like a lot of trailer to attempt towing without WD for an Expy.
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Picking up our trailer on Tuesday - I've got the truck and a reese straitline WDH w/ dual cam antisway. What I don't have is the hitch ball itself.

What size does the trailer take? FOr the reese I should have a 1.25" shank -is this the common size that I can pick up at walmart/advance or should i have begun the hunt a while ago?

Any advice on install is most appreciated. I know to put the ball level with the tounge and get the wd bars such that the front of the truck only rises 1/4" over stock ride height (seems like a very small amount). I do have a nearly perfectly level paved driveway to do all this in at least.

I assume I"ll be drilling the tougue to mount the hitch - me and drilling metal are not a good combination, so any advice on drill speed, cooling,bit type, pilot hole, etc, is most welcome.
Do yourself a favor, (as others have suggested) and have the selling dealer install your hitch for you. They should do this for $0.00. They should have the level area needed for proper installation.

Oh yeah...and 2 5/16 is the standard TT ball size.

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Old 04-09-2011, 07:15 PM   #5
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Install is free if I'd have bought their $1500 hitch...I opted to go and get my own for $500. Not sure if they'd install mine for free at this point.
They are delivering it to me (following us home). It was a display model at the RV show so it's been towed a few times now with no WD hitch so it can be done, at least by experienced knowledgable folk.
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I would check with the dealer or FR.

I have a Shamrock 19 (twin of the Roo 19) and it has a 2 inch hitch - it is stamp on it. Yet a friend with a Jayco 19 has a 2 5/16 inch.
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His trailer is in the 6500 pound neighborhood. Not only should it never be towed by an expedition without sway control, An Expedition is going to have a full load with that weight. 3 children, wife, stuff, it will be interesting.
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it will be fine...just dont race anyone
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2 5/16ths ball; it only comes with large shank due to required load capacity
they actually come in class III 1" and class IV/V 1 1/4" shank sizes. I have both.
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His trailer is in the 6500 pound neighborhood. Not only should it never be towed by an expedition without sway control, An Expedition is going to have a full load with that weight. 3 children, wife, stuff, it will be interesting.
X2 You will definitely need that WD hitch. I hope you have the longer wheelbase Expy.

I'm glad they are towing it to your home for you. Be safe!
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