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Old 03-31-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Setting up Hitch

I traded my F-150 in for a Ram 2500 to tow our trailer.

I am going to see about setting up the hitch this weekend. We have the Reese Dual Cam setup.

My question is this, will the bumper heights be close in height from one truck to the other? The F-150 sat high, but I am worried that Ill need to get a deeper drop bracket for the hitch head. Or, are they close enough that I might get lucky?

Guess my question is, are the rear bumpers near the same height?

Also- any tips on setting the hitch up would be great. The hitch was set for my truck when I bought the trailer, but I want to try it myself this go around.



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Old 03-31-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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I have an F-150 and have quite a few friends with RAM 2500. I can only wish you good luck with your expectations of not needing a longer drop bracket, You will most probably need one. And Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on getting an excellent truck !

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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I have a Ram 1500 and the drop bracket that came with the hitch worked fine. No extended one required.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:54 AM   #4
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If it were me, I would get the directions for setting up the hitch, from Reese, and start all over. Since you went from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton, the amount the springs settle, the required lengths on the chain, the amount of tilt on the head, is probably all going to be different. The only thing that shouldn't change is the placement of the snap up brackets on the tongue of the trailer. You also mention bumper heights being the same, bumper height has nothing to do with it. First part of directions say measure hitch ball coupler of trailer, then set hitch ball on hitch about an inch or two higher. This is only a starting point. You will need the trailer on a fairly level surface, and setting level, along with the truck, loaded for camping. There are many threads on here about setting up a Reese Dual Cam, do a search, and good luck.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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I am going to be starting all over again.

Just looking to see if the rear end heights wre roughly the same. I dont want to spend 100 bucks needlessly on a new shank if the one I have now will be enough of a drop.

THanks for the help! I got the Reese dual cam manual and will be setting up this weekend.

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Old 03-31-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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I venture to say not even close LOL!!! Don't know which you have the but the 4x4 Dodge 2500 sits very high, I feel safe saying it's the highest of the "Big 3" When I still had the TT I went from a 1500 2wd dodge to a 2500 4x4 dodge, I flipped and lowered my hitch as low as I could and was still a tad high. It would sit level until I hooked up the WD

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Old 03-31-2011, 07:27 PM   #7
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Make sure your trailer is completely level, then measure from the ground to the where the top of the ball would be inside the coupler. Now put the hitch on your truck, take the measurement from the ground to your coupler and add an inch. That is the measurement to set to the top of the ball. If it is still too high on the lowest setting, then unfortunately your going to need another bar.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:54 PM   #8
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Thanks blatch- Ill give that a try this weekend.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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check out the video (scroll down):
Reese Dual Cam High-Performance Sway Control Reese Weight Distribution RP26002
I just got mine in the mail yesterday and will be setting it up in the next few weeks. let me know how it goes.


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