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Old 06-21-2016, 02:44 PM   #1
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Ram 2500 4x4 Receiver/Shank Question

Just purchased a 2014 Ram 2500 4x4 to get extra towing capacity. The center line of the class V receiver (2-1/2") is 24 inches off the ground. My current trailer has a bottom coupler which is 16" off the ground when level. I'm having great difficulty finding a shank that will go from a class V receiver 24" up, to level the trailer at 16". I have to believe I'm not the only one pulling a trailer with a Ram 2500 (I've seen too many posts here). What are you doing to get your hitch ball low enough? Thanks in advance for your advice/expertise.
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Old 06-21-2016, 02:55 PM   #2
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REESE has one that goes down 14 inches that worked on mine
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:02 PM   #3
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My blue ox worked well on my 2500.


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Old 06-21-2016, 03:33 PM   #4
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Just purchased a 2014 Ram 2500 4x4 to get extra towing capacity. The center line of the class V receiver (2-1/2") is 24 inches off the ground. My current trailer has a bottom coupler which is 16" off the ground when level. I'm having great difficulty finding a shank that will go from a class V receiver 24" up, to level the trailer at 16". I have to believe I'm not the only one pulling a trailer with a Ram 2500 (I've seen too many posts here). What are you doing to get your hitch ball low enough? Thanks in advance for your advice/expertise.


I have a buddy with a 2014/2015 (not sure which) Ram 2500 4x4. It is high in the back for sure. (He tows a 5er, so I don't have an example from his truck.)

I tow a TT with my F250. Of course it doesn't sit as high, however I just upgraded my hitch and shank... so I have been doing a lot of shopping.

One good source is etrailer.com. You can search on shanks and you should find a lot to choose from.

How heavy is your trailer? If you're finding the 2-1/2" shanks have limited variety, try the 2" shanks. Unless you're over a certain weight, the 2" should be fine.




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Old 06-21-2016, 03:39 PM   #5
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The combo of the high Ram and the bottom coupler is killing you. 8" of drop is big.

Are you sure 24" is the receiver height. I think my buddy's is higher.


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Old 06-21-2016, 06:00 PM   #6
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I have a buddy with a 2014/2015 (not sure which) Ram 2500 4x4. It is high in the back for sure. (He tows a 5er, so I don't have an example from his truck.)

I tow a TT with my F250. Of course it doesn't sit as high, however I just upgraded my hitch and shank... so I have been doing a lot of shopping.

One good source is etrailer.com. You can search on shanks and you should find a lot to choose from.

How heavy is your trailer? If you're finding the 2-1/2" shanks have limited variety, try the 2" shanks. Unless you're over a certain weight, the 2" should be fine.




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325BH - That was my first thought, so I ordered a Reese sleeve to go from 2-1/2" to 2". When it came in, it was clearly marked "Not for Weight Distribution Use". The best 2-1/2" bar I can find is a Equalizer that has a 6" drop. Maybe there is a sleeve that is OK for Weight Distribution.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:09 PM   #7
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325BH - That was my first thought, so I ordered a Reese sleeve to go from 2-1/2" to 2". When it came in, it was clearly marked "Not for Weight Distribution Use". The best 2-1/2" bar I can find is a Equalizer that has a 6" drop. Maybe there is a sleeve that is OK for Weight Distribution.


I had no idea the sleeves weren't for WD. Interesting.




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I had no idea the sleeves weren't for WD. Interesting.

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09211A3 and FORD is stamped on the sleeve from my F250 nothing else. No indication it is not able to be used with a WDH. Check the manual. I tow a 5er so the sleeve is sitting on a shelf. It came with the truck.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:56 PM   #9
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I use a sleeve and do WD, however my setup is different. I have the TorkLift Superhitch Magnum that has two receivers: a 2-1/2" and a 2". You can use one or both. They have a shank that uses both receivers at the same time. If you went this route, you could buy their really long (big drop) shank, however their hitch and shank is expensive.


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I have their shorter (less drop) shank upside down for rise. They have a longer one that would give you more drop.


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The top of the ball is 23" above the ground.


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Old 06-21-2016, 07:06 PM   #12
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See this: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...t/TLM9001.html



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Old 06-21-2016, 08:27 PM   #13
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I use my reducer sleeve every time with a Wd hitch , Never had a issue with it. I`d find a 2 inch shank and use your reducer.
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I too use my reducer and haven't had an issue.

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Just talked to Reese Technical Support, they said the sleeve I had was from Reese TowPower, a sister company, and the label is not correct. They said the sleeve can be used for weight distribution hitches. Thanks all for your help!
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I have a 2015 ram 4x4 mega cab and I purchased a hitch reducer sleeve directly from. Ram. It cost approx. 35 dollars and it works perfect . The pin hole lines right up when you slide it into the hitch. I bought a drop shank from Curt products to lower my hitch ball as well and I bolted it to an equalizer weight distribution hitch. Have towed trailer thousands of miles without any problems or issues. Happy camping, drive safe!!!
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my reducer came wrapped in bubble wrap when i bought the Ram 2500 from the dealer. I know the dealer didn't add it as we were there when it came off the transport

nothing I have found says not to use it with a WDH
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my reducer came wrapped in bubble wrap when i bought the Ram 2500 from the dealer. I know the dealer didn't add it as we were there when it came off the transport

nothing I have found says not to use it with a WDH
X2. Mine was under the rear seat.

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my reducer came wrapped in bubble wrap when i bought the Ram 2500 from the dealer. I know the dealer didn't add it as we were there when it came off the transport

nothing I have found says not to use it with a WDH
Same here.

I use the reducer that came with my truck (2014 2500).

I went from towing with a 2013 1500 Silverado to a 2014 RAM 2500. The hitch sat way too high with the old shank, so I bought: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It has been perfect. The dealer wanted $180 for a new shank and I walked right out and bought the Curt on Amazon for $60. No problems at all.
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