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Old 05-19-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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Can someone kind enough to educate a new guy and help explain the purpose of different shank lengths for WD setups? I tow boats all the time but recently purchased/ordered a TT and decided on a WD hitch but have been curious on this question. I get the different drop/rise sizes, but actually length of the shank I'm left wondering. Can someone help enlighten a newb?
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I can't think of any reason why you would want one any longer than necessary unless there's a variation in the offset of the holes for the pin.

The shank makes a lever on your rear end, so the shorter the better.
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Can someone kind enough to educate a new guy and help explain the purpose of different shank lengths for WD setups? I tow boats all the time but recently purchased/ordered a TT and decided on a WD hitch but have been curious on this question. I get the different drop/rise sizes, but actually length of the shank I'm left wondering. Can someone help enlighten a newb?


Shanks adjust the hitch height on the trailer close to level. The WD hitch will come with instructions about the target height of the ball based on setup. The shank holes are used to adjust the ball to that height. This should correspond to you trailer being level once everything is hooked up. You may have to adjust one shank hole up or down to get it dialed in
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Shanks adjust the hitch height on the trailer close to level. The WD hitch will come with instructions about the target height of the ball based on setup. The shank holes are used to adjust the ball to that height. This should correspond to you trailer being level once everything is hooked up. You may have to adjust one shank hole up or down to get it dialed in
My apologies, I should have clarified what I meant by "length". By length, I did not mean the vertical length for ball placement. I meant the horizontal length of the shank. IE the length of the part that slides into the receiver.
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My apologies, I should have clarified what I meant by "length". By length, I did not mean the vertical length for ball placement. I meant the horizontal length of the shank. IE the length of the part that slides into the receiver.
The post from ded hits it on the head then. Shorter is better. Only reason for longer would be if you wanted to drive with your tailgate down like you had loaded a golf cart in your bed, or your setup could cause your tow vehicle and trailer to interfere at full turns.

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The post from ded hits it on the head then. Shorter is better. Only reason for longer would be if you wanted to drive with your tailgate down like you had loaded a golf cart in your bed, or your setup could cause your tow vehicle and trailer to interfere at full turns.

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Shank Length is to be so "TV" & trailer can make a tight turn w/o any part of "TV" from making contact w/ trailer.

Had a 1960 Chrysler New Yorker Wagon w/ beautiful fins that needed EXTRA shank length when towing a 1949 Yellowstone "Canned Ham." Fins made terrible holes in trailer on maiden voyage; 100 hrs to pull front skin, repair, & re-skin! 1949 YellowStone was stolen early 2003, never recovered/found.
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