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Old 03-07-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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We are newbies. We have learned so much from all of you. But we still have a whole lot more to learn. This isour first post. We bought a Zinger 19RDS late last fall. We were led to believe we could tow with our Trailblazer but that is another story. We have just upgraded our TV fromthe 2005 Trailblazer to a 2009 2500 Suburban. We never thought to measure for the hitch height and are feeling pretty foolish. The top of ourZingercoupler sits at about18". The top of the burb's receiver, integrated in the bumper, sits at 25". We have the "Equalizer" WD hitch and need to find a much longer shank. We went to the dealer we bought the trailer and hitch from. The service guy was surprised by the height of the burb's receiver and said he had never come across this. He looked in several catalogs but could not find a long enough shank. Can anyone help us with just how long the drop needs to be and whether other manufacturer shanks will work with this hitch. Is the drop the difference between the two heights? In that case, 7" drop should work, but the equalizer shank selector on the website did not indicate they make one that would work (even the 9" drop did not come up) and the service guy did not think the 9" drop would be long enough. I think I saw one by Curt with a 14.5" drop. Would this work?

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Old 03-07-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
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Your only talking 7 inches.The shanks for most tow kits are adjustable and any good hitch place and most dealers should be able to help.Even the people at Camping world should be able to handle this one.You can call the people at e trailer or look over their site, or call other hitch places and talk to someone so you can explain what the dill is,Maybe fax or send thru e mail some pictures if they are to far to travel to.Your problem ain't that bad.Good luck
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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Call etrailer their phone number is on their website. Tell them you want to talk to a hitch installer. They will take your name and number and he will call you back, be patient though.

That is what I did when I had issues to solve with my hitch and the installer was very knowledgeable.

Also remember that when setting up your hitch, and this is what the norm was that I found. You set up the trailer level, then measure from the inside of the trailers ball reciever to the ground. Then you set your hitch up on the TV so that the top of the ball is about 1 1/2"- 1 3/4" higher than the measurement that you took from inside the trailers ball receiver.

This is what they told me when I call etrailer. So you may want to call them directly.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:18 AM   #5
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here are some links to read, the articles are very informative and will help you in your discussions when you call the different folks to help with your weight dist hitch issue

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Old 05-07-2011, 11:55 PM   #6
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Update to our WD hitch issue. The only shank long enough was the Curt 14.5". But it was too long and needed a few inches cut off. We were lucky to find a service guy down the road from where we live that could help. Here is a picture of what our setup ended as. Since we couldn't get it level, the trailer nose is down about 1/2 inch.

Thanks to all for the suggestions and help.

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