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Old 01-07-2016, 03:55 PM   #151
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Not to hijack this thread, but I also have a Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi (2014). We just purchased our first trailer Jayco 27BHS (on order). This will be my first towing experience and trying to get everything set up. My dealer stocks equalizer WDH's and some other no name Chinese brand. I will probably go with the equalizer, but my question is do I need a drop hitch? The rear ends on these trucks look rather high, and I can't imagine it lining up properly with the trailer. Would love to get some input on your WDH set up and what brand hitch ball you have! Thanks everyone!
It might be best to start a new thread or research info in this forum because asking about hitches and setting them up will probably generate lots of responses. BTW, I've had a 4-point Equalizer brand hitch for about 7 years and really like it. My shank is adjustable for different heights. I had to be cautious with my Equalizer brand hitch regarding the hitch ball for both capacity AND threaded length.
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It might be best to start a new thread or research info in this forum because asking about hitches and setting them up will probably generate lots of responses. BTW, I've had a 4-point Equalizer brand hitch for about 7 years and really like it. My shank is adjustable for different heights. I had to be cautious with my Equalizer brand hitch regarding the hitch ball for both capacity AND threaded length.
Thank you for the info! So being new to towing, your saying the WDH has the adjustable shank included? So I may not have to buy a seperate drop shank? Can you point me to a model number? I will be towing a 2016 Jayco 27bhs, can it handle the weight?
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Well guys I had to cancel my last order on my 2016 2500 6.4L because the wife didn't like the deal they was giving me so I just put in another order with Dennis Dillion Dodge Chrysler dealership today, now for the wait again. I order the Big Horn edition with 8.4 Uconnect with Nav, factory spray liner,4.10 gears, factory chrome step bar, bucket seat, flame red color.
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Thank you for the info! So being new to towing, your saying the WDH has the adjustable shank included? So I may not have to buy a seperate drop shank? Can you point me to a model number? I will be towing a 2016 Jayco 27bhs, can it handle the weight?
Go to this website to see the available hitches and their model numbers, then shop the interwebz for price (PPL Motorhomes out of Houston is usually the best price IME): http://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/...0a0827d02b9ffa

As was said before, you'll get better responses on this with its own thread. But usually the Equal-i-zer brand hitch from Progressive Manufacturing (this is a key point, many people use "Equalizer" to mean ANY weight distributing hitch; be sure you're getting the Equal-i-zer BRAND from Progress Manufacturing) comes with a standard (6" drop, 3" rise IIRC) shank, and it is reversible. You can get them WITHOUT the shank at some retailers, but ironically in my experience, they're more expensive.

The hitch will come in several different weight ratings, so choose the one that will handle at least 15% of your trailer's GVWR (the absolute max that SHOULD ever be on the tongue) and you should be fine. LEARN how to set it up yourself. That bears repeating: LEARN how to set it up yourself! Read the instructions and follow them closely. You dealer MIGHT get close to a proper setup (maybe if they're good, most are not) on an empty trailer. Your trailer will be loaded, so the hitch will need to be adjusted for that after you bring it home and put all your junk in it.

When you think you're close, go to a scale and do a 3-pass weigh on the setup and check that your numbers are good. It all sounds complicated, but it's really not, just a bit tedious.

Most of the guys I've talked to around here use the standard shank, and once loaded up, it's fine. But as they say, YMMV. Get it, set it up, and if you can't get enough drop out of the included shank, a new one with a deeper drop can be had for less than a Benjamin.

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Well guys I had to cancel my last order on my 2016 2500 6.4L because the wife didn't like the deal they was giving me so I just put in another order with Dennis Dillion Dodge Chrysler dealership today, now for the wait again. I order the Big Horn edition with 8.4 Uconnect with Nav, factory spray liner,4.10 gears, factory chrome step bar, bucket seat, flame red color.
Good grief! I don't think I've ever seen someone have SO much trouble giving a dealer money!!
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Yeah I know, in all of my buying I have never went through the stuff that I have, I just talk to the guy again today so it still look good.
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Well guys I had to cancel my last order on my 2016 2500 6.4L because the wife didn't like the deal they was giving me so I just put in another order with Dennis Dillion Dodge Chrysler dealership today, now for the wait again. I order the Big Horn edition with 8.4 Uconnect with Nav, factory spray liner,4.10 gears, factory chrome step bar, bucket seat, flame red color.
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Good grief! I don't think I've ever seen someone have SO much trouble giving a dealer money!!
Sounds like a change in tactics is warranted...
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Yep, I do agree.
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Well, I got a confirmation email from the dealer last week so I will wait about five to six weeks on my new order.
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There is a calculator on the Equal i zer website to help you select the right size.

Nice tool. Do not go by the model size numbers alone.
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update!

I posted a lot in the thread about getting a 6.4 hemi. I looked at a few, drove one, but was still skeptical if the 6.4 would comfortably pull what I pull besides my camper. No doubt the 6.4 would pull my fiver no problems. A few times a year I pull equipment and trailers that are over 15k, but only a few. In the end, I found a nice loaded out low miles 13 crew cab 3500 laramie cummins for cheaper than a base tradesman 6.4 crew cab, so I sprung for it. May regreat it one day if I ever have afterburn issues, but for now its under warranty.

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