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Old 12-03-2014, 05:59 AM   #1
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Cutting hitch shank?

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We have a 19h with equalizer hitch that we tow with a Ford Fled. The hitch shank is properly mounted but extends about 4 in from the bottom of the hitch. This becomes an issue when pulling over rolling terrain where the shank bottoms out. I stopped into Camping World and spoke with them about this and we agreed that I need a 6 in shank or that I can cut the bottom of the shank off. The employee assured me this would be safe but had no knowledge of anyone doing this. Has anyone here had this issue?. Found a more appropriately sized shank or cut their existing shank?

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I had a friend with a band saw cut off the 2 inches that hung below my hitch.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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Agree, a band saw or a machinist shop. Don't try it with a hack saw, that is some hard metal.
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Even if you want it more forward towards the axle you can drill a new 5/8 hole.
How closer to the axle how better the tow. Mine moved 4" forward.
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If you don't have a reciprocating saw, get one. Very useful, also get some Lenox metal cutting blades 1 might be enough, but get 2 or 3. Use some lubricating oil while cutting and saw off whatever is needed.
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Don't cut it with a torch. The heat will weaken the metal.
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:26 PM   #8
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The tag on my Reese Titan shank clearly states do not cut, alter in any way.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:03 PM   #9
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Is anyone familiar with a 6 in shank?
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:52 AM   #10
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You can order a shorter shank from a number of places but they can be over $100. Can you flip your shank over? Is your shank hitch head mounted in the to set of holes?

This is probably the shank you want if you dont need the drop. http://www.etrailer.com<br /> /Acces...e/RP54970.html.
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