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Old 06-23-2015, 09:39 PM   #21
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Subaru, that's another fun issue. Cargo capacity - 1000lbs. So take off the tongue weight from that and we're maxed out.

Also, if you guys aren't familiar with the X17Z, there is VERY little space to store things behind the axle. The bathroom, an overhead cabinet, and some space on the floor are all you have.

After learning all of this, I did pull the trigger and get a Sierra 1500 4x4. Read between the lines... the X17Z is *gone* after this season.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:16 AM   #22
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Congrats on the new truck! Let us know when Two-foot-itis gets you and you are looking for a 1 ton! Lol.....

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Old 06-24-2015, 10:27 AM   #23
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You will LOVE your Sierra! Congratulations!
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:21 AM   #24
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Subaru... what is this two-foot-itis you speak of?

DocBrown, do you have a suggestion on the ball receiver I'll need for the truck with the X17Z? Anyone have an answer? Bottom of the hitch is about 17.5 inches, I believe.
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Subaru... what is this two-foot-itis you speak of?

It is a latent disease in all of us who own RVs. We struggle daily to try and suppress the symptoms. But every few years, The Disease wins and the RV dealer rings up another sale.


DocBrown, do you have a suggestion on the ball receiver I'll need for the truck with the X17Z? Anyone have an answer? Bottom of the hitch is about 17.5 inches, I believe.
The hitch on the trailer will be clearly marked with 1 7/8", 2" or 2 5/16". If not marked try and fit a 2" ball (it WILL be marked). If it fits well you have a 2" hitch. If it won't go in, you have an 1 7/8" hitch. If it goes in and falls out after you close the latch, you have a 2 5/16" hitch.

edit: Oh crap. You are talking about distance from the ground. Forget what I just said. It doesn't apply.
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Yeah, exactly. I know I need a 2" ball... but it's the receiver I'm asking about.

I was thinking on just buying a few, seeing which works, and returning the rest. However, if I can save a trip to the store and not need to return things, I'd prefer that.
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I believe I had to buy a shank with a 6" drop. I'm hooking up tonight for a trip, I'll try and remember to measure it, but I may not be able to get back to you until early next week.

What year is your Sierra?
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... but it's the receiver I'm asking about.

I was thinking on just buying a few, seeing which works, and returning the rest. However, if I can save a trip to the store and not need to return things, I'd prefer that.
I think the math goes something like this...

1) Level the trailer and measure the distance from the tongue to the ground.

2) Attach the trailer to the TV using a straight hitch adapter. Fully retract the jack.

3) Measure the trailer's tongue to ground distance. The difference in the two measurements is how much drop or rise you'll need.

Its been a while since I had to do it properly. I got real lucky on my last 3 WAG's.
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Two-foot-itis is the affliction of needing a slightly larger trailer than the one you already own. It can get expensive especially when you need to upgrade from the half ton to a 3/4 or 1 ton to pull those extra two feet!

6" drop shank is pretty standard and should cover most trailer/truck combos. Unless you are going to put a lift kit on your new truck.....then you will need to add a few inches. An underslung trailer coupler may require a bit more drop too. Not sure on that one though.
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Thanks again, guys!

Finally, I asked Google the right question. ETrailer says to do this. Thoughts? https://www.etrailer.com/faq-ballmount.aspx
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