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Recommended Weight Distribution Shank for Horse Trailer With Total Weight of 6,900 lbs


WS6-2 Adjustable Ball Mount - Having junked my 1997 Tahoe that used to pull my 1989 Arndt two horse trailer that weighs 3400 pounds empty, add two horses at 1500 pounds each, would give approximately a total weigh of 6900 pounds and is a combination of aluminum and FR. I cannot use the old Reese 54790 ball mount, which have the Reese anti sway trunnion bars. The drop is 6-7 inches. The Reese old mount was 1200-1000 and a 10,000 pound with a 3/4 inch torque ? Its difficult to measure since the trailer is not resting on a flat and level surface. The GMC Yukon Denali on a flat surface in the garage. It measured 25inch to the height of the top of the 2ball using my old Reese Ball Mount. The trailer package that came with the Denali has the ball receiver higher than the Tahoe, plus the tires are 20. My question to you is the ws6 adjustable ball mount the right ball mount ? Then what do we do for the anti-sway ? I need anti sway. From what I saw on your video and read on the reviews, it appears to be the right ball mount. I would like your opinion and advice ? Since I cant get both of them hitched up, I might have to buy an inexpensive dropped mount and just put the old 2inch ball on and start from scratch on level ground. Thanks


Helpful Expert Reply:

If I'm understanding correctly, it sounds like what you need is a weight distribution shank with the correct amount of rise or drop, which the Weigh Safe # WS6-2 you referenced would not be used for. In order to figure the right amount of rise or drop, you need to measure from the ground to the top of the inside of your hitch receiver and then measure from the ground to the bottom of your trailer's coupler and find the difference between the two measurements. If the height of your hitch is greater, you will need a ball mount with that amount of drop. If the height of the coupler is greater, you'll need a ball mount with that amount of rise and this is true of weight distribution shanks as well.

Something like the Reese # RP3344 shank, which will give you a minimum drop of 6-3/8" and maximum drop of 7-5/8" with trunnion bar systems could work, or the Reese # RP3215, which has a 5-3/4" drop with trunnion bar systems could be an option. I've added a link to each of our Reese weight distribution shanks for you to check out also.

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Kyle S

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