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Reese Weight Dist Shank - 12-1/4" Long - 2" Drop to 6-1/2" Rise - 1,500 lbs TW

Reese Weight Dist Shank - 12-1/4" Long - 2" Drop to 6-1/2" Rise - 1,500 lbs TW

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Shank offers a 5-1/4" rise and 2" drop when used with round-bar systems and a 6-1/2" rise and 1-1/4" drop when used with trunnion-bar models. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese accessories and parts part number RP54970 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Reese Weight Dist Shank - 12-1/4" Long - 2" Drop to 6-1/2" Rise - 1,500 lbs TW. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Reese Accessories and Parts - RP54970

  • Weight Distribution
  • Shanks
  • Reese
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Trunnion - 1-1/4 In Drop
  • Round - 2 In Drop
  • 1500 lbs TW
  • 15000 lbs GTW
  • Trunnion - 6-1/2 In Rise
  • Round - 5-1/4 In Rise

Shank offers a 5-1/4" rise and 2" drop when used with round-bar systems and a 6-1/2" rise and 1-1/4" drop when used with trunnion-bar models.


Features:

  • Designed for use with either round-bar or trunnion-bar weight-distribution systems
  • Provides both drop and rise
  • Finished with black powder coat


Specs:

  • Fits: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Gross Towing Weight: 15,000 lbs
  • Tongue weight: 1,500 lbs
  • Round-bar system:
    • Distance from center of ball hole to hitch pin hole: 14-3/4"
    • Rise: 5-1/4" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
    • Drop: 2" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
  • Trunnion-bar system:
    • Distance from center of ball hole to hitch pin hole: 14"
    • Rise: 6-1/2" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
    • Drop: 1-1/4" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
  • Shank bar length: 12-1/4"
  • Hole diameter: 3/4"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Shank dimensions


54970 Reese Adjustable Weight Distribution Hitch Bar

Replaces 63970






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Video of Reese Weight Dist Shank - 12-1/4" Long - 2" Drop to 6-1/2" Rise - 1,500 lbs TW


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Customer Reviews

Reese Weight Dist Shank - 12-1/4" Long - 2" Drop to 6-1/2" Rise - 1,500 lbs TW - RP54970

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (36 Customer Reviews)

Shank offers a 5-1/4" rise and 2" drop when used with round-bar systems and a 6-1/2" rise and 1-1/4" drop when used with trunnion-bar models.

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Nice product. Originally ordered the 16000 shank, but it was on back order. I needed I shank so I ordered the next size down. 277355



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Love the product, wish however that there was another cross hole for the receiver; it protrudes too much and worries me about leverage even with a weight distributing hitch. 276796


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Love the product after this past year. Ive seen others state they wish there was another cross hole. That was a concern of mine, however theres not enough room due to a spare on my vehicle, and theres been no problems with the unit and its extension from the vehicle.

Very H - 07/27/2017

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It is what I needed, have a 1200lb. on my camp trailer 707033



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Great! 696016



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Good job on order the product and fast shipping even on Sunday got it on Tuesday 665729



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As advertised, no issues 639419



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Works great 604056



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above my expectations 511872


Comments

Very happy with the towing system and have put over 20k miles with them.

Paul - 05/22/2019

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just like it was described.. Came quickly, in perfect condition... Best place toshop on the internet is etrailer.com 493363



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Best price I was able to find on this part anywhere. Received much faster than I expected. Very pleased. 451794



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product works great 445512



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Exactly what I needed for my trailer. Fast shipping. Another great experience with trailer! 425816


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Still working great!

Mike B - 08/28/2018

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Great part works wonderful 407782



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Great shank, just wish it dropped another couple inches. Well built product. I can't imagine ever having issues with it. I definitely recommend it. 398723



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No issues at all. Has been a great drop bar for my weight distribution hitch! 395412



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Great products at a great price. 391395



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An excellent, heavy duty piece of equipment, my second one!!! 373857


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The products are still working hard for me without failure. Great product!!

Hank H - 04/29/2018

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Works great with the Reese trunnion bar hitch. Gave me the height needed to level the trailer. 366104



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Great service and product 360898



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worked well with my 8000lb Toy Hauler. Was able to adjust hitch height to the right level 359487



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This worked well with my sway bar installation, although it is limited to fifteen hundred pounds tongue weight and I would have preferred 1700 pounds to match the tongue weight capacity of our truck. 357868



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Completed my hitch setup. Just what I needed. Gets lots of use. Good service as always. 349034



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Great product, great price, great customer service. Thanks! 266272



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I received my order very quickly and part is exactly as described. I have always been very pleased with etrailer. 233324



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Fast shipping, will work perfectly for towing camper. 214036



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Products and service are excellent as e xpected. 200004



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Thanks 181334



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Fits perfectly as replacement 161666



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The quality of the part is good and it works as intended. E-trailer's shipping was very quick. We received the part in 3 days with standard shipping. I was very impressed with the quality of the packaging. This heavy item was secured tightly inside the cardboard box so it couldn't move around and potentially damage the box from the inside while in transit. I wish more online retailers would pay as much attention to packaging product. 152269


Comments

Product is performing well

Susan - 09/20/2015

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Works great as expected. 131647



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great have no problem pulling my 32ft travel trailer or my car trailer. 80339



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good quality and appreciate the recessed design -- as it helps to reduce total weight of the hitch assembly. 52902



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Nice product, unfortunatley not designed to work with the Round Bar Head we purchased. 46311



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Well built worked fine 45088



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Good product at a good price. Will be used with a Reese Strait-Line hitch on a 2006 Suburban 2500 pulling an 11,500 lb GVWR travel trailer. 25055



- RP54970
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Awesome followup and follow through with emails from everyone that touched my order. Delivered quickly and without any problems. 23025


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