Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems - Trunnion Bar

Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems - Trunnion Bar

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  • Weight Distribution
  • Head
  • Trunnion Bar
  • Reese
Head assembly and adjustable shank feature a maximum rise of 6-1/2" and a maximum drop of 1-1/4". Head is designed to work with your Reese trunnion-bar weight-distribution system. Includes necessary hardware. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese accessories and parts part number RP54980 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems - Trunnion Bar. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.


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Reese Accessories and Parts - RP54980

Head assembly and adjustable shank feature a maximum rise of 6-1/2" and a maximum drop of 1-1/4". Head is designed to work with your Reese trunnion-bar weight-distribution system. Includes necessary hardware.


Features:

  • Replacement weight-distribution head fits Reese systems with trunnion bars
  • Forged, raised ball platform eliminates need for raised hitch ball
  • Adjustable shank can be used in either drop or rise position
  • Mounting hardware and serrated washers included


Specs:

  • Fits: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Tongue weight: 1,500 lbs
  • Towing weight capacity: 15,000 lbs
  • 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"


54980 Reese Adjustable Weight Distribution Ball Mount for Trunnion Bars



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Video Transcript for Reese Weight Distribution RP54980 Review

Today we'll be reviewing part number RP54980. This is the Reese Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems with Trunnion Bars. It's going to feature a forged raised ball platform that's going to eliminate the need for a raised hitch ball. It's also going to feature an adjustable shank. It's going to have six different mount holes on it. Center-on-center, those are going to be separated by an inch and a quarter. The adjustable shank can be used in either the drop or rise position. The mounting hardware and the serrated washers are included so you're going to get the two large bolts.

You're going to get two serrated washers, one on each side. You're going to get the lock washers and also the nuts that go on the bolts. The serrated washers are great to have because they're going to allow the head to pivot without adding any additional spacers or washers to the unit. This portion here is going to slide into the 2-inch x 2-inch trailer hitch receiver. You're going to push it in until you get your pin holes to line up with one another and then you'll need to install a hitch pin and clip or a hitch pin and lock. Those are going to be sold separately.

You can find those on our website so you can check that out for more options if you don't already have one. It's going to give us a tongue weight capacity of 1500 pounds with a weight distribution trailer weight of 15,000 pounds. We take a measurement from the distance of the center of the ball hole to the center of the hitch pin hole. Since there are two pin holes, I'm going to measure directly in between those pin holes. That's where we're going to get a 14-inch measurement from. With it installed in the rise position, you're going to have a rise of 6-1/2 inches and in the drop position, which is how it's set up, is going to offer a drop of an inch and a quarter. The shank bar length is going to be measuring from the end of the shank to the back of the upright portion of the shank and that's going to give us a measurement of 12-1/4 of an inch. This is made from a solid steel construction.

It has a really nice black powder-coated finish on it so it is going to stand up really well against rust and corrosion. That's going to do it for our review of part number RP54980. This is the Reese Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems with Trunnion Bars. .


Customer Reviews

Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems - Trunnion Bar - RP54980

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (16 Customer Reviews)

Head assembly and adjustable shank feature a maximum rise of 6-1/2" and a maximum drop of 1-1/4". Head is designed to work with your Reese trunnion-bar weight-distribution system. Includes necessary hardware.

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Good product. Priced right. But more than that, much thanks to Brittany for keeping on contact and making sure I was informed: My order was significantly delayed due to a back order, she let me know every detail with my order. Thanks a ton, Brittany 552615



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This year I moved my wife and I accross the continental United States to start a business. In order to do this, I had to borrow my father-in-laws awesome trailer, and with it, everything else I needed to move all our worldly possesions from Colorado to North Carolina. After arriving in Raleigh, we had the unfortunate reminder that life isn't fair when our trailer hitch was stolen off the truck. So while we moved everything into the new place, I had to scramble around trying to find the part we needed to return the trailer. I had ZERO clue about what had been stolen, and the terminology was a massive hurdle. I came here, on the good advice by the manufacturer themselves, and they answered my question so quickly. I had a back-and-forth with the wonderful customer service people (multiple, amazing customer service people. Dealt with 3, and all 3 of them were helpful, friendly, informative, and patient with my lack of trailer knowledge.). So I was missing what turned out to be a Trunnion and Shank, and not only did they help me find this peice of equipment, but they even had the cheapest price! (I know, I looked everywhere) They got the equipment to me quickly, with free shipping, and it only took a week to get to me! Now I'll never have to tell my father-in-law and maybe wait till christmas to make a fool of myself. Thanks etrailer! 522660



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I needed this hitch for my camper since we were leaving in 6 days to go on a two week vacation. I got the right hitch and got it even faster than promised! Excellent service. 653212



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Exactly what I ordered and I got it very fast. High quality and heavy duty. 542948



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I recently ordered a new truck and needed new hitch components. I asked around with local auto parts distributors but did not get any help. Draw Tight directed me to their on line distributor. Christine was very helpful. Guided through parts I would need. I placed order and parts were delivered in three days. Excellent service and reasonably priced. 447510



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Quick shipping, great price and excellent product 444027



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Great service, parts arrived when expec ted 436823



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This hitch replaces an older Reese draw bar and hitch of the same type which I retired due to its age. The draw bar was 25 years old, the head was 10 years old. I'm using it in conjunction with a Reese double cam sway control to tow a 36 ft., 9000 lbs. travel trailer. I'm towing with a GMC 3500 Duramax dually and the set-up is so stable you don't even feel that you are towing. I towed in a 40 mph cross wind and was amazed by the stability. Before the GMC 3500 I used the same hitch with a Suburban 2500, which exhibited some sway in strong wind conditions with the 36 ft. trailer, but towed very stable with a 32 ft. travel trailer. 425763



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Ordering was easy and all my parts arrived faster than expected. 401731



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the part works and the nuts were installed to spec's prior to shipping thank you, I will order from you all again next time 322064



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Great product. Works as expected. Great quality. 311814



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Etrailer had a very fair price and free shipping at the time to boot. Everything was packed very well and email confirmations were sent every step of the way. 226977



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Both items I've ordered in the last couple of weeks arrived very quickly. There were both in the 50lb plus weight range and was packaged correctly. The items were heavy steel hitch hardware so, not much to go wrong there. etrailer.com is awesome. 172617



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Was very pleased with how quickly order was delivered. Had obvious approximately 1/8" gap between Weight Distributing Head and hitch bar where bolts go through. Instructions said "Use the shim provided when needed to fill any gap between Weight Distributing Head ..." No shim included. Called etrailer and was told shim kit is optional and on back-order. Seems like shim should be included if needed, or at least a note in product description. RP54980 Replacement Head and Shank. Be advised, may have to make shim. 142943



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Very nicely built. A lot of adjustment available to the product. 50349



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Works exactly as expected. Good quality. Fast order fulfillment from etrailer. 20653


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  • Replacement Parts for Old Reese Weight Distribution System
  • The head in the picture is the Reese # RP54980 however the trunnion spring bars to fit are no longer available. Unfortunately, your best bet may be to replace the entire system. If an 800 pound rated system is enough for you I recommend the Fastway e2 # FA92-00-1000. It uses brackets for the spring bars so you don't need to mess with chains. You'll need a hitch ball to go with it so use # 63840 for a 2-5/16 inch ball or # EQ91-00-6080 for a 2 inch ball. With that being said you...
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  • Reese WD Hitch Identification Based on Trunnion Bars
  • I reached out to my tech contact at Reese and the 21210 bars are a fit for the Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems # RP54980 and are rated for up to 1000 lbs based on what we can find. They said if you look under the bars by where the chains connect there should be an imprinted weight capacity on all their bars. They believe with their cross-referenced numbers you have the 69001 system. I have sent you the installation instructions for that system to...
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  • Replacement Head and Shank for a Weight Distribution System
  • It sounds like you are looking for the head and shank to a weight distribution system. If this is the case then we have several for you to choose from. However, they are not universal so I would need to know which system you have in order to make sure you get the correct replacement. If there are any part numbers on the spring bars or frame brackets then please send them to me but if not, a photo of the unit would also be very helpful. I have also attached our list of replacement weight...
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  • What Size Trunnion Bars To Fit On Reese High Performance Trunnion Head with 63970 Shank, # RP54980,
  • Yes the Reese High Performance Trunnion Head with Shank, # RP54980, comes with the, # RP58167, trunnion head. You are going to need to measure the bar thickness you have. The earlier bars were 1-1/8 inches and the later bars are 1-3/8 inches. You mention the 22210D that is stamped on your trunnions. That is the casting number which does not pertain to the part numbers, so I would not worry about the casting numbers. The Reese Replacement Trunnion and Pin, # 58098, uses a spring bar...
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  • Will Reese Weight Distribution Shank and Head 54994 Fit In Place of the Original 54980
  • Most weight distribution heads have mounting holes spaced 3-3/4 inches apart on center. The shanks have holes spaced 1-1/4 inches apart on center. The head part as far as where the trunnions fit is the same as # RP54980. The exact replacement shank and head for a Reese trunnion system with dual-cam sway control that you have is going to be # RP54980.
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  • Fitting Older Reese Trunion Spring Bars with New Trunion Heads
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese, and according them, older trunnion spring bars should fit current heads like part # RP54980.
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  • Drop Shank Recommendation for Reese Weight Distribution System
  • Yes we have drop shanks that will fit your Reese weight distribution system and allow your setup more drop to tow your trailer level. The Curt Shank part # C17123 can do quite a bit more drop and will fit your Reese head. From the top of the shank down to the bottom of the shank measures 13-1/4 inches.
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  • Replacement Draw-Tite Weight Distribution Head Assembly and Shank
  • We do offer a replacement weight distribution head and shank from Draw-Tite's sister brand Reese, their part # RP54980, that is usable with trunnion bar weight distribution systems. We also offer a weld-on sway control tab, part # 3442, that can be added.
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  • Does 27 Foot Trailer Need A Friction Sway Control Unit
  • I'm assuming you're describing the weight distribution head, which would look like # 58333. This weight distribution head has a hole on each side of where the trailer ball would attach for mounting a # 83660 friction sway unit. If your trailer is having sway problems caused by crosswinds or turbulence caused by oncoming or passing traffic, a friction sway unit can help. For trailers longer than 26 feet, we recommend two units, one on each side. If your weight distribution head only...
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  • Can Equalizer E2 Trunnion Weight Distribution Spring Bars Be Used on Reese Head Unit
  • I can appreciate your interest in re-using your Equalizer trunnion bars with a different brand of weight distribution head but I cannot recommend doing this. It is unlikely that they will fit properly. But more important, this combination of components will never have been tested together, so their actual combined capacity will be unknown. Neither Equalizer nor Reese would advise to mix their components with those from any other manufacturer. In the event that such a set-up suffered a catastrophic...
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  • What Hitch Ball Does Blue Ox Weight Distribution System Use?
  • For the weight distribution hitches from Blue Ox that have a gross towing weight of 20,000 lbs, # BXW2000 and # BXW2003 you only need a hitch ball with either a 1" or 1-1/4" diameter shank. For a 2" hitch ball you can use # 63845 and for a 2-5/16" hitch ball you can use # 63847. To put it on the system, you only need to slide the ball into the hitch head and tighten it. If you go to 5:45 of the linked video review you can see exactly how to install the hitch ball.
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  • Will Reese High Performance Trunnion Head and Shank # RP54980 Work with 1970s Weight Distribution
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and the Reese High Performance Trunnion Head with RP54970 Shank, item # RP54980, will work with your trunnion bars as long as the original head is part number 54901. With the additional weight distribution shank, item # RP54970, and the additional weight distribution head, item # RP58167, you will have all of the parts needed to set the ball mount at a different height for towing with another vehicle.
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  • Will the Reese Replacement Head and Shank Work with Reese Trunnion Style 1,700 lb Spring Bars
  • I checked with my technical contact at Reese and he said that as long as your trunnion bars are the Reese branded bars, like part # 66010, they can be used with the Replacement Head and Shank for Reese Weight Distribution Systems, # RP54980. He also mentioned that that newer bars cannot be used in older heads that have Latch Pins, like part # 58025, for securing the spring bar, see photo. Since the system you are replacing the head on is designed for 1,700 lbs tongue weight and 17,000...
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  • Correct Replacement Head and Shank for Reese 1,200 Pound TW Weight Distribution System
  • As long as your spring bar arms are Reese trunnion-style bars, the Replacement Head and Shank # RP54980 that you referenced will work great for you. The shank that is included with this head and shank kit is rated for towing capacities up to 15,000 pounds, and this shank is the same shank included with your original trunnion-style weight distribution system. This replacement head and shank will work with all of the Reese trunnion bar weight distribution systems that are rated for 15,000...
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  • Replacement Head and Shank for Draw-Tite Trunnion Bar Weight Distribution System
  • The most likely head that will fit your Draw-Tite system was 62167 (discontinued) but it does not come with or use pins to hold the trunnion bars in place. If the pin latches look like # 58025 then the head will not be compatible with your spring bars. I have linked a video review of this head for you. For a shank you can use a Reese shank. I have included a link to them for you. If your system is old enough then replacement parts will not be available and the system should be replaced....
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  • Replacement Weight Distribution Head and Shank for Spring Bar with 22210E Marked on It
  • I phoned my Reese Representative, who tells me the 22210E part number you provided comes back on an 800 lb spring bar used with the Reese SC Weight Distribution System, which has been discontinued. If this is indeed the system you have, the replacement head and shank are still available as part # RP54980. The shank provided has a 6-1/2 inch rise or 1-1/4 inch drop when used with trunnion type bars (like the Reese SC used). If you need a different rise/drop, I've linked you to the rest...
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