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Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs

Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs

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Shank offers 7-3/8" rise and 2-3/4" drop when used with round-bar systems and 8-5/8" rise and 2" drop when used with trunnion-bar models. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese accessories and parts part number RP54998 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Reese Accessories and Parts - RP54998

  • Weight Distribution
  • Shanks
  • Reese
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Trunnion - 2 In Drop
  • Round - 2-3/4 In Drop
  • 1600 lbs TW
  • 16000 lbs GTW
  • Trunnion - 8-5/8 In Rise
  • Round - 7-3/8 In Rise

Shank offers 7-3/8" rise and 2-3/4" drop when used with round-bar systems and 8-5/8" rise and 2" 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
  • Weight distribution cast shank
  • Machined for a tighter fit
  • Seven vertical mounting holes with groove for mounting accessories
  • Black powder coat resists rust and corrosion


Specs:

  • Fits: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Gross towing weight capacity: 16,000 lbs
  • Tongue weight capacity: 1,600 lbs
  • Round bar system:
    • Rise: 7-3/8" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
    • Drop: 2-3/4" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
  • Trunnion-bar system:
    • Rise: 8-5/8" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
    • Drop: 2" from top of hitch receiver tube opening
  • Shank bar length: 12-1/4"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to center of head mounting hole(s): 9-1/4"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


54998 Reese Weight Distribution Shank






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Video Transcript for Reese Weight Distribution RP54998 Review

Today we'll be reviewing part number RP54998. This is the Reese Weight Distribution Shank rated at 16,000 pounds. This is designed for use with either round-bar or trunion-bar weight-distribution systems. It's going to provide both drop and rise. This is a cast shank that's machined for a nice, tighter fit. It's going to offer seven vertical mounting holes.

It's also got a nice groove that sits in here for mounting accessories. This portion back here is our shank. This is going to slide into a 2" by 2" trailer hitch receiver. So you're going to slide it in until you get your pin holes to line up with one another, then you'll need to install a hitch pin and clip or a hitch pin and lock. If you don't already have one, you can refer to our website and see a lot of different options. It's going to offer a gross towing weight capacity of 16,000 pounds, with a tongue weight capacity of 1,600 pounds. When using a round bar system, when it comes to weight distribution, it's going to give you a rise of 7-3/8" from the top of the hitch receiver tube opening, and a drop of 4-1/8".

Now, if you're using a trunion-bar system, it's going to give you a rise of 8-5/8", with a drop of 3-3/8". If we take a quick measurement of the shank bar length, measuring from the end of the shank to this corner point up here, that is going to give us a measurement of 12-1/4". You can see we have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 different mounting holes. Those holes are going to be separated, center on center, by an 1-1/4". Then if we measure the distance from the hitch pin hole to the center of those mount holes, that's going to give us a measurement of 9-3/8". Now this portion here, the face, is going to give us an overall length from edge to edge of about 10-1/2". You can see that's a nice solid one piece.

There's no welds on this, so it's very strong, very durable. Again, it can be used in either the drop or rise position. That's going to do it for our review of part number RP54998. This is the Reese Weight Distribution Shank, rated at 16,000 pounds. .


Customer Reviews

Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs - RP54998

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

Shank offers 7-3/8" rise and 2-3/4" drop when used with round-bar systems and 8-5/8" rise and 2" drop when used with trunnion-bar models.

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This drop shank does exactly what it's supposed to do. I have a 2015 Nissan Titan and a 2016 Airstream. Airstreams are low profile, modern pickup trucks sit high. I had to replace the shank that came with a Reese hitch in order to level the airstream behind the Titan. This one is JUST long enough. Have had several thousand miles of problem-free towing. 434851



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If you need to order things on line like they sell - Then this is the company to go with. They are the best. They have very good products, I am very pleased. They are very fast on delivery also. I have ordered different things from this company before.I am very pleased with the service I have got . They have been Excellent to me Thank You 554892



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I purchased this as a replacement for the other Reese shank in the picture. I wanted the longer one but the WD head holes are set back a 1 1/4” vice the more nominal 1”. This slight 1/4” difference kept the Equalizer 12k head from pivoting and the lack of a solid face does not have a place for the adjustment bolt to push on. This one has 9 1/2” distance from the receiver pin to center of the riser arm. Many are only 8” , so the additional 1 1/2” allowed for enough clearance for the tailgate to lie flat and has a solid face. I’m happy with this one. 599080



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Perfect 735334



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Good fit. Fast service. Knowledgeable people on the phone order line. 699570



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Works and fits perfectly. 690839



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Thanks for great parts at competitive prices, and fast service.. 657211



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Flipping my shank over in the raised position made my ball too high and having it down made it to low. This shank was perfect as I could raise my ball just one more hole because of how this one is more of a T-shape versus an L, thus it has one more hole that I can raise my ball without flipping the shank over. It has worked out perfectly. 524841



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product worked as decribed 422561



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Great product & company. The only place to purchase trailer parts & accessories for trailer or tow vehicle is etrailer. 376866



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exactly what I needed. price was good and shipping was great. 158665



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Product came undamaged, on time and fit the application. 152502



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Product is well built and arrived as advertised. No complaints. Would buy from etrailer.com again. 133597



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Well built and the service from etrailer was the best. 126452


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Ask the Experts about this Reese Accessories and Parts

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    The Pole-Tongue Adapter for Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Systems part # EQ95-01-5950 is designed to be used on straight-tongue trailers and would not work with your a-frame trailer. Since you said that the tongue of your a-frame is covered by the nose of the trailer you will want to consider a system that uses chains and attaches directly to the sides of the frame rails rather than clamping around them. For this, I recommend the Strait-Line Weight Distribution w Sway Control part...
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  • Can a Different Shank be Used with Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System
    You do not need to use the specific shank that is included with the Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control # RP66561 referenced in your question. Many weight distribution shanks will be interchangeable with the Reese system. You will just want to match the vertical groove style of the included shank such as with the Reese # RP54998. I have attached a link that will take you to our available selection of weight distribution shanks as well as an article that will...
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  • How to Pick Out New Drop Shank for Weight Distribution With New, Taller Truck
    To determine the amount of drop you would need would be pretty easy. You will need to measure from the top of the hitch opening on your 2016 Ram 2500 to the ground and then compare that dimension to the distance from the bottom of the coupler on your trailer to the ground when level. The difference between those two dimensions is the drop you would need. The part # RP54998 that you referenced can do a drop of 2-3/4 inches so it most likely wouldn't be enough, but the # RP3215 would give...
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  • Will Reese Shank and Strait-Line Trunnion Bar Weight Distribution System Work Together?
    Yes, the Reese Strait-Line # RP66074, which is a trunnion bar weight distribution system, is absolutely compatible with the Reese Shank # RP54998. The shank is 12-1/4" long and will give the Strait-Line a maximum of 8-5/8" of rise or 2" of drop. I've added links to video reviews of both products for you to take a look at.
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for 2016 Jayco Jay Flight 34RSBS Travel Trailer
    For a dry tongue weight of 1,250 lbs you'd want a higher rated weight distribution system like the Reese Titan part # RP66006 which has a tongue weight range of 1,000 lbs to 1,700 lbs. This system is about as easy to install and use as any of them are, but what will really make the install easier is a powered a-frame jack. Reason being when you install a WD system you have to hitch the trailer to the truck's hitch ball and then use the jack to raise the rear suspension of the truck slightly...
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  • Can Reese Weight Distribution Shank 54998 be Used in Place of Reese Shank 54970
    Yes, you can use weight distribution shank # RP54998 in place of shank # RP54970. The hole spacing and size to mount the weight distribution head is the same on both shanks.
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-250 Towing 11.5k Trailer
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. For a trailer that weighs 11,500...
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  • Availability of 2-Inch Weight Distribution Shank with Tongue Weight Rating Higher Than 1600-lbs
    On the Reese weight distribution shank # RP54998 the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the head mounting holes is 9-1/4-inches. This is shown on the linked photo. This shank will work with your Reese trunnion head assembly. The grooves in the shank are provided to allow mounting of certain accessories. We do offer 2-inch weight distribution shanks with tongue weight (TW) ratings higher than 1600-lbs. For example, Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Weight Distribution Shank # AMAC1...
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for 2017 Stryker Toy Hauler
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. Considering the weight of your...
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  • Replacement Weight Distribution Shank and Trunnion Bars for Trailer with 1,700 lb Spring Bars
    For a Reese shank that has a 1,600 lb tongue weight capacity that should work great you would want the part # RP54998. Since your tongue weight is around 1,500 lbs you would want to go with the 1,700 lb trunnion bars part # 66010. These have the curved ends that will work with the Straitline system you have as well.
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  • Why are the Rise/Drop Specs for the Reese WDH Shank Different from the Manufacturer
    The Reese Weight Distribution Shank part # RP54998 will provide up to a 2" drop when used with trunnion spring bars and measuring from the top edge of the shank to the platform of the weight distribution head. I understand that other vendors/manufactures may have different specs depending on how where they measure but so long as you are aware of where the measurements being taken from this should not matter. If you need more than a 2" drop, the Reese Weight Dist Shank part # RP3215 which...
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control System Recommendation for Trailer with 1,500 lb Tongue Weight
    If your tongue weight is 1,500 lbs you'll want the Strait Line system # RP66075 which has a tongue weight range of 1,000 to 1,700 lbs. Ideally you get your tongue weight to fall as close to the middle of the range of the system. The # RP66075 would work great for 1,500 lb of tongue weight. If you went with a system that had 1,500 lbs as the top of the range you'd be at the max and the system wouldn't be as effective. If you have a 2 inch hitch you'll then need the shank part # RP54998....
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  • Shank Recommendation to Replace Reese Steadiflex Shank
    What you would want is the Reese shank part # RP54998 as it has it's bolt holes set up a bit higher than the shank insert for the hitch so that would cover where you need to set the height of your hitch head. I attached a picture of the shank to show you what I mean.
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Trailer with over 1,200 lbs Tongue Weight
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. If the tongue weight unloaded...
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  • Dimension Of Drop When Using Reese Weight Distribution Shank # RP54998 With Round Bar System
    I reached out to the manufacturer and they stated that the round bars can have up to 4-7/8 inch rise or 6-7/8 inch drop with round bars when you use the Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs # RP54998. They also stated that trunnion bars will subtract 1 inch from each of the rise and drop measurements.
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  • Reese Weight Distribution Shank with 2 and 3-1/4 Inch Drop for Trunnion Bar System
    I checked with Reese and the drop should be 2 inches from the top of the receiver opening to the top of the ball platform on the weight distribution head. Going with shank # RP63971 will be the better option.
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  • Weight Distribution Shank to Use in Reducer Sleeve for 2011 Ford F-250 with 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
    So the shank that you are using now, # RP63971, can only be used in the drop position which is why you need a new one. If it could be used in the rise position too it would not be a problem. So we need to look at shanks that can be sued in both the rise and drop position. Shank # RP54998 is 12-1/4 inches long. When used with a trunnion bar system it has a max rise of 8-5/8 inches and max drop of 2 inches. For round bar systems the max rise/drop is 7-3/8 and 2-3/4 respectively. Rise and...
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  • Weigth Distribution System Recommendation for Trailer with 1,500 lbs Tongue Weight
    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. Lets go with your tongue weight...
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  • Will a Fastway Weight Distribution Shank Work with a Reese WD System
    Yes, the Fastway Weight Distribution Shank part # FA92-02-4214 that you referenced will work with Reese weight distribution heads. Most systems (including this one), use 3/4 inch holes that are 1-1/4 inches apart so they can be used on various different setups.
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  • Weight Distribution System for 2006 Dodge 2500 Diesel with 2-Inch Lift Towing 32-Foot Haulmark
    The Reese Strait-Line Dual Cam Trunnion Bar Weight Distribution/Sway Control System you referenced, part # RP66130, is a good option if it matches your trailer tongue weight. Dual cam sway control helps to stop trailer sway from starting in the first place because the cams lock in position to hold the trailer steady but will automatically unlock and slide to allow full-radius turns. This type of trunnion bar system also provides better ground clearance than round bar systems. The brackets...
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  • Reese Weight Distribution Shank with the Most Drop
    None of the Reese weight distribution shanks have a drop of 17 inches. The longest drop comes from # RP3344 and it has a max drop of 8-5/8 inches when used with a round bar system, 7-58 inches drop when used with a trunnion bar system. I have included a link to all of the Reese weight distribution shanks we carry.
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for Truck Towing Trailer with Camper in Truck Bed
    Thanks for all of the information you listed. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the...
    view full answer...
  • Best Reese Strait Line Weight Distribution System for Trailer with 1,300 lbs Tongue Weight
    If your hitch tongue weight is 1,300 lbs you would need a higher rated system than the # RP66074 that has a max tongue weight of 1,200 lbs. Instead you would want the part # RP66130 for if you are sure your max tongue weight when loaded and ready to tow is 1,300 lbs. You should note that the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your truck will need to considered as tongue weight as well. You may need to go with the higher rated system part # RP66075 instead as it has a max...
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  • Recommendation for a Lighter Weight Distribution System for Trailer with 350 Pounds Tongue Weight
    Reese weight distribution shank # RP54998 and the one that comes with Curt weight distribution system, # 17300, weigh about the same which is 20 pounds so you would not benefit from switching shanks. The various weight distribution heads also weigh about 20 pounds (not counting the ball) so really you are looking at a combined weight of around 40 pounds no matter which system you go with. The Reese trunnion bar head, round on system # RP66020 is the lightest set up since the head is...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution with Sway Control for Toy Hauler with 1,465 lb Tongue Weight
    The difference between a 2-point and 4-point sway control system has to do with the amount of locations where friction is used on the system to limit and stop trailer sway. A 4-point system like the Equal-i-zer # EQ37120ET you referenced uses friction at the ends of each spring bar on the trailer frame as well as where they mount in the head. A 2-point system will generally just have friction spots at the ends of the spring bars. A 4-point system will technically provide a bit more...
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  • Weight Distribution Shank Compatibility With Pro Series Weight Distribution System
    Many weight distribution shanks will be interchangable with your ProSeries weight distribution system. The only thing you need to do is match the style of the shank. So if it is a channel style, you will need to get a channel style drop shank like # RP63971. If it is a regular shank you can use a traditional style drop shank like # C17123. If it has a vertical groove, you will need the vertical groove like # RP54998. Other than style, you will just need to get compatible weight rating...
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  • Matching Shank With 2 Inch Receiver for Reese Titan Weight Distribution System
    The best shank for the Reese Titan Weight Distribution # RP66006 to fit in a 2" receiver is the Reese Weight Distribution Shank # RP54998 because it is the shank with the highest capacity at 16,000 lbs which is the closest you can get to matching the Titan's 17,000 lb capacity. I've added a link to a video review of this shank for you to check out.
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  • How to Determine Hitch Classification for 2 inch Hitch on Vehicle
    2 inch hitches are typically a Class III if they are on SUVs larger cars, and lighter duty trucks. If it's a heavier duty truck though it's most likely a Class IV. A good indicator is the towing capacity for the hitch. If it's up to around 8,000 lbs it's most likely a Class III. If it's up to around 12,000 lbs it's most likely a Class IV. I attached a help article on hitch classifications for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Shank for Strait-Line Weight Distribution System in a 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
    Yes, the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System # RP66075 can use a shank for 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. I suggest the Reese # RP54998 that's rated for 1,600 pounds tongue weight. You'll also need a hitch ball with the Strait-Line. Part # 63840 is a great choice.
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