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Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs

Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs

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Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs Fits 2 Inch Hitch RP54998
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  • Weight Distribution
  • Shanks
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Reese
  • Trunnion - 2 In Drop
  • Round - 2-3/4 In Drop
  • 1600 lbs TW
  • Trunnion - 8-5/8 In Rise
  • Round - 7-3/8 In Rise
  • 16000 lbs GTW
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 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

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.


  • 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


  • 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

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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. .

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Reese Weight Distribution Shank - 16,000 lbs - RP54998

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (11 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.

- RP54998

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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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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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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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 again. 133597

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


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