Can Rear Hatch on Tow Vehicle Open with Long Equal-i-zer WD Shank Installed

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I am looking at the Equalizer 90-00-1001 1,000 - 10,000 to tow a TT w/ UVW of 5210, hitch WT 550, Carr Capacity 1790, GVWR 7000. I want to be able to open the back hatch of the SUV while hooked to the trailer. Will the Equalizer Shank EQ90-02-4500 18inch - 7inch Rise/3inch allow me to accomplish this?? This is my first time with a travel trailer so any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

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When choosing a weight distribution system for your towing setup, you will first want to confirm that it is properly rated for your trailer. The most important factor when determining this is the total tongue weight of your towing setup. This number includes both the loaded tongue weight of your trailer, along with any added cargo weight coming from behind the rear axle of your Toyota Sequoia. Ideally, the total tongue weight will fall somewhere near the middle of the weight distribution system's operating range.

The Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System # EQ37101ET referenced in your question has a tongue weight capacity of 600 to 1,000 pounds. If your total tongue weight falls within this range, this system will work perfectly. You can also verify the trailer's loaded tongue weight, when it is loaded and ready for a trip, with a scale like the Sherline # 5780.

Then for the shank itself, the Equal-i-zer Weight Dist Shank # EQ90-02-4500 that you mentioned has a total length of 18 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the adjustable shank, there is a length of 15 inches. If you are trying to avoid rear hatch interference when hooked up to the trailer, I recommend taking a quick measurement from the trailer's coupler back to the first possible obstruction point on the trailer, such as the trailer jack or propane tank. Add this measurement to the 15 inches of extension that the Equal-i-zer shank will provide to see if this will allow the rear hatch to open without issue.

I have attached a short video demonstration on this weight distribution system that you can check out. I have also included a great article on this subject that you might find helpful.

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