How to Determine the Correct Rise or Drop Needed for a Weight Distribution Shank

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I have a 2011 Ford F150. It does not have much road clearance. How do I determine which receiver shank to get? If the hitch comes with a standard one and the is too great can I exchange it for the correct model!

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If you go over the options, see link, ahead of time then you will not have to worry about returning a shank to get a different one! Basically, you will need to determine what rise or drop you will need in order to tow the trailer level and then get a shank that has the proper amount of rise or drop. I have included a link to an FAQ article that covers ball mounts but the same technique is used to determine the rise or drop needed for a weight distribution shank.

Shanks for the Blue Ox systems cannot be swapped out since they all come together in a kit. The shank that is included has a max rise of 8 inches and a max drop of 2 inches. You have a total of 8-3/4 inches of height adjustment on the shank. It can be used in the rise or drop position so you should be able to use the included shank without worry.

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