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Old 08-02-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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Reese 54970 hitch shank

While in Camping world today, I saw a Reese shank on a shelf. Being the curious type, I looked at the label. Sure enough, it was the 54970.

The label on it, said it is rated for 1,500lbs/15,000lbs WD...

The one on my truck says 1,200lbs/12,000lbs WD and the one on Kitty's truck says 1,400lbs/14,000lbs WD....

BOTH of our shanks are part #54970!
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Gary,

My 54970 is 10 years old, and is stamped for 1,200# tongue weight at the mounting hole closest to the ball end. There's another hole further away that is stamped 1,000#. Apparently the shank can be extended a bit if more turning space is needed between the TT and TV. When new it had the 1,200/12,000 rating on a label.

I am still wondering if Reese simply upped the numbers over the years or if there was a change in the part that yielded the higher capacities.

I just sent a note to Reese inquiring about this and will let you know what they tell me.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:52 PM   #3
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I just sent a note to Reese inquiring about this and will let you know what they tell me.
I haven't gotten a response from them yet, but had to ask them what the deal is.

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Just a little late update... I never heard back from them...
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Maybe differences in quality of metal, welds or even rating methods? Maybe they changed the allowed safety margin? That is a big difference in rating though.

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Maybe differences in quality of metal, welds or even rating methods? Maybe they changed the allowed safety margin? That is a big difference in rating though.
My guess would be that if they truly changed the rating, they would have changed the part number when they upped the numbers to make sure customers knew they were buying a more capable shank. The shank in question is a single piece drop forged part, and has been all along. There really is no way to tell a new one from one that is 10 years old. I know as I have one sitting in my shed.

My real suspicion is that the shank has been capable of the bigger numbers all along, but Reese upped the numbers as larger TT's came on the market. But, since Reese doesn't respond to inquiries, we may never know for sure.
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