BoondockingAirstream Posted February 9, 2022 Share Posted February 9, 2022 I am use to the Airstream and Equalizer Hitch. The Shank to the F350 is 2.5 inches and the Anderson I am replacing has a 2 inch shank. Using the shim on the 2 inch to fit the F350 sleeve of 2.5 inch leaves a lot of SLOP. Yes, I know some welding adaptions to remove the "Shank Slop", but with the 2 inch, sleeve to 2.5 inch... a lot more SLOP. What options, if any, do I have? I would Prefer... a 2.5 inch Shank and 2 5/16 Ball to connect to the F350 and attach to the Oliver II. The Ball on the Anderson is rough and I tried to force the 3382 WD Tapered Ball out and it is... STUCK. It is best I just do one of two options. 1- Replace the Hitch and the Ball and the Shank that is presently STOCK ANDERSON to the Oliver II. It needs to be replaced... all of it. 2- Substitute a 2.5 inch shank system to fit the F350 factory Sleeve, which fits my Airstream and purchase a System for the Oliver that will convert everything to a 2 5/16 inch Ball and attaches where the Anderson is attached to the Oliver. AND... the Shank of 2.5 inches fitting the F350. I photographed my Equalizer shank and ball that I currently use with the Airstream. Since the Airstream and Oliver 'may' be different heights when the trailer is properly attached, I may find it easier to have a Ball and Shank to fit the Oliver and use the current Airstream unit for only the Airstream. I realize the 2.5 inch shank is overkill... but this is a F350 Diesel 4x4... and even the Airstream needs to Weight Distribution... can tow on the Ball and no Sway. I include a photograph of the Equalizer Ball and Shank with numerous adjustments possible. Among those who experiment with or have already done this change, I value your advice. I am an Airstream owner for 16 years and an Oliver owner for 36 hours. Any advice, pro or con, will be greatly appreciated. Ray, Nancy and Dingo the Oliver 🙂 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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