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Old 08-21-2017, 05:05 PM   #1
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King Aire Class V Hitch

The new King Aire comes with a Class V (2 1/2") hitch. Clearly a reducer is needed to use it with the Blue Ox tow bar. But the holes in the hitch receiver are quite a bit larger than the standard 5/8" pin that is in the Blue Ox and the reducer.

What kind of pin have people been using with this setup? Or is there some other way to do this?
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have a class V hitch on the LADP. I bought a hitch reducer (sleeve) from the local Nappanee auto parts store and a locking pin. It is a larger pin (DIA & Length) than standard but there are two holes in my Blue Ox stinger that one fits the larger pin. One pin locks the sleeve and the tow bar.
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also, farm stores carry many different and varied sizes, lengths, and styles of 'hitch pins'... I actually prefer to stop there and browse - they seem to know more about towing than any other place : )
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:29 PM   #4
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similar issue

Does anyone know what a 2001 MountainAire had for receiver size? I am looking to put a bike rack on and my coach is an hour away right now. Also if a hitch extension or reducer is needed that will change the length of the wires and hoses of the blue ox tow bar. I happen to have an AFO brake system and I have to consider that as part of the equation as I have a coiled air hose, coiled electrical, connection and break away switch. I know I am close with the break away switch cord but could conceivably add some length to that. The other cords could get dicey also as they are stretched pretty long and I don't know if I could get another 6-8 inches out of them. I intend to call Blue Ox tomorrow to see what they have to say.
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I have a special hitch adapter that allows me to have both. I went to a special trailer dealer to find this. It's a 2" receiver. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-21-2017, 07:05 PM   #6
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I have seen those but again I am concerned about whether or not my tether, lighting wires and air hose will go another foot. I guess I may have to wait until this weekend when I bring the coach home from storage and test the wires etc. I found one of those for $59.00 at a local store. Could have one custom made maybe for less and shorter and will check on that tomorrow. Will report back with any information.
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BTW thanks Big Jerry on the size.
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Can anyone confirm the size on a 18 MADP, 2" or 2.5"?
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I have a class V hitch on the LADP. I bought a hitch reducer (sleeve) from the local Nappanee auto parts store and a locking pin. It is a larger pin (DIA & Length) than standard but there are two holes in my Blue Ox stinger that one fits the larger pin. One pin locks the sleeve and the tow bar.
What is the diameter of the pin? I couldn't find any bigger than 5/8"
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I have seen those but again I am concerned about whether or not my tether, lighting wires and air hose will go another foot. I guess I may have to wait until this weekend when I bring the coach home from storage and test the wires etc. I found one of those for $59.00 at a local store. Could have one custom made maybe for less and shorter and will check on that tomorrow. Will report back with any information.
If you found it for $59 buy it anyway!! That's cheap. Custom made will cost more. Mine is rated at 5k lbs. All of my wires still reached without any issue.
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Yes indeed. I contacted my local trailer/welding shop and they want $159 for one. Checked out another post under toads and towing and there is a company that makes a hitch for flat towing or dolly towing called Gen-Y-Hitch. Seems like good company. Talked with them and they make adapters for the new rigs with 2.5" receivers also. They run in the mid 200's but give you more options.
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My bad. I just went to look up the link for the $59 one and found it on sale with E trailer for $37. Google Ultra-tow dual hitch.
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Do note this is only rated at 3500 lbs. which does work for my Mini Cooper
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The new King Aire comes with a Class V (2 1/2") hitch. Clearly a reducer is needed to use it with the Blue Ox tow bar. But the holes in the hitch receiver are quite a bit larger than the standard 5/8" pin that is in the Blue Ox and the reducer.

What kind of pin have people been using with this setup? Or is there some other way to do this?
There is another way. Instead of using the sleeve you can get the towbar shank from Blue Ox parts department in 2-1/2". The make both sizes so I bought a 2-1/2" shank for my Aventa LX and have been running that rather than the sleeve. Makes for a nice solid, no-rattle fit. I did have to shop around for a longer 5/8" locking hitch pin though (Amazon had it) because the 5/8" pin that came in the set with my two 1/2" baseplate pins wasn't long enough.
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