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Old 02-28-2016, 09:58 AM   #1
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2.5" receiver hitch?

I have towed trailers of some sort or the other since about 1968 so towing is old news. I got a new Ram 2500 and the receiver hitch is 2.5" ID. Is there actually anything that hooks to it that is 2.5"? All I see is 2" stuff.
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I have towed trailers of some sort or the other since about 1968 so towing is old news. I got a new Ram 2500 and the receiver hitch is 2.5" ID. Is there actually anything that hooks to it that is 2.5"? All I see is 2" stuff.
BIG hitches!

We have one on a truck at work, we put the adapter in, it was cheaper than buying a new set of stingers.

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There are pintle hooks on 2.5" shanks, and other trailer connectors that can handle the Class 5 receiver weights, which are 12,000 GTW and 1,200 tongue weight, and increases to a max of 17,000 GTW and 1,700 tongue if a proper WD hitch is used.
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I have two hitch sleeves to reduce down to two inches, one I'm using, and one for Murphy's Insurance.
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Look under the rear seat or under the rear floor mat there should be a 2.5"-2" sleeve somewhere.
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They've been doing this since at least 07. I weld the sleeve to my hitch to keep from losing it. If you need the towing capacity, the custom hitch dealers sell a 2" solid bar hitch with the same capacity. The 2-1/2" is kind of a nuisance.
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My new 3500 also came with the 2.5" hitch... any issues using a reducing sleeve with my equilizer hitch for my TT, until we get the 5er
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I got a new Ram 2500 and the receiver hitch is 2.5" ID. Is there actually anything that hooks to it that is 2.5"? All I see is 2" stuff.
You're not trying hard enough. The 2.5" receivers are intended tow really-heavy trailers, with really-heavy-duty WD hitches such as the ones 1bigmess linked to. However, his link did not include the 2.5" shank you need for those hitches. (The shank is the part that slides into the receiver.) Here is one:

Draw-Tite, Reese Weight Distributing Class V Titan Shank 54977

There are others brands available too including this Blue Ox:
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...x/BXW4018.html

But you don't want a weight-distributing shank? Then here's a weight-carrying hitch with 2.5"shank:
https://www.etrailer.com/static/imag..._0016_1000.jpg

However, understand that nobody with at least two brain cells to rub together will recommend you tow a trailer with more than 500 pounds tongue weight with a weight-carrying hitch. That's probably why you won't find many cheap weight-carrying shank+ball mounts for a 2.5" shank.

Of course you can also use a WD shank and ball mount as a weight-carrying ball mount too. Just don't install the rest of the WD hitch.

But if you want a cheap shank/ball mount (drawbar) with a 2.5" shank for around $30, then I haven't seen any. Most folks use a sleeve to convert the 2.5" receiver to a accept a 2" shank, then buy a $30 2" drawbar to slide into that sleeve.
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My new 3500 also came with the 2.5" hitch... any issues using a reducing sleeve with my equilizer hitch for my TT, until we get the 5er
The only "issue" is the receiver weight capacity is significantly reduced if you use the reducing sleeve. So understand the new weight capacity of your receiver before you decide to use a reducer sleeve.
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My travel trailer has more than 1200 pounds of tongue weight, so the WDH I use a 2.5" model.
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Thanks Smokey. Any idea where one might find these new reduced weight capacity? I am not pulling a real heavy TT... Maybe 7500lbs... Would the sleeve reduce capacity below that of a typical class 3 2" receiver hitch?
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Any idea where one might find these new reduced weight capacity?
No, other than it should be on a sticker on the reducer tube. For SuperDuty pickups that came with the 2.5" receiver, it should be addressed in your User Guide. I don't know about your off-brand pickup.
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haha Smokey - off brand - u r a bad, bad man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS 4 THE CHUCKLE
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Poor smokey... such a misguided youngster!
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There are reports of hitch pins being bent when using the adapter.
Here is one:
2014 Ford F-250 Hitch Receiver Bending Pins: 1 Complaints
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