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Old 04-15-2015, 01:52 PM   #11
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I have had a 2 1/2" receiver with the sleeve for over 2 years now. I have pulled a 11K TT as well as other trailers loaded about the same and have not noticed any noise or any other problems. My truck came with the sleeve but like you stated it does take a longer pin.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:59 PM   #12
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When I bought my 2013 GMC 2500 they have a reducer sleeve come with the truck stored in the middle console.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:17 PM   #13
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A little off OP but does anyone know why they have started putting the 2.5" Receiver on the trucks? I have not seen any 2.5" hitches and not sure I would want to pull more than the 2" receiver can carry on a bumper pull trailer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:48 PM   #14
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2'' receiver is a Class 4. 2.5'' receiver is Class 5. When you use a reducer, you're still pulling on the Class 5 receiver. The reducer just prevents sideways motion, and should not effect the towing capacity.
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When I bought my 2013 GMC 2500 they have a reducer sleeve come with the truck stored in the middle console.
Same here my 2012 Chev. 2500HD came with the reducer I just like the hitch-vise because it takes the slop out and saves the hitch pin hole.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:29 PM   #16
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When I bought my new Ram it also has a 2 1/2" receiver. Since it sits taller than my F150 I had to get a longer shank. I went with a 2 1/2" shank from this guy on ebay. Works great and no reducer needed. This shank is heavy around 40 pounds of solid steel.
5 5 8" Deep Drop 2 5" Shank Weight Distribution Hitch | eBay
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2'' receiver is a Class 4. 2.5'' receiver is Class 5. When you use a reducer, you're still pulling on the Class 5 receiver. The reducer just prevents sideways motion, and should not effect the towing capacity.
For $30-$38 I can drill and tap 2 holes for 3/8 bolts and not have any loose parts.
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