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Old 04-14-2015, 12:05 PM   #1
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2.5" to 2" Reducer

I bought a 2.5" to 2" reducer today from Tractor Supply. It is a Reese brand, and it slid right in. It is not a tight fit and it does have just a bit of wobble. Other than the possible noise factor on bumps and stuff, will this be a problem with just a bit of woblle? It has about a 1/16th or so bit of play.

Oh yea, weight is not a factor since my current TT only comes in at about 7500 loaded
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:17 PM   #2
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I bought a 2.5" to 2" reducer today from Tractor Supply. It is a Reese brand, and it slid right in. It is not a tight fit and it does have just a bit of wobble. Other than the possible noise factor on bumps and stuff, will this be a problem with just a bit of woblle? It has about a 1/16th or so bit of play.

Oh yea, weight is not a factor since my current TT only comes in at about 7500 loaded
I doubt if you will even know it when towing. 1/16" is nothing. If it becomes a problem slip a 1/16" wedge in between....Was it a Reese that you put it in? I would just go on my way and don't worry about it. I have more slop then that on my 5th wheel pin.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:24 PM   #3
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There should be some play, if it was a tight fit I doubt you would be able too remove it after a short period of time.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:28 PM   #4
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You can drill and tap the collar to 3/8-16 UNC on the side and bottom and install a 3/8" gr 8 bolt with a tapered end and tighten it(them) to remove the slack. Also serves as a theft deterrent.
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks guys - I just found out I'm gonna need a longer pin as well. At least 5 " long.

The Reese reducer is going in to a Pro Series WDH. The reducer has a bit of play, and I just put the WDH in and see that together there is about 1/4" of total play. The pin isn't long enough going through the 2.5" receiver to put the holding pin through the hole. I also need a bigger socket in case I have to move the ball. Back to the store...
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:23 PM   #6
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Just be sure the reducer is rated for at least 7500 lbs. It's certainly not rated as high as your 2.5" receiver.
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The reducer is a sleeve that fits totally inside the 2.5" receiver. Its not an adapter that goes smaller. If I remember correctly, using the sleeve takes me from 14,000 down to 12,000 - the TT is well below that.
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OK. I didn't understand what you meant by weight not being a factor. It's entirely possible that a 2.5" sleeve could be made by some low-grade steel/design, and only have a 5000 lb rating.

Seems yours is rated for 12,000 lbs. Great!
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c.r. brophy makes a shank that is 2.5" and reduces to 2" for the WD head if it gets to be a nuisance.
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I purchased a product called hitch-vise. I have a 5th wheel but I also tow a dump trailer and 20 ft. boat. There is no noise and it keeps the hitch pin hole from turning oval.
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