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Old 01-24-2020, 09:34 AM   #1
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2.5" to 2" adapter

Travel Trailer is Rockwood Mini Lite 25', so not all that heavy. Of course I still use a WDH. I was towing with 2015 Tahoe, but recently purchased a GMC 2500 which has a 2.5" hitch.
Am I ok using the 2" adapter (insert sleeve) that came with my new truck?
If I were towing 10 or 12K lbs, I'd likely buy a new hitch in the 2.5" size, but that seems like overkill for this smaller TT I'm towing.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:37 AM   #2
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You should be fine with the adapter insert.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:42 AM   #3
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You'll be fine.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:45 AM   #4
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I used one for years pulling a 6500 lb trailer. Worked fine.
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Old 01-24-2020, 09:58 AM   #5
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You may find this interesting - https://www.etrailer.com/question-151257.html
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:00 AM   #6
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I'm using a sleeve on mine, no problem. I would grease the sleeve though, I have heard of the sleeve rusting inside the receiver.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:01 AM   #7
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You may find this interesting - https://www.etrailer.com/question-151257.html
So the applicable info in that link is this:
A hitch reducer sleeve such as Reese Titan Reducer Sleeve # 58102, which fits into a 2-1/2-inch hitch to reduce it's receiver opening to a 2-inch size, is the only type of adapter that does NOT cause a loss of hitch capacity because it does not alter the distance/geometry of the hitch tube.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:21 AM   #8
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My truck also has the 2.5" receiver. I grabbed a Curt or Reese sleeve at Walmart for $10. Works great.
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:05 PM   #9
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Pulled a 10K tt with no issues, before that a 7K tt with no issues.
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:11 PM   #10
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The GM hitch adapter is much nicer. This link has the GM number, if you wish to shop around.

Genuine GM 15923277 Trailer Hitch Draw Bar Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F675AWU..._hDdqr1Iyyqn6c

Edit:. Make sure to have a longer hitch pin, too...
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:47 PM   #11
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Yep.....that's what it's for. I've had no trouble - it works well.
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:52 PM   #12
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It should work fine but I've found it introduces a bit of looseness that i found annoying.
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:54 PM   #13
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Sleeve

Don't forget to remove the sleeve when you remove the hitch. Ask me how I know. I work in the metal industry so I got a piece of 2" Square tubing and cut it to length. Home made sleeve.
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My truck also has the 2.5" receiver. I grabbed a Curt or Reese sleeve at Walmart for $10. Works great.
Didn't Ford give you the sleeve? My 2015 came with one and a pin.
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:28 PM   #15
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For what's worth I ditched the sleeve and went with a 2.5" shank...No slop, No rattling 100% Happy
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I plan on switching to a 2.5" shank for the TT do to the holes in the adapter flaring and making it hard to remove and the additional play. I will keep using the adapter for the utility trailer.

My TT is heavier so no idea if you will have any issues, try it and see.
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:32 PM   #17
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I bought materials to make an extension. Long enough?

https://i.imgur.com/i9Z6pLi.jpg?2

I did actually buy materials to extend and enlarge the hitch, but probably only go a couple inches. I want to be able to open my tailgate. The materials were cutoffs and cutting would be more expensive than the material.
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For what's worth I ditched the sleeve and went with a 2.5" shank...No slop, No rattling 100% Happy
That would be my choice as well.
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Good to go.
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:59 PM   #20
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If you are using the same pin hole , regardless of what type sleeve is used how does that change the geometry?
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