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3-in-1 balls are only rated to 8k, even for the 2 15/16. I had a hell of a ball mount set up on my last truck, and this 2.5" hitch is screwing me up. I got a sleeve to fit in there but that thing is NOT coming out. I had to hammer it in.
Instead of buying new tow-n-stows or drawbars, etc, just get a new hitch. The factory hitch sucks with weight ratings, so youd be better off paying $180 for a new 2" class V.
For instance - factory 2.5" is rated for 8,000 weight carrying, 12k weight distributing with a 2.5" drawbar, and only up to 6,000 using a sleeve. You can buy a curt 2" hitch with a 15,000lb weight carrying rating and 16,000 weight distributing. Remember, you have to have that full-all-out get up to use the weight distributing...not just clipping on the ball. I plan to upgrade ASAP, but I havent had a need to tow over 6k yet. I did it on my last truck when towing a 14k boat, because you dont want to get in a wreck and have insurance look at the overweight on the hitch rating.
etrailer.com has great customer service, but I've gotten most of my hitches from hitchesonline.com
2011 6.7l F-250 Lariat FX4. Tuxedo Black with tan bottom/Black interior
-Avery clear bra/painted grille surround, KR bumpers
-Recon LED cab light kit, dually under tailgate light.
-Black bedlined toolbox. Black bedliner, dual cable locks, and factory bed extender
-Yellow tops, lockpick.
-Legal window tint