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Old 02-17-2011, 06:19 AM
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2.5" Receiver Tow & Stow w/ 3 Balls?

So.... can someone point me in the direction of a tow and stow hitch that works with the 2.5" hitch on these new trucks?

Over the years I've accumulated lots of hitch & hitch accessories, but they're all the standard 2". This new truck is 2.5" and none of that really works anymore.

I also have a small BBQ trailer with a 1 7/8" ball, the boat with a 2" ball and a travel trailer with a 2 5/16" ball....

I've been talking about getting a 3-ball stow & go for some time, but now, since I need to buy a new hitch, would be the perfect time, but I can't seem to find a 2.5" model. Am I just retarded?
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:42 AM
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Just get the sleeve to make the 2.5" a 2". Unless your towing 16k off the bumper, you don't need the 2.5".
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:46 AM
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Travel trailer w/ BBQ trailer behind it will be just over 10k normally - up to 11k maybe? Wouldn't mind just having the peace of mind with the 2.5" hitch (if I can find what I need).
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:55 AM
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Best I could find Fits 2-1/2 Inch Hitch Ball Mounts | etrailer.com. It's only a double ball. I searched for a long time for a triple ball with the 2.5 shaft but couldn't find it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:09 AM
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Is there an adjustable height that allows you to attach a regular ball? Then I could get one of those 3-in-1 balls?
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:53 AM
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If I were you I would just replace the 1 7/8" tongue and put a two inch on and down to two ball sizes. I bought the DP Tech for my 2.5" and fits in great.
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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
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:26 AM
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I believe mine had some 14.5k option on the sticker for the hitch?
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Better check. Look on the hitch itself and the specs should be listed. Even if its 14.5k, I assume its only for weight distribution. Probably still 8k weight carrying.
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Well, we're getting a weight distributing setup for the travel trailer, so no worries there, whether it's 12k or 14.5k. And the boat is under 6k. So the current hitch should be fine....

Looks like I just need to figure out my ball situation - maybe changing the 1 7/8" trailer to a 2" will be the easiest option. For some reason I don't want to use a 2.5" to 2" adapter.
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