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turboawd
12-27-2006, 03:55 AM
i need to put a hitch on my new van, it's a diesel:cool2: . i could go with a 2" 10,000 lbs, or 2.5" 12,000 lbs hitch.
obviously the 2.5" is a little more odd. is it easy to find accessories for the 2.5"?
do they make reducers, incase i need to use a 2" accessory? or should i just get a 2" hitch?

i'll be pulling a big skid loader.

jbone
12-27-2006, 06:38 AM
it all depends on what your van is rated for. If your not allowed to tow more than 10,000lbs. you dont really NEED a 12,000lbs. hitch. Yes you can buy reducers for the 2.5". But it all depends on what you want, and need

Total Landscape Solutions
12-27-2006, 02:57 PM
Never heard of a 2.5" hitch, do you mean 2 5/16"

Dirt Digger2
12-27-2006, 08:26 PM
you mean a 2" reciever?...all of our trucks...F250, F350 dump, F550 all have 2" recievers and pull 12k just fine....i think you'll be ok with a 2" reciever

BCF
12-27-2006, 08:44 PM
I think the new fordsa have an otion for a 2.5" receiver if the vehicle is rated to tow 12K, but I had to look real hard on the internet to find an adapter. Find a 2" reciever that is rated for more than you will be towing, as if you lose that adapter while unloading late one nite, you'll be a very bitter guy come morning.

tnmtn
12-27-2006, 09:31 PM
i have a 2.5". as far as reducers, Reese markets one. should be easy enough to get. the shop that installed mine keeps them in stock. also saw them at lowes. i believe they are getting more common.
good luck

tthomass
12-27-2006, 09:48 PM
Both of my trailers require a 2 5/16" hitch. When I rent a smaller trailer for various rentals I use I use a 2" ball because it is what the smaller trailer requires............conclusion, I own 2 hitches and use whichever I need at the time.

turboawd
12-27-2006, 11:40 PM
Both of my trailers require a 2 5/16" hitch. When I rent a smaller trailer for various rentals I use I use a 2" ball because it is what the smaller trailer requires............conclusion, I own 2 hitches and use whichever I need at the time.

i am referring to the size of the receiver on the hitch. the size of the square opening, not the ball.


here is an example of a 2.5" receiver hitch.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8054711051

if i can get a decent reducer, i'll probably go with the bigger 2.5" receiver hitch.

Dirt Digger2
12-28-2006, 09:44 PM
just curious but what will you be towing with a van that you need a big hitch for?

turboawd
12-28-2006, 10:42 PM
just curious but what will you be towing with a van that you need a big hitch for?
a big skidloader, it might weight a little over 10,000 lbs with trailer.
the van is rated to tow 10,000 lbs.

tthomass
12-28-2006, 11:26 PM
oops, gotcha!

Dirt Digger2
12-29-2006, 07:37 PM
a big skidloader, it might weight a little over 10,000 lbs with trailer.
the van is rated to tow 10,000 lbs.

well i mean i'm not going to tell you what to do but in the long run it might be easier to get a 2"...if you ever have to use someone elses hitch for something etc... a 2" will more then pull 10k...like i was saying earlier we have 2" recievers and it pulls 12k trailers just fine on a 350 and 550.