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2" or 2.5" hitch?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by turboawd, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 236

    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.
  2. jbone

    jbone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    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
  3. Total Landscape Solutions

    Total Landscape Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Never heard of a 2.5" hitch, do you mean 2 5/16"
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    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
  5. BCF

    BCF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    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.
  6. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    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
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,497

    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.
  8. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 236

    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.

    if i can get a decent reducer, i'll probably go with the bigger 2.5" receiver hitch.
  9. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    just curious but what will you be towing with a van that you need a big hitch for?
  10. turboawd

    turboawd LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 236

    a big skidloader, it might weight a little over 10,000 lbs with trailer.
    the van is rated to tow 10,000 lbs.

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