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B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2"

B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2"

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This adapter sleeve with pinched ends lets you use 2-1/2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories with your 3" hitch receiver and stops when flush and holes are aligned. E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion. 1-636-306-4830 to order B and W hitch adapters part number BWRHXA2183 or order online at Free expert support on all B and W products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2". Hitch Adapters reviews from real customers.
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B and W Hitch Adapters - BWRHXA2183

  • Hitch Reducer
  • Fits 3 Inch Hitch
  • No Extension
  • 3 Inch to 2-1/2 Inch
  • Bike Racks
  • Cargo Carriers
  • Hitch Mounted Accessories
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This adapter sleeve with pinched ends lets you use 2-1/2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories with your 3" hitch receiver and stops when flush and holes are aligned. E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion.


  • Adapter reduces a 3" x 3" hitch receiver opening to 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
    • Lets you use 2-1/2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories
  • Easy to use - slides directly into your hitch or onto the shank of your accessory
  • Pinched ends prevent the adapter from sliding too far into your hitch receiver
    • Keeps pin holes lined up while you insert accessory
  • E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion
  • Made in the USA


  • Dimensions: 5-3/4" long x 3" wide x 3" tall
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty

B and W Hitch Reducer Adapter with Pinched Ends

Avoid the nuisance of having an adapter slide all the way into your receiver. The pinched ends on this reducer sleeve keep the adapter in place while you insert your bike rack or other accessory into your hitch. This ensures that the pin holes on the adapter line up with those on your hitch receiver and on your accessory.

B and W Reducer Sleeve Hitch Adapter Pin Holes

Two sets of pin holes allow for a custom fit for most factory and aftermarket hitches. Simply adjust the orientation of the pinched ends so that the pin holes line up with your receiver tube pin holes. For Ram and Ford factory hitches and Draw-Tite aftermarket hitches, insert the reducer sleeve so that the pinched ends face out to the sides. For GM factory hitches and Curt aftermarket hitches, insert the sleeve so that the ends are positioned on the top and bottom of your receiver.

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Customer Reviews

B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2" - BWRHXA2183

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (10 Customer Reviews)

This adapter sleeve with pinched ends lets you use 2-1/2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories with your 3" hitch receiver and stops when flush and holes are aligned. E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion.


I love the small ears on the edge that prevent this Sleeve from sliding into the 3” receiver while trying to slide in a hitch. After a year shows little signs of rust even though it has been left on the truck entire time. Of course I leave on the truck since I have a locking hitch pin.


Works perfectly!


Good quality, it's going work out great for the time until I upgrade to a better hitch.


Great service and quick shipping.


Worked great with my B&W reciever


Does the job, grateful for the part, price and delivery,


Very Good


Works as advertised




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  • Is the 3" to 2-1/2" B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve Compatible with Ford OEM Trailer Hitch
    Yes, I reached out to my contact at B&W who confirmed that the 3" to 2-1/2" B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve # BWRHXA2183 is compatible with the Ford OEM trailer hitch receivers. He said they tested it in-house to verify this.
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  • Availability of 3 Inch Weight Distribution Shank
    Blue Ox doesn't offer a 3 inch shank, nor do our other suppliers, which is unfortunate but the good news is that using a reducer sleeve like the B&W # BWRHXA2183 along with the 2-1/2 inch shank included with the Blue Ox # BXW2000 system you're interested in will not reduce the capacity of the hitch or the weight distribution system which is confirmed by my contact in the Tech Services department at Blue Ox. I've linked to a demonstration video featuring the # BXW2000 system.
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  • Replacement 2-1/2 Shank For Husky Center Line WDS for 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty With 3 OEM Hitch
    I do have an option for you but there is currently not a 3" shank available for your Husky Center Line Weight Distribution part HT32218. The best option for you is the reducer sleeve that will reduce the 3" to a 2-1/2" hitch with part # BWRHXA2183. Then use the Curt Weight Distribution Shank for 2-1/2" Hitches part # C17132 which is going to give you 9-1/4" of drop. This is the most drop we have available in a shank for the 2-1/2" hitch. There is not another shank available with more...
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  • Is There Way to Use Weight Distribution System with 3 inch Hitch
    At this time the biggest hitch size we have weight distribution shanks for is the 2-1/2 inch hitch size like the part # C17132. Which you would have to then use a 2-1/2 inch to 3 inch hitch reducer part # BWRHXA2183.
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  • Will Using a Receiver Hitch Reducer Sleeve Reduce Tongue Weight Of Receiver?
    Using a Hitch Sleeve Reducer # BWRHXA2182 or # BWRHXA2183 will not reduce the capacity of your receiver. You will need to ensure you do exceed the weight capacity of the ball mount or other hitch mounted accessory that you are using. A sleeve like the Buyers Products 3" to 2" Receiver Tube Adapter # 337RTA302 will have its own weight capacity rating. For this sleeve it is 1,200lbs tongue weight and 12,000lbs trailer weight, so you will be limited to those weight capacities rather than...
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  • Best 3 to 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver Reducer For Ford F-350 3 Receiver
    The Buyers Products 3" to 2" Receiver Tube Adapter # 337RTA302 is reducer that I recommend using. It allows you to use a hitch pin to lock it in place inside your 3" receiver and then slide in your 2" ball mount or hitch mounted accessory. You will extend your hitch by 3-7/8" with this adapter. It is rated for a maximum tongue weight of 1,200lbs and a maximum trailer rating of 12,000lbs. A Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # 63259 is recommended if you wish to leave the reducer in...
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  • Will the TorkLift Cannon Hitch Extension Fit a Chevrolet Silverado?
    I have a solution for you for but the TorkLift # TLE1636 is designed to only fit the Ford Super Duty factory hitch receiver. The bracket and support chains are designed specifically to the Ford receiver. To find a comparable length extension that will fit your 2011 Chevrolet Sliverado 3500 dually you're going to need to reduce your 3 inch receiver down to 2 inches. You will need item # BWRHXA2183 this is a B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve. I recommend the Reese Hitch Box Extension and...
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  • Is an Adapter Needed to Use the Curt Pintle Hook # C45908 with 3 Receiver on a 2017 Ford F-250
    Since your 2017 Ford F-250 has a 3" trailer hitch receiver you will need an adapter to use the Curt Pintle Hook and 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # C45908 because it has a shank made to fit a 2-1/2" hitch receiver. For your application I recommend the B&W Reducer Sleeve # BWRHXA2183 as it has a 5/8" diameter hole for the hitch pin which matches what comes with the Curt pintle hook. This will reduce the 3" inner dimensions of your receiver to the 2-1/2" that you need.The hitch pin and clip that comes...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Reducer for 3 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
    Of those two hitch reducer options, the Buyers Products 3" to 2" Receiver Tube Adapter # 337RTA302 is compatible with your 2017 Ram 2500's 3 inch receiver. The Reese's pin hole is too large to match your truck's receiver. There are also other options like the B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2" # BWRHXA2183 and the Curt Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeves - 3" to 2-1/2" or 2" # C45408. Any of these options will work with your factory 3 inch hitch.
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  • How to Use Weight Distribution System in 3 Inch Hitch & Shank With 6-1/2 Inch Drop
    So you can still use your Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System # C17501 with truck that has a 3 inch hitch, there aren't any weight distribution shanks for a 3 inch hitch. So what you'll need is a hitch reducer to essentially make your truck's 3 inch hitch a 2-1/2 inch hitch: - B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2" # BWRHXA2183 Then you will simply use a weight distribution shank for a 2-1/2 inch receiver, and one that will give you the correct amount of drop is from Curt: -...
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  • Hitch Adapter For Using 3 Inch Hitch Accessory in a 2-1/2 Inch Receiver
    Due to the high capacity of the 3 inch receiver, an adapter that would allow you to use a 3 inch hitch accessory in a 2-1/2 inch receiver hitch doesn't exist. By necessity, an adapter that lets you use a higher rated accessory in a lower rated hitch would need to extend out, away from the hitch. The leverage that this would apply with the accessory in place with the weight bearing down on it would damage the hitch and/or the hitch attachment points to the vehicle. If you have two different...
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  • Availability of Weigh Safe Adjustable Ball Mount that Fits 3 inch Hitch
    Weigh Safe ball mount shanks are not interchangeable between hitch sizes. So you are not able to take a system designed for a 2.5 inch hitch and convert it to a 3 inch hitch by simply replacing the shank. So based on that you'd need a new adjustable Weigh Safe adjustable ball mount like with the part # WS8-3 for an 8 inch drop or the # WS10-3 for up to a 10 inch drop. Or we have a sleeve adapter like part # BWRHXA2183 to allow you to use your current setup.
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  • Correct Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System for 8,500 lb GVWR Trailer
    The correct Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System for a trailer with 8,500 lb GVWR is 12K, part # EQ37120ET for 2" shank or part # EQ37121ET for 2-1/2" or 3" shank. If you have a 2-1/2" receiver then you will also need the Equal-i-zer Weight Dist Shank part # EQ90-02-4700. If you have a 3" receiver then you will still need the Equal-i-zer Weight Dist Shank but you will need to use your 3" to 2" adapter as well, you can use your 2-1/2" to 2" adapter if you have a 2-1/2" receiver. There...
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  • Recommended Hitch Extender for Towing/Hitch Accessories With Truck Bed Camper
    Both the Curt # C45048 and the Reese # RP45292 hitch extensions would require using a 3 inch to 2-1/2 inch reducer sleeve # BWRHXA2183. This would work pretty well for towing but it would allow a hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack to bounce about quite a bit which would concern me. The bouncing force would increase the leverage applied to the extender and the hitch installed on the truck, so I'm not thrilled with either of those two solutions. I'd prefer to see you use an extender...
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  • Will the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System Work With a 3 Inch Hitch on a 2018 Ram 3500
    The best option I have for you to use an Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System on your 2018 Ram 3500 with a 3" receiver tube opening is with a combination of the following parts. Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System (No Shank) - part # EQ37101ET Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Shank for 2-1/2" Hitches - part # EQ90-02-4900 B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - part # BWRHXA2183 This setup will then give you everything you need to use the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System. It is...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for Towing a 28 ATC Aluminum Trailer with a 2017 Ford F-350
    You do have a very interesting situation. When it comes to aluminum trailers we always defer to the manufacturer whether it is just a utility trailer or an RV trailer like your toy hauler. Aluminum frames can't always withstand the pressure of a weight distribution (WD) system but if the manufacturer has tested and approved a WD system then you are good to go. I was able to get a hold of someone from the warranty department at ATC and they said that using a WD system with their trailers...
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  • How To Use Equal-i-zer 1400/14000lb Weight Distribution Hitch In 2021 Ford F-350 W/ 3" Receiver
    I have another option for you, but due to the tongue weight of your trailer being right at the max 1200lb rating of the Buyers Products # 337RTA302, and your 2021 Ford F-350's 3" trailer hitch receiver having a hitch pin hole of 5/8" meaning it will not work correctly with the # C45408 I do not recommend either of these option. Instead I recommend using the B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 3" to 2-1/2" # BWRHXA2183 to reduce your 3" receiver to 2-1/2", then replacing your shank with...
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