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Trailer Coupler 2" Ball 3" Channel Tongue (5,000 lbs.) by Dutton-Lainson

Trailer Coupler 2" Ball 3" Channel Tongue (5,000 lbs.) by Dutton-Lainson

Item # DL13897
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Dutton-Lainson Trailer Coupler 2 Inch Ball 3 Inch Channel Tongue
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D-L couplers offer an exclusive Quick-Lock ball clamp assembly that can be adjusted without wrenches. This feature provides a precise fit on the hitch ball, while the trigger action release allows fast locking and unlocking. Great Prices for the best straight tongue trailer coupler from Dutton-Lainson. Trailer Coupler 2" Ball 3" Channel Tongue (5,000 lbs.) by Dutton-Lainson part number DL13897 can be ordered online at or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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Dutton-Lainson Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - DL13897

  • 2 Inch Ball Coupler
  • 3 Inch Channel
  • Standard Coupler
  • 5000 lbs GTW
  • Bolt-On
  • Dutton-Lainson
  • Trigger Latch

D-L couplers offer an exclusive Quick-Lock ball clamp assembly that can be adjusted without wrenches. This feature provides a precise fit on the hitch ball, while the trigger action release allows fast locking and unlocking.


  • Adjustable lock ball clamp
  • Fits 3" tongue
  • Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
  • Zinc TUFFPLATE finish
    • Zinc plated yellow chromate TUFFPLATE finish has three times the corrosion resistance of standard zinc plated trivalent chrome process and 30 percent greater corrosion resistance when compared to powder coated finish. Results of lab test using 5 percent neutral salt spray confirms our TUFFPLATE finish provides in excess of 500 hours against First Red Rust and in excess of 100 hours of First White Corrosion.
  • Distance between the mounting holes on the side measures 3" from center to center
    • Mounting bolts (sold separately) will need to be at least 3-3/4" long x 1/2" diameter
  • Made in the USA

13852 Trailer Coupler 2" Ball 3" Channel Tongue (5,000 lbs.) by Dutton-Lainson Model 985P-3
Replaces DL13852

Video of Trailer Coupler 2" Ball 3" Channel Tongue (5,000 lbs.) by Dutton-Lainson

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Video Transcript for Dutton-Lainson Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - Standard Coupler - DL13897 Review

Today we're going to review part number DL13897, the Dutton Lainson Trailer Coupler for a 2" Hitch Ball that will fit on a 3" Channel Tongue. This trailer coupler is a trigger latch hitched design, which will latch on to a 2" hitch ball. It is a bolt-on coupler, designed for a 3" channel tongue. This coupler does have a weight capacity of 5,000 pounds. A few measurements we will do on this coupler. For the channel coupler it would be 3".

Another measurement would be for the distance between the mounting holes on the side, and these would measure 3" center-to-center. This coupler has a zinc TUFFPLATE finish, which gives you three times the corrosion resistance on a standard zinc plate finish. This coupler is made in the U.S.A. And that should do it for part number DL13897, the Dutton-Lainson Trailer Coupler for a 2" Hitch Ball on a 3" Channel Tongue.

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Trailer Coupler 2" Ball 3" Channel Tongue (5,000 lbs.) by Dutton-Lainson - DL13897

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (53 Customer Reviews)

D-L couplers offer an exclusive Quick-Lock ball clamp assembly that can be adjusted without wrenches. This feature provides a precise fit on the hitch ball, while the trigger action release allows fast locking and unlocking.


I replaced the original coupler on a 1988-vintage ShoreLand’r roller-style boat trailer, part of a complete refresh. I also replaced the original Dutton-Lainson winch with a new model; both items ordered from etrailer.
Dutton-Lainson products are incredibly well-made in the USA, and last forever, if my experience is any indication. And etrailer has always been the best online resource for me…great products, good prices, fast delivery, and awesome customer service. Can’t say enough good things about etrailer and Dutton-Lainson.


These people went beyond what most sales people do. I ordered another hitch which is going to take almost 4 months for delivery. But they contacted me told me they had different piece exactly the same in stock. The explained that it could be within a week I received it perfect everything I needed price was great I would definitely recommend this company highly


I replaced a broken coupler with th iui s one about a year ago. Since then I have pulled the trailer over 5000 miles. I can say without a doubt this is one of the best, if not the best, coupler on the market.

The coupler has worked quite well. I have not had any trouble with it staying locked in place even on short trips when I didnt put a padlock on it. I did not have a welder handy when I changed the coupler so I used vtade 8 bolts and nuts. I have pulled the trailer across country several times without problems.
Jack - 05/03/2022


Fast from time of order to delivery! WOW! Finally a company that knows what customer service is! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This product was EXACTLY as described and worked like a champ. It was very simple to install in just a matter of minutes and fits as expected. It was delivered on time and in perfect condition. The company was friendly and extreemly helpful. They even upgraded my shipping category at no additional charge-a much appreciated surprise!


it fit great . thanks Sara for ur help


Needed a new coupler to replace the badly rusted 1 7/8 one on the trailer I was refurbishing. It had been left out i the elements for at least 6 years and one had to use a hammer to get the latch to work. Now all is well and a one hand operation.

-- comment by: JACK, - 03/20/2013


Exact replacement for a 5 yr old coupler that has been abused by salt in the rust belt on a snowmobile trailer. Fast shipping and great communication about my order...As always, etrailer had what I needed for a good price and excellent customer service.


I have used etrailer several times now and have had excellent service every time. They have literally every part I might need, fair pricing and great service. I highly recommend them to my friends


I am extremely pleased with the coupler. It's well-built and the dimensions given were exact. I've used it all summer pulling my waverunner with no problems.

The coupler is working great. It still looks brand new and shows no sign of rust even though it stays out in the elements year round.
Bill F - 07/24/2018


Replaced old hitch that was difficult to get on and off the receiver ball with this new hitch. It fit well and appears to be well made. The price was good and I received it in the promised time.


Purchased this coupler as replacement to exact same one that is 6 years old. Bolt holes don't properly match trailer tongue, requires me to modify tongue or coupler. I have not encountered this when replacing other trailer couplers.


I did not like the way my trailer connected to my tractor. I decided to try putting a coupler on the end of the trailer tongue. I ordered this one and received it right away. It fit perfectly and was easy to put on. I am very happy with the way it turned out. The coupler is very well made and heavy duty. It should last forever.


This coupler works just like the original on my boat trailer. Hopefully I won't bend this one moving the boat with my Kubota. etrailer is great to deal with!


Exact replacement for coupler on my Aluma Trailer. Coupler was easy to install and the ball fit adjustment was tight right out of the box. Delivery on time and competitive pricing.


This product has performed well over the last year as replacement for the rusty original. eTrailer made it easy to order and shipped in a timely way.


the shipping was fast with well packaging . If you have a Fulton coupler on now the length of it is 11 inches and the Dutton-Lainson is a little shorter, bolt holes don't line up.


Replaced an old and broken hitch on my boat trailer. Perfect fit. Arrived on time. Not much else to say. I would order from here again!!!


Great coupler! Works better than the coupler that it replaced ever did.

The new trailer coupler is 2 but its a tight 2. Sometimes difficult to on my standard 2 ball.
Francis F - 05/20/2021


The product itself is great! Delivery time also great! Suggestion: Add instruction on adjusting couplings to fit ball. Took a while to find advice online. THANKS SO MUCH! 5 STARS No doubt!


great product actually made in USA
right on with no problem


Nice and sturdy- good metal gauge thickness. Works great, looks good, fit precisely on my trailer tongue.


Great tires and rims, fit perfect. Fast shipping


Replaced my broken hitch. This one works!
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Bolts didn't line up as in other reviews, took a bit to drill out the 1/2" holes but very nice coupler. Far better than the last one I had.

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