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Hitch Extender with Step for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers 18"

Hitch Extender with Step for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers 18"

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Reese Hitch Adapters - RP11006

  • Hitch Extender
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • 18 In Extension
  • Bike Racks
  • Cargo Carriers
  • Hitch Mounted Accessories
  • Trailers
  • 4000 lbs
  • Reese

18" Trailer Hitch Extender with Step


  • Prevents hitting trailer or propane tanks when making sharp turns while towing
  • Extends hitch 18" from center to center of hitch pin holes
  • Features step that provides easy access to truck bed
  • Load rating GTW 4000 lbs; Tongue 400 lbs
    • Load rating with weight distribution equipment: GTW 6,500 lbs / TW 650 lbs

Note: The limiting factor is the capacity of your hitch. Using an extender will reduce your hitch's overall capacity by 50 percent.

11006 Hitch Extender with Step for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers 18"

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Video of Hitch Extender with Step for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers 18"

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Video Transcript for Reese Hitch Extender with Step Review

Hey, guys, Randy here at Today we're taking a look at the Reese hitch extender with step. This is going to allow us to move our hitch pin hole back 18 inches, plus give us a step to help us gain access to the roof, maybe over our tailgate, or even into an in-bed camper. Now, a couple of other ways our customers have mentioned they like using this step, one guy mentioned in a boat, being able to step up here first, and then step onto your boat makes it a lot easier to get in and out. But I've also seen people use these on the front of the vehicle, if you've got a front-mount hitch. Standing on this can allow you to get into the engine bay a little bit easier and do service, or get up to the windshield and clean it off properly.Now, not only do we get an 18 inch extension from pin hole to pin hole, but we also have a nice step.

Now, the step itself is nice and sturdy. We can get up on, there's no flex or not give to the steel. There's going to be a little bit of movement, just in the play that we have there at our receiver tube, but it's going to be do a great job. This is going to allow us to get up into the in-bed campers. It's going to allow us to reach in and over our tailgate, or gain access to roof racks and get those items loaded and unloaded.We have really nice heavy-duty construction here.

We showed you the solid shank, the entire extender and step is going to have a nice heavy black powder coat finish on it. Grip tape here at the top to prevent any slipping. Then you can see the chrome covered plastic, kind of a bezzle around here, it kind of cleans up that look, and they also give you a plug that goes inside of here, and that keeps that 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening nice and clean. When it's time to secure items, we're going to use the 5/8 diameter pin hole, you can see it here on the side. There's plenty of room around that, so you want to choose a Class III pin and clip, maybe a locking hitch pin or even an anti-rattle device, they're all going to work out really well.

You can to go along with that 5/8 inch diameter pin hole here on the outside, our receiver tube opening's going to be 2 inches by 2 inches, and will work out really well with Class III ball mounts or accessories. The step itself is going to offer 17 inches in width and 6 inches in depth.Another good measurement to keep in mind will be the distance from the leading edge of the step to the center of our hitch pin hole. That's going to help determine whether it gets it out far enough for your step to be usable. It's going to be 13 1/4 inches.Something else that I like about this when compared to some of the other ones that we have, you can see this nice heavy-duty steel shank. That's going to prevent any failure at all, definitely more sturdy than the hallow shank designs we see out of some manufacturers.To get it installed, it's going to go in just like a regular ball mount and any other Class III accessory.

We'll slide it in, get those pinholes lined up. We want to secure it with a pinning clip. Keep in mind you do want to have your own pin and clip. If you don't already have one, just get one on our website there. Get that in and in place, everything's going to be nice and secure. Now, there's a little bit of movement associated with it once installed. If you want to eliminate that, pick up one of the anti-rattle devices that we have. You'll want to use a collar style, or a wrap-around style because that solid shank won't allow an internal type.Now, here's one of the many problems we run into. Our accessory and the spare tire are too close together, and we can't get the bike rack properly installed. Here you'll see with our extender installed, you've got more than enough room to operate our bike rack, maybe a cargo carrier. Plus we have the advantage of the step to be able to get up on the rooftop of our vehicle, get into our in-bed camper or gain access over that tailgate.Now, the hitch extender itself is going to be rated for 400 pounds worth of tongue weight, that's the maximum downward force we can put at the receiver tube opening, and a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, so total weight of your trailer and anything that you're going to load up on it. It's rated for use with weight distribution. When using weight distribution, the tongue weight goes up to 650, gross trailer weight rating's going to go up to 6,500. But when we use this extender, it's going to reduce our hitch's capacity by 35%. So, we're going to use whichever's lower, either the maximum of the extender or 65% of your hitch's rating.That will conclude our look at the Reese hitch extender with step.

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Hitch Extender with Step for 2" Trailer Hitch Receivers 18" - RP11006

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (6 Customer Reviews)

18" Trailer Hitch Extender with Step

- RP11006

This 18 inch extension was perfect for what I needed, & the step makes launching my boat on shallow ramps a lot easier to do by myself. My boat is exceptionally heavy, & this unit handled the extra weight without a hitch ( no pun intended)! I noticed no noise or rattle while trailing my boat, even on rough, gravel roads. I highly recommend this product. Madison at did an amazing job getting my order to me in a very timely manner, even though this particular product was not in stock when I placed my order. Jon M.

- RP11006

Great transaction! Super fast delivery, and nothing comes fast to Leadville! Informative staff helped me choose the right item the first time. Couldn't be happier with the experience.. Glad I called, why use the internet when you can talk to a friendly staff and the order gets processed faster? I will call again

- RP11006

I received the item fast, and it was better than I thought it would be. The extender is very solid and it is a Reese. I would not hesitate to order again from etrailer. thanks.

- RP11006

Just what I needed. Good quality, good customer service.

- RP11006

The hitch extention was just as expected and received early!

- RP11006


Ask the Experts about this Reese Hitch Adapters

  • Would the Hitch Extender # RP11006 Work for Towing a Boat Trailer
    The Hitch Extender # RP11006 that you referenced will provide you with 18 inches of extension and has GTW rating of 4000 lbs and a tongue weight rating of 400 lbs. If your boat trailer weighs less than both of those figures the extender itself would work. However, when you use a hitch extender like this you end up cutting the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent so you will need to be sure that the vehicle you have has twice the capacity needed.
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  • Will Using Reese Hitch Extender and Step w/Weight Distribution Reduce Hitch Tongue Weight Capacity
    I put in a call to Reese about hitch extender # RP11006 to get this cleared up. First, it can be used with weight distribution and is rated for 650 pounds tongue weight and 6,500 pounds gross trailer weight when you do just like you said. Even if the tongue weight capacity of the hitch was reduced from the weight distribution capacities, since your hitch is rated for 1,200 pounds tongue weight, the reduced capacity would be 600 pounds. The 485 pounds estimated tongue weight is certainly...
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    If you are speaking of a towing bumper where the bumper itself has a hole in it where you can install a trailer ball, there is no adapter available that would lower the ball. However, if you installed a frame-mounted trailer hitch like the Hidden Hitch # 87195, you could use a ball mount that would place the trailer ball at the perfect height. Once the hitch is installed, you can measure to determine the rise or drop of the ball mount needed to level the trailer. I have linked you to...
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  • Does Reese Hitch Extender and Step have to Be Removed from Truck if Not Towing
    No, you don't have to remove the hitch extender and step # RP11006 when not towing it you don't want to. The only exception is if your state or local laws prohibit leaving accessories in the hitch when not in use. New York comes to mind.
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    It sounds like you already have a 2" receiver, so the reason for wanting the Reese Hitch Box Extension, part # RP45292 is for the extension. Rather than trying to use an adapter to expand your 2" receiver to 2-1/2" (which we do not carry), I suggest going with an extender that is made for your 2" receiver. I recommend another Reese extender, part # RP11006. This has an 18" extension with a gross tongue weight of 400 pounds and maximum towing capacity of 4000 pounds. Of course, that can...
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  • Trailer Hitch Extender with a Step to Use on a Truck with In-bed Camper and to Tow a Trailer
    We actually have an extension that is 18 inches long, and has a built-in step on it. Take a look at # RP11006. Like you have said, by using the extension the tongue weight capacity of the hitch is reduced by 50 percent. But as long as the tongue weight of the trailer does not exceed the reduced capacity you should be fine. I would also urge you to disconnect the trailer before stepping on the step because the combined weight of a person on the step and the trailer tongue weight could exceed...
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  • What Does It Mean When Hitch Adapters State They Cut Hitch Capacity In Half
    When using the Reese Hitch Extender # RP11006 (or any similar adapter) the weight capacity of your trailer hitch is reduced by 50 percent. This just means that when you're using the extender the TorkLift SuperHitch Trailer Hitch Receiver # TLC1205 that you purchased, which features a 17,000 pound towing weight capacity and a 1,700 pound tongue weight capacity, will have its capacities reduced to 8,500 pounds and 850 pounds respectively. This is due to the extra movement that adding another...
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  • Trailer Hitch Extension to Tow a Boat Trailer with a GMC Sierra 2500 with a Lance Camper
    I take it that your Lance camper overhangs the truck bed so you need an extension of some kind. There are a couple of possible solutions. Many extensions will reduce the tongue weight capacity of a trailer hitch by 50 percent. However if you were to use a long ball mount, the capacity is not nearly as affected. A ball mount like # 80232 measures 16 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the ball hole. I have linked a video review for you. I have also linked all...
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    What you are going to want to do is wait until your husband is busy and then take a measurement on the truck and hitch. You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the truck straight back to the distance required to clear the camper. If that measurement is less than 6-1/2 inches then the hitch stairs, # RHS2, will clear the obstruction. If it will not then you have some options. You can use a hitch extender. However, keep in mind that using a hitch extender will reduce...
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    I do have an option however it will require a new trailer hitch receiver. There is no adapter to go from a bumper hitch ball to a lower height. I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-E-Loader Class III trailer hitch receiver # 41524. There is no drilling required for installation and the hitch is quite hidden under the bumper. There is a picture attached of the hitch receiver on a Chevrolet very similar to yours. I also suggest an Curt Adjustable ball mount # C45900. You mentioned that you're...
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  • Trailer Hitch Extension for 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch with 1-1/4 Inch Receiver at the End
    We do have hitch extenders for 1-1/4 inch hitches that have a 1-1/4 inch receiver at the end. Brophy 6 inch extender # hes6 is one option. And there is a 10 inch version, # hes0. Please note that the use of an extender will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent while also putting more stress on the hitch and where the hitch is attached to the vehicle.
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  • Using Reese Titan Hitch Box Extension on 2001 Chevrolet Silverado
    It sounds like your Lance camper overhangs the truck bed so you need an extension of some kind. There are a couple of possible solutions. Many extensions will reduce the tongue weight capacity of a trailer hitch by 50 percent. However if you were to use a long ball mount, the capacity is not nearly as affected. A ball mount like # 80232 measures 16 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the ball hole. I have linked a video review for you. I have also linked all...
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  • Recommended Hitch Step To Get In Truck Bed Camper Installed In 20118 Ram 2500 Short Bed
    That will really depend on how long you are needing the step to be. All of the hitch steps we offer are designed for 2" receivers, so to be able to use one of these with the 2-1/2" receiver on your 2018 Ram 2500 I first recommend the Brophy Hitch Reducer and Extender # HR26 which will give you an extra 7" of extension. This extension has a max tongue weight capacity of 500lbs or reduces the capacities of your hitch by 1/3rd, which ever is lower but since your truck is a 2500 you should...
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  • Hitch Extender for a 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Short Bed Towing a Horse Trailer
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