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Does Using a Reducer Sleeve that Overhangs a 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitch Reduce the Towing Capacity

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Is it ok for the reducer sleeve to protrude past the length of the hitch receiver by about 1 inch when towing a 7000 lb travel trailer? Does a sleeve reduce towing capacity if there is overhang?

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It is normal to see some overhang when using a reducer sleeve such as # 58102. A reducer sleeve should not reduce the tongue weight or towing capacity of the hitch. However, if your trailer hitch is a factory hitch check the owners manual of the vehicle to determine if there are any special provisions mentioning a reducer sleeve.

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