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Is Tongue Weight Capacity Reduced When Using Curt Dual 2-Inch Receiver Tube Adapter D-192

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If I use the Curt Dual 2inch Receiver Tube Adapter, 8inch Extension, does it reduce my towing capacity? I have a 5000 lb towing now. I will be towing a 2016 Honda Fit on a tow dolly. The second receiver will have a bike rack. Should I have any concerns for safety? Thanks

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Yes, use of the Curt Dual 2-Inch Receiver Tube Adapter # D-192 does reduce your hitch's tongue weight (TW) capacity by half. Towing capacity is not reduced. The 2016 Fit curb weight is between 2513 and 2642-lbs so if your tow dolly's weight does not put you over 3500-lbs you're okay.

Since the tow dolly carries the weight of the car's front end, there is really very little actual TW from the dolly put on the adapter or hitch. The weight of the bike rack and the loaded bikes does count against the reduced TW capacity.

Naturally it is never a good safety practice to exceed the capacity of any part of your towing/cargo system.

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