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Hitch Extension for Camper & Replacement 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitch for 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Question:

Could I use this for the extension to tow my small boat behind my truck camper? What are the weight ratings?

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Expert Reply:

There are hitch extensions available but the Curt Combo Bar # C49360 is not one and would not work in that manner.

The best option is the Reese Hitch Extender for 2" Trailer Hitches # RP11004 because it is 18 inches which is the longest available for standard 2" trailer hitches. It is important to note that the use of any hitch extension will reduce the capacity of your truck's hitch by 50 percent. So if your truck has a 6,000 lb towing capacity and 600 lb tongue weight capacity an extension will reduce that to 3,000 lbs and 300 lbs respectively.

I have added a link to a video review of this extension for you to check out as well.

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Question:

I believe I will replace the factory hitch with a 2.5" one. I have the seven pin already so what hitch and harness do you recommend. I will need to plug in the camper and the 4 pin boat trailer at the same time. 2500 ext cab 6.5 bed. Thank you.

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There is one 2-1/2 inch trailer hitch that will work to replace the factory hitch on your 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a 6-1/2 foot bed, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT45517. This is a Class V hitch with a 13,000 lb towing capacity, 1,300 lb tongue weight capacity and will not require any drilling to install on your truck.

For wiring I recommend the Demco 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness with 7-Pole Plug # DM8555002 because of its 10 foot length and the fact it will allow you to keep using your '06 Silverado's connector at the rear of the truck. Then to hook up your trailer's 4-way you can just plug in the Pollak 7 Pole to 4 Way Connector Adapter # PK12716. If you need an adapter with added length you can use the Hopkins Trailer Coiled Adapter # HM47065.

I have added links to video reviews for you to check out as well.

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