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Extending a 2" Hitch Receiver for Better Clearance

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Im interested in purchasing the Reese Item # RP45292. I Have a 2019 GMC Elevation with the factory install tow package. The Reese is for a 2 1/2 receiver, and mine is a 2. Do you have a hitch adapter that increases from a 2 to 2 1/2 so I could use this reese?

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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 be increased with a weight distribution system to 650 pounds and 6500 pounds, respectively.

Plus, the built-on step is convenient for reaching taller campers and the like. I've linked to a video review of this extender for you to look at.

Keep in mind that because this is an extender, your hitch's capacity will be reduced. For this one, it is 35%. So, if 65% of your hitch's capacity is lower than the rating I mentioned above, then that will be your new ratings.

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