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Availability of Trailer Hitch for 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 With 30-3/8 Inch Frame Width

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Hi there - My 2013 Sprinter 3500 Dually appears to have the narrower frame, 30 3/8inch outside to outside. The information on the 75549 indicates this receiver would not work but I dont see what will work. Also, it has a rear step installed see pic I assume this will need to be removed to tow or is there some sort of extension device. Thank you

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There are two primary reasons why a hitch isn't available for the narrow framed Sprinter 3500 models. First, the vehicles aren't super-common, the wider framed vehicle is much more prevalent. Secondly, most of these vehicles are used as commercial vehicles that have been equipped by aftermarket upfitter companies that commonly add utility or service bodies or steps such as your vehicle is equipped with. It'd be difficult for the hitch manufacturers to develop a hitch because the way the rear bumper area of the vehicle is set up isn't consistent.

Your best bet would be to remove the existing step. Once that's done, you'd want to measure the drop needed. The drop is the vertical measurement from the underside of the vehicle frame member and the lowest point of the bumper, If this distance is less than 3 inches, a universal weld-on hitch like part # 15901 would be a great choice. If you'd need more drop than that, the Draw-Tite # 41990-07 offers a 7 inch drop.

Once the hitch is in place, you could use a hitch mounted step like # 288-08400 could be used to make accessing the cargo area of the vehicle easier.

I've linked to installation instructions for you.

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