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Hitch Receiver Reducer for Towing a Horse Trailer With Ford F350


Is it safe to use a reducer to make a 2.5inch receiver into a 2inch recover to tow a horse trailer? Does using a receiver reducer change the amount of weight a vehicle can tow? I am towing with a Ford F350 super duty dually. Thank you.


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It is perfectly safe to use a reducer like the # 58102 you referenced.

Using the reducer will not reduce the amount of weight the vehicle can tow, but a ball mount for a 2x2 receiver would typically has a lower towing and tongue weight capacity than a ball mount for a 2-1/2x2-1/2 receiver would. Just be sure that the weight of the fully loaded trailer does not exceed the weight of the lowest rated component of the towing system, like the hitch, ball mount, trailer ball, etc.

If your 2-1/2x2-1/2 inch receiver is the factory hitch, be aware that Ford OEM hitches have a tighter/different radius on their 2-1/2 inch receiver tubes. To accommodate the OEM Ford 2-1/2 inch hitch, the corners of a ball mount, shank or reducer sleeve may need to be sanded down to slide into the hitch. Do not remove any more material than necessary. Simply removing the paint or powder-coat is often sufficient. Never use a grinder to knock-down the corners, which may remove too much material and will also heat the accessory and could compromise the product's structural integrity. This is especially the case with cast accessories like larger weight distribution shanks.

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Mike L

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