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Reese Hitch Adapters - Hitch Extender - RP45292 Review

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Review of Reese Hitch Accessories RP45292


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese hitch extension and reducer for a 2 1/2 inch trailer hitch receiver. This adapter is designed for use with Titan trailer hitch receivers. The adapter bars let you modify your hitch to accommodate your application. Simply extends the length of your hitch receiver to clear obstacles like a truck bed mounted camper. This is going to reduce the size of your hitch receiver opening from a 2 1/2 inch opening to a 2 inch opening. I want you to notice down here that when I pulled it out of the box, one thing that I noticed is that it comes with a chrome plastic trim piece. Gives that a nice look.

If you don't like it you can pop that off there just to expose the steel. That's going to be black powder coated just like the rest of the unit so it's going to match the rest of the extension so if you don't like the trim piece, it just has snaps on each side that you can pop off. It's going to have the hitch cover right there so you can pull that out and you can see that it's a 2 inch by 2 inch opening. Now on this side it's going to have a welded on electrical bracket that lets you mount a connector. The 7 way wiring extension. A wiring extension is not included so if you're in need of something like that you can find them at etrailer.com.

Then look at on each side right here by the opening. You're going to have a safety chain loop so you can see that right there. Look at on each side of the extension bar. Underneath the hitch and then over here you're going to have the built-in loops that let you usually attach safety chains. It's a really nice designs.

A lot of anchor points there to make sure that you comply with safety regulations and to make sure that you're safe on the road when towing. Installation is pretty simple. All you have to do is slide this end of the receiver tube of your hitch. Line up your pin holes secured in the hitch with a hitch pin and clip or hitch lock. Those items are sold separately so if you're in need of something like that you can find them at etrailer.com. The diameter of the pin holes, all 3 are going to measure 5/8ths of an inch.

You will need a hitch pin and clip or hitch lock to get the unit secured in your hitch, and then you'll need another one to secure whatever it is that you're installing in the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. The unit is made from a nice sturdy steel construction. We're looking at corrosion resistant black powder coat finish. It's going to last a long time, keep it looking nice, and the unit's highly resistant towards rust and corrosion. This is designed for a 2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch trailer hitch receiver, and then again the receiver opening is 2 inch by 2 inches. The extension length, this is going to have two different lengths possible. At the rear hole, so from this hole to this hole center on center, we're looking at an extension of 34 inches. From this hole to this hole we're looking at an extension of 24 inches. The weight capacity when used with the 24 inch length is going to give a maximum gross trailer weight of 6,000 pounds. That increases to 8,000 pounds when used with weight distribution. The tow weight is 600 pounds and then with weight distribution it's going to be 800 pounds. The weight capacity when used with the 34 inch length is going to offer a maximum gross trailer weight of 4,500 pounds and then it increases to 6,000 pounds with weight distribution. Maximum tow weight is 450 pounds and then with weight distribution it's going to be 600 pounds. If you want to use the 24 inch extension the adapter bar must be trimmed. There's going to be a trim line right here so you trim directly on that line to use the 24 inch extended length. To do this you'd simply use a hacksaw. Cut along the trim mark shown on the bar. That's all there is to it. If you want to use the 34 inch extension or extended length, you don't have to worry about trimming you can use it as-is right out of the box. That's going to do it for today's look at the Reese hitch extension and reducer 2 1/2 inch trailer hitch.


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