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Old 07-06-2015, 10:49 AM   #1
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Reducer Sleeve for Receiver

I did a search, but didn't find any threads on this.

Has anyone spot welded in the reducer sleeve that brings a 2.5 inch receiver down to 2 inch? With an Airsafe hitch, and Rock Tamers, it's a real (royal) pain to get the stinger in, and keep the holes lined up for the locking pin. I am thinking about just a couple of spots to keep the sleeve from slipping.

Is there any downside that you have encountered or can think of?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:17 AM   #2
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On WOODALLS.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:30 AM   #3
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The sleeve on our class V Reese is welded, never been a problem.
Plus the extra thickness at the pin hole helps prevent elongation.

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Old 07-06-2015, 11:30 AM   #4
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On WOODALLS.

Ok, I'm the slow one here. Woodalls?
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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Thanks Bob! Your post came in while I was typing.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:32 AM   #6
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There is a recent thread here somewhere that addresses in great detail this subject. Look in this section, might be a page or two down.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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I put a spot weld on mine. It broke on first use which was fine because now the weld spot acts as a stopper to align the sleeve. I can use either size receiver
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:14 PM   #8
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Go the other way with it, Bro. Don't reduce. Get a 2.5" stinger.

When there's a choice, there's nothing wring with overkill (aka, over-engineering).

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Old 07-06-2015, 12:38 PM   #9
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I welded also, Propride
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:20 PM   #10
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I have a Equqlizer hitch and I'm planning on getting the 2 1/2" hitch. I'm leery about modifying any part of a hitch since welding can alter the properties of the metal in ways it was not intended. I'm seeing more and more 2 1/2 ball mounts and such on the market, so I'm also planning on a new general use ball mount. The 2 1/2" mounts are rated for a much higher load than the 2".
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Go the other way with it, Bro. Don't reduce. Get a 2.5" stinger.

When there's a choice, there's nothing wring with overkill (aka, over-engineering).

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I like the extra margin of safety that a class 5 receiver affords, a welded sleeve is the only safe way to go.

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Old 07-06-2015, 01:56 PM   #12
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2.5 hitch

I lost my receiver reducer when I got my new pickup. So I went with a 2.5 inch hitch. Other than being heavier to lift, I don't have the problem of the movable reducer. But then again I can't put small stinger on the truck.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:54 PM   #13
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Bought an Equalizer with my 2015 AS 27FB since that's all the dealer sold. They ordered a 2" and supplied a reducer sleeve. It had a lot of wiggle room, so I ordered a new $50 sleeve "Made in America". It arrived with a stamp on the side that said "Made in China". It's slightly tighter, so I will go with it. Still some play, however, and the dealer says it's ok since when fully hooked up it can't wiggle. Anyone know?
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Bought an Equalizer with my 2015 AS 27FB since that's all the dealer sold. They ordered a 2" and supplied a reducer sleeve. It had a lot of wiggle room, so I ordered a new $50 sleeve "Made in America". It arrived with a stamp on the side that said "Made in China". It's slightly tighter, so I will go with it. Still some play, however, and the dealer says it's ok since when fully hooked up it can't wiggle. Anyone know?
There is some motion/slack. Things have to have enough room to fit together even when there is road debris or dirt embedded.
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