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Old 04-20-2016, 12:40 PM   #15
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We have been using the reduction inset with our 2" Hensley hitch bar for some time now. The "slop" in our hitch bar with the adapter does not seem to be any greater than it is on our Suburban with a 2" Reese Class IV receiver.

Based upon this discussion, I placed a call to Hensley Manufacturing in Michigan and spoke to one of their technicians. I asked about this issue and was told that using a reduction insert did not present any problem whatsoever.

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Old 04-20-2016, 12:54 PM   #16
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1. some sort of shim or anti-rattle device to take out the slop/play
2. weld the sleeve, and then an anti'rattle device to take out slop and play
3. a new 2 1/2" shank and an anti-rattle device to take out slop/play
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:55 PM   #17
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I use the Silent Hitch Lock. It not only keeps all movement to zero because of the bolt/nut combination, it also is keyed to keep your tow ball from being stolen!

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Old 04-20-2016, 01:34 PM   #18
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We found that the answer to your questions are yes. There has been play and movement. Therefore, we went to a 2-1/2" hitch, instead of the insert. No longer any play, at least not yet. We use an Equalizer hitch system and purchased the new hitch shank directly from Equalizer.
I was told by equalizer that they did not sell to individuals only to dealers! Wanted to purchase a longer shank. Does not compute! !!
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:38 PM   #19
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I would think if you already own an Equal-I-zer hitch and then trade vehicles that they would sell you a longer shank if you needed one.


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My sleeve is flush with end of receiver with close tolerance fit. No more play than when I tow with my TV with the 2" receiver. I leave the reducer and locking pin in when not towing. Never heard any rattle..
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:51 PM   #21
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Back in my newbie days I unhitched and never replaced the pin. We did some rough terrain driving later that day. Guess what? When it was time to hook up again I had no insert! It was a full day delay getting a new one.

Other than that Ive had no problem using the insert. F250 towing 27' FC with an equalizer WD hitch. BTW...Welding it in makes hitch insertion easier.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:52 PM   #22
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So, I dug up the pictures from my old 2.5" receiver+sleeve, and checked my current Ford OEM 2" receiver, and moosetags is right.
Essentially no difference in the amount of play between 2" receiver and 2.5" receiver with sleeve.

2.5" receiver with hardened steel sleeve



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I stand corrected.
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Anything with a 1/2" of play will certainly rattle and be beaten to death.
With my set-up, I found .064 of play between the shank and the receiver; so I used two shims of .060 to place into the spaces, and grease them with common grease, to prevent wear, and facilitate removal. Used it for eight years. Works like charm.
Too bad that this site will not allow me to send attachment photos of the hitch-up.
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Using the sleeve is probably not a good idea. I am using the Equalizer WD and sway so I upgrades to the 2.5" receiver. If you are going heavy duty then go heavy duty. Others have had some problems when using a sleeve.
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First thing I did after taking delivery of my 2500 Duramax Diesel was to weld the sleeve to the receiver. Have towed all kinds of trailers but mostly my 07 31 classic. Approximately 50,000 miles towing all over the US and Canada with a Hensley Hitch and no worries about slop or loosing the sleeve. There is no Airstream to my knowledge that requires a 2 1/2 receiver shank, although the additional capacity is welcomed.


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First thing I did after taking delivery of my 2500 Duramax Diesel was to weld the sleeve to the receiver. Have towed all kinds of trailers but mostly my 07 31 classic. Approximately 50,000 miles towing all over the US and Canada with a Hensley Hitch and no worries about slop or loosing the sleeve. There is no Airstream to my knowledge that requires a 2 1/2 receiver shank, although the additional capacity is welcomed.


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I have the same truck and opted for the 2.5" ProPride stinger. It's HEAVY! I wonder how much heavier than a 2"? Might be worth converting to a 2" and use the reducer...
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My F250 has the 2 1/2" hitch. I bought an after market adapter and felt there was too much play. Then I bought the Ford adapter and it's been fine. I thought about welding, but didn't need too.
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I would not want to weld in a reduction adapter as it would make it a big deal if I ever wanted to or needed to use a 2.5" hitch bar.

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