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Old 04-21-2016, 11:58 AM   #29
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I'd hesitate to weld it too but someone here talked about "caulking" it in... A urethane adhesive like 3M 4000 is UV stable. Strong as nails and can (with heat) be removed...
Sounds like it's not a bad idea?
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:13 PM   #30
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Ours is welded... Reese V TowBeast.

No rattles, and a nice feature....the pin wall is twice as thick, less chance of developing an egg hole.

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Old 04-21-2016, 02:42 PM   #31
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I have a propride and need to use the insert with the Propride stinger. No problems, no movement, and no issues with towing.

However it does make trying to insert the pin in the ProPride stinger a pain. Now you have to slide the pin thru three holes on each side (the Ford receiver, the 2" adapter, and the Propride stinger) which makes perfect alignment difficult. There is very little clearance between the outside diameter of the pin and the inside diameter of each insert hole.
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:48 PM   #32
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Towing with a 2 1/2 receiver

Get an alignment tool. It's a longish tapered pin that you can use to pry the parts into position before you try to put in the hitch pin. Makes it easy to align without seeing through the holes.

Harbor Freight or your local big box home improvement store is a possible source.


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Old 04-21-2016, 04:02 PM   #33
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I was told by equalizer that they did not sell to individuals only to dealers! Wanted to purchase a longer shank. Does not compute! !!
I don't get this one at all. I called, talked to a tech at Equalizer and ordered directly from him.. I lost the specific name but his initials on the packing slip are JS and it came from Progress Mfg Inc, 383 South 1100 West - Provo, UT 84601 Phone 801-377-9599.

The part number is 90-02-4700 - 2-1/2" Shank 12" longx3" max drop or 7" rise. Then I also ordered an extra ball as it is a little hard to find if the one I have goes bad.

I switched to the 2-1/2" shank as the reducer(s), I tried several, were getting bent and wedged into the receiver and at times very hard to get the reducer out. Now no issues.

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Old 04-21-2016, 04:16 PM   #34
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This forum is great! Thank you all for your feedback. I ended up buying an Anderson aluminum insert which is supposed to have a tighter fit than others. Have not tried to tow yet. The dealer where we are buying the Airstream from told me they cannot get a 2 1/2 inch hitch and I had to get the insert. I am getting the Equalizer hitch. I think I read one of the responses saying they were able to get an Equalizer hitch with a 2 1/2 shank. I hope I am using these terms correctly.
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This forum is great! Thank you all for your feedback. I ended up buying an Anderson aluminum insert which is supposed to have a tighter fit than others. Have not tried to tow yet. The dealer where we are buying the Airstream from told me they cannot get a 2 1/2 inch hitch and I had to get the insert. I am getting the Equalizer hitch. I think I read one of the responses saying they were able to get an Equalizer hitch with a 2 1/2 shank. I hope I am using these terms correctly.
I found the same one in a 2-1/2" shank on Amazon as well as on the Equalizer website. Not sure why your AS dealer could not get one, maybe they simply did not want to.
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2 1/2 shank for Equalizer hitch

I called the equalizer and they told me they did have 2 1/2 inch Shanks but only for a drop up to 6 inches. Actually they have three sizes. However, my RV dealer says I need a 9 inch drop which they do not make it this time but interestingly enough they are thinking of making it. So I guess I will go with my insert.
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