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Old 05-11-2016, 05:50 AM   #1
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2 1/2 to 2" reducer HOLES!

This time I don't have a hole in the head. I have the GMC 2.5 inch receiver so I got a reducer for the 2" Hensley. A bit sloppy but it served. So when I went to Baltimore to pick up the Avion, I said "Spit, I left the reducer home" and ran to a local supply house to get one. No problem, it worked fine with the Reese Dual cam I got for that trailer. Four days pass and I change out the Reese for the Hensley piece so I could tow the Airstream - trying to use the reducer I bought in Baltimore... and the holes don't - will not - cannot - line up.

How did I get lucky enough to buy reducers that worked on each hitch as I needed them, but are NOT universal? It's a puzzlement. But I caution each of you who might need one - fit it and match holes before you buy.

Darn another hunka Iron to haul around.

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Old 05-11-2016, 07:33 AM   #2
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Changed our our head from a 2" to 2-1/2" to avoid using the spacers. Plus I think it works much better all around
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:14 AM   #3
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Store the trailer specific towing hardware in the trailer. That way you're not hauling junk that is not needed.
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Paula, there's no fore and aft standard for the location of the pin hole. You might just lock the reducer on to the hitch that it best fits.

I had to cut down a stinger that extends my receiver out from under the truck camper so I could tow my small boat. It bottomed out at the back of the receiver before the holes lined up.
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Store the trailer specific towing hardware in the trailer. That way you're not hauling junk that is not needed.
Go see Andy at CanAm in London. He'll fix you up.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:50 PM   #6
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Paula, there's no fore and aft standard for the location of the pin hole. You might just lock the reducer on to the hitch that it best fits.

I had to cut down a stinger that extends my receiver out from under the truck camper so I could tow my small boat. It bottomed out at the back of the receiver before the holes lined up.
Go see Andy at CanAm in London; he'll fix you up.
And Ontario is a nice place to visit.
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Paula, there is a simple fix for this issue. The first thing I did when I took delivery of my GMC 2500 HD Duramax was to insert the sleeve into the receiver and then weld it in place, ensuring that the pin hole was lined up properly by using the pin to keep it lined up. A bit of primer and then black paint and you would think it came this way from the factory. 80,000 miles and I have never been stuck without my adapter !!!! I, nor most of us will never need or use a 2 1/2 inch shank. Just one less thing to remember, or get lost !!!



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Old 05-11-2016, 10:29 PM   #8
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Good point Walter - plus those 2.5 inch hitches are SUPER heavy. I've never had great faith in Chevy receivers. I might just change that out for a 2 inch model.

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Go see Andy at CanAm in London; he'll fix you up.

And Ontario is a nice place to visit.

Agreed. It's a lot longer way from Texas than from the East Coast. But on my list nonetheless.

Custom fabrication work pays for itself with hitch receivers, and then for dialing in the combination. It's the only way we could do it way back when. But far better than the off the shelf pieces and compromised (by design) receivers of today.

As yours is a married couple, consider this. You'll not be changing them anytime soon.

I had my choice of tractors in current job. I chose the one where fingertips and toes can do the job of keeping it upright and lane centered. Won't pull the hills as hard (the usual truck driver choice), but it's far less taxing to drive.

I made the same kind of choice for the TV where the trade off was no 4WD. And the Hensley hitch.

Dialing it in is an entirely separate issue. Another level.

The slop introduced by "adaptors" is real. So, IMO, consider addressing the issue once and finally.
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