Sloppy sleeve for 2 1/2" to 3" is WORSE
I had originally the 2 1/2 inch shank on my Equalizer that fit the 2014 Tundra. I do not know if there was lots of play, as I did not check. Never thought about it.
When I went to the 2016 F350 a sleeve is provided by Ford, that slides over the 2 1/2 inch shank to make it a 3 inch shank with the sleeve. It was so sloppy, I purchased the 3 inch shank and installed it onto the Equalizer Hitch. I could hear it when towing slowing and going over slight dips in the road for water run off.
As wilsodf says... the 3 inch shank is heavy for any brand of hitch! I could not find a 3 inch shank in Denver and ordered one on the Internet. Should have figured that out first that the Internet is the First Place to Look. Delivered right to my door with a tag on the shank, no packaging needed.
I may have to go the way Turk123 did.
Ol Bob... before I weld, I will try Turk123's method after studying that option.
Maybe... I will not insert the shim. Those who do not know this is occurring between the shank and 3inch hitch sleeve, while towing, no one notice. This has to be happening to EVERYONE who has not tried to try a solution.
Slide in your 2 1/2" or 3" shank and pull up. How much slop? Then move left to right. Now... do you understand putting thousands of pounds of a hammer in this area could cause fatique at some point? Or is it just Ford?
The longer the shank, I would expect the end to move much more. At least with the standard shank, I can drop my tail gate and have lots of room to spare. I can also turn sharp and not have a tail light go into the rock guard or corner of the trailer.
That is good news.
I would probably believe the 2 1/2 inch shank on 2 1/2 inch sleeves on half ton tow vehicles are also hammering away. Try a thin shim... and comment about any results after a trip.
Is there an issue with receivers on tow vehicles? We will not know until others comment and have some way to illustrate.. how much.
I find the Equalizer Hitch with 1,000# bars, excellent. Just this slop is more than I expected on the Ford F350.