B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2"

B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2"

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  • Hitch Reducer
  • Fits 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
  • No Extension
  • B and W
  • 2-1/2 Inch to 2 Inch
  • Steel
This adapter sleeve lets you use 2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories with your 2-1/2" hitch receiver. E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion. Pinched ends make it easy to line up hitch pin holes. Call 800-298-8924 to order B and W hitch adapters part number BWRHXA2182 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all B and W products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2". Hitch Adapters reviews from real customers.

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B and W Hitch Adapters - BWRHXA2182

This adapter sleeve lets you use 2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories with your 2-1/2" hitch receiver. E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion. Pinched ends make it easy to line up hitch pin holes.


  • Adapter reduces a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" hitch receiver opening to 2" x 2"
    • Lets you use 2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories, like a bike rack or cargo carrier
  • Easy to use - slides directly into your hitch or onto the shank of your accessory
  • Pinched ends prevent the adapter from sliding too far into your hitch receiver
    • Keeps pin holes lined up while you insert accessory
  • E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion
  • Made in the USA


  • Dimensions: 5-3/4" long x 2-1/2" wide x 2-1/2" tall
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty

B and W Hitch Reducer Adapter with Pinched Ends

Avoid the nuisance of having an adapter slide all the way into your receiver. The pinched ends on this reducer sleeve keep the adapter in place while you insert your bike rack or other accessory into your hitch. This ensures that the pin holes on the adapter line up with those on your hitch receiver and on your accessory.

Two sets of pin holes allow for a custom fit for most factory and aftermarket hitches. Simply adjust the orientation of the pinched ends so that the pin holes line up with your receiver tube pin holes. For Ram and Ford factory hitches and Draw-Tite aftermarket hitches, insert the reducer sleeve so that the pinched ends face out to the sides. For GM factory hitches and Curt aftermarket hitches, insert the sleeve so that the ends are positioned on the top and bottom of your receiver.

RHXA2182 B and W Reducer Sleeve 2-1/2" to 2"

Video of B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2"

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for B and W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the B&W hitcher reducer sleeve from 2-1/2" to 2", part number BWRHXA2182. This sleeve will reduce your 2-1/2" receiver down to a 2" receiver, which will allow you to use or tow any of your 2" hitch accessories. The pinched out sides will help prevent your sleeve from sliding too far into your hitch receiver. We're going to show you one of the advantages of having those pinched out sides. For demonstration purposes, we have right here another hitch reducer sleeve without pinched out sides. As you can see, when I slide this sleeve in we have to put our finger in the sides and line up the pin holes.

Now even though it was easy to get our pin holes lined up, when we insert something like a bike rack, that's going to allow our sleeve to move around. Then we have to line up the pin holes again.As you can see, as I insert my bike rack, the sleeve is now not in line, so we have to pull that back. As you can see, I've had to pull on my receiver to try to get the holes to line up on the sleeve and on the bike rack, but then trying to put the bike rack in without the sleeve moving is very challenging. As you can tell, the holes have not lined up. And sticking your fingers in is not the ideal way to do this, as you could pinch them.

Now let's see how much easier this is with our B&W. We've inserted our sleeve. We can insert our bike rack and it's not going to move around or slide as we try to line up the pin holes. And it's also not going to pinch our fingers. It has an E-coat and black powder coat finish to help resist rust and corrosion.

It's very easy to use. All you have to do is slide it into your hitch receiver or onto the shank of the accessory you want to use.The pinched out ends are also going to help keep your pin holes lined up with the pin holes on your hitch receiver. But as you can see, we have two sets of pin holes that are separated by 1/2". The benefit of having two separate sets of pin holes is that it's going to fit perfectly with all of the factory hitches for our three major truck brands, and it's also going to fit most of the after market hitches. What we're going to do now is test out to see which way the pinched out ends need to be facing in order for the pin holes to line up with our factory hitches on the three major trucks.

And then we're also going to test it out on two after market hitches. First, we'll start on our Ram 2500. I'm going to show you the incorrect way to do it first. Right now we have our notches on the top and bottom of our sleeve. When we slide it in and the notches get to the edge of the receiver, our pin holes do not line up. All you have to do to correct this is pull out your sleeve, turn it, and then reinsert it.With the pinched out ends on the sides, we're going to see that our pin holes line up correctly. Now we'll move onto our GM models. This is going to be our GMC and our Chevrolet 2500s. Now that we have the pinched out edges on the top and bottom, we see that our holes line up. And last we have our Ford F250. And now our pin holes do line up. Now we'll move on to our two after market hitches. We have a Curt and a Draw-Tite. Let's start with the Draw-Tite. For the Draw-Tite, you're going to need the notches to be on the left and right sides. When we insert it, the holes line up and we can insert our pin. For our Curt, it's going to be the opposite. We need the notches on the bottom and the top. As we insert it, we see our holes can line up and insert our pin. And there you have it for the B&W Hitch Reducer Sleeve, part BWRHXA2182.

Customer Reviews

B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" - BWRHXA2182

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

This adapter sleeve lets you use 2" towing and hitch-mounted accessories with your 2-1/2" hitch receiver. E-coat and black powder coat finishes resist corrosion. Pinched ends make it easy to line up hitch pin holes.

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Awesome. Way better than my previous one ! 579358

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This product is very heavy duty and great quality. The key over other products is the flared ends because it remains stationary when sliding hitch through. 629039

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Solidly built as I expected. B&W products are known for their toughness. This item was no exception. Fits perfectly. 605154

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Product looked nice but would fit my Ford factory hitch. Had to grind off all the powder coating to make it fit. Not sure if it was just mine or if others have had this problem. Unfortunately now mine will rust. 598313

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High quality MADE IN THE USA. Fits perfectly. Fast delivery!! 578172

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I have a 2019 F350 with a 3" receiver. Ford provides a 3" to 2.5" reducer adapter for the receiver, however they no longer provide the 2.5" to 2" reducer. This B&W receiver adapter is of excellent quality. Gave 4 stars instead of 5 because the set of pin holes intended for Ford don't quite line up. The set of pin holes for GM hitches work, the adapter is just extended a little. I plan to grind the holes intended for Ford hitches the 1/16 of an inch required to get the pin holes to align. Also, very happy with etrailer. Even for an item as simple as this they provide detailed information about the product. They kept me informed of the order/shipping cycle and even got the item to me quicker than first promised. 590407

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Just what I needed! Perfect fit for my 2017 Ford F250 SD. The adapter slides in all the way to the flared stops and the pin holes align perfectly. It makes getting my hitch stinger inserted and pinned very easy. I'd give six stars if I could! 663012

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Fits as advertised . Satisfied! 669758

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BW parts always fit. Very fast shipping and was kept up to date on arrival time. Couldn't ask for better service from etrailer people 668964

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Great product, exactly as advertised. 641361

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Perfect fit for my vehicle application 637124

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Plain, simple and straightforward. Bonus is the tabs so it does not slide in to far when inserting the shank. 599081

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Great quality. Easy to use. 556336

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as described 515458


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  • How to Use 2-Inch Weight Distribution & Accessories in 2-1/2-Inch Hitch on 2019 Ford F-250
  • You can go in either of 2 ways to use your Blue Ox Sway Pro 2-inch weight distribution hitch # BXW1500 in your new Ford truck that has a 2-1/2-inch hitch. One way is to keep using everything you already own and to simply add a hitch reducer sleeve like B&W part # BWRHXA2182 which slides into the 2-1/2-inch receiver and reduces it to the 2-inch size for your existing Sway Pro shank. If you already have other 2-inch hitch accessories like a cargo carrier or bike rack then the reducer sleeve...
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  • Swing Away Hitch Bike Carrier Setup for 2017 Ford F-250 with Truck Camper
  • Using a 2-1/2-inch to 2-inch hitch reducer sleeve like # 58102, # BWRHXA2182 or # DTADP35 will allow a 2-inch accessory to fit in your 2-1/2-inch hitch but these Thule and Yakima bike racks you mentioned include their own anti-rattle locks that will not fit the 2-1/2-inch hitch tube. There is another solution to give you the swing-away feature you need for camper access. You would still use one of the reducer sleeves above (or one of the others on the linked page) and add the Yakima...
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  • Recommended Hitch Reducer from 2-1/2 Inch Hitch to 2 Inch with 5 or 6 Inch Drop for 2016 Ram 2500
  • A high-low adapter like the Roadmaster High Low Adapter for Tow Bars - 2-1/2" Hitches - 4" Rise/Drop - 10K GTW # RM-058-4 is designed for use when flat towing which is pulling a vehicle behind a motorhome. The reason an adapter is needed is because tow bars that connect the vehicles need to be within 3 inches of level for safety. I've attached an article to assist. It sounds like you are looking for something for the back of your truck that allows for a drop for towing or accessories....
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  • Does B&W 2-1/2 Inch to 2 Inch Adapter Fit 2017 Ford F-250
  • Yes, the B&W 2-1/2 inch to 2 inch adapter part # BWRHXA2182 that you referenced will fit the 2-1/2 inch hitch you have installed on your 2017 Ford F-250.
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  • Recommended 2-1/2" to 2" Reducer Sleeve for 2019 Ford F-250
  • The hitch reducer sleeve I strongly recommend for the 2-1/2" hitch on your 2019 Ford F-250 is the B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve # BWRHXA2182 because it has two sets of pin holes to allow for a more custom fit on your Ford hitch. If your F-250 has a Ford factory hitch or Draw-Tite hitch, insert the reducer sleeve so the pinched ends face the sides; if you have a Curt aftermarket hitch, insert the sleeve so that the ends are positioned on the top and bottom of your receiver. That...
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  • Does B and W Hitch Reducer part # BWRHXA2182 Have Flange Around Hitch Opening
  • The B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve # BWRHXA2182 that you referenced does not have a flange that goes around the end of the hitch tube like the factory sleeve adapter has. We don't have any options for hitch reducers that do have the flange either. I attached a picture that shows what this looks like when installed as well.
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  • Can Larger Shank Be Used with Fastway Weight Distribution Hitch
  • To use your 2-inch weight distribution setup in a truck that has a 2-1/2-inch hitch you can either add a reducer sleeve like # 58102 or # BWRHXA2182 to the hitch or you can change the shank to the larger size so it directly fits the 2-1/2-inch hitch. The linked page displays suitable 2-1/2-inch replacement shanks that will work fine with your WD system, such as # EQ90-02-4900 and # EQ90-02-4700.
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  • Replacement 2-1/2-Inch Shank for Use with Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Hitch reducer sleeves are the only type of hitch adapter that does not compromise weight capacity or strength so you can use any brand of 2-1/2 to 2-inch reducer sleeve along with your 2-inch Fastway weight distribution shank. You can see them all on the linked page. I like the B&W # BWRHXA2182 because it has a flared opening that keeps it from going too far into your hitch tube. If you do prefer to use a 2-1/2-inch shank you can choose from the Equal-I-zer models linked for you, such...
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  • Can You Add a Pintle Hook To the B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount for 2-1/2 Inch Hitches
  • I do have options for you but there is not a pintle hook adapter for the B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount part # BWTS20048B so the only way to obtain a pintle hook with the Tow & Stow feature is to purchase the B&W Tow & Stow Pintle Hook with 2-5/16" Ball part # BWTS10056 separately and then use the B&W Hitch Receiver Reducer Sleeve part # BWRHXA2182 with this. That said, if you purchase the Curt Pintle Hook with 2-5/16" Ball part # C45908 and the Replacement 2" and 2-5/16" Dual-Sided Ball...
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