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Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" Trailer Hitch

Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" Trailer Hitch

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Use your 2" hitch-mounted accessories with your 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" trailer hitch by slipping this bushing into your receiver. Sturdy, black powder coated steel construction. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox hitch adapters part number BX88187 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" Trailer Hitch. Hitch Adapters reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Hitch Adapters - BX88187

  • Hitch Reducer
  • Fits 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
  • No Extension
  • Blue Ox
  • 2-1/2 Inch to 2 Inch
  • Steel

Use your 2" hitch-mounted accessories with your 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" trailer hitch by slipping this bushing into your receiver. Sturdy, black powder coated steel construction.


  • Lets you use 2" hitch-mounted accessories in your 2-1/2" trailer hitch
    • Slides into trailer hitch receiver to reduce size from 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" to 2" x 2"
  • Constructed of sturdy steel
  • Resists corrosion with black powder coat finish
  • Pin and clip sold separately


  • Application: 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Overall length of bar: 5-3/4"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • 1-Year warranty

Adapter Dimensions

BX88187 Blue Ox Receiver Reducer - Hitch Adapter - 2-1/2" Trailer Hitch to 2" Trailer Hitch

Video of Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" Trailer Hitch

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Video Transcript for Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve Review

Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Blue Ox converter sleeve and what this is going to do is basically going to be able to allow all of your two-inch hitch accessories to go into your two and a half inch hitch receiver. So if you have a work truck, and you've got an SUV, and you've got a really expensive ball mount that you would like to use on both so you don't have to buy two, all you got to do is grab one of these converter sleeves.Blue Ox does make one that's black powder-coated, so it does go nicely with our black truck here. So basically you just want the longer end facing towards the front of your vehicle, so then those holes will line up nicely. Slide that on there, slide it in and you can get those holes nice and lined up.

Yep.Once you get that done, it does have a five-eighths inch diameter hole, so your normal hitch pin hole should be able to fit through there. And we do have a lot of different options. I know Buyers Products has one that's not black and powder-coated, but it does stick out a little bit farther and it's actually somewhat visible when it's in your hitch. But this is definitely going to be able to save you a little bit of money so you don't have to buy two different accessories for the two different size hitch receivers that you may have.So the Blue Ox converter sleeve is going to have a powder-coated finish and it is going to be made of steel so it will last a decently long time. If you're not necessarily too fond of the black powder-coat finish, Buyers Products does have one that is just a carbon steel construction and has a zinc-plated coating on it.

So it is going to resist rust and corrosion.One that I have, I have noticed that powder-coated items slowly started to scratch and the second you get down to that actual bare metal, the elements usually turn it to a rusty-looking color. This way it's just going to stay how it is throughout the life of the converter sleeve. So our Buyers Products is going to be about six inches long, so it is going to stick out a little bit more than our Blue Ox here, and with the color it's going to be more visible. From the middle of our hitch pin hole all the way to the end on our longer side here, it is going to be about three and a half inches. But with our Blue Ox here it's going to be about four.

And then on the other side, on our Blue Ox it is going to be about an inch and three-quarter inches. And on our Buyers Products it's going to be about two and a half inches.So it's all just personal preference. But if you would like to stay pretty low profile, the Blue Ox is definitely the one you want to go with.Well everyone, that's going to do it for our look at the Blue Ox converter sleeve for two and a half inch hitch receivers.

Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" Trailer Hitch - BX88187

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

Use your 2" hitch-mounted accessories with your 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" trailer hitch by slipping this bushing into your receiver. Sturdy, black powder coated steel construction.

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Perfect fit. 750222

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Fits perfectly, works good 618041

Brent - 04/13/2020


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Fit perfectly and tows just fine. 576645

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Very high quality 522248

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Last year I purchased a Blue Ox Hitch Adapter for my 3/4 ton GMC pickup. My truck has a 2 1/2 inch hitch receiver from the factory and I wanted to reduce it to the standard 2 inch for my Jayco travel trailer. I have used it for a year now with complete satisfaction and have actually had it welded to my hitch. High marks for Blue Ox. 412773

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As always great product and great service. Thanks. 330700

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First time that I have shopped on etrailer.com. I have to say it was a good experience! Very fast service and the product is just what I was wanting. Will shop with them again! 238309


Ask the Experts about this Blue Ox Hitch Adapters

  • Wall Thickness of the Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve # BX88187
    I went out into our warehouse to measure the wall thickness of the Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve # BX88187 that you referenced and found that it measures 1/4 inch thick. Which if you think about it that makes perfect sense considering the fact the reducer takes a 2-1/2 inch hitch and converts it to a 2 inch hitch.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for a 2014 Airstream International
    In order to choose the correct weight distribution system for your 2014 Airstream International and your 2016 Ford F-250 we will need to find your total tongue weight (TTW). Total tongue weight is calculated by adding the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer to any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. As long as your total tongue weight does not exceed 1,000 lbs then I recommend using the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control part # BXW1006....
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  • Will the 7-Hole Blue Ox Weight Distribution Shank Fit my 2017 Ford F-250
    When measuring for the correct weight distribution shank, you need to measure from the ground to the top of the inside edge on your truck's trailer hitch receiver, not the bottom. With that being said I can assume that the above distance on your truck is around 20-1/2". Therefore, you need a weight distribution shank with a rise of 3/4". The 7-hole shank included with the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control part # BXW1000 has up to an 8" rise so there won't be any issues....
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  • Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System Offering 3 Inches of Drop for Travel Trailer and 2016 Ram
    For a Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution system that will offer you 3 inches of drop, you will want to use a SwayPro system that comes with the longer weight distribution shank. For example, if you need a system that is rated for up to 1,500 pounds tongue weight and 15,000 pounds towing weight, the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution with Sway Control, 13 Inch Rise/7-1/2Inch Drop # BXW1506. This system is designed for tongue weights between 1,000 - 1,500 pounds and offers a maximum 7-1/2...
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  • Replacement Weight Distribution Shank and Spring Bars
    We can help you with a different weight distribution shank to give you the amount of drop you need to keep your hitched trailer level with the new truck. All 2-1/2-inch shanks are shown on the linked page. For example, Reese shank # RP54977 offers 5-3/4-inches of drop. If none of the 2-1/2-inch shanks have the drop you need you can use a reducer sleeve # BX88187 in your hitch to allow use of a 2-inch shank. We offer many more shanks in this hitch size and you can see them on the other...
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  • Does the Blue Ox SwayPro 15K Weight Distribution System Come With 2-1/2" Shank
    The Blue Ox SwayPro 15K Weight Distribution System part # BXW1500 does not come with a 2-1/2" shank but rather a 2". The Blue Ox SwayPro 20K Weight Distribution System part # BXW2000 is the one that comes with a 2-1/2" shank. If needed, you could use an adapter like the Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve part # BX88187 or just obtain the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution Shank part # BXW4028 separately.
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  • How to Secure the Andersen Adjustable Ball Mount 3298 in a 2-1/2 inch hitch
    Everything you picked out is compatible. The Adjustable Ball Mount part # AM3298 would fit a 2-1/2 inch hitch with the adapter part # BX88187 that you mentioned and could be secured in place with the hitch pin part # PC3.
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  • Weight Distribution for a V-Nose Trailer with 850 Pounds Tongue Weight
    You can use weight distribution on a V-nose trailer but you may need alternate hangers if there isn't enough space available on the frame for the regular hangers. But first, when determining tongue weight, also factor in the weight of anything loaded in the towing vehicle behind the rear axle. You will want a system that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the tongue weight plus the weight of cargo behind the rear axle. A Reese system, # RP66542, has a wide range of 600...
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