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Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 18"

Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 18"

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This hitch extender helps to prevent your vehicle from hitting the trailer or propane tanks when making sharp turns. Call 800-298-8924 to order Tow Ready hitch adapters part number HE18 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Tow Ready products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 18". Hitch Adapters reviews from real customers.
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Tow Ready Hitch Adapters

  • Hitch Extender
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • 18 In Extension
  • Tow Ready
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Steel

This hitch extender helps to prevent your vehicle from hitting the trailer or propane tanks when making sharp turns.


Features:

  • Prevents hitting trailer or propane tanks when making sharp turns while towing
  • Extends hitch 18" from center to center of hitch pin holes
  • Black powder coat finish
  • Hollow on both ends
  • Capacity: 3500 lbs GTW, 350 lbs TW
  • Compatible with Draw-Tite J-Pin (#63201)
    • Has two receiver pin holes to accommodate for J-Pin


Product Detail

Note: Not for use with a weight distribution system. The limiting factor is the capacity of your hitch. Using an extender will reduce your hitch's overall capacity by 50 percent.




80306 Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 18"

Item # HE18




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Video of Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 18"

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




Video Transcript for Brophy Hitch Extender Review

Hey guys Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at the Brophy Hitch Extenders. Now these are available seven, 14, and 18 inches in length, and basically they're going to allow us to extend either our ball mount back a little further or any accessory back a little further and give us clearance from the obstacles. It's pretty common, the Jeep spare tire issue, we run into that a lot. But also if you have an end bed camper, and you want to get your step back a little further to get up and in, or you just need a little bit more room from the back of your RV to the front of your trailer, these can be a really good solution.Here's one example of where a hitch extender is going to come in handy. As you can see the spare tire on our Jeep will not allow us to get our rack all the way in and get that pin hole lined up.

If this we're in the platform position, we could slide it in of course, but we're not utilizing the foldability of our rack. By bringing that pin hole out further it's going to allow us to enjoy our accessories a lot more easily. Here you can see what we we're talking about with that solid shank, that really nice heavy duty design and then the weld all the way around there keeping everything locked together really well.Now to install it this is going to be like any other hitch accessory or ball mount. We just want to slide it in so we have our pin holes lined up. Then we're going to secure it using a 5/8 diameter pin and clip.

You can also use anti-rattle devices. Just keep in mind with that solid shank, we can't use anything located internally, so we'd be left with something like a wrap around collar that would secure it down. The pin and clip is not included, so you'll want to be sure to just use the one you've got. If you don't have one, we've got plenty available on our website for you.Now this happens to be their 14 inch extension. As we said before it's available in a couple different sizes, and basically you'll want to choose the one that's going to be as close as possible to your hitch.

It's going to reduce the leverage effect that we have and regardless of the size extension that you choose, they're all going to give us a 350 pound tongue weight rating. It's the maximum downward force we can put at the end of the extender. It gives us a 3500 pound gross trailer weight rating. It's going to be the total weight of your trailer and anything that you're going to load up.The seven and 14 inch variety are rated for use with weight distribution, the 18 inch is not, so keep that in mind. When using weight distribution our tongue weight is going to go up to 700 pounds, the gross trailer weight rating is going to go up to 7000 pounds.

Now the one thing with those weight ratings to keep in mind is that when we use this extender we're going to reduce our hitch's capacity by one third. We want to go off of whichever one's lower, whatever the extension is rated for or two thirds of your hitch's capacity.Now here you can see extender installed, no usage issues at all with the rack. It tilts up fine. In this case we're using the 14, we wanted to show you the average, but really here we could have gotten away with the seven. Now as you can see, our bike rack it has an anti-rattle device and our connection point here isn't moving at all, but we do have the movement up here. Now we recommend that use of an anti-rattle device when you're using an accessory like the bike rack here or a cargo carrier. Maybe you won't be so worried about it when used with a ball mount, but definitely something to keep in mind. That's going to complete our look at the Brophy Hitch Extenders.


Customer Reviews

Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 18" - HE18

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (105 Customer Reviews)

This hitch extender helps to prevent your vehicle from hitting the trailer or propane tanks when making sharp turns.

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I needed to extend my hitch because I had jet skis in the back of my truck bed and still pulled a three seat jet ski behind. Products are working great! 261880



- HE18
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Excellent product and quick delivery. 896902



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Worked great, long enough to use with my truck bed camper on my truck. 830068



- HE18
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product came fast and looks good, can't wait to use 824473



- HE18
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Great quality fair price awesome service 822195



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Bought some tail light lenses for my fishing boat trailer good price came quickly Great service put a bike rack also easy to put together takes minutes to put on and takeoff rack $200 cheaper than my neighbor same bike rack then I bought a ball hitch extension 18 inch to keep my wrangler that we Toby hind the motorhome from hitting the back bumper when I make a sharp turn I’m sure that should take care of the problem everything I bought from the trailer our quality products quality service and everything they ship always comes on time personally I think etrailer rocks 802314



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worked great 779412



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Great Service! 760364



- HE18
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Works 100% as advertised. I use it to extend my bike rack past my new rear mounted spare. I’ve put in thousands of highway miles and some off road with bikes. Zero problems. 732295



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Extremely satisfied with the fast delivery of what I ordered. 721906



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Everything was just like advertised delivered when they said it would be would definitely order from them again 716077



- HE18
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This 18" hitch extension was exactly what I needed to be able to open my rear Jeep door while pulling my raft trailer. Very high quality product at a fair price! 680771



- HE18
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I received the 18” extension receiver in 4-5 days and the quality looks great and it should work great for what I need it for. 678337



- HE18
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should have bought this years ago ,makes moving trailers so much easier 674690



- HE18
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excellent, heavy duty part. will let me launch my boat without getting wet feet. needs better packaging. box was destroyed. didn't hurt the part, though. 672165



- HE18
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Just what I wanted worked great 668151



- HE18
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The hitch receiver extension is exactly what I needed. Thanks, etrailer.com. 636521



- HE18
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Hitch extender moves the bike rack back far enough so that the van doors will open without interference. 607364



- HE18
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Arrived on time as promised. Well packaged and good quality product. Helpful professional people to deal with. Very satisfied and would recommend eTrailer to others. 605357



- HE18
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Quality, fits well, exactly what I needed! This extends the reach of my hitch on a Yamaha golf cart, under a rear-facing seat. I added an E-trailer step to make it easy for people to step onto the rear platform. 589099



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Quality product. Assembly directions could be better. Overall, very satisfied. 574240



- HE18
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Great service and product. 566868



- HE18
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Works! 563896



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Works as expected. 562749



- HE18
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Received HE18 receiver extension on the date promised by etrailer (actually a few hours earlier than scheduled). Installation was a breeze and the extension is a quality product. Also contacted etrailer, via email, for advice on some related additional products I may wish to purchase ... the response was quick and clearly written. Good service, good product. 561167


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  • Why Does Use of Hitch Adapter/Extender Reduce Hitch Tongue Weight and Trailer Weight Ratings
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