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Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs

Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs

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Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2" wide trailer tongue. Pull trigger and pull up on the latch to open the ball socket. The durable zinc offers superior rust resistance, making it perfect for boat trailers and similar applications. Great Prices for the best straight tongue trailer coupler from etrailer. Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs part number CT-3001-Z can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Straight Tongue Trailer Coupler - CT-3001-Z

  • 2 Inch Ball Coupler
  • 2 Inch Channel
  • Standard Coupler
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Bolt-On
  • etrailer
  • Trigger Latch

Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2" wide trailer tongue. Pull trigger and pull up on the latch to open the ball socket. The durable zinc offers superior rust resistance, making it perfect for boat trailers and similar applications.


  • Channel-tongue coupler lets you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle
    • Provides connection point for hitch ball
  • Trigger latch allows for safe and easy coupling and uncoupling
    • Pull trigger and pull up on latch to open ball socket
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Durable zinc finish provides superior corrosion resistance
  • SAE J684 certified
  • Bolt-on installation
    • Hardware not included


  • Ball size: 2"
  • Channel width: 2"
  • Overall dimensions: 10-3/4" long x 3-1/2" wide
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/16 "
    • Minimum span needed for pin or pin lock: 5/8"
  • Distance between mounting holes (center to center): 3-1/16"
  • Weight capacity: 3,500 lbs
  • 1-Year warranty

CT-3001-Z Ram Straight Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - 2" Ball - Zinc - 3,500 lbs

Alternative part number CT-3001-Z-CTN

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Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs - CT-3001-Z

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (220 Customer Reviews)

Straight-tongue coupler bolts onto your 2" wide trailer tongue. Pull trigger and pull up on the latch to open the ball socket. The durable zinc offers superior rust resistance, making it perfect for boat trailers and similar applications.


I put this Coupler on a 2021 INTECH FLYER PURSUE CAMPER. The camper weighs only 1500lbs. On the first trip we headed to Maine from Massachusetts. Outside of Portland Me. we went over a small bump in the road were they were repaving the highway and the trailer came off of the ball. I pulled off the highway and and looked at the damage. All my electronic connectors were ripped off the camper when the tongue hit the pavement and it also bent the Fulton swivel jack. The Coupler was still in the locked position. I could not believe the damage. I put the trailer back on the ball and attached it with ratchet straps. We made it a few miles to a NAPA parts store. Thank God I had a tool box with me. We replace the coupler with a HEAVY DUTY Coupler from NAPA along with the electric connectors. Two hours later I was Back on the road. Before I install the new Coupler I compared it with the E Trailer one. They were night and day. DO NOT BUY THIS CHEAP COUPLER.

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Jenny N.


I hate to hear that you had such an experience with the coupler. We have heard of this happening before. We recommend making sure that the ball is fully seated in the coupler. It sounds like the new coupler is performing well for you.


Great coupler. I swapped out the welded 1-7/8" (ball) coupler on the boat trailer my dad gave me as it was rusted and the latch needed to be replaced, and I already had a 2" ball mount. I considered buying a new ball mount with 1-7/8" ball for $30, but this just made more sense considering the poor condition of the original coupler and the simplification of only needing a 2" ball mount (standard size when renting U-Haul trailers for hauling landscaping dirt and rocks. Removing the welded coupler wasn't too difficult with a cutoff blade and grinding blade. Drilling the 1/2" holes took as long as cutting off the welded coupler. A definite upgrade for a better looking trailer and simplification of only needing one 2" ball mount.


Ya, I'm good! As I recall the items were: springs, wheel bearings, couplers and at least one jack. I was working on small boats and trailers. Bought and sold a few to get ahead enough so that I could keep one for myself, as the fruits of my labor. I'm not in need of any parts right now. Your website is saved to my desktop for future reference.


Easy website to find the things I needed. Timley shipping and ability to follow delivery progress.
Would not have a problem using them again for future purchases


I recieved my new 2" tongue to replace a 1 7/8" for my trailer as an update, as I have 2 other trailers that use 2". Came very quickly & thank you etrailer for such a great deal & transition online with Paypal !!!!!!!!!!!

David M.


Sold the boat


exactly as advertised


Both Products appear to be very good quality & long lasting! My Trailer is about 15 years old and had damage to the coupler. Adjustable wheel was in bad shape. Replaced both.


Good quality. They don't specify the distance from the top of the channel down to the center of the mounting holes.
That distance is 1-1/4 inch for those who need to know.
It is not 1 inch as you would think for a 2 X 2 channel.


Laid it on the tongue, marked the holes, drilled the holes, bolted the hitch on. Haven't had any problems!


Quality product, delivery on time.


It's OK except for the little locking pin on the chain. With the pin in place, the handle can be lifted almost all the way up. The tiny pin needs to be replaced with a heavier pin, bolt, or padlock.

Dave P.


I replaced the worthless latch pin with a latch lock.


Received this hitch within 3 days to So Cal. Installed it yesterday April 24th. It looks to be good quality, time will tell. Only thing is, I wish it was made in the USA. E-Trailer is awesome as always. God bless.

Lee G.


Still working great. Thank you etrailer. Jesus Saves!!


Product delivered was just what I ordered. I fits right and works great!
An issue developed with delivery. The UPS tracking page would not open for me. I had no idea if the package was seconded to USPS or what. Yesterday I finally went to the UPS store near me. They had the package for some time. The lady there told that others are complaining about the new UPS page requirements.

Anyway I have the coupler. I installed as soon as I arrived home. Installation took about two minutes!





I changed my 1000 lb utility trailer from Harbor Freight from a 1-7/8 inch ball hitch to a 2 inch ball hitch to match my 2000 lb utility trailer's 2 inch hitch. Got tired of changing balls. Etrailer's 2 inch straight hitch was perfect with some minor modifications. I replaced all the old bolts with new grade 8 and also replaced the safety chain with a stronger one. It has worked great.


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Hasn't worked since day 1.
Went on a utility trailer that gets limited use. Don't know if its the coupler or the components but will not latch to the hitch ball. Only somewhat worked twice, no corrosion or rust, watched all the tech videos to double check all checked out as it should have. Could be user error or POS product, no idea, lots of other good reviews though.


I recently purchased a used 12’ alum. Boat and trailer. The trailer came with a 1-7/8” coupler. Everything that I tow is either 2” or 2-5/16”. This coupler will replace the old one on the boat trailer which is more heavy duty and more modern. Once installed it will be more user friendly than the old one.


Got this for my small boat trailer as a replacement, now trailer can be locked to the truck. Fits the 2" ball much better no excessive movement when latched.


Fit right on my trailer and now all of my hitches are 2”

Jason S.


A year later still holding strong. I use it about every other month.


I'm not too good at working electronic devices, so I'll thank you via this email. Your service was prompt and timely, the quality of your product, a 2 inch ball hitch was of good quality for the money. Installation was a snap. I won't know how dependable the hitch is until I arrive in Maryland without mishap, and we're leaving western Colorado on Monday. If I see my motorcycle trailer passing me on Rt. 70 I'll know the hitch failed. I don't think it will, though. I'd recommend etrailer to anyone who asks. Good products for the money... what else can you ask for??


Had trouble finding a direct bolt on 2" ball replacement for my old 1 7/8" ball coupler at any of our local providers. Etrailer's clear product descriptions at their online site made it easy to find exactly what I was looking for. Placed order - delivered in 4 days. Product was very well manufactured and nicely packaged. I no longer have to change hitch balls when I switch between my 2 trailers.


I needed this coupler to swap out a 1 7/8" one on my wood splitter (I was tired of switching my 2" ball--everything else I pull is 2"). The package was sent out the day I ordered & arrived right on time, as promised. After drilling the bolt holes (spacing was a little different from the reese coupler that was on there), she went on easy & works like a champ. I'm satisfied.


Trailer coupler is very good quality. I've purchased products from here before and was very impressed with the customer service. I will continue to purchase from etrailer for life.



One year later and still working fine, good quality.


Rolled the trailer at a 45 angle into the ditch with a load on it behind the 4 wheeler and it never came off! Trustworthy.


Excellent product fit my trailer perfectly. Very well built.



Still working just great


Good product. I've used it for a year trailering it around twice a month ~75 mile round trips and no issues. The locking mechanism has a good quality spring, which is helpful.

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    It sounds like you want to be able to tow your log splitter, possibly behind a truck or other vehicle. Many log splitters have a tongue with a pin attachment and if you want to tow the splitter you may need to change the pin to a coupler that fits a trailer hitch ball. You can check out the attached link I have provided for the couplers we offer for trailers. If you need a straight tongue coupler and the trailer has a 2-inch channel you may want to take a look at part # CT-3001-Z. This...
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    On the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler - Trigger Latch - Zinc - 2" Ball - Bolt On - 3,500 lbs, # CT-3001-Z, you referenced the distance between the mounting holes is 3-1/16 inches center to center. It is the same separation for each set. Each hole has a diameter of 1/2 inch. I've attached a picture for reference.
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  • Bolt Hole Locations for etrailer Trigger Latch Channel Tongue Coupler for 2" Hitch Ball
    From the top of the coupler to the centerline of the mounting bolt holes for the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z measures 1-3/8" and then from center of mounting hole to center of mounting hole measures 3-1/16". Attached is a photo showing these dimensions as well as a review video for you to check out. You can compare these to the tongue dimensions of your trailer to see if it will work out for you.
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  • What Size Channel Does Channel Tongue Coupler part # CT-3001-Z Fit
    Yes, a coupler like the Channel Tongue Coupler part # CT-3001-Z that you referenced which is designed for a 2 inch channel is designed to fit a 2 inch square tube.
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  • Replacement Trailer Coupler for 2 inch Hitch Ball
    It would depend on the measurements of your trailer's tongue to find an exact fit. One of our most popular couplers, # CT-3001-Z, is 10-3/4 inches long by 3-1/2 inches wide and is for 2 inch trailer tongues. The mounting holes are 1/2 inch diameter holes spaced 3-1/16 inches apart on center.
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  • Replacement Straight Tongue Coupler Needed for an Acme Bolt-On Coupler
    I am attaching a link to our selection of bolt-on straight tongue couplers that you can filter through, but feel free to still send me the pictures of what you have for comparison. Among the most popular of the linked couplers is our Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z. This has a weight capacity of 3,500 lbs, is made of steel with a durable zinc finish, has a trigger latch, and is compatible with a 2" hitch ball. I have attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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    I do have an option but Shelby Trailer Products went out of business years ago so replacement parts are just not an option. Therefore, you will need to cut the old coupler off and then bolt-on a new one for which I recommend the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler part # CT-3001-Z. This will be your only option. The process is actually easier than you think as all you will really need is an angle grinder to get the old one off and a drill to install the new one.
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    No, the hole spacing on coupler # CT-3001-Z is actually 3-1/16 inches as measured by our video demonstrator in the video I have linked. The holes for coupler # CT-2001-Z are spaced 2-1/4 inches apart on center.
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  • Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler Difference of 2 & 2-1/2
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  • Dimensions of Channel Tongue Trailer Couplers for 2 Inch Frame
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  • Availability of Coupler to Fit 2 inch Channel for 2 inch Hitch Ball
    The best option we have for a coupler will be the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z which fits a 2 inch wide channel and is designed for a 2 inch hitch ball. The distance between the mounting holes is 3-1/16 inches though so you would have to drill new holes. There isn't a coupler that has the mounting hole dimension you are wanting.
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  • Solution for Needing Repair Kit for Shelby 5133 Trailer Coupler
    We still haven't and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to find out. Most of the time when customers try out stuff they don't end up letting us know if it ended up working out or not. I'd suspect no though. I recommend simply replacing the coupler with the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler # CT-3001-Z which has a 3,500 lb capacity, fits a 2" channel and 2" hitch ball.
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