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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 1-636-306-4830 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
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  • 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   (192 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.


Excellent product fit my trailer perfectly. Very well built.

Still working just great
Mike - 06/19/2022


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 !!!!!!!!!!!

Sold the boat
David M - 02/20/2015


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.


It’s always good dealing with etrailer GREAT company!


Easy to find, quick delivery. I went to 3 hardware stores and a trailer manufacturer and the part was rare. Really happy I found you people.


It fit perfectly. Have the bolt hole measurements were a big help.


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.


Worked Great! As I suspected, the holes to fasten it to my trailer tongue didn't line up perfectly but was able to make it work just fine.


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


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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.


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.
Jeff - 07/05/2021


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.

Still working great. Thank you etrailer. Jesus Saves!!
Lee G - 04/26/2021


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.

I replaced the worthless latch pin with a latch lock.
Dave P - 08/25/2015


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.


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.


looks good


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.


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!

Sinewsworn - 05/13/2015


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??


All four items I ordered for a boat trailer were all very quality items. The fenders
were exactly as described which was important to the fit of the trailer. The jack,
winch, and tongue coupler all exceeded my expectations for quality. I will never
shop elsewhere for my truck and trailer needs. Thank you etrailer!


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

A year later still holding strong. I use it about every other month.
Jason S - 03/07/2021


So easy to get these delivered to our rural doorstep and at the best price! I checked locally (within 100 miles) and no price was cheaper than this (not to mention not having to drive that far). Great product and service. Made a great finish to my homebuilt utility trailer.


We have been very satisfied with the products purchased for our operations. We utilize these components for our commercial operations mostly off road and they have held up very well. Etrailer has proved to be a valuable resource for us both in the quality of components that we utilize from them as well as the price point at which they sell the products. We will continue to utilize them in the future as we grow.


This trailer hitch does exactly what I needed it to do. It is smooth to latch. I would purchase another one when I need another one.


Package somehow got routed wrong by UPS, but got here anyway.
All product in great shape. I woulld suggest new bolts with the hitch couplers when shipping. Having to go looking for bolts on a Sunday or late at night is a pain in the butt.

But great products nonetheless!

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    I pulled the Channel Tongue Trailer Coupler, # CT-3001-Z, from our warehouse and the installation instructions state that you should use 1/2 inch diameter, grade 5 bolts and locknuts to mount this coupler to the trailer tongue. They said that it is acceptable to use 4 separate bolts or two long bolts passing through all four holes. You can also add two bolts to the top holes for extra strength.
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