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  3. 2-5/16 Inch Ball Coupler
  4. Coupler Only
  5. 12500 lbs GTW
  6. Pin-Style Fastener
Sleeve-Lock Trailer Coupler - Adjustable Channel Mount - Black - 2-5/16" Ball - 12.5K

Sleeve-Lock Trailer Coupler - Adjustable Channel Mount - Black - 2-5/16" Ball - 12.5K

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Adjustable-height coupler mounts in a channel bracket (sold separately) with the included Grade 8 hardware. The pin-style latching mechanism holds the collar in place around the base of the ball socket. Black powder coat finish is rust resistant. 1-800-940-8924 to order etrailer adjustable trailer coupler part number CTA-296 or order online at Free expert support on all etrailer products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Sleeve-Lock Trailer Coupler - Adjustable Channel Mount - Black - 2-5/16" Ball - 12.5K. Adjustable Trailer Coupler reviews from real customers.
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etrailer Adjustable Trailer Coupler - CTA-296

  • 2-5/16 Inch Ball Coupler
  • Coupler Only
  • 12500 lbs GTW
  • Pin-Style Fastener
  • etrailer
  • Self-Adjusting Head

Adjustable-height coupler mounts in a channel bracket (sold separately) with the included Grade 8 hardware. The pin-style latching mechanism holds the collar in place around the base of the ball socket. Black powder coat finish is rust resistant.


  • Ball coupler lets you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle
    • Provides connection point for hitch ball
  • Sleeve-lock design ensures tight fit around hitch ball for secure connection
    • Manually pull back spring-loaded collar and position coupler over hitch ball
    • Pin-style fastener holds collar in place around base of hinged ball socket
  • Unique coupler head has a symmetric, flat top
    • Self-adjusting head makes coupling quick and easy
  • Channel bracket (sold separately) lets you adjust the coupler's height to match different tow vehicles
    • Grade 8 mounting hardware included
  • Sturdy, solid steel construction is strong and durable
  • Black powder coat finish provides corrosion resistance
  • SAE J684 certified


  • Application: 3" wide channel bracket
  • Ball size: 2-5/16"
  • Length: 9-7/8" from center of mounting hole to front edge
  • Distance between mounting holes: 2" on center
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/16"
    • Minimum span needed for pin or pin lock: 2-1/4"
  • Weight capacity: 12,500 lbs
  • 1-Year warranty

CTA-296 Ram Sleeve Lock Adjustable Trailer Coupler - 2-5/16" Ball - Black - 12,500 lbs

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Video Transcript for etrailer Adjustable Trailer Coupler - Coupler Only - CTA-296 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at a Channel Mount Trailer Coupler for a 2 5/16" Hitch Ball. This coupler is going to let you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle. This coupler does mount on a 3" wide channel bracket. Your channel bracket is sold separately if you don't already have one. You can find them right here at With this being a channel mount design, you can adjust the coupler's height to match different tow vehicles.

It does come with a mounting hardware to get it mounted to the channel mount or to the channel bracket. I have a channel bracket here just to show you to how the coupler and the bracket would work together. Coupler slides into this inaudible 00:00:36 right here, and then it has multiple holes. There are going to line up there perfectly with the holes in the coupler. You can slide this up and down to adjust the height to fit your application.

Once you have the set of holes lined up, you simply just secure the coupler in place by installing the hardware. Now, this is going to be made from a steel construction. It's going to feature a black powder coat finish on it. It's going to resist rust and corrosion. It's going to have a gross weight capacity of 12,500 pounds. You can see that it has a sleeve-lock design that's going to ensure a tight fit around the hitch ball for a secure connection.

It's also going to feature a pin style fastener that's going to hold the spring loaded collar in place around the base of the hinch socket. When you're ready to open this and connect it to your hitch ball, you will need to remove the pin right here. Now, that's going to be secured to the unit with the safety chain so you don't have to worry about misplacing that or losing it. Once you have that undone, you simply grab the collar. Place the collar towards the back here, so it just slides back, and then you can see how right here it kicks this hinds portion out to the side.

That's going to open up the socket to receive the 2 5/16" hitch ball. Once you have the hitch ball in place. You want to pull back the collar a little bit. Just enough to close the hinge, and then release the collar back over that hinge to secure it around the ball. Then of course, you would need to reinstall the included pin with the safety clip on the other side. It's very easy to use, very easy to operate. A few measurements to go over with you real quick. Taking the measurement from the center of the pinholes to the outer part here at the front of the coupler. That's going to give us a measurement, that looks to be 9 7/8" long. The distance between the mounting holes center on center is going to be right on 2". Again, your mounting hardware is included, that's going to be grade-8 hardware. Another thing I want to mention is that it does come with this pin style fastener. Now this can be replaced with a coupler lock if desired. It's going to need a diameter of 5/16", and the minimum span or the usable pin length needed for this coupler is going to be 2 1/4" of an inch. If you're in need of a coupler lock, they are sold separately, you can find them right here at Again, keep in mind that that channel bracket that this mounts to needs to have an internal width measurement. Inside edge to inside edge of 3" in order for this unit to fit. Those channel brackets are sold separately. That's going to do it for today's look at the Channel Mount Trailer Coupler for 2 5/16" Hitch Ball.

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Sleeve-Lock Trailer Coupler - Adjustable Channel Mount - Black - 2-5/16" Ball - 12.5K - CTA-296

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (214 Customer Reviews)

Adjustable-height coupler mounts in a channel bracket (sold separately) with the included Grade 8 hardware. The pin-style latching mechanism holds the collar in place around the base of the ball socket. Black powder coat finish is rust resistant.


etrailer came thru as usual Thank you all, Merry Christmas!

Works Great! use it everyday!
Gary - 12/03/2022


Well made except that the attachment part, to the trailer, was bent outward on one side so had to be adjusted to fit to the trailer. Minus a star for that Easy enough but should not have needed to be done. Coupler side worked well, should be tough enough to do the job. I would purchase another if I needed one.


Love these things, we have many trailers, small and large, installed this style couple on all of them! Only one gave us trouble, we jack knifed it and dented the slip collar so it wouldnt release, so we hammered it back, detached, cut the collar in two halves, removed the sleavespring, and welded the halves back over the coupler, took 15min and it works good as new, other style couplers are destroyed by the accidental jack knifing, not these !


As always E-trailer has excellent products, price compatibly, and delivered promptly


The metal underneath the paint is very rusty. See attached photos, I ended up wire wheeling, and grinding to get most of the rust off. I thought this was maybe a paint issue, but the rust ran deeper than I would have thought


The quality of the coupler is good and the price was excellent. I order my part on Saturday evening and they shipped it Monday afternoon. I had my part on Wednesday. Cannot ask for better service than that. This is not my first time ordering from “etrailer”. They are my first choice when looking for something hitch related.

Coupler working great after a year. Would recommend etrailer to everyone. Great prices and quality parts
Benjamin - 06/12/2021


Used on 5ton dump trailer after original wore out, very confident with new hitch.

No discoloration, still looking good
David - 09/17/2021


Very easy to hook up, but there is some flaking of the coating. Otherwise has been great so far.


Yo I was able to check out many different types of hitches. I found what I was looking for and it was priced right. I am putting together a couple more trailers and will be ordering another one\more for those trailers. One thing that was great, it arrived fast so I do not have to wait and finish doing the tongue on this trailer. Once I finish welding it onto the unit I will take pictures.
Now I need to check to see if y'all sell the lift for me to jack trailer up to leave it


2-5/16" bolt on hitch for my farm waterwagon. I needed a hitch same size as my truck ball to pull the wagon around on the farm, this 12,000 lb. capacity hitch is great!

Awesome service and delivery from too!


The service was very quick. The coupler looks like it was left outside in the rain though.


Installation is easy. Hitch is well made, absolutely recommend this product.

Great product, Built well. Still loving it.
David - 11/12/2020


Good as new, exact replacement, easy...




Great product,it’s like half priced compared to most stores, shipping was fast I have purchased before


Product fixed my trailer right up. Works better than my old set up that broke. This style hitch is very heavy duty, and priced about right. At the time I bought it,i think this is a very good value.

Have had this for close to a year. Still working great. I loan this trailer out to my friends quite a bit and Ive recieved many comments on how nice it works. I would definitely purchase it again.
Sean - 06/03/2019


Great product


This worked out great installed it on my cargo trailer, now if I need to the hitch can be adjusted for ride height and as a added bonus it can be removed for anti theft as well


Awesome pricing and customer service!

Working like the day I bought it. Way quicker to latch and never have to worry about it coming off the ball!!
Steve - 02/15/2021


I am very pleased with this ball coupler. I’ve owned it for a year now and works just as great as it did when I first installed it. Will definitely be recommending this one to friends! Great product!


This is a quality hitch, at a very competitive price. I build forklift trailers, and use both the 2" and 2 5/16" couples depending on the size of the lifts being hauled. Buy one, and you probably will quit buying the more expensive brands


Yessssssssss, unbelievable.

pretty good.



A good solid piece. However, the bevel on the top mine looked like it was done with a chain saw. A minute with the grinder and a quick shot of paint and it looks perfect.


I am very happy with my purchase. Great quality! I would purchase from this company again in the future.


When I need I get it fast , always have what I need

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