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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2"

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2"

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Perfect for heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a black powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2" part number DT45518 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - DT45518

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class V
  • 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
  • 12000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 14000 lbs WD GTW
  • 1200 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 1700 lbs WD TW

Perfect for heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a black powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
    • Heavy-duty side brackets and electrical mounting bracket also welded on
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Integrated mounting point lets you attach a bracket for a 4-way or 7-way plug (sold separately)
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
  • Rating: Class V
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 12,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 14,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 1,200 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 1,700 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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Installation Details DT45518 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2" - DT45518

Average Customer Rating:  4.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a black powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately.

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The hitch was put on my 2005 Dodge Ram. After it was installed we were unable to put the spare tire back on. Wasn’t enough room to get the tire back up we’re it belongs. Hitch worked great otherwise. 822864


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Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

  • Class V Trailer Hitch with 2-1/2 Inch Receiver for 2019 Ram 2500 With Factory Hitch
    There are trailer hitches that are Class V rated with a 2-1/2 inch receiver that will fit directly under the OEM hitch on your 2019 Ram 2500, though the correct one is going to depend on if your Ram has a 6-1/2 foot bed or 8 foot bed. If your 2019 Ram 2500 has a 6-1/2 foot bed you will need the Curt Trailer Hitch # C15801 which has a 20,000 lb towing capacity and 2,700 lb tongue weight capacity. If your 2019 Ram 2500 has an 8 foot bed you will need the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # DT45518...
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  • Rear Torklift Tie Down Recommendation for 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 for Use with Draw Tite 2.5 inch Hitch
    Does your truck already have Torklift camper tie downs installed already? If so you'll need to remove the rear tie downs part # TLR3500 that you have already and install the # TLD3109 in it's place so that you can install the Draw Tite hitch part # DT45518. Torklift is really specific with how their tie downs fit and when you swap out the hitch of the vehicle the rear tie down will have to change as well. With the Draw Tite hitch you'll be able to then use the Titan hitch extender...
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  • Hitch Extender and Class V Hitch Recommendation for 2012 Ram 2500 with Torklift Tie Downs
    While we don't have a super cheap or easy way to accomplish what you are looking to do I can give you a solution that will work. First you'll need the Draw Tite hitch part # DT45509 installed so that you can use the Elite hitch extender part # RP45018 which can be used at lengths between 41-48 inches. At it's max length it still has a 4,000 lb capacity so your 3,000 lb trailer would be adequate as-is. You will need to change from the factory hitch rear tie downs you have now of part...
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  • Recommended Class V Trailer Hitch For 2014 Ram 2500 With No Factory Trailer Hitch Installed
    We have two Class V hitches that are designed to fit your 2014 Ram 2500 without a factory hitch installed. The hitch I recommend is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # DT45518. This has a 2-1/2 inch receiver opening. To see how far below the bumper this hitch will sit you can take a quick measurement. From the bottom of the frame the hitch attaches to, down to the top of the receiver opening it measures 9 inches. The other hitch we have is the Curt, part # C15704. The distance form...
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  • Recommended Class V Trailer Hitch For 2011 Ram 3500 Pickup
    The trailer hitch I recommend for your 2011 Ram 3500 is the Draw-Tite, part # DT45518. This is a Class V hitch and it has a 2-1/2 inch receiver opening. Per the attached instructions no mention is made of a bumper so it should fit just fine. You might also be interested in a ball mount kit like part # EBMK25518. This has a ball mount that features a 3-1/2 inch rise or a 5-inch drop and also includes a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball. For a hitch pin lock I recommend part # e98881.
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  • Mounting Position of Draw-Tite Class V Hitch DT45518 When Installed on 2016 Ram 3500 Longbed
    My contact at Draw-Tite confirmed that when their Class V hitch # DT45518 is installed in the 2016 Ram 3500 with factory hitch the TOP of the hitch receiver tube will be 8-3/4-inches below the BOTTOM of the truck's frame rails. This hitch comes complete with installation hardware; no welding is required for installation but some drilling is needed.
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  • Tongue Weight Ratings of 2-1/2-Inch Class V Hitches for the 2016 Ram 2500
    The aftermarket 2-1/2-inch Class V hitches offered for your 2016 Ram 2500 are shown on the linked page. These have tongue weight (TW) capacities ranging from 1200-lbs to 2700-lbs without use of weight distribution (WD). Some, but not all, will have higher TW capacity if used with a weight distribution system. The 1200-lb-TW-rated hitch we offer for your truck, Draw-Tite # DT45518, has a 1700-lb TW rating when used with WD.
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  • Recommended Class V Hitch Receiver, Ball Mount, and Brake Controller For a 2017 Ram 3500
    Your 2017 Ram 3500 has a towing capacity of 11,910 lbs for a bumper pull trailer, so it is able to tow an 11,000 lb trailer. For the hitch receiver, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class V, # DT45518. This hitch receiver has a 12,000 lb capacity and a 1,200 lb tongue weight. It has an integrated mounting point for your trailer wiring connector welded to the sturdy square cross tube. This is a bolt on installation but it will require a little drilling. I've attached the installation instructions. You...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT45518 Fit a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 HD with Factory Hitch
    Yes, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT45518 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 with the factory trailer hitch. It is an easy, bolt-on installation and includes all of the hardware needed for installation. This is a Class V hitch with a 2-1/2 inch receiver opening. It has a Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) rating of 12,000 lbs and a Tongue Weight (TW) rating of 1,200 lbs. When a Weight Distribution (WD) system those ratings are increased to 14,000 lbs GTW...
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  • Position of New Hitch and Spare Tire Location for a 2016 Ram 3500 Long Bed and Hitch DT45518
    Draw-Tite trailer hitch # DT45518 fits beneath the factory hitch on a 2016 Ram 3500 long bed. The spare tire under the truck is not affected by this hitch installation and will stay in place. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Can You Give Me The Dimensions Of The Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class V Hitch Receiver?
    The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2", # DT45518, is for a 2017 Ram 2500 or 3500 but not the Cab and Chassis model. For that you would want the Draw-Tite # 41952 for 2500, 3500, and 5500. I contacted Cequent who is the parent company of Draw-Tite and they gave me the dimensions for this hitch. It is 7-1/2 inches drop from the bottom of the frame to the top of the receiver collar and 8 inches to the top of the inside of the receiver tube. We do not...
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