Can a 2-1/2 to 2 Inch Reducer Sleeve be Used with Weight Distribution Systems


Tow reduction with a sleeve on a equal type of hitch that has a 120000


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Generally speaking the use of a reducer sleeve does not decrease the capacity of a trailer hitch. However some hitch manufacturers may have a reduced capacity if a sleeve is used. There isn't a standard for all hitches and all reducer sleeves. It depends on the hitch and the sleeve. The weight distribution system may also have a reduced capacity which should be in the literature for your weight distribution system.

The other option is to replace the weight distribution shank with one that is a proper fit for the hitch so no reducer is needed. If you have the Equal-I-Zer brand then there are 3 different 2-1/2 inch shanks:
# EQ90-02-4900 # EQ90-02-4700 # EQ90-02-4800

It is always better and safer to use the proper sized shank instead of any kind of adapter. They do cost more though.

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