Is a 1-1/4 to 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter Recommended for Use with a 2 inch Cargo Carrier

Question:

I have the following carrier from Harbor Freight tools: Description of Haul-Master 92655 Fits your 2 hitch receiver Would you recommend or discourage use of a 1.25 to 2 adapter with this hitch?

Expert Reply:

I would discourage the use of an adapter for use of 2 inch accessories in 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receivers. The reason is that the adapter places the carrier farther away from the rear of the vehicle and hitch, creating additional torque that 1-1/4 inch hitches, especially Class I hitches, are not designed to handle.

For this reason all 1-1/4 to 2 inch hitch adapters decrease the hitch or vehicle tongue weight capacity, whichever is lowest, by 50 percent, making a class one hitch only capable of 100 pounds, or less, tongue weight.

Another problem is that the extension can cause the carrier to drag when navigating into steep drives or through deep dips, which could cause damage to the carrier, contents, hitch or vehicle frame. We have an informative article on hitch adapters for you to review, see link.

For these reasons, I recommend using accessories designed to fit in a Class 1 hitch like the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24720 that you mentioned. For a cargo carrier we have 3 choices, see link, The one I recommend is the Curt Cargo Carrier 20x48 For 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitches # C18110, because it has a raised shank that creates more clearance at the back of the vehicle.

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