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2500hd 12-04-2018 08:42 AM

What ball hitch to buy question
 
My 2019 3500HD has a class V hitch receiver (2 1/2") so I need to buy a new ball hitch to slide into that. I measured my 2003 2500HD last night and the height difference is 2" higher on the new truck.


Thinking maybe something that is adjustable but I see those are pricey (say the guy that just spent $62K for a truck). What brand and type should I buy?


I'm pulling an 18' car trailer and 10' utility trailer for now. Don't see myself throwing anything heavy on the class V hitch.


Thanks
Dennis

diesail 12-04-2018 09:47 AM

Does the utility trailer need a different drop/ball? If not I would just buy a 2 1/2" ball mount in the right drop and be done. Unless you are towing a lot of different trailers I don't find the adjustable mounts worth the investment. There is more connection points and thus more slop, they are bigger and heavier and way more money.

2500hd 12-04-2018 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by diesail (Post 9773920)
Does the utility trailer need a different drop/ball? If not I would just buy a 2 1/2" ball mount in the right drop and be done. Unless you are towing a lot of different trailers I don't find the adjustable mounts worth the investment. There is more connection points and thus more slop, they are bigger and heavier and way more money.


My 2003 uses the same hitch w/ 2" ball on both trailers. Those were my thoughts as well, just buy a 2 1/2" slide in that has 2" more drop than what I currently have and call it a day.

dozerboy 12-04-2018 02:38 PM

They make adapters that will allow you to use your current receiver with the 2 1/2 inch on you new truck.


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97chevor 12-04-2018 10:01 PM

usually 2" adapter is included when buying a new truck.

I thinknits funny you have a dually and only have 2" ball trailers

phat rat 12-04-2018 11:37 PM

Buy an adjustable, you won't be sorry as you never know what you might end up with trailer wise. Look on Craigslist and Facebook Market Place for a used one. You can sometimes find the 2" for as little as $100-$200 sometimes including the weight leveling bars. Use the reducer sleeve and you'll be all set

2500hd 12-05-2018 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by 97chevor (Post 9774134)
usually 2" adapter is included when buying a new truck.

I thinknits funny you have a dually and only have 2" ball trailers

Yes I have the adapter that came with the truck.

Story behind the dually is I have a 2003 2500HD Crew Cab 6.5' bed that I have owned since new and it was time for a new truck. I wanted to upgrade to an 8' bed this time around but just could never get my brain around a single rear wheel under an 8' bed. Just didn't look right to me, to each their own I guess.

I will drive this truck for the next 15 years as well so I guess I won't have to worry about running out of truck.

About 3 years from now I plan to have a custom 24'ish gooseneck trailer built to mount a Truck Camper on and load a 4-wheeler and/or Jet Ski behind that. Make my own Toy Hauler so to speak.

sfcjones 12-06-2018 08:18 PM

This is what I bought. It works great.

https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts...WS4-25-1G.html

Replaced the factory hitch with this

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hit...leid=200915243

No issues at all. Easy install

97chevor 12-06-2018 09:32 PM

The 2011 and newer trucks the rear hitch is much beefier. Really no need to replace.

BigMike8504 02-13-2019 11:51 PM

Im going to hit this old thread just cause. I run a Reese Titan pintle plate on mine, rated at 18k gross weight and 4k on the tongue, more than Ill ever need and they can be bought for around a hundred bucks. What you bolt on it will be based on your needs. I use a 2 5/16 pintle ball combo, set at 22 inches off the ground. Works great. Hope this helps.


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