Has anyone swapped their 3" F350 Receiver for a 2" or 2.5"?

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You can weld the adapter in place if it rattles and it really bothers you that much. I welded the 2.5" to 2" adapter into my 2015 after losing the adapter 3 times. If you're ever nearby Lake Tahoe, stop by and I'll do it for you.
Good idea. Couple of small tacks and she'll be good to go.
 

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What did you buy? Most of the 3” options I’ve found are way over capacity
Here is the old one and the new one. I have several trailers with different heights so I need some adjustments
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Bulletproof might be releasing one soon. They'll probably have a quality, although it will be an expensive build.

Edit: just heard from them they expect to release it first quarter of 2022.
Is this going be another adapter or their own WDH design? I'm running their 3 inch with a 6 inch drop and adapter for the Equalizer now. I know a couple people on here had problems with bent pins with other setups and Bullet Proof removed it from their site. Curious if they'll let me trade it in for peace of mind. However, I haven't had any problems with the adapter. Knock on wood.
 

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Unfortunately those won’t work with a WDH.
What do you think about have a good welder weld in the adaptor and then paint it up ( make sure the holes are nice and lined up and square). You would be done, no rattles and no messing around lining up the pin.

My though is you already have the receiver hitch, why purchase another? Plus its factory installed I would hope the factory hitch is very good.
 

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Is this going be another adapter or their own WDH design? I'm running their 3 inch with a 6 inch drop and adapter for the Equalizer now. I know a couple people on here had problems with bent pins with other setups and Bullet Proof removed it from their site. Curious if they'll let me trade it in for peace of mind. However, I haven't had any problems with the adapter. Knock on wood.

Mostly full text I received from them is below. Note they have their opinions about safely towing. But whatever. It seems it's their own setup rather than the adapter they've sold in the past.


"Good Afternoon,

Thank you for contacting us! We apologize for any inconvenience as our BulletProof Weight Distribution Adaptor is unavailable however BulletProof Hitches will be releasing their very own Weight Distribution System in the 1st quarter of 2022. In most cases, the Weight Distribution System is not required for a successful tow. Our Technical Team recommends a Sway Control System + Airbags (if experiencing significant squat once you attach your trailer). If you are experiencing the front of your vehicle being lifted (as seen below) then a Weight Distribution System may be required."
 
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What do you think about have a good welder weld in the adaptor and then paint it up ( make sure the holes are nice and lined up and square). You would be done, no rattles and no messing around lining up the pin.

My though is you already have the receiver hitch, why purchase another? Plus its factory installed I would hope the factory hitch is very good.

that’s probably the route I will end up taking.
 

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Who makes one other than Andersen? The RV dealer said they’ve had a lot of problems with them and highly recommended anything but them. I need one for a 10k gross weight trailer with a tongue weight of 1300-1500lb.
If you are running 1,300 to 1,500 lbs. of tongue weight you need at least a 2.5" - most 2" are only rated to 1,000 lbs. of tongue weight and 10,000 lbs. total - where at 2.5" will be 1,500 lbs. of tongue weight and 15,000 lbs. total.

I like to error on the side of caution and safety when towing - excess capacity is never a bad thing. Weigh safe offers a flexible system. You can get their 2.5" shank and WD hitch set up, which is not cheap, but is really nice and works great. Then get one of their drop on ball holders, when you don't need WD hitch.

WD Hitch on 2.5" draw bar - locking pin holds it on. When don't need WD - swap out with regular hitch slider - see below
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Use same 2.5" draw bar - get 180 slider - ball combo and pin and just slide it on draw bar for all other towing!
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For those of you wanting to use their Andersen WDH with the 3” receiver using an adapter 2” I had an issue with the 2” shank being too long for the holes of the receiver to line up due to the spare tire interfering . I tried with a Reese 3-2” adapter but failed. Ordering a 3” Andersen shank so my current setup will work once I confirm hold placement from manufacturer
 
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If you are running 1,300 to 1,500 lbs. of tongue weight you need at least a 2.5" - most 2" are only rated to 1,000 lbs. of tongue weight and 10,000 lbs. total - where at 2.5" will be 1,500 lbs. of tongue weight and 15,000 lbs. total.

I like to error on the side of caution and safety when towing - excess capacity is never a bad thing. Weigh safe offers a flexible system. You can get their 2.5" shank and WD hitch set up, which is not cheap, but is really nice and works great. Then get one of their drop on ball holders, when you don't need WD hitch.

WD Hitch on 2.5" draw bar - locking pin holds it on. When don't need WD - swap out with regular hitch slider - see below
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Use same 2.5" draw bar - get 180 slider - ball combo and pin and just slide it on draw bar for all other towing!
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Equalizer doesn’t make a standard 2.5” setup until you get to 16k, 1.6k tongue rating. Anything under that comes in 2” unless you order it without a shank, then you can go up to 2.5” but not 3”. It’s kind of stupid. The max drop on their standard shank is also only 3”.

The weight safe stuff looks good but $$$ and I’m not sure I like how far out the ball extends from the truck in the above photo. That looks like a ton of extra leverage unnecessarily.

I’ve decided to go with the 14k / 1.4k TW Equalizer without a shank, and their 2.5” 9” drop shank since I need 7-8” of drop. I’ll have to use the factory adapter and consider either having it tack welded into the receiver or onto the hitch itself. I think having it welded onto the hitch I would be less likely to have issues with trapped water. Since it will be my primary trailer I can find another adapter for anything else.
 
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Can someone tell me if the bed payload will increase tongue weight?
 

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Can someone tell me if the bed payload will increase tongue weight?
If your asking if you have to take bed payload into account when calculating spring bar capacity, the answer is yes if the payload is behind the rear axle.

One option you did not consider is the Blue Ox WDH. They sell a 2.5” shank with a 7” drop and have spring bars that range from 750 lbs to 2000 lbs. The Blue Ox is silent when turning and backing up as it does not use noisy friction bars for WD, like the Equalizer.

I am towing a 9500 lb TT with an 1150 TW. I normally carry about 200 lbs behind my axle, so I am using a Blue Ox with 1500 spring bars.
 
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