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riven1950

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Posted: 09/13/19 03:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can we move our 2500rl Imagine TT safely within a storage facility using the hitch I use for my 22' boat?

I think the boat ball is 2" and the TT E2 hitch is 2 5/16.

Got a medical thing going on and just don't want to handle the E2 unless needed.

WE will be moving about 200 yards on pretty flat land.

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As long as it's a 2" ball mount rated for at least 5k pounds, you can probably move it around the yard with that no matter how heavy your beast trailer is.

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Posted: 09/13/19 04:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ETrailer says “no” and so do I.

https://www.etrailer.com/question-355065.html


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Posted: 09/13/19 04:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it would be safe at low speed on flat ground, for that short distance. A simple trick some use, is to put a heavy rag over the 2" ball to fill the gap, when clamping the hitch to smaller ball.

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MFL has the best suggestion. Put a heavy shop rag on the ball. With adequate tongues weight you will be good to go for short distances. Be sure to use safety chains and breakaway cable just in case.

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Posted: 09/13/19 05:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks folks. I like the shop rag idea. Great site!

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If the reason you are not changing balls is because you hate trying to get the ball off the drawtube, just buy another drawtube for the other ball. Those balls are all but impossible to remove. I have a different drawtube for every ball. I have at least 8 or 10 different ones for different trailers we own. Some need a drop, some are raised. 2", 1 7/8, 2 5/16, pintle hitches. Do yourself a favour, and do the safe thing. Just get another drawtube. Then all you have to do is pull a pin to change it. Cheers.

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winniman wrote:

If the reason you are not changing balls is because you hate trying to get the ball off the drawtube, just buy another drawtube for the other ball. Those balls are all but impossible to remove. I have a different drawtube for every ball. I have at least 8 or 10 different ones for different trailers we own. Some need a drop, some are raised. 2", 1 7/8, 2 5/16, pintle hitches. Do yourself a favour, and do the safe thing. Just get another drawtube. Then all you have to do is pull a pin to change it. Cheers.

It sounds like the OP doesn’t want to lift the heavy ball and drawbar for the 2 5/16 and is actually planning to use a different, lighter drawbar with a 2” ball on it.

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This is just being lazy and unsafe get a new hitch with the right size ball that way you just have to pull a pin and change the hitch and replace the pin


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