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Old 02-17-2018, 08:17 PM   #1
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2017 F250 from 2013 F150

The New Super Duty is a tall truck especially at the hitch from the ground up it was two inches taller than the F150 so my e4 shank was going to be short and the F 150 required a 2 inch shank and of course the F250 a 2 1/2. To level the trailer I had a curt 6 inch drop shank in the shed and used a sleeve to tow it to my brother`s parking lot. Pulling it I could feel the shank moving in the receiver, I noticed after removing the hitch the sleeve already had a slight mark on it from the movement from the shank. Yes I could weld it or even shim it, but what the heck. I just cut out all the maybe`s and could do`s and just order the correct shank and drop. A little play is ok but I think this was just to much for something close to 6800lbs. So if you move up just some things I have come across. Yes the 2017 is taller at the rear than a 2011 F250 son in law has one of those.
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:24 PM   #2
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Right on! I did the same thing when I got the 2017 F-250 for our TT toyhauler. The new 2.5” shank really “felt” better.
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:05 AM   #3
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I don't know about the Fords but Ram and Chevy come with a adapter sleeve that reduces the HD hitch to 2". The sleeve slides into the receiver. I would check with the dealer if you didn't get one.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:22 AM   #4
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The big three all come with a sleeve and the replacement is available at Autozone, Advance, NAPA, etc for $10.95. Don't ask why I know.
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:33 AM   #5
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I don't know about the Fords but Ram and Chevy come with a adapter sleeve that reduces the HD hitch to 2". The sleeve slides into the receiver. I would check with the dealer if you didn't get one.


Ford F-350 has 2 sleeves as it can take a 3" shank.


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Old 02-19-2018, 08:44 AM   #6
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OP has a F-250 ( 2.5" draw tube)
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:14 AM   #7
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The New Super Duty is a tall truck especially at the hitch from the ground up it was two inches taller than the F150 so my e4 shank was going to be short and the F 150 required a 2 inch shank and of course the F250 a 2 1/2. To level the trailer I had a curt 6 inch drop shank in the shed and used a sleeve to tow it to my brother`s parking lot. Pulling it I could feel the shank moving in the receiver, I noticed after removing the hitch the sleeve already had a slight mark on it from the movement from the shank. Yes I could weld it or even shim it, but what the heck. I just cut out all the maybe`s and could do`s and just order the correct shank and drop. A little play is ok but I think this was just to much for something close to 6800lbs. So if you move up just some things I have come across. Yes the 2017 is taller at the rear than a 2011 F250 son in law has one of those.
Yup, new larger shanks, new trailer safty chain hooks, new portable compressor, new tire gauge, new bed liner, new bed cover, etc. . . The price of moving up, I guess.

I was able to re-utilize my floor mats, though
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:50 PM   #8
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Madmaxmutt got my shank in today and that`s what I call a tight fix. Sure is better to me lining up just a shank instead of a coupler and a shank that hitch ain`t light.
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Madmaxmutt got my shank in today and that`s what I call a tight fix. Sure is better to me lining up just a shank instead of a coupler and a shank that hitch ain`t light.
Hey, I think this is supposed to be in the big brown truck thread . . .
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:33 AM   #10
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Check your owners manual when using the sleeve...using the sleeve decreases the towing capacity.
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