What do you most understand about a trailer ball hitch? This is bolted to the ball mount of the hitch. The purpose of which it is designed is to provide the attachment point for the coupler’s trailer. It is the ball that enables the trailer to do some pivoting and smooth turning while towing. Find this ball hitch sold in different shank diameters and lengths, weight capacities, and ball diameters to meet your towing needs.
Almost all trailers list diameter of the hitch ball size and maximum towing capacity on the coupler, tongue, and frame. Any ball hitch could be used to tow the trailer. But, it should have the same maximum capacity and diameter. The usual ball hitch diameters can range between 1-7/8 inches, 2 inches, and 2-5/16 inches.
Things to Keep in Mind
It is essential to keep in mind that the ball hitch should fit the trailer. It should also fit the ball mount. The ball mounts have a platform with a hole in that can receive the ball. As per the ball, it features a threaded shank allowing you to bolt the ball right through the ball mount. Do note that the majority of balls have a lock washer and bolt for attaching the ball.
Moreover, ball mounts can differ in terms of the thickness of the platform and the diameter of the hole. Some balls can be found in different shank diameters and lengths. There is a need to measure the ball mounts. The diameters to choose from include ¾ inches and 1 ¼ inch. However, there are still balls offered in many less common sizes. For as long as you know the diameter of the mounting hole through the ball mount, you could choose a ball shank diameter having the same size.
One hint to bear in mind is that when you choose the length of the shank, the shank should not just pass through the ball mount. It should have a nut and a lock washer on the end. Make sure of the safety by extending the shank past the nut by almost about one thread.
Specifics of Ball Hitch Diameter
Choose from a wide range of ball hitch diameter. For once, 1-7/8 inches has a capacity of up to almost 2,000 lbs and shank diameter of ¾ inches and 1 inch. The second choice is the 2 inches having a capacity of 3,500 lbs to 8,000 lbs. The shank diameter falls between the range of ¾ inches, 1-inch, and 1 ¼ inches. Another choice is the 2-5/16 inches that have a capacity of 6,000 lbs to 40,000 lbs. The shank diameter is between 1-inch and 1-1/4 inches.
In regard with the recommended torque values needed for attaching a hitch ball, these are: ¾ inches diameter of 150 ft-lb, a 1-inch diameter of 250 ft-lb, and 11/4 inch diameter of 450 ft-lb.
Construction of Ball Hitch
The finish and material that a ball hitch is made of include chrome coating that is economical and popular, stainless steel that can stand to water and salt exposure, zinc that is resistant to corrosion, raw that is forged and treated steel for superior strength, and nickel that is non-magnetic and corrosion-resistant finish.
Now, you have learned more about the ball hitch that is just so beneficial for your trailer!