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Convert-A-Ball products are all about providing convenience and comfort for everyday trailering. The interchangeable ball system is a flawless, patented design that allows a quick and simple switch between trailers. Cushioned ball mounts ensure a smooth towing experience. Make your trailering a breeze with Convert-A-Ball's affordable, innovative products.

  • Makes towing multiple trailers easy
  • Provides for a comfortable ride while towing
  • Surpasses the national standard for hitch balls
  • First manufacturing company of interchangeable hitch products
  • No tools necessary for assembly





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  • Bed Extender and Tailgate Step for a 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • The Convert-A-Ball Kwik Gate Bed Extender and Tailgate Step, # KG48, is considered a universal fit item. It measures 48 inches wide. You will need to measure your bed width to determine if it will fit your 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. I am not convinced that it is a fit based on the 48 inch measurement. The reason is because the other bed extenders we carry are also not listed as a fit and they are at least 48 inches wide. But you may be interested in # CAB-SG-2R. This is also a...
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  • Recommendation for a 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter for Ford F-450 and Forest River Sierra Trailer
  • Since the tongue weight, or king pin weight, is 4,500 pounds, I recommend the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, # AM3100. The CAB-C5G adapter is only rated for 4,000 pounds tongue weight. The AM3100 adapter is rated for 24,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 6,000 pounds tongue weight. This adapter is made of steel and has been tested and rated for these capacities and will hold up just fine in normal towing conditions and you will not experience problems...
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  • What is the BTU Output for the Fire Dance Portable Fire Pit
  • I checked with my contact at Convert-a-Ball, and the propane Fire Dancer fire pit has a BTU output of 57000 on the highest setting. We do offer a few accessories for this fire pit as well, like the ceramic log insert # FDLOG, the grill insert # FDGRILL, or stone surround # FDRING. You can view a video demonstration of the Fire Dancer at the link provided.
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  • Comparing Convert-A-Ball Fire Dancer Propane Powered Fire Pits # FD500L and # FD500CL
  • First, the difference between fire pit # FD500L and # FD500CL is that the CL means that it is approved for use in Canada and meets the requirements of Canadian law. All the parts, hoses, valves, meet Canadian law requirements for outdoor use. My contact at Convert-A-Ball stated that the pressure valve near the regulator is constructed a little differently to comply with the Canadian Gas Association requirements. The output on either unit is 55,000 btu.
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  • What is the BTU Rating of the Fire Dancer Portable Fire Pit
  • I checked with my contact at Convert-a-Ball, and the propane Fire Dancer fire pit has a BTU output of 57000 on the highest setting. We do offer a few accessories for this fire pit as well, like the ceramic log insert # FDLOG, the grill insert # FDGRILL, or stone surround # FDRING that you referenced. You can view a video demonstration of the Fire Dancer at the link provided.
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  • Size of Lock Washer and Nut on Convert-A-Ball Stainless Steel Shank Part # 106B
  • The Convert-A-Ball Stainless Steel Shank, part # 106B uses a 1 inch nut and a 1 inch lock washer. Convert-A-Ball purposely does not use a stainless nut or washer because using a like metal for the nut would cause the nut to seize to the shank.
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  • Installation and Compatibility of Kwik Gate Bed Extender # KG54-Red on 2006 Toyota Tundra
  • I contacted our representative at Convert-A-Ball, about the Convert-A-Ball Kwik Gate Bed Extender, part # KG54-Red. The representative informed me that he installed a Kwik Gate Bed Extender on his truck directly over his tailgate bed liner. He informed me that you could install it over the bed liner or trim the bed liner to install part # KG54-Red. I would recommend trimming the bed liner to install part # KG54-Red. The product you selected, part # KG54-Red comes in red. For the same...
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  • Can a 4x8 Foot Sheet of Plywood Fit a 6 Foot Bed Using Convert-A-Ball Kwik Gate Bed Extender
  • Laying the plywood down flat may not be possible but it depends on how long the tailgate extends out from the truck bed. But you can close the tailgate and carry the plywood with it up on the tailgate and the Convert-A-Ball Kwik Gate Bed Extender, # KG48, will help hold it in place. Take a look at the picture I have included that shows what I mean. Most 6 foot beds are actually a little longer than 6 feet and it is likely your tailgate is longer than 2 feet. So it is actually likely...
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  • Replacement Vermiculite for the Convert-A-Ball Fire Dancer Fire Pit
  • The sand or gravel of the Fire Dancer Fire Pit, like part # FD500, is a mineral called vermiculite. We offer the Vermiculite, # FDV, from Convert-A-Ball that is measured for the exact amount needed for your Fire Dancer fire pit. Vermiculite is also available in larger quantities at most garden or home improvement stores.
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  • Tips For Removing a Rusted Interchangeable Ball from the Convert-A-Ball Ball Set # 900b
  • If I were you I think the first thing I would try is soaking the assembly in gear oil overnight or longer. Letting the oil penetrate for an extended period of time really should loosen it up. A torch or soaking in vinegar are options as well. I think I would try the oil first, then the torch if it is still being stubborn. You might use a hammer or rubber mallet on the ball to apply some force to break it free. This can work on either set you have. You would want to put the shank or...
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  • Which 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Adapter Fits a Bradford Flatbed, 2005 Chevy Silverado
  • On the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5GX1216, from the bottom of the coupler that goes around the ball up to the bottom of the horizontal plate is approximately 3 inches. The rectangular part of the coupler portion of this adapter measures 7-1/4 inches from side to side and 5-1/2 inches front to back. With these measurements, you should be able to determine if the adapter will work for your application. We do have another option with an 8 inch offset...
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  • Can the Fire Dancer Portable Patio Fire Pit be Used with Small Propane Bottles
  • You could use a smaller propane tank as long as the small bottle has the same sized fittings as larger 20 pound tanks. The only other issue would be that a small bottle would not last as long as a 20 pound tank (which will last up to 20 hours).
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  • Will Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter Fit a Recessed Ball in a Flatbed Truck
  • I went out to the warehouse to measure the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5GX1216, and another adapter I think would be a better fit. The Convert-A-Ball portion that connects to the gooseneck ball measured 7-1/4 inches from side to side and 5-1/2 inches front to back. I also measured the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, # AM3139. At its widest point where it connects to the ball, the outside measurement is 5-1/2 inches. This...
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  • What is the Pin Weight Capacity of the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter
  • The pin weight of the trailer should be with the other specs or in the owners literature. It could also be on a sticker or plate on the pin box. The Convert-A-Ball adapter, # CAB-C5GX1216, has a pin weight capacity of 4,000 pounds but if you determine that not to be enough then I recommend the Ranch Hitch, # AM3139, with a pin weight capacity of 6,000 pounds. These offset adapters will not provide adequate extra clearance for a short bed truck because the pivot point of the trailer does...
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  • Pin Weight Capacity of Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Gooseneck Coupler # CG
  • I spoke with my contact at Convert-A-Ball about the pin weight capacity of their CG Cushioned Gooseneck Coupler. They list a 30,000 lb weight capacity for the coupler, but no tongue or pin weight capacity is listed. Since your 2400 lb pin weight isn't even 10 percent of the 30K coupler capacity, the coupler should handle it just fine.
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  • Solutions for Using a 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter on a Trailer that Sits too Low
  • It sounds like your 2006 Ford F350 may have a lift kit, or your trailer just sits really low. 12 inches is basically the lowest adapter we have. If you do have a lift kit on your truck you could remove it so that your truck would sit low enough that a # CAB-C5G would work for you. Or, if your trailer axles are above your leaf springs you could flip them to underneath the springs. This should give you a 3-4 inch lift on your trailer that would work with the # CAB-C5G. If you have a...
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  • Will the Convert-A-Ball Gooseneck Coupler Adapter # CAB-C5G Handle Long Trips
  • You should have no problem using the Convert-A-Ball Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, # CAB-C5G, on a 1,200 mile trip as long as the gross weight of your trailer remains under 20,000 lbs and the pin weight is under 4,000 lbs. We had one customer comment that he has been using his adapter for over 20,000 miles and it is still working great. The only note I would add to this adapter is that there will be a noticeable difference in the ride quality if you are used to towing with a fifth wheel...
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  • Can a 2010 Ram 1500, 5.7 Liter Tow a 12,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are several different trim levels for the 2010 Ram 1500, all with different towing capacities. The highest I was able to find was 10,200 pounds. None of them go up to 12,000 pounds. You would need a different trailer or a 3/4 or 1-ton truck to tow the 2001 Glendale. The towing capacity of your truck should be in the owners manual. This would also include payload information to determine if it can handle the pin weight.
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  • Clearance Issue With Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5GX1216
  • One potential solution is to reposition your existing pin box higher up on the trailer's mounting wings if this is possible. This will give you additional vertical clearance that might let the rear of your pin box clear the bed rails when you make tight turns (after also raising the height of the Convert-a Ball adapter). You can measure from the center of the goose neck ball to the inside edge of the truck's bed rails, and also measure from the center of the king pin to the rear edge...
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  • Best Option for Towing a Fifth Wheel Trailer with a 2008 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 ft Bed
  • Since you have such a short truck bed in your 2008 Ford F-150 you would have a very difficult time towing your 5th wheel trailer. I can guarantee you won't have enough clearance to make tight turns. Here is the formula for determining clearance though: (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from the gooseneck ball to the truck cab B = Offset used C = Width of the nose of the trailer divided by 2. The only way you would be able to tow your trailer would be to replace the gooseneck...
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  • Will a Cushioned Ball Mount Work with Surge Trailer Brakes
  • The cushion inside of the Convert-A-Ball cushioned ball mount # AMSC4 would have only a slight affect on the surge coupler on your trailer. You may not even notice it. The cushion is very dense and the more pressure that is put on it the firmer it gets. It would take more force to compress that cushion than to actuate the surge coupler. Cushioned ball mount # AMSC4 has a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop but there are other options if you need a different rise or drop to tow the trailer...
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  • Why Isn't the Nut and Lock Washer Stainless Steel On Covert-A-Ball Hitch Ball Sets
  • That is strange, but Convert-A-Ball isn't the only company that does this. Other companies we carry that make interchangeable ball sets use a nickel-plated steel nut, like on set # DTLBM3125 or # DTLBM3100. The issues is mechanical in nature. Stainless steel nuts have issues with binding up leaving the best option a coated steel nut whether that be zinc or nickel. We do not have a stainless steel ball nut for that reason. A lock washer though you might be able to find locally.
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  • Is the Flame Height of the Fire Dancer Patio Fire Pit part # FD500 Adjustable
  • Yes it is, I spoke with the manufacturer of the Fire Dancer Patio Fire Pit part # FD500 and they informed me that the flame height is adjustable.
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  • Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with 8 Inch Lifted 2008 Ford F-250 with Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • The best adapter with which to tow a 5th wheel trailer using a gooseneck trailer hitch would be the Reese Goose Box # RP94622. It fits the Fabex PB-600 series pin boxes. It fits in place of the stock pin box on the trailer and couples to a gooseneck ball. I have included a link to a video review for you to the right. The issue is going to be, with any adapter, the 8 inch lift you have on the truck. You will need to have about 5 inches between the tops of the truck bed sides and the bottom...
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  • Towing a Trailer with In-Bed Camper Overhanging Back of 2008 Ford F-450
  • Using a reducer sleeve such as # BX88187 for the 2-1/2 inch trailer hitch on your 2008 Ford F-450 should not reduce the capacity of the hitch so you can use it or a similar one that fits your OEM trailer hitch. The ball mounts such as # CAB-LD4 can only be used to tow when they are in their shorter, retracted position. The longest ball mounts that will fit a 2 inch hitch are 16 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the ball hole, # 80232 or # 80233, and are only...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel To Gooseneck Adapter For 2013 Ford F-150 With 6-1/2 Ft Bed
  • If you decide to change over to a gooseneck system on your 2013 Ford F-150, there may be a couple of issues. With a 6-1/2 ft bed on your truck, if you use a gooseneck adapter like the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, part # CAB-C5G, you run the risk of hitting your cab when executing turns. You will also want to check with the trailer manufacturer to see if there are any warranty issues when installing adapters on the trailer. Using an adapter would then require...
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  • Installation Instructions for Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G
  • I have attached the installation instructions for the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5G. I have highlighted a couple sections for you.
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  • Installation Instructions for Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G
  • I attached a couple pictures to the right that have the installation instructions for the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter # CAB-C5G.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel To Gooseneck Adapters For 2011 Ford F-250 With 6 Ft Bed
  • The adapters we offer range between 12 and 16 inches. A couple of the adapters we offer are the Ranch Hitch Universal 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter, part # AM3100, and the Convert-A-Ball Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Cushioned Trailer Adapter, part # CAB-C5G. Since you have a short bed truck then you will need to measure to make sure you have the clearance room needed. You will want to measure the width of the fifth-wheel trailer and divide that number in half. Next measure the...
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  • Transferring ProSeries 5th Wheel Hitch to 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Extended Cab with 6-Ft Bed
  • There are several possible ways to go in your application. First, a ProSeries 5th wheel hitch will fit into any industry-standard 5th wheel base rails, whether they are from ProSeries, Reese, Valley or Curt. Short bed trucks like yours do pose a clearance challenge for making turns with a 5th wheel trailer. One remedy is to use a sliding hitch. Another is to replace the 5th wheel's pin box with a Sidewinder pin box that moves the pivot point back by 22-inches (giving you better turning...
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