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Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

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Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount. Call 800-298-1624 to order CURT accessories and parts part number 17200 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all CURT products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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CURT Accessories and Parts - 17200

  • Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Sway Control Parts
  • CURT

Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount.


Features:

  • Friction-style sway control effectively fights trailer sway after it begins
    • Reduces side-to-side movement caused by winds, passing traffic, curving roads, or sudden maneuvers
  • Bar unit houses the sway control mechanism
    • Interior arm telescopes in and out as your trailer moves
    • Friction pads rub against each other to create resistance
  • Adjustable tension lets you set the perfect amount of control and resistance
    • Tension-adjustment screw easily turns in 1/4" increments to fine-tune tension
    • Built-in lever lets you disengage the system to completely release tension
  • Trailer-mounted ball lets you connect the bar unit to your trailer frame
    • May be mounted to either side of your trailer
    • Bolt-on installation with included self-tapping screws
  • 1-1/4" Hitch ball mounts on weight distribution system head to provide attachment point for sway control unit
    • Included adapter bracket can be welded to system head if there is no ball mount platform
  • Easy to remove - simply unclip the bar unit from each attachment ball using the included safety clips
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Note: Not for use on trailers with surge brakes. It is recommended that you remove this sway control unit before backing up/reversing and before towing in slippery conditions such as on wet, icy, gravel, or snow-covered roads.


When installing this sway control system, follow the included instructions and measure 24" straight back from the center of the coupler along the frame of the trailer to determine the location of the spacer plate and trailer-mounted attachment ball. To achieve proper alignment, the spacer plate may not be necessary in every application.


Curt Sway Control on Trailer Frame

One friction-style sway control can be used for trailers with up to 6,000-lb GTW. If your trailer's GTW is between 6,000 lbs and 10,000 lbs, you will need 2 sway-control units, 1 on either side of the trailer. You will also want to use 2 units if your trailer is 26' or longer.



17200 Curt Friction Style Sway Control System

Installation Details 17200 Installation instructions




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Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems - 17200

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (232 Customer Reviews)

Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount.

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The sway control kit I ordered went on the receiver of my travel trailer easily and fits well. I tested the turn radius to see how sharp of a turn it would make without "hitting" and it performed perfectly. I haven't had the chance to take it on the road yet but don't anticipate any problems.


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Im so glad I ordered the sway control kit. Ive used it several times when pulling my travel trailer and it has made all the difference.
Justin - 03/17/2019



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the shipping was fast but the packaging sucked, it was all in one box and the brake controller and wire package was smashed from the 100lb weight distribution kit. I'll return the brake controller if it dose not work.



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Fast shipping. Technician was able recommend thus item as compatible with the weight distribution kit that I purchased prior.



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The "anti-sway bar" as I call it works as advertised. I've used this product for several decades on several applications including both the towed, and towing vehicles. It can make the difference in your comfort level on windy days. A note of caution: on some applications you'll need to remove it before backing up or you run the risk of breaking the ball.



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Haven’t had a chance to use the new products yet but they are exactly what I need. I have an identical friction sway control bar on my camper and it works so well that I wanted to put one on my multi purpose trailer. etrailer kept me informed on the status of my order and delivery. Very pleased customer



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This is a replacement for one i didn't hook up and left it on the trunk of the trailer and never found it after I got home....lol This one was a direct replacement for my 06 model and it works great. As usual etrailer had what I needed and at a good price!


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Happy to report that after using this for a year it still works like new. Im very happy with the product
Lee T - 05/19/2021


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I pull a travel trailer with a Audi Q7 TDI and it is a unibody car and in the owners manual it states not to use a WDH. My trailer takes about 250 lbs. off of the front axle so the steering input is just a bit light. With this sway control bar by Curt the car and trailer feels as one and the control of the trailer is great.



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The sway bar works well. The retaining clip sometimes fall out of the tow vehicle end which could be a problem. I use 2 clips at that end.



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Received my anti-sway bar to add to my weight distribution hitch in less than a week. Fastest service I’ve ever had. Installed it and it works great! I could only go 57 mph before and now can keep up with everyone else on the freeway! etrailer is a great place to get anything trailer related. Have always had great service and will buy from them again. 5 stars


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Works like a dream! Easy to use and install. I would recommend this to anyone looking for one.
John B - 07/13/2020


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Good price compared to other similar products. Easy site to use. Have purchased several products from etrailer and every purchase was easy, quick delivery, and exactly what was ordered.



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Easy to install and worked well on neighborhood test drive. Will not go on trip until May that is when it will get a good workout.



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This is my first time purchasing from etrailer and I have to say the experience couldn't have been better. I purchased this sway bar and other items for my new tow vehicle. After trying to piece together everything I needed for towing on a couple of other websites, and not having much luck, I went to etrailer. I was able to find everything I needed, very detailed product information, easy to navigate website, quick shipping, GREAT communication from customer service, and a price that was equal to or better than the other websites. Hands down a happy etrailer customer!


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No problem with the sway bar, BUT the Curt ball mount with sway bar mount looks like it has twisted. I only pull a Casita travel trailer 3500lbs behind my half ton pickup and havent put any unusual stress on it. Kind of disappointed...
Brian - 07/24/2019

If it has twisted then I would advise discontinuing using it. As called out in the instructions if this sway control bar or any of the components come into contact with the trailer while in a jack knife position it is recommended to remove the sway control bar while backing up.

-- Etrailer Expert Rachael H - 8/7/2019


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The two units I ordered appear to be well made. I am somewhat disappointed with the loose fit between the ball and socket on both ends. There is about 0.070 inches clearance in each joint.



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Super fast shipping and great products



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Everything came packaged nicely and I added it to the trailer with no issues. I can't wait to test it out on a windy day.


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Worked well for my light camper. Make sure to get extra pins in case you lose one.
Anthony - 08/28/2021


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took the sway right out of my custom tag along trailer!



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Been using for a year now, works excellent, stops sway in side wind and traffic. I am using with a single axle camper that weighs 3300 lbs. and it handles it well.



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Added this sway bar as a second one for my ToyHauler. With all the weight in the back of the trailer I needed a second. Since this brand was currently on my trailer and also on a second trailer I went with the tried and true. With the second sway bar I can pull my ToyHauler at 80 MPH next to tractor trailers and not get any after sway, it pulls straight. I highly recommend this sway bar, it only took me 30 minutes to install, most of that time was getting the measurements correct.


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I am using this with the sway bar on my weight distribution hitch. Being a toy Hauler most of my weight is in the back, I have no problems towing no sway, no bounce very satisfied
Preston H - 06/03/2020


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Curt Weight distribution hitch assembly including dual Curt 17200 sway control bars for our heavy 30 foot RV. Purchased through Etrailer Corp. the information from Etrailer was fantastic on which hitch assembly was best for my application, the hitch, bars, sway arms were delivered exactly on time with no scratches or damage. My light weight 2010 pick pulled well and was level and handled winds and passing semi trucks in the wind a pleasure! Unfortunately I don't have pictures to show because I have recently bought a new F-350 and a new 40' -5th wheel trailer and from Etrailer purchased a Demco 18K Hijacker Auto Slide 5th wheel Hitch that works fantastically. Thank you Etrailer for best prices and service!



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Very well made and solid! It meets beyond my expectations.



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This sway control package is just what we needed! After towing our 3300 lb camper home with my wifes Jeep Cherokee, WITHOUT an anti-sway bar, I said I wasn't towing the camper anywhere until we had this installed. We drove in 20-30 mph crosswinds the entire 4+ hour drive back. With this installed, we hardly notice it. Now, you can't get rid of the wind itself, but you certainly don't have to worry about the trailer starting to move around on it's own - this is great for stabilizing everything. Easy to install - just used the template they include with it, and then just drilled some holes through the frame of the camper and installed the hitch, hooked up and we were ready to go. We only use Curt products for our vehicles, utility trailer, and camper - nothing compares in my opinion.



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Great product, great sales service, great delivery.



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Unit works as intended. The problem i had with these sway control devices is that there is no instructions on how tightly you have to clamp them down to get the desired results. It took lots of trial and error to find the correct amount of sway control for my application. And part of the problem was a video i saw on youtube where a man tightened them down too far and it pulled the small ball off of the a-frame on his trailer. If i could afforded it, I wish I would have bought a newer style WD hitch with built in sway control instead of these slides.



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etrailer is great to work with. Many vendors can perform well when everything goes right - you find out what they are made of when your order doesn't go as planned. UPS lost all of the hardware (the end of the box was gone as well) - etrailer quickly shipped me a replacement. I'll happily continue to order from etrailer.



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There was a shipper that broke my package and lost all small parts. I sent a pic and an email and immediately received a response. A complete new order got drop shipped to me immediately upon availability. Excellent service.


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  • Bent Friction Sway Control Bar After Taking a Turn While Towing a Trailer
    If the tension was set aggressively then the sway bar cannot move well and that could cause it to bend. Also, if the turn made was when backing up that could have caused it as well. With friction sway bars like # 17200 they really need to be disconnected when backing up. If the metal is stressed then I do not recommend continuing to use it. Even if it appears to be fine I strongly recommend replacing the entire unit.
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  • How Does Bar Style Friction Sway Control Work
    A friction sway bar such as # 17200 manufactured by Curt, does not exert any force on the trailer. The trailer will be putting force on it and transfer it to the tow vehicle. But ultimately, the amount of force is dependent on how you have the unit adjusted (Newton or foot pound range is not provided). I would not say there is any bending force being applied or enough to actually bend the trailer frame. But yes, the force is not a straight line due to the 50 degree angle of most A-frame...
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  • Can the Curt Friction Sway Control part # 17200 be Installed on the Left Side of a Trailer
    You can install the Curt Friction sway control part # 17200 on the left side of the trailer. All you need to do is loosen the handle of the # 17200, remove the inner piece, rotate it 180 degrees and then reinsert and it would be setup to be used on the the left side of the trailer. Typically the best way to combat sway is proper trailer loading. If you can move as much of the weight in pop up to the front of the trailer you would be better off.
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  • Can the Curt Friction Sway Control 17200 be Mounted on Driver Side
    You can use the Curt friction style sway control, # 17200 on the left or right side. You will need to loosen the handle and the other bolt below it, pull the inside arm out, flip it over, then reinsert it. You will then need to unscrew the handle on top and the nut. Completely remove them both and the mounting plate. Then rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the handle where the nut was and the nut where the handle was. Then, when you flip the unit over to use on the other side of the...
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  • How Can You Tell if a Friction Sway Control Bar is Too Tight
    If the Curt friction sway control bar # 17200 is too tight then it can bend or break, be excessively loud, or it may seem like the trailer is not wanting to turn. Otherwise it can be hard to tell if it is too tight. You will want it tight enough to work against sway but once you find that sweet spot I would not go much more than a 1/4 turn of the handle unless needed.
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  • Solution for Friction Sway Control That Won't Tighten
    There is a bolt down below the handle that you are using to tighten the Curt Sway control part # 17200. With the handle in the off position tighten the bolt a 1/4 turn and then turn the handle back to the on position.
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  • How to Find Factory Setting for Curt Friction Sway Control 17200
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he informed me that there really isn't a factory preset tension that the # 17200 will have. But in your case for a great starting point you will want to loosen the tension bolt till it no longer makes contact with the unit, now tighten it up right till the unit starts to make contact. From there tighten it two complete revolutions and you will have a great starting point.
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  • How Many Sway Control Units for a 19 Foot Camper Trailer
    For towing a 19 foot camper like yours a single friction sway control unit like part # 17200 would be adequate. We typically only recommend a second one when the trailer is over 26 feet in length.
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  • Can High Rise Hitch Ball Be Used with Friction Sway Control Unit
    That hitch ball you have has quite a bit of rise built into it. That's by far the tallest one I have seen. As long as you can mount the # 17200 on your trailer so that it is level your tall hitch ball would be fine. This may require you to mount the mounting plate of the unit lower on the trailer frame if available. Otherwise you would have to use a ball mount that has the drop you need and go with a standard hitch ball.
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  • How Do You Know if Friction Bar Sway Control is Tight Enough or Too Tight
    With friction sway control like # 17200 you know it is too loose if the trailer is still swaying. If it is too tight then when you turn it will make a lot of noise (some noise is common) and it may get damaged when you turn. Start out moderately tight and if you experience sway still tighten it a little more. You want to make small changes, test, and repeat until you get it just right.
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  • Can Curt Friction Sway Control 17200 be Mounted on Either Side of Trailer
    You can mount the # 17200 on either side of your trailer. You will need to loosen the handle and the other bolt below it, pull the inside arm out, flip it over, then reinsert it. You will then need to unscrew the handle on top and the nut. Completely remove them both and the mounting plate. Then rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the handle where the nut was and the nut where the handle was. Then, when you flip the unit over to use on the other side of the trailer, everything will be...
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  • Does the Curt Friction Sway Control Have to Be Installed at 24 Inches
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he said that if you were short or long on the # 17200 install by like 1/4 of an inch you would probably be okay, but any more than that and you would have problems. If you go too long it will come apart on a sharp turn, or if you went too short it would bottom out and break the unit.
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  • Initial Tightness Setting Recommendation for Curt Friction Sway Control 17200
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he informed me that there really isn't a factory preset tension that the # 17200 will have. But in your case for a great starting point you will want to loosen the tension bolt till it no longer makes contact with the unit, now tighten it up right till the unit starts to make contact. From there tighten it two complete revolutions and you will have a great starting point.
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  • How to Setup Curt Friction Sway Control on Trailer
    The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit and the bolt under the handle is the tension adjustment bolt. You will need to turn the On/Off handle clockwise (tighter) until the handle will stay firmly in place parallel with the main body of the sway control. Start out setting the sway control by testing with the adjustment bolt at the factory preset level of friction. You will need to perform a series of road tests with the loaded trailer. If there is not enough sway control adjust...
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  • Troubleshooting Overheating Trailer Disc Brakes
    I can't think of any possible way that a friction sway unit could cause disc (or any other type) of trailer brakes to overheat. I'd look toward electrical issues or mechanical issues with the brake actuator or brake calipers. Check the connector on the trailer and the vehicle for damage or corrosion. Corrosion can cause power to bleed over from an adjacent circuit, and could cause enough power to be sent to the trailer brakes to cause them to drag slightly. Faulty brake calipers could...
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  • Troubleshooting Toy Hauler Sway on Trailer When UTV is Loaded
    The friction sway control units like the part # 17200 are great for helping with sway that gets induced by high wind or passing semi-trucks, but if you are getting sway that wants to occur at all times then friction sway control will not help you. Since most toy haulers have their cargo area in the rear I can almost guarantee that your problem is that you have too low of tongue weight relative to the overall weight of your trailer. You will want the tongue weight to be 10-15 percent of...
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  • Can the Curt Friction Style Sway Control Bar be Used on the Left or Right Side of a Trailer
    You can use the Curt friction style sway control, # 17200 on the left or right side. You will need to loosen the handle and the other bolt below it, pull the inside arm out, flip it over, then reinsert it. You will then need to unscrew the handle on top and the nut. Completely remove them both and the mounting plate. Then rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the handle where the nut was and the nut where the handle was. Then, when you flip the unit over to use on the other side of the...
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  • How to Properly Set the Tension on the Curt Sway Control Bar # 17200
    The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit and the bolt under the handle is the tension adjustment bolt. You will need to turn the On/Off handle clockwise (tighter) until the handle will stay firmly in place parallel with the main body of the sway control. Start out setting the sway control by testing with the adjustment bolt at the factory preset level of friction. You will need to perform a series of road tests with the loaded trailer. If there is not enough sway control adjust...
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  • How to Adjust a Friction Bar Sway Control on a 2000 Timberland SKY28 Towed by a 2007 Nissan Armada
    One sure way to know is if the bar, # 17200, bends while you are towing. Also, it you cannot turn the handle by hand, it is too tight. But adjusting a friction sway control bar like this one requires a lot of trial and error. I would start out with it relatively loose and then tow the trailer. If you experience sway tighten it some and start towing again. Keep doing this until the trailer ceases to sway. Also, you will want to make sure that you have the proper tongue weight on the trailer...
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  • Are 2 Sway Control Bars Needed for a 27 Foot StarCraft RV Trailer
    You are correct, adding a second sway control bar, like the Curt Friction Style Sway Control, # 17200, is recommended for trailers over 26 feet long. I might start out conservatively if the sway you are experiencing is not too bad, and order one sway control bar. A second can always be added if needed. If the sway you are experiencing in high winds or passing large trucks is causing the trailer to push you around quite a bit, you should go with two from the start. If you are experiencing...
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  • What Angle Should the Curt Friction Sway Control System Be Installed in Relation to the Trailer
    Typically, friction sway control systems like the Curt Friction Sway Control System # 17200 that you referenced will be centered on the trailer frame when installed and that will yield a level installation in relation to angle of the trailer frame and hitch ball. But this all depends on the trailer, I would try to get the sway control system to be at the same angle as the trailer frame for best results. Check out the installation instructions I attached for this product for you to check...
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  • Will Installation of Curt Friction Sway Control System # 17200 Affect Strength of Trailer Tongue
    To install the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System, part # 17200, to your trailer will require drilling holes in the trailer frame. Drilling the few holes that are needed in the side of the tongue for installation of the sway control will not weaken the trailer tongue. I am including a link to the instructions on the friction sway control system. I would recommend to check with the trailer manufacturer to determine if the drilling of the holes in the frame will void any warranty.
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  • Installation Instructions for Curt Friction Bar Style Sway Control 17200
    The spacer plate and ball plate on the Curt friction sway control # 17200 need to be mounted to the side of the trailer frame at a specific measurement so the unit can work properly. If you measure from the center of the cavity in the coupler where the hitch ball would go back along the frame rail 24 inches, that is where the center of the ball on the spacer plate will need to be. The images in the instructions show a lot of top-down views to give you a better look at how the measurement...
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  • Purpose of Spacer Plate Included with Curt Friction Sway Control Unit # 17200
    I spoke with my contact at Curt Manufacturing, and was told that the spacer plate you describe is typically used if you are planning on bolting the ball to the trailer frame (instead of using the self-tapping screws). The ball would be stacked on top of the spacer plate then bolted to the trailer frame. It is not necessary to use the plate, you can use the self tapping screws to attach the ball directly to the trailer frame, or you can weld the ball plate to the trailer frame if you wish...
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