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HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

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This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering. Call 800-298-8924 to order HitchGrip accessories and parts part number 303-HG-712 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all HitchGrip products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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HitchGrip Accessories and Parts

  • Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Carrying Tool
  • HitchGrip

This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering.


  • Carrying tool allows you to lift, carry, install, and remove your ball mount or weight distribution head assembly with ease
    • Avoid grease and dirt to keep hands clean
  • Glass-filled nylon body and handle evenly distribute the weight of your ball mount
    • Ergonomic design reduces stress and risk of back strain
  • Tungsten carbide tips firmly grip and hold the hitch ball
    • Powder coated, 12-gauge steel plates reinforce carbide tips for added strength
  • Simple, easy-to-use design with no moving parts
    • Position HitchGrip on your hitch ball
    • Lift and slide the ball mount in or out of the receiver
  • Made in the USA


  • Application: ball mounts and weight distribution head assemblies with a 2-5/16" ball
  • Maximum recommended drop: 4-1/4" from bottom of hitch ball (top of hitch head) to top of receiver opening
  • Maximum ball neck diameter: 1-5/16"
  • Lifetime warranty

Note: The HitchGrip cannot fit around a ball neck with a diameter greater than 1-5/16".

HitchGrip Maximum Ball Neck Diameter

Easily Install, Remove, and Carry Your Hitch Head

HitchGrip Carry

The HitchGrip is a simple tool that makes it easy to install, remove, and maneuver your weight distribution head assembly. Dealing with an oversized ball mount or heavy weight distribution head can be a real headache. These assemblies can be heavy, awkward to handle, dirty, and genuinely uncooperative. But with the HitchGrip carrying tool, you can do what is needed with your assembly as quickly, cleanly, and painlessly as possible.

The HitchGrip makes it easy to get a good grip on your head assembly. As a result, you won't drop your expensive, heavy equipment, nor will you strain your back trying to awkwardly carry it. It also allows for proper leverage so that you don't have to wiggle and shake the assembly to install or remove it. This saves time and eliminates frustration. And because you don't actually have to touch your head assembly when you use the HitchGrip, you can avoid getting grease and grime onto your hands. This allows you to go from task to task without needing to clean your hands in between.

How to Use the HitchGrip Carrying Tool

HitchGrip Usage Example

First, position the HitchGrip to the side of your hitch ball with the handle pointing toward the rear of your vehicle. Then tilt the tool downward and slide it onto the ball to engage. Make sure that the HitchGrip is centered over the ball mount or hitch head so that the weight will be evenly distributed. Then lift up on the handle of the HitchGrip so that the carbide tips grip the underside of the ball. Once the tool has a good grip on the ball, you can carry and maneuver your ball mount with ease. When you install your ball mount in your hitch receiver, you can also use the HitchGrip to easily line up the hitch pin holes.

Recommended Clearance for Drop Hitches

If your ball mount or head assembly is in the drop position, the HitchGrip may not work on your setup. In order to ensure a good grip and proper leverage, it is recommended that you have no more than 4-1/4" between the top of the hitch head and the top of your trailer hitch receiver. If there isn't enough space between the tool and the top of the hitch head you may not be able to get your hand securely around the handle.

HG-712 Hitch Grip Orange Trailer Hitch Assistant Coupling Tool

Item # 303-HG-712

Customer Reviews

HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball - 303-HG-712

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (176 Customer Reviews)

This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering.

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This thing is handy as a pocket on a shirt, it allows installing and removing my W/D hitch without bending . 620061

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I have that tool and makes it ease to lift ball and hitch . 641986

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I’m glad I bought this. It helps me avoid, to a large degree, of physically handling my large heavy hitch assembly and ball with its grease and oblong shape. It’s a little slippery to engage it initially but it’s worth it. 635191

I like but engineering the next version to be able to grasp a greasy hitch better. I would argue the grabber needs to be WIDER.
Patrick - 04/26/2020


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This is the greatest tool ever. My slug is very large and has grease on the ball with this tool you can pick up your slug with one hand and slide it into the receiver. It is money well spent. A regular customer marty h. 635208

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Very handy to carry the ball without having to grab the whole thing. This is really helpful for the weight distribution I have, it's heavy (see photo). The other advantage is if you need to swap out your draw bar/ball and don't feel like, this helps. Thanks to George for the updates! 494082

Its still great! Helps my back and keeps my hands clean.
Dave S - 04/14/2019


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I just received it yesturday and tried it on lifting my receiver hitch and it seems to make so that it is level to carry it but don't know if it will let me slide all the way into the back of my truck. 633471

It works great
Brad - 04/20/2020


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Very good service, personnel is friendly, and helpful. 460716

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Looks like a good product, but unfortunately it won't work for me. I ordered it along with a Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight distribution hitch. Unfortunately when my Airstream dealer installed the hitch on my 2017 Ford F250 I found there is too much of a drop between the stinger and the ball mount for my hand to fit when using this carrying tool. I'll have to return it and come up with some other way to lift the 58lb weight of the BO hitch head bolted to the 2½ stinger. 462533

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Very handy product, greatly improves handling the insertion and removal of the hitch. This could be improved on with a means of securing the hitch ball with more than 2 point of contact to eliminate possibility of dropping. 635204

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This item is well worth the minimal investment. It certainly saves getting your back "out of whack " when engaging or disengaging a 40 lb. hitch ball assembly. Very convenient when moving the assembly from place to place in my garage or in the bed of my truck. You cannot go wrong with e-trailer. I have purchased several items from them and have always been well satisfied. 643913

Its been working great, when I have a chance to get out and use it. The Covid virus has sort of played hob with most camping plans this year, so far.
Loyd S - 05/26/2020


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Although it takes some getting used to in order to "grab" the ball correctly, it makes the job of moving a weight distribution hitch much easier. 635594

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Works just as advertised. Trying to handle the hitch without this tool is a struggle. This makes it real easy... 565126

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One of the handiest tools I have purchased since I started pulling a camper. My hands stay much cleaner even when working with my weight distribution hitch that has greasy parts. I can take the hitch out of the receiver or put it back in much easier than before I purchased the Hitch Grip. Highly recommended if you don't leave the same hitch in your receiver all the time. 633434

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I received my Hitchgrip a couple of days ago and tried it out this afternoon. Very happy-Hitchgrip works exactly as described. Make no mistake, it doesn't cause a 50# hitch-head assembly to weigh any less-it's still heavy as all-get-out. However, managing the weight is now very easy: carrying, attaching it to my truck, and removing it-all much better now. Recommend for anyone looking to make "hitching up" a better experience. Oh, and the purchasing process through eTrailer.com was the best-as always! 595507

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This is in my top 5 tools to ever purchase. This holder makes it so easy to carry that heavy hitch to the truck and use it to insert into the receiver. Absolutely the most valuable tool for my rv. This hitch weighs approximately 80 lbs, with the tool it is much easier to handle and not drop on my foot. 590641

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by: 10/01/2020


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Sure make lifting the ball mount much easier and keeps you clean. Would recommend this product. 895036

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Good product 877601

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works as designed great idea for us older guys to handle this proplem 869078

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A very convenient and easy solution to moving my hitch around. Moving y hitch on and off my truck has never been easier. 858514

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Works great. Could I do without it yes. Do I want to do without it. No. Just makes my job cleaner and easy. 853522

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A neat tool that eases lifting and installing of a receiver hitch with a 2 5/16" hitch ball. I like it! 853511

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I have ordered a number of items from e-trailer and I have been extremely pleased with their description of and the products themselves. My wife and I use our RV often and I find this product to once again meet my needs and to be exactly as advertised. Thank you e-trailer 853204

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Helps a lot 852956

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Ask the Experts about this HitchGrip Accessories and Parts

  • Tools for Carrying a Weight Distribution System with a 2 Inch Hitch Ball Attached
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 is not available for a 2 inch hitch ball. There is not another carrier that utilizes the hitch ball for the carrying of the unit. You may however be interested in using the Classic Accessories Tow Bar and Weight Distribution Tote - 36" x 11" Wide x 8" Tall - # CA80113 to lift and transport your system. The handles of this tote are obviously made to be strong enough to lift and maneuver the system.
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  • HitchGrip Compatibility With Adjustable Ball Mount With 2-5/8 Inches Between Ball And Drop Shank
    I have some photos attached to help you with the dimensions of the HitchGrip # 303-HG-712. From the center of the ball to the outside edge of the handle and outside curve of the hitch ball clamp is 2-1/2 inches, so based on the 2-5/8 inch clearance between the ball and the draw bar, you will be able to use this to transport your adjustable ball mount with 2-5/16 inch hitch ball.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System Carrier
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 will not work with a 2 inch ball. You may be interested in the Classic Accessories Tow Bar and Weight Distribution Tote - 36" x 11" Wide x 8" Tall # CA80113 which will also allow you to carry and stow your system.
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  • Maximum Drop that Hitch Grip Carrying Tool Can be Used With
    The maximum recommended drop position of the HitchGrip Carrying Tool # 303-HG-712 is 4-1/2 inches.
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  • Trailer Hitch Ball Carrier for Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System
    I assume you are referring to a 2-5/16" trailer hitch ball as there is not currently a 2-5/8" hitch ball on the market that I am aware of. If it turns out that you do have a 2-5/16" hitch ball then you can use the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly part # 303-HG-712 which is the only carrier of its kind that we currently offer. If you have an Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution then it would have most likely came with a 2-5/16" hitch ball.
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  • Is the HitchGrip Weight Distribution System Carrying Tool Compatible with a 2 Inch Hitch Ball?
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool # 303-HG-712 is only compatible with a 2-5/16 inch ball. Unfortunately there is not a 2 inch compatible option. However, I do have a possible solution to utilize that HitchGrip Tool. If your weight distribution system uses a 1 inch shank hitch ball, then you would use the Convert-A-Ball Interchangeable Ball Set # 105TB to allow you to use this tool and have the proper hitch ball for your system. If your system need a 1-1/4 inch hitch ball shank you can use...
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  • Recommendations For Moving A Kayak Trailer Around By Hand
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 cannot move a trailer, because you will have the coupler side not the hitch ball side of the assembly to work with. My recommendation to move you Trailx Kayak Trailer around is to use the MaxxTow MaxxHaul Dual Pull Trailer Dolly - 1-7/8" Hitch Ball - Steel - 600 lbs # MT70881.
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  • Can HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assemblies Help with Rock Tamers
    Yes, the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assemblies part # 303-HG-712 that you referenced will help you carry your weight distribution shank with a set of Rock Tamers Mud Flaps installed. It's hard to say exactly how you'd carry it all but this will have the capacity needed and will help quite a bit.
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  • What Does Hitch Grip part # 303-HG-712 Weigh
    The Hitch Grip part # 303-HG-712 that you referenced weighs 2 lbs.
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  • Does HitchGrip Carrying Tool Have a Weight Limit
    There isn't actually a maximum weight capacity for the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712. The only limit is that the hitch ball's neck diameter can be a maximum of 1-5/16" so as long as it is that size, you can use this with your weight distribution head. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well of the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712.
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  • Do People Normally Remove Spring Bars of Weight Distribution System before Removing Head
    Typically when people uninstall a weight distribution system the first thing they do is remove the spring bars. Once they are moved they uncouple the trailer from the hitch ball and then remove the head of the system from the hitch.
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  • Carrier Tool that Grabs the Hitch Ball
    It sounds like you're referring to the HitchGrip Carrying Tool which is part # 303-HG-712. It's techincally designed for carrying a heavy weight distribution head but could be used for any ball mount. It's a reasonably new product and so far people love it. The only catch is that it only works with a 2-5/16 inch ball. I've linked a video review for you.
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  • Options for Carrying a Weight Distribution System Head or Ball Mount
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool # 303-HG-712 is only available in one size and fits a 2-5/16 inch ball. The size of the weight distribution head or ball mount really doesn't affect its use other than the weight. This is the only carrying tool we offer.
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  • Does HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Allow Carrying of Spring Bars Too
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly # 303-HG-712 that you referenced is balanced for carrying just the head and shank of a weight distribution system. If you had the spring bars left connected it would be very heavy to lift and it wouldn't balance properly. I attached a review video for more info for you to check out as well.
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  • Weight of Reese RE34FR 6000 lb Weight Distribution System
    Minus packaging, the Reese # RE34FR 6000 lb weight distribution system weighs about 90 lbs. If you're concerned about lugging the weight distribution head and shank around when installing it on the vehicle you'll be looking about 60 lbs minus the spring bars and the frame brackets. The HitchGrip carrying tool, part # 303-HG-712 might be a good investment as it would allow you to carry the head/shank combo less awkwardly which would be much easier on the back. This particular system is...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for Forest River E-Pro 20BHS
    You are correct that you want to be within the weight range of a particular system and that has to do with the total tongue weight. That includes the loaded trailer tongue weight along with any cargo behind the rear axle of your truck. You want the total tongue weight to fall in the middle of the range of a weight distribution system ideally. If you travel with water tanks full, which most people don't unless you'll be dry dock camping, that will add significant weight. For your...
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  • Comparing Reese Strait Line vs Steady Flex Hitch for Ease of Removal for Storage
    The Reese Steady Flex # RP66560 will be 75 lbs total and the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control # RP66084 will be 113 lbs. The complexity of the systems to disconnect for storage will be similar, so I would just mark the trailer for easy reinstallation. The Strait-Line is a better system for sway control, so that is my recommendation for you. It appears more complex with the cams, but to remove it is really the same number of bolts. You will want to make sure...
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  • How Much Does Each Part of the Equal-i-zer 10K System Weigh
    The Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System part # EQ37100ET has a total weight of around 100 lbs but it is broken down into three components that will be installed separately of one another; the head/shank which weighs around 45 lbs, the spring bars which weigh around 15 lbs each, and the frame brackets which weigh around 5 lbs each. The only parts you will need to pick up and attach each time are the head/shank and spring bars. If you perceive to have trouble lifting the head and shank...
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  • How Much Do the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Systems Weigh
    The Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Systems like part # FA94-00-1061 weigh around 85 lbs. That said, the weight of a weight distribution system does not get added to the total as it becomes part of the frame. In regards to lifting, you'd only be picking up around 20-30 lbs max at one time since the kit is separated in several different components. We also have the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly part # 303-HG-712 which will help with lifting.
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  • Weight of Weight Distribution Head, Shank and Trailer Ball on EQ37100ET Equal-izer 1000 lb System
    The total weight of the Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET system, including the shank, weight distribution head and spring bars and trailer ball is around 90 lbs. The part of the system that would typically remain on the vehicle after the bars are removed would include the shank, weight distribution head and the trailer ball whose weight adds up to around 50 lbs which isn't too terrible, weight wise. If you're concerned about the wear and tear on your back, a carrying handle such as part # 303-HG-712...
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