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B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount - 2.5" Hitch - 5" Drop/4.5" Rise - 14.5K - Chrome

B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount - 2.5" Hitch - 5" Drop/4.5" Rise - 14.5K - Chrome

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Stow the ball and mounting platform on this tri-ball ball mount beneath your hitch for a sleek look when you are done towing. Tow up to 3,500 lbs with the 1-7/8" ball, 7,500 lbs with the 2" ball, or 14,500 lbs with the 2-5/16" ball. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch ball mount from B and W. B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount - 2.5" Hitch - 5" Drop/4.5" Rise - 14.5K - Chrome part number BWTS20048C can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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B and W Trailer Hitch Ball Mount - BWTS20048C

  • Fits 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
  • Adjustable Ball Mount
  • Drop - 5 Inch
  • Rise - 4-1/2 Inch
  • 1-7/8 Inch Ball
  • 2 Inch Ball
  • 2-5/16 Inch Ball
  • Three Balls
  • Class V
  • 14500 lbs GTW
  • B and W
  • Steel Shank - Silver
  • Steel Ball

Stow the ball and mounting platform on this tri-ball ball mount beneath your hitch for a sleek look when you are done towing. Tow up to 3,500 lbs with the 1-7/8" ball, 7,500 lbs with the 2" ball, or 14,500 lbs with the 2-5/16" ball.


Features:

  • Ball mount with built-in hitch balls lets you hook up your trailer to your tow vehicle
    • Shank slides into hitch receiver
    • Ball provides connection point for trailer coupler
  • Stowable design lets you store ball and mounting platform underneath your vehicle
    • Remove pins holding ball mount platform in place on shank
    • Flip platform underneath the hitch
    • Reinsert pins and clips to secure ball mount platform for travel
  • Adjustable height lets you tow trailers of different heights with the same vehicle
    • Slide ball mount up or down along shank and secure in place with included pins and clips
  • Anti-theft design ensures ball mount platform can't be removed when Tow & Stow is installed in hitch
    • No additional locks required to prevent platform and balls from being removed
  • 3 Different-size hitch balls let you tow trailers with different coupler sizes
    • To switch ball, simply remove pin, rotate balls, and reinsert pin
  • Dual-process chrome plating on shank and balls provides excellent rust resistance
  • Stainless steel pins create sturdy, rust-resistant connections
  • Durable steel construction with high yield tubing offers superior strength
  • Hitch pin and clip or hitch lock sold separately
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Gross towing weight:
    • When used with 1-7/8" ball: 3,500 lbs
    • When used with 2" ball: 7,500 lbs
    • When used with 2-5/16" ball: 14,500 lbs
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to center of hitch ball:
    • Hitch pin hole closest to ball: 9-1/4"
    • Hitch pin hole farthest from ball: 10-3/8"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to pin hole in mounting block:
    • Pin hole closest to mounting block: 3-3/4"
    • Pin hole farthest from mounting block: 4-7/8"
  • Maximum drop: 5"
  • Maximum rise: 4-1/2"
  • Incremental height adjustment: 1"
  • Minimum clearance: 11" from ground to lowest point on Tow & Stow hitch
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note:

  • Requires a minimum of eleven inches of clearancebetween the ground and the lowest part of the hitch
  • Without adequate ground clearance, the hitch may hit theground or other objects such as steep driveways or curbs
  • Striking any obstacle may cause damage to the hitch that could affect its integrity

The B&W Tow & Stow adjustable ball mount lets you tow a variety of trailers with different tongue heights. Having a 1-7/8" ball, a 2" ball and a 2-5/16" ball allows for even more versatility, making this the ultimate go-to ball mount if you own multiple trailers.


Easily Adjusts and Stows

B&W Tow & Stow Ball Mount Operation

To switch the hitch ball, simply remove the pin holding the balls in place and rotate the entire block that the balls are mounted on until the ball you want to use is on top. Then replace the pin to secure the block in place.


Adjusting the height of the ball is just as easy. Remove the pins holding the ball mount platform in place and slide the platform up or down along the shank to the desired position. Once you have found the correct height, reinsert the pins and replace the clips.


When you're not towing, you can flip the ball mount platform around and stow it beneath your hitch so that you won't bang your shins. Just remove the pins to slide the ball platform down along the channel and up the back side so that the hitch balls face towards your vehicle. Then replace the pins.


Built-In Anti-Theft System

The Tow & Stow ball mount features a channel that runs along both sides of the shank. This channel not only allows you to slide the ball mount platform up and down to adjust the ball height, but it also prevents removal of the platform when the ball mount is installed, which will help prevent theft of your trailer.


Single Dimensions

A slot is cut into the adjustment channel near the top of the shank. To remove the ball mount platform from the shank you will need to remove the entire ball mount from your hitch. Then remove the pins that hold the platform in place. Flip the platform around to the stowed position on the rear of the shank, and then slide it up until the center pin lines up with the slot in the shank. Pull the platform out towards the rear of the shank until the pin pops out of the adjustment channel.


When the Tow & Stow is secured in your hitch receiver, you will not be able to remove the ball mount platform. This is because the slot in the shank is positioned in such a way that the collar on your hitch will block the pin on the platform from being able to leave the channel. Even if the pins holding the ball mount platform in place are removed, the platform will still be confined to this channel. So, as long as a hitch lock is used to secure the entire ball mount in your hitch receiver, and a coupler lock is used to prevent your trailer's coupler from being disengaged from the ball, your trailer will be secure.


How to Measure Drop on Adjustable Ball Mount


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Video Transcript for B and W Tow and Stow 3-Ball Mount Review

Hi there heavy hollers. Today we're gonna be taking a look at B&W's Tow & Stow 3-Ball receiver hitch. This ball mount comes with three different sized balls, and it's designed to fit in 2.5 inch hitches. We can see here in the end, we've got our two inch ball here, currently in the rise, 'cause our boat trailer here uses a two inch hitch, but we've also got a 1 7/8, and a 2 5/16 available. Another thing that's nice about this ball mount, is that it is adjustable. We've got seven inches of drop in its current position.

And if we we're to take it out and flip it over to where this portion was going upward, that would be the rise position, And we'd get about 7.5 inches in the rise position. We've got plenty of adjustment holes here, and each hole, the distance between those, is gonna give us about 1 3/8 of an inch of adjustment. When you're ready to adjust the height, it's pretty easy. We simply pull out the clips that hold our pins in place. And since this is a B&W, you'll appreciate how easy the pins just slide in and out.

The machining on these is just fantastic. So you can see here, also that, when we go to adjust it, that this is completely secured to our drop here. So, nobody can come along and grab our pins, and walk away with our ball. It's gonna stay secure on here. So, we can go ahead and slide it up to the position and that's gonna work best for us.

So, it's looks like, we're gonna be at about this position here. So, we'll just slide our pins back through, line up our holes, and then resecure the pins. So, now that we know the right height, we are gonna select the ball size that's appropriate for our setup. To do that, you'll wanna pull the pin for the ball, and you can see here that it now rotates. So, you can choose the most appropriate one for your trailer, whatever size your coupler is.

The smallest one on here is the 1 7/8. With this one, we're gonna have a maximum of a 3,500 pound towing capacity. The two inch is gonna give us a maximum of 7,500 pounds, and with our 2 5/16, we're gonna have a 14,500 pounds of towing capacity available to us. Regardless of which position you're using, this ball mount does have a 1,450 pound towing weight rating on it as well. And, that should be more than enough for anything you're gonna be hooking up to this thing. One of the things I'll point out, is that we've got two holes here for securing our ball. If you're gonna use the two, or the 2 5/16, you'll use the rear most hole to secure it in that position. If you're gonna use it in the 1 7/8, or in the storage position, you would use the forward most hole. So we're gonna set ours to the two inch, because that's what our trailer is here, and then resecure that pin. And having three different ball sizes, is going to maximize the versatility of what your truck can bring with you. Two inch balls are great for a lot of your boat trailers, and maybe your smaller car haulers. A lot of those have two inch hitches on them, so we've got a two inch available. We can bring all these things along with us. Your larger bumper pull campers and enclosed trailers, often have 2 5/16 inch balls, which we've got that available, again, with that 14,500 pound capacity, which should be more than enough than any of these campers have. Oftentimes these things usually top out about 10,000 pounds. So, you usually have plenty of leeway with that 2 5/16 ball. And, maybe it won't come up as often, but you've got a 1 7/8 inch ball in there as well. So, if you're doing a little bit of work around the house, you've got a small utility trailer that you'd like to hook up to just get some work done, you can do that. Or, maybe you've got a jet ski trailer or a kayak trailer. Something like that often has a 1 7/8 inch ball, 'cause it doesn't really have a lot of weight capacity to it. We're now over here, on our big enclosed camper. This is gonna show it off the best, as it's the biggest weight we've got here. It's a 2 5/16 ball. So, we've gone ahead and backed up. We did hook up our electrical so we can operate the jack, and we're just lowering our trailer onto it now. Once you've got it loaded on there, it's not uncommon for you to have to pull forward a little bit in order to get it latched. And, then you wanna finish hooking up the rest of your components, which includes your safety chains. Make sure you cross those to create a cradle underneath. So, in the event of a catastrophic disconnect, it'll catch your components, and keep from digging into the pavement. And, if you have brakes on your trailer, make sure you hook up that breakaway switch cable as well. The balls are double-chrome plated, to protect against rust and corrosion. And you can see, we put a little bit of grease on the ball that we use too, to help prevent any metal to metal contact, and extend the life of our ball. The body of it is constructed of steel, and can come in either a black powder coat finish, or chrome like we're showing off today. Now, we've talked about a lot, with our tri-ball features on this, but they don't call it the tow and stow for nothing. With this unit, we can actually store it, and reduce the distance that it sticks off the back of our truck here. So, to do that, we're gonna remove the pin and clip, and we're gonna put it in the 1 7/8 position. That's actually our storage position. We'll then resecure that. We'll pull both the pin and clips then, for our drop and rise position. And, you can see it'll drop all the way down. And once it drops all the way down, our ball actually will roll underneath. We can lift it back up as high as it'll go, and then reinsert our pins, and then store it right back into this position. And this is nice, because we've now reduced the distance that was sticking off the back here, by almost about six inches. It's quite a bit that sticks off the back. And, what this can do, is it can make the difference between being able to store your vehicle in the garage and shut the door. That sticking off at the back there, might've been just that enough that prevented that door from shutting. And also, if you have a slightly oversized garage, mine's a little bit deeper, and if I wanna park my truck in there, and I've got a ball on the back, it will fit, but I can't get around the truck. This will give me the distance that I need to be able to walk around and still utilize my garage when the truck's inside. And I like it. One of my favorite parts, is when you're doing stuff in the garage, or out working, you're usually in a hurry, you're running by, and all of a sudden you've hit your shin on that ball. And boy does that hurt. You're saying a lot of things you shouldn't say. Putting it like this makes it much closer to the truck, and it really minimizes the odds of you accidentally hitting it. I also kind of like the chrome finish. It makes it a little bit easier to see. So, even when it's darker outside, you're walking, maybe just using a flashlight or just a small light, it's gonna reflect really well, making this obvious that it's there. And one final feature that we really haven't talked about, is the hitch pin mounting holes located on our receiver hitch here. We've got two that are a little bit over an inch apart from one another. So, you can adjust as necessary to ensure you've got the appropriate distance for the truck and trailer that you're using in combination together. And that completes our look at B&W's Tow & Stow 3-Ball receiver hitch..


Customer Reviews

B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount - 2.5" Hitch - 5" Drop/4.5" Rise - 14.5K - Chrome - BWTS20048C

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (2006 Customer Reviews)

Stow the ball and mounting platform on this tri-ball ball mount beneath your hitch for a sleek look when you are done towing. Tow up to 3,500 lbs with the 1-7/8" ball, 7,500 lbs with the 2" ball, or 14,500 lbs with the 2-5/16" ball.

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This is the trailer hitch I have ever seen. It is heavy and feels indestructible. The shiny chrome one looks great also. I'm towing a travel trailer with it that is 900 lbs tongue weight and it handles it great. It is so convenient to have all 3 sizes hitch balls available, although I will seldom use the 1 7/8 hitch ball. The store feature behind the hitch is very handy to help save your shins also. Highly recommend!!!


Comments
After a year, still a great hitch.
James M - 08/10/2020


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Was well pleased with both the lock and hitch assembly provided. This was my second B&W hitch I have bought and used over the past 10 years with no problems. Was going to use my old black model on my new truck but the receiver was larger than the old truck so I needed a new lock. Then when I saw the chrome hitch for the larger receiver I decided it would look better. Custom 2020 truck needed a custom hitch. This hitch also has a better load rating than my old model which now makes it possible to tow anything that comes my way regardless of size.



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It’s so nice too not have to switch ball mounts for each size of ball. Excellently build, will recommend to anyone Thx



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Hitch is awesome. ETRAILER was great to deal with. Shipped hitch out very fast. Thanks



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This ball and hitch system was perfect for our uses. Beautiful product, great customer service!


Comments
Great, awesome hitch!
Jim - 03/14/2020



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Needed hitch with sufficient drop and heavier load capability for my 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 4WD. Received hitch in only 3 days; great product and good looking. I ordered the hitch with a 5" drop after reading a customer review for the 7" drop hitch that had a Dodge Ram 2500 and indicated that he could had got by with the 5" drop. After taking measurements, I figured that 5" would be enough drop for me; also I was concerned about 2" less ground clearance in stow. I was wrong ... my smaller trailer still needed a bit more drop; and it ended up that the 5" drop did not give any better ground clearance over the 7" drop due to the orientation of the ball in stow that hang below the 5" drop main bracket. It cost me the $28 return shipping for my mistake, but I had no problem contacting etrailer.com who assisted me with the return and new order for a 7" drop hitch.



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Ordered for my husband, he absolutely loves it. Great service and speedy delivery. Great specs on the order form. I will be using etrailer again. Thank you.



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Out of the box this hitch impressed with a Heft that screams - Heavy Duty ! The finish is immaculate and after sliding it into the receiver, I pulled the R pins and tried all of the adjustments and no matter what position I put the hitch into, there was no machining slop or mis- fitting. Every guy yearns for 3 balls when you get in that position where you need options, and this gives you that.



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It took a little while to get it but you all keeping in touch with me was greatly appreciated, THANK YOU



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Love the BW hitch. looks good, has the option to use any of the 3 types of hitch balls, and also has vertical height adjustments all very easy.



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Works good just need to make sure pins are always greased up



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Great product. Well made and looks great. Fast shipping and fantastic customer support.



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Looks great and works great



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Well made easy to use. Installed and put to use as soon as it arrived. Fast shipping and great customer support.



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Review from a similar Tow and Stow in Trailer Hitch Ball Mount


Item was described very well. Shipping was fast as well. The ease of changing the ball for the application i need, and stowing away when not needed make this hitch the only one I'll ever own.


Comments
Its working fantastically. So easy to have a one size fits all hitch. I do keep it lubricated just a bit on the pins. But thats because I keep it on the truck year round.
Mark - 05/06/2021


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Review from a similar Tow and Stow in Trailer Hitch Ball Mount


Absolutely wonderful! Super heavy duty! I haul around my heavy duty dump trailer with 15-20k pounds in it and this hitch can withstand anything. I have it turned upward instead of downward to lift up the trailer a little higher to help with sag on my truck from the weight. I also love the ability to stow it however I never use that feature cause I’m always towing.



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Review from a similar Tow and Stow in Trailer Hitch Ball Mount


Just received yesterday after very fast shipping. Installed on truck and this is a very solid hitch. Love the way it stows and the build is awesome. This should last a very long time, highly recommend B&W and etrailer.



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Review from a similar Tow and Stow in Trailer Hitch Ball Mount


Just installed on my f250. I love it! I ordered the 7.5 inch drop with the 3 different trailer ball sizes. Super simple. I recommend getting the silencer pad as well as the locking pin. Super fast shipping and super fast responses from the team. They go above and beyond. Will be towing a car trailer with a dodge 2500 on it this weekend so it came at a perfect time. PS: I have a leveled 2016 F250 on 35x11.50’s. The 7.5 inch drop may be a little bit over kill. Any one looking that has the same truck could probably get by with a 4.5 inch drop.



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Review from a similar Tow and Stow in Trailer Hitch Ball Mount


Great product. Extremely well built and looks great. Very easy to put into stow mode and move it back to the positions you want to tow from. The rated capacity of it is great it’ll do everything your truck will do in a bumper pull mode. It is a must for a 19 F-250 with the ride height to get your load level and to make the connection a easier process.


Comments
It’s a great hitch. From height adjustment to having 3 different sized balls that you can tuck and stow out of the way when not in use. Great product with towable weight capacity stamped on it so you now what it can safely tow.
Mark F - 11/17/2020


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Review from a similar Tow and Stow in Trailer Hitch Ball Mount


Great service, hitch was supposed to come in a week, it came in two days. Have previous experience with B&W , just wanted to upgrade to heavier duty version. Thanks, will definitely order again.


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  • Best B&W Tow & Stow for a 2018 Ford F-350
    In order to find out how much of a drop you need to look for in a ball mount, you will need to measure from the ground to the top of the inside edge on your trailer hitch and then from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler on your trailer while level. If you subtract the trailer height measurement from the hitch that will give you the amount of drop you need to look for in a ball mount. I recommend doing this for both trailers. Please note that the B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount...
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  • Recommended 3 Ball Adjustable Ball Mount In Chrome For 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver
    The B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount - 2" Hitch - 5" Drop, 5-1/2" Rise - 10K - Chrome # BWTS10048C is for a 2 inch hitch receiver. If you have a 2-1/2 Inch receiver, then I recommend the B&W Tow & Stow 3-Ball Mount - 2.5" Hitch - 5" Drop/4.5" Rise - 14.5K - Chrome # BWTS20048C which has a slightly higher capacity base on the trailer hitch receiver size.
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  • Weight Rating for B&W Tow & Stow 2-Ball Mount BWTS20048B
    The weight rating for the B&W Tow & Stow 2-Ball Mount # BWTS20048B (and for the chrome version # BWTS20048C) depends on which of the two included hitch balls is being used. The smaller 2-inch ball is rated for 7500-lbs towing capacity but the 2-5/16-inch ball can handle trailer weight up to 14,500-lbs. These ball mounts can be secured to your 2-1/2-inch hitch using their matching pin lock # C23025.
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