Choosing Extended Length Ball Mount to Provide Maximum Clearance Between Trailer and Tow Vehicle

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Clearance issue – how long can the ball mount be. 18’Tandem trailer – receiver type hitch -2’’ ball. 36 inches from front of trailer to where the ball goes in. I’m going to haul a 79 ford pickup from Montana on trail behind a 2010 Toyota Tundra. I’m Concern about clearance between truck bed and vehicle being hauled when making turns. How long can the ball mount be and not cause other issues.

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If the trailer has an A-frame tongue on it, you should be in good shape unless you need to make a very tight 90 degree turn. We offer several different ball mounts in extended lengths. The longest ball mounts typically have a lower weight capacity.

You will be best served getting the longest ball mount you can that has a capacity that exceeds the loaded weight of your trailer plus its load. If the trailer weight is not known, you can use a scale at a truck stop and have it weighed for a small fee. Make sure the capacity of the trailer ball used also exceeds the weight of the loaded trailer.

Part # 80232 for example, has a 3/4 inch rise or a 2 inch drop and is 16 inches in length when measured from the hitch pin hole to the ball hole. This ball mount has a 6000 lb capacity. Part # BM20 has the same rise/ drop and is 13-1/4 inches long with a 7500 lb capacity.

I have provided links to our extended length ball mounts, as well as a link to our FAQ article that shows how to measure for the correct ball mount rise/ drop.




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