Using High Rise Trailer Ball to Achieve No Rise or Drop on Ballmount


Dear Sirs Based on my measurements, at the moment it looks like I need what is basically a flat tow bar for my 2012 F250. But there dont seem to be any flat 2.5inch cushioned tow bars. So my question is, if I put this on 2inch riser ball on a 2inch cushioned tow bar will I have essentially a flat tow bar? Second question, does this ball have provisions for a cotter pin to make sure if the nut loosens up it cant come off? Thanks


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When determining the required rise or drop of ball mount needed, there will be many instances where the available ball mounts will not match up exactly with the rise or drop needed.

As long as the ball mount used places the trailer within 1-1/2 inches of level, you will be absolutely fine. Having the trailer above level is preferable to under level, as most vehicles will squat or settle a bit once the trailer is hitched to the vehicle.

If the Curt # C40036 high rise 2-5/16 trailer ball is used with a 2 inch drop ball mount, the bottom of the trailer coupler will approximately even with the top of the receiver. This means that you would have a zero rise or drop, which is what you are looking for.

The trailer ball does not have a hole in the shank for a cotter pin. As long as the ball is properly torqued according to the instructions when installed on the ball mount, you need not worry about the ball coming loose.

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