Will Super Extra Long Ball Mount 80232 Decrease the Tongue Weight Capacity of a Trailer Hitch

Question:

I am trying to get some distance between my tow vehicle and my travel trailer so I can use the swagman xp 3 bike rack. My trailer max weight is 2800 lbs. with tongue weight of 350 lbs. My hitch max weight is 500 lbs. Will using the 80232 ball mount decrease the 500lb. max hitch weight?

Expert Reply:

No. Because ball mount # 80232 is not an adapter or extension, if used directly in the trailer hitch it will not decrease the tongue weight capacity enough (though it may decrease it only slightly) to be an issue. You will need to make sure that the combined trailer tongue weight, bike rack, and bikes does not exceed the 500 pound tongue weight capacity of the hitch. Also check the vehicle owners manual for its tongue weight rating and if lower go by the lower rating.

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