Best Ball Mount Options

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Best Ball Mount Options


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the different ball mount options that are available at etrailer.com. And whether you tow once a year or every day, we're going to have something to fit your needs. No matter what we're towing, our ball mount is going to play a key role in making sure that we get from point A to point B safely and securely. So it's important to remember that we're only as strong as our weakest link. From the front of our tow vehicle to the back of our trailer and everything in between, we need to make sure that all those components are up to the task. And you never want to exceed any of the recommended weights.Whenever looking for a ball mount, it can be overwhelming.

There's so many different options and different ones available. So we'll break it down to make that decision a little bit easier. Before we get into the details, there are a few basic things that we're going to need to know. We're going to need to know the size of our receiver tube that's on our hitch as well as the size and style of coupler that's on our trailer. We're going to need to know if we need a rise or a drop to make sure that our towing setup is nice and leveled.

Now if you don't know how to measure for that, or you don't know for sure, we'll show you how to do that at the end of the video.There's going to be two main styles of ball mounts that we're going to be talking about, the fixed style and the adjustable. So let's take a closer look at our fixed style. If you have one truck and one trailer, our fixed style is going to be a good option, because there's no moving parts. So we're not going to have to worry about any excess rattling and it's going to give us a nice secure point to hook our trailer up to.Keep in mind that most of our fixed mounts do not come with a ball. So you will need to pick that up separately, as well as a vice and a torque wrench to torque the ball down.

However, there are some available that have the ball pre torqued from the factory. You just want to make sure pick one up with appropriate ball size for your coupler.If you hae multiple trailers or possibly pulling the same trailer with multiple different trucks, our adjustable ball mounts are going to be a great option. Because we're going to be able to adjust the ball up or down to the appropriate rise or drop position. So we could hook up to our trailer without having to have several ball mounts. Along with different trailers, comes the possibility for different size couplers.As you can see here, a lot of our adjustable amounts are going to have a multi ball configuration, like the two ball or three ball configuration here.

Giving it that much more versatility to adjust the height and drop as well as the ball that's going to fit the coupler. Now keep in mind there are some fixed mounts that have a multi ball configuration, but we're going to be limited on how we hook up to our trailer. Since most of them are going to have a straight shank, and it's going to come straight out of the receiver tube.With some of the adjustable ball mounts, we're actually going to have the option to store the trailer balls on the back side, so that we don't have to remove the entire ball mount to get it out of the way. Now that not only is going to be nice, we're not going to have to worry about walking behind our vehicle and bumping our leg on the balls. But in a lot of cases we've seen lately, it's actually become illegal in some areas to leave a ball mount hooked up to your vehicle without having a trailer. Because of the liability and if somebody we're to rear end you, a ball on the back of your vehicle's going to do a lot more damage than the bumper itself or a flat surface.Now that we've gone over the difference between the fixed and adjustable, let's take a closer look at some of the more specific features that'll help us in certain applications. Another thing to consider is the construction of our ball mount and how we're going to be using it. A lot of typical ball mounts are going to be a steel construction with some kind of powder coat or paint finish on it. And they're going to resist rust pretty well. But if you live up north where there's a lot of salt on the roads or if you live by the coast where you're going to be doing a lot of towing of a boat, possibly getting by the water. Aluminum may be a better choice because aluminum is going to be rust proof and it'll provide us that little bit more protection.With our aluminum ball mounts being rust proof, they are going to stay looking nice longer. However, whether it be the steel or aluminum, both of them are going to be available in the fixed and adjustable mounts. A unique feature that weigh safe has added to some of their ball mounts, is a built in tongue weight scale. And that's going to take out a lot of the guess work, making sure that our load is nice and balanced and we can get down the road safely.If you're doing a lot of frequent towing or heavy duty towing, there is some options that are going to have some built in shock absorption. So we're not going to feel that jarring and shocking when we're going down the road, transferring back into our truck from our trailer. Our ball mounts available from Gen Y are going to have varying heights. They're going to be available in two inch, all the way up to a three inch. And some of them are going to have this torsion system here. Now as you can see this is a rather big ball mount, made for those heavy duty applications with a lot of tongue weight or just a lot od weight in general.Now when we have extra heavy trailer, you may notice that when you're going down the road, that it wants to push down on the trailer rather hard right on the ball. Or it wants to pull up when we're going over a lot of bumps. That's where our torsion system is going to come in and it's going to absorb a lot of that shock and prevent a lot of that jarring feeling we're getting. And it's going to eliminate that uncomfortable ride.There is some shock absorption available in a fixed mount. Out convert a ball is going to have a cushion inside the shank. That's going to have a little bit of give whenever we need to take off quickly or come to a sudden stop. Convert a ball fixed mount is going to give us that cushion for that back and forth, sudden stopping and starting motion. Whereas our Gen Y adjustable mount is going to give us that cushion when we're going down those bumpy roads for the up and down.If you're doing some heavy duty towing like agricultural equipment or possibly construction equipment. Chances are you're going to have a Lunette ring on the front of your trailer. Now our pintle hook and ball mount combo is going to be a good option. We're still going to be able to hook up our Lunette ring into the coupler here and hook everything up securely. But if we need to switch over to a coupler style, we're going to have our ball mount ready for us.Now this is a fixed mount from Curt, but there is a lot of different options for the adjustable rise and drop. As well as different ball sizes and multiple ball configurations. If you a tow a lot by yourself and you're finding it a hassle to hook up because you're having to get in and out of your towed vehicle to make sure everything's lined up properly. A solution would be looking into the telescoping ball mounts. Not only are they going to extend out but they're also going to swivel. It's going to make it easier to hook up without having to be exactly lined up.So we'll go ahead and show you how to measure for that drop or rise. Now the main reason why that's important is because you do want your trailer to be nice and level. You don't want the front end being pushed down causing too much tongue weight on your towed vehicle. But at the same time, you don't want the back end being too far down pulling up. It's just going to give us a more comfortable safer, more secure ride when we're towing.First we're going to find the ground clearance on our towed vehicle. We're going to be measuring from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. Then we're going to need to find a ground clearance for our trailer. Now you're going to want to measure at the top of the coupler from the ground and find that measurement.And you'll take the difference between those two measurements and that's going to give you the amount you need for a rise or a drop. If your towed vehicle is higher, you'll need a drop. However if your trailer's higher you'll need a rise. In our instance our trailer was lower than our truck by about an inch. So we went with a one inch drop. Now keep in mind it doesn't need to be exact. You're just trying to get as close as you can to making it level. And that'll do it for the look at the best ball mounts. I hope this information will help you find the right ball mount for you.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Carl B.

You did not mention that the most important reason for a level trailer while towing is so each axle shares the load equally. If the trailer were tongue high then the rear axle would be overloaded when you were at or near GVWR.