Weigh Safe Ball Mount with Built-In Scale Review

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Review of the Weigh Safe Ball Mount with Built-In Scale

Hey guys, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over the line of Weigh Safe Ball Mounts, with integrated scale. So for starters, you're gonna have a ton of different options to choose from for the line of Weigh Safe Ball Mounts. You're gonna have a few different materials. You're gonna have aluminum, which is what we have here, and you're also gonna have steel. And furthermore, you're gonna have a few different finish options as well. So the aluminum comes in a bare aluminum and it comes in an aluminum with a Cerakoted finish, which is the particular model we have here.

There's also a steel ball mount with the same Cerakoted finish as well. So in regards to hitch size compatibility, if you have the aluminum ball mount, you're gonna be able to use it with a two inch hitch receiver, a two and a half inch hitch receiver, which is what we have here, as well as a three inch hitch receiver. However, if you have the steel version, this is only gonna be available in two inch and two and a half inch. So the Weigh Safe line of ball mounts are all gonna be adjustable in regards to our rise and drop. Now, there's actually gonna be a few different models depending on how much drop we need.

The steel versions are available in a drop of six and eight inches respectively. The aluminum versions, you get a little bit more adjustment. You're gonna allow for a four inch drop, a six inch drop, an eight inch drop and even a 10 inch drop. So in order to choose the correct ball mount for your application in regards to the rise / drop, you wanna do a little bit of measuring beforehand. The measurements we're gonna need to take, are from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube.

And then we're also gonna measure on our trailer from the ground to the bottom edge of the coupler, while it's level. So we're gonna subtract these two measurements from one another. If the hitch height is higher than the coupler height, we're gonna be looking for a ball mount with a drop. But if the hitch height is lower than the coupler height, we're gonna be looking for a ball mount with a rise. Now it's important that we choose an option that allows us to tow a range of different trailers.

So if we have a couple of different trailers, we're definitely gonna go ahead and measure them to make sure that we get the most versatile ball mount for us. 'Cause after all, that's one of the main benefits of an adjustable ball mount. We don't necessarily have a fixed ball mount for one trailer, we're gonna be able to adjust our height here to suit a number of different trailers. Now, as far as the hitch ball sizes go, you can see we have the two inch hitch ball installed here. Now, each of our different variants of this ball mount is gonna come with two hitch balls. You can either order it with the on and 7/8th inch hitch ball and the two inch hitch ball. Or you can order it with the two inch hitch ball and the two and 5/16th inch hitch ball. So there's tons of different adjustable ball mounts on the market. Now, the Weigh Safe do have some aluminum options, which are super lightweight. So that's definitely a benefit. But let's face it, the main feature of our Weigh Safe ball mount is the integrated scale. So, if you're wondering why you might want the integrated scale on a ball mount here. Number one is, we're not gonna have to worry about having a separate tongue weight scale. Now we do sell these. Usually, it's a stand that goes on the coupler. But we have to tug around an extra scale with us and it's really a hassle to use. We can also use commercial CAT scales, but again, sometimes it cost money and it's just a big hassle. Having an integrated scale on your ball mount here, is gonna make your life much easier. So the reason this is gonna be important, in regards to loading our trailer. So whether you have a flatbed trailer that you're loading a car on, or a Rayzr to hit the trails over the weekend, or you just need to transport a vehicle that's broken down. We could also use this for a travel trailer when we're loading that as well. So basically what the tongue weight scale allows us to do is it allows us to get the ideal tongue weight range, meaning we can adjust the weight on our trailer to get the correct tongue weight. So if we have a car we're loading on a flatbed trailer, we could use the scale to pull it forward more or reverse it more over the rear axle, to get us in the ideal range. So the ideal tongue weight range for most trailers, is gonna be about 10 to 15%. Now being in the sweet spot here, is gonna ensure that you have a nice smooth and efficient towing experience. So being in this 10 to 15% margin, as we said, it's gonna lead to an overall better towing experience. And the reason for this is, a lot of people don't realize this, but let's say we have our load a little bit too far to the rear, or we've loaded our travel trailer with too much stuff over the rear axle, we don't have enough tongue weight. Now not being in that 10 to 15% tongue weight ranges, it's actually gonna cause a lotta issues. Most people don't realize this, but having a light tongue on our trailer is gonna lead to a lot of trailer sway issues. So if we're already towing a trailer, we can't figure out why it's swaying, they do make supplemental products to help with this, such as weight distribution systems that have anti-sway control devices built in. But you're really only band-aiding the problem. The permanent fix is gonna be to adjust the tongue weight on your trailer, so you get within that ideal margin and you're not fighting the trailer getting squirly on you, out in the highway. So on the contrary, let's say we have too much weight over the tongue of our trailer, we're over that 15% max. So having too much tongue weight on our trailer here, is gonna lead to issues such as porpoising. It's really just gonna make for an unnerving feeling out in the road. We also could be overloading our truck depending on what we calculated for. So we're gonna wear the suspension out on that faster as well. So something else that this could be used for, not necessarily dispersing your load on the trailer evenly, but you can also if you just need to find out what your tongue weight is. Now say, we got a 2,500 here, so we have a pretty high tongue weight. But these can definitely still be used on SUVs as well. And say, you're gonna be towards the max of your capacity for your vehicle or the trailer hitch. So you need to verify what your tongue weight is before you take off down the road so you can remain legal. The Weigh Safe scale is gonna be an excellent option for that, 'cause it's gonna let you know in real-time what your exact tongue weight is. So as this is a premium ball-mount, you're gonna get some extra added-on features free at no cost. And that's gonna be the locking pins here, which secure the hitch ball platform to the shank. Therefore, we don't have to worry about someone coming up and stealing our hitch ball platform, or someone being able to adjust the hitch ball height without having our keys here. Now keep in mind a lot of ball mounts including our Weigh Safe, do not come with a hitch pin and clip. A lot of people already have their own, but something that Weigh Safe does do that's nice, they actually offer a kit that allows you to have a matching lock for the hitch pin. One that matches the adjustments here on our ball mount. That way we can get the same key for both locks. So in regards to weight capacities, as we said earlier, there are a ton of different variations that you could have, depending on the material, the drop. But the most well-equipped options here, for the aluminum version, they're gonna allow for up to 21,000 pounds of gross trailer weight, and then for the steel version, it's gonna allow for up to 18,500. So in regards to the actual weight of our completed assembly, that's definitely gonna be important. If you find yourself to be taking the ball mount in and out frequently, it's definitely gonna be a little bit easier on you if they're lighter weight. So the aluminum options, again, it's gonna vary depending on what drop you have or what shank size you have. They actually can be as light as 16 pounds. In regards to the steel, they can actually be as light as 31 pounds. So the steel is obviously gonna be a little bit heavier than the aluminum. So this is what it's gonna look like when we get our ball mount out of the packaging. There is gonna be some minor assembly required, but it's super easy. Number one, we're gonna grab two things here. We're gonna grab our ball platform, and then our shank here. So we first need to determine which set of holes we're gonna be using. So these different sets of holes here, they're gonna be allowed for one inch adjustments here, using these two sets, these two sets and so on. So assuming we chose the correct rise and drop for our trailer here, we wanna go ahead and take some further measurements so we know which exact holes we're gonna be using. But once we've determined that, we're gonna come over to our hitch ball here. And there's again, a few different hitch ball options, depending on which one you order. But we're gonna go ahead and grab the one that matches up with our trailer. We're gonna be attaching to a two inch coupler, so that's the hitch ball size we're gonna need. And see here, we're gonna have an oblong hole. And if we look at our ball platform, there's gonna be a hole there that we need to line it up with. So we'll go ahead and insert that in. You're not gonna be able to see it on camera most likely, but you can actually look inside that hole there to make sure everything's lined up. Once we do get it lined up, we're gonna take our pin here, we're gonna insert it through, and it's simply gonna stay like there. We can pull up on our hitch ball, we can see it's locked into place. Now we're gonna come over to shank here, and we're gonna slide the hitch ball platform with our hitch ball onto the shank. So we're gonna pick the correct position that we determined earlier. And then once we have that there, we're gonna go ahead and take our locking pin assembly. Once we have everything lined up, we should just be able to push that right into place there. Then we're gonna take our key here and we're gonna turn it to lock it into place. As you can see, now we can no longer remove the pins, so we know they're locked in place. And then finally, we're gonna take our dust cap here, and we'll put that over the lock core so we don't get any contaminants in there and cause the lock to malfunction. So now we'll simply take our ball mount here, and we'll insert it into the receiver tube here on our truck, it's as simple as that. We do have two hitch pin holes here. We're gonna shoot for the closest one to the ball platform. That'll give us the most amount of material inside the receiver tube. But we can use either one just depending on our setup here. Get our hitch pin here, insert it through, and secure it with our clip, but that's it, we're done. So another unique feature about the line of Weigh Safe Ball Mounts, is actually have a stowable mode. So basically what this means is, say we're not using our ball mount but we wanna keep it secured to our truck here, we don't have to worry about getting it in and out of the vehicle or possibly losing it, there's a nice little feature for this. We're gonna remove the dust cap, and then we're gonna unlock our pins here so we can fold them out. We're gonna grab a hold of our ball platform here, then we're gonna slide it down. Then we're actually gonna turn it around to secure it in the stowed position. You'll have to come back on the other side with your locking pins here. Then we can relock it. And now we have it positioned in the stow mode. Now keep in mind, you can do this with all the different variants except those with the three inch shape. Now let's take our ball mount out on Etrailer parking lot so we can show you it in use. So as promised, we have our ball mount in action now. We have it hooked up to about a 7,500 pound trailer. It's not nearly fully loaded, and our tongue weight scale is registering about 700 pounds. So we're a little bit low on the sweet side. We'd wanna make sure that while we're loading the trailer, we load the items a little bit closer to the tongue. Get us a little bit more tongue weight here on our trailer, so it can tow nice and smooth. So in summary, no matter what vehicle we have or what trailer we're towing, we're gonna have an option to use those together safely from Weigh Safe. As you can see here, the integrated tongue weight scale, it's gonna be a great feature to have. So you can really set up your trailer perfectly to experience the best ride..

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