Trailer Ball Tips
Last edited on June 3, 2009
Follows are a number of tips that you should consider when thinking about purchasing or installing a trailer ball:
- A trailer hitch ball should have a durable, rust-resistant finish.
- A consideration for fast and effortless installation is that the trailer hitch ball should have flat sides for attaching with wrenches.
- The best quality trailer hitch balls should be designed so that the weight of the trailer is born on the shank. This then takes the stress from the hitch ball itself, freeing the coupler from friction and binding, which causes a smoother and safer tow.
- Trailer hitch ball covers are needed when you aren’t towing to protect hitch balls from damage by dirt and debris.
- The strongest trailer hitch balls should exceed the United States government’s V-5 specifications. This rating is an indicator of both safety and performance.
- For a means of rating the strength of a trailer ball, remember that standard, long shank, and high-rise hitch balls are designed for loads up to 10,000 lbs. When considering towing heavier loads, you should choose heat-treated and/or specialty hitch balls.
- Trailer hitch balls should be drop-forged to have the best in strength and durability.
- In generally considering the most common measurements, trailer hitch balls with diameters ranging from 1 & 7/8 inches to 2 & 5/16 inches are suitable for general towing. However, the size of the hitch on your trailer will determine the size of the trailer ball you need.
- For the best in convenience, you may want to consider the Switch Ball brand trailer hitch ball. They are quite versatile, available in three sizes, and you do not need pins or tools to change the ball sizes.
- If you are unable to resolve more specific questions, you may need to visit a local trailer shop to ask an expert questions.