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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 25, 2014 - 06:44 AM

I have been using a drop style ball hitch for the 16' trailer, but it was only rated for 5000 lbs. Trailer is 7000 lb max. So I have been looking for something better and found this.

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GTW/TW Ball 1 7,500 LB/750 LB

GTW/TW Ball 2 10,000 LB/1,000 LB

Length 8 1/2 IN

Shank Type Solid Receiver

Tube Size 2 IN

Finish Black Powder Coat

UPC 612314001606

Weight 19

 

It is rated at 7500/750 lbs on the 2" ball, 10,000/1000 on the 2-5/16 side. The 2X2 is solid steel. Found it at the local farm supply for $59. It also is about 2" shorter from my old mount height, so the trailer will not be so high in front when empty.


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 07:09 AM

I see those often, even with all three sizes on them. Never figured our how all the balls are fastened on. can see a heavy stud between two like this pix, but the one with three always has them lined up, so the 3rd one, if it had stud, would be in same Plane as the other two??? Can get them chromed too!  Many are chinese ones, wonder if they are really rated as they say?? I just have the two inserts in my back seat area in my truck and trade them out when needed. My 2-5/16 one is really rated at Group 4 and has a huge stud on the ball, made me buy an even bigger insert than what I had for the 2" ball. Think the stud is 1" on it. Most have 3/4" for heavy ball.  It all amazes me that they change the ratings on things, but they all still have the 5/8" pin to hold in the insert!  All that weight is held by that pin. I find that amazing, plus that pin may only be held by a push pin too! 


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 07:41 AM

Food for thought there, GL!



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Posted June 25, 2014 - 09:14 AM

I have one that looks identical made by Buyers. I like it and its made of solid 2 inch square stock. Ive used it a lot this year and seems to be holding up well.
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Posted June 25, 2014 - 10:11 AM

A 5/8" pin would take a huge amount of force to shear off.  You would probably break or bend something else on the vehicle side of the hitch first. I don't like those push pins either.  I've seen too many of them come off.


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 12:16 PM

I have a 3 ball hitch from Northern tool. I have pulled all kinds of stuff with it (including a bulldozer) and it has held up.


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 05:43 PM

A 5/8" pin would take a huge amount of force to shear off.  You would probably break or bend something else on the vehicle side of the hitch first. I don't like those push pins either.  I've seen too many of them come off.

Your right Brian,I think something else would be laying on the ground before that pin would shear and I also think those push pins suck.

   Also don't use a bolt instead of the proper pin ,it may work but the troopers around here don't like seeing them---a DOT thing.


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 05:47 PM

I have a 3 ball hitch from Northern tool. I have pulled all kinds of stuff with it (including a bulldozer) and it has held up.

I've seen those things dangling from trucks and swinging in the breeze!  No thanks!   :watching_you:


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 08:48 PM

I have an older American made slide in with interchangeable balls that slide over the upright and lock, the 2 5/16 is rated for 10,000 lbs, the mount welded 5/16" steel. I doubted its usefulness or functionality, but it is much stronger than the hitch mounts at the truck.
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Posted June 25, 2014 - 09:11 PM

I'm glad to see others stating about their various hitches here. It will make good reference material for future use!


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 07:30 AM

On a similar note, I have an equalizer hitch and I would like to have a locking pin, but I haven't found one that doesn't rust up.






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