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Old 02-04-2016, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suggestions for Ball Hitch

Good afternoon. I would appreciate suggestions about sources for a new Ball Hitch. I have a '02 2500 HD with 6.6 ltr. It can tow 12,000 lbs. I intend to buy a Travel Trailer, and most Travel trailers require a 2 5/16" Ball.

Northern Tool has a Ultra Tow 10-ton capacity 2 5/16" ball, but it is a "bolt on" rather than a Sleeve.

Harbor Freight sells a simple steel Ball 2 5/16" for $10.

How easy (or wise) would it be to just put this 2 5/16" Ball onto a larger capacity sleeve receiver?
Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-04-2016, 01:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Assuming you have a 2" receiver hitch, get a heavy duty sleeve with hole in end and mount (bolt on) a 2 5/16 ball. Most trailer sales places have these already. Check out e-trailer

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Old 02-04-2016, 02:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Tired Farmer! I'm on that e-trailer site now. I appreciate your help.
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The "insert" for the receiver is called a ballmount. Heavy duty ones are solid forged steel with 1 1/4 hole for ball.

Hauling a Camper you'll probably want a Weight distribution hitch.

Heavest rated 2 5/6 ball I have seen is rated 30,000 pounds. Anything rated above trailer will work.
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Something to note if buying a cheap trailer ball or mount, make sure they are rated high enough for what you tow. Harbor Freight's 2-5/16" ball was only rated for 5000 pounds last time I looked at one. Many ball mounts are only rated for 4-5000 as well.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've had a 2" ball and a clevis mount purchased at Harbor Freight fail on me on two separate occasions despite using them under their rated capacities.

My advice, buy at local reputable shop or order from etrailer. I now just buy cheap one time use or disposable tools from HF. Anything critical or for long term use, I pay more for better quality...
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You will need a weight distribution hitch setup for travel trailer. That's a totally different setup than just a standard receiver hitch.
For normal trailer towing just jet you a receiver hitch with 2" ball.
I also deal with etrailer for trailer parts and accessories.
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Try to find a 2 1/2 reciever. And ditch that sleeve.
I found mine at my Rv store .It is solid and never have to worry about that sleeve.
Weight distribution helps alot.Had a husky 12k anti sway
Huge difference. .
Check the rv forums could find one cheap
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