Ball Hitches - No Flash, No Dash,
But Very Useful
trucks, RV’s and vans all have something in common; they can all use ball
hitches. These are the most widely used hitch and the simplest to install and
use. They are simple contraptions that use simple technology. Unlike some of
the other hitches (Fifth wheel, gooseneck hitches) they take up very little
space and there is no complicated installation process.
B. Shank Diameter
C. Shank Length
D. Standard Lift
Ball hitches are generally made of chrome or other hard metal. They attach
directly onto the back of your vehicle or onto a tongue. They take up minimal
space. If you want them to take up less space than they already do, you can
get foldable ball hitches that fold beneath the car or truck when they are not
There are even more options when it comes to the ever popular ball hitch.
Let’s say that you have two trailers that use two different size balls. You
can now buy a two ball hitch. These useful devices can swivel so that you can
change the size of the ball that is in use. The unused ball hangs from the
bottom and can be swiveled upwards when you want to use it.
Of course, the ball hitch can’t handle as much weight as some of the other
hitches. They just aren’t made to haul heavy loads. They are primarily made
for small trailers and the like. If you want a hitch for hauling large, heavy
objects, you will have to look at getting a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck
When buying a ball hitch, you should make sure that the hitch you buy will fit
the vehicle you are attaching it too. This problem crops up primarily with
motorcycles. Some ball hitches aren’t made for some types of motorcycles. You
should talk to the dealer or look in your owner’s manual to find out what your
towing capacity is and you should make sure that the hitch you eventually buy
will fit your vehicle as well.
Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the ball hitch must be
properly installed. If not, you could find that your trailer swings too much,
or you can lose your load all together.
There are also several types of ball hitch. The bigger balls can usually tow
more weight than the smaller balls. You should make sure that the ball hitch
you buy is able to tow the weight you intend to use it for.
Most trucks come with a ball hitch already installed. If you’re buying a
truck, and you know that you will be towing something, you might want to look
at buying a truck that comes with a preinstalled hitch. If the truck you want
to buy doesn’t have one preinstalled, ask the dealer to install one for you
before you buy it. Most of the time, a dealer will think it is a small price
to pay in order to make the sale.
While ball hitches are not for everyone, they are good enough for most of the
towing needs a regular, everyday person will run into in the course of their
lifetimes. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They can be
installed on any type of vehicle and they are extremely easy to use.
Just remember to take the required safety precautions when installing them and
everything should work out fine. Choose the one that will best suit your
needs, and don’t buy the cheapest hitch on the market. You will probably use
the hitch you purchase for many years to come, so a quality hitch is worth its
weight in gold.
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About the Author
Scott Gray is a freelance author and web site publisher who provides
useful information and money saving tips about
ball hitches and
trailer hitch accessories.