Hitch Ball Mount
Planning for that weekend getaway, you check if everything is in order. Since you're going to tow your boat along, you check if your towing system still works. After all, you wouldn't want to leave your boat in the middle of the highway. Much to your dismay, you find out that the hitch ball mount is already defective and needs replacement. Though you feel disappointed, you also feel kind of relieved because you were able to see the damage early on instead of having to deal with it when you're already on the road. A towing system basically connects the towing vehicle (the vehicle that pulls) to a trailer (the load that is being pulled), making sure that the connection is well-balanced and safe. It is comprised of the following components which work together to help you carry your cargo: hitch, receiver, hitch ball mount, and hitch couplers. Here's a quick and general guide that will help you get started with your repairs.
Shopping for Hitch Ball Mounts
- Vehicle type
- Towing capacity
- Trailer and load size
- Self-aligning - A self-aligning hitch ball mount comes with an integrating aligning system that forms a V to guide the coupler to the ball.
- Cushioned ball mounts - To prevent the drivetrain from getting damaged by trailer weight during acceleration and braking, this mount also functions much like a shock absorber.
- Integral ball - The ball of this one-piece mount is already part of the mount, so it can't accept different kinds of balls.
- Multi-ball - This particular mount has three to four ball that you can rotate according to the size of the coupler.
- Dual-ball mount - This type of mount is much like the previous one, but it can only accommodate two kinds of balls.
- Triple ball with pintle hook - Lastly, this type of hitch ball mount can only accommodate pintle hooks and lunette ring trailer couplers.
The type of hitch mount that you're going to get for your vehicle will depend on what you drive.whether it's a truck, pickup, SUV, etc.
Hitch ball mounts are classified according to the amount of weight that they can withstand safely. So if you're going to get one, make sure it will be able to handle the amount of load that you plan to carry.
The overall weight of the trailer and load is measure by the gross towing weight while the point where the hitch and the ball mount meet are measured by tongue weight. The hitches are classified into five, according the amount of weight that they can carry.
Hitch mounts come in variety of forms and styles. Here are some of them:
Installing Hitch Ball Mounts
- When looking for hitch ball mounts for your ride, make sure it is compatible with your vehicle's hitch receiver for a smooth drive.
- If you can't find the measurement of the receiver, you can always measure its square opening.
- A typical hitch ball mount will cost you around $50 to $100, so be prepared to spend up within that range.