Choosing the right ball mount doesn’t have to be a difficult task. It really boils down to one question:
Do you need a ball mount that rises or drops? While it may seem like an easy enough question to answer, getting the wrong one could mean a trailer that isn’t leveled during tow – which can be dangerous.
At Camco Wheel & Axle, our experienced service technicians with their expert knowledge on truck accessories and parts, know how confusing it can be when trying to choose the right ball mount for your commercial truck. With these few steps, choosing if you need a rise or drop ball mount is made simple.
What’s so important about selecting the right ball mount?
Often enough, the tow vehicle’s trailer hitch receiver is not at the same height as the trailer tongue. When this happens, a ball mount with a rise or a drop is necessary to keep the trailer level.
Keeping your trailer level ensures that your ride is safe and as comfortable as possible while towing. A stable and level trailer’s weight is distributed properly, keeping the trailer in line. A level trailer also exerts less pressure on the hitch connection.
It is worth noting that the weight rating must meet your gross trailer weight and be equal or larger than the trailer hitch that is being used. Most importantly, you must figure out if your ball mount needs a rise or a drop to help keep your trailer at a stable level. With some simple measurements and easy math, finding out which one you need is actually a cinch.
What steps do I take to find the type of ball mount I need?
Before selecting a ball mount, there are a few things you have to check to make sure your new ball mount will be compatible with your needs.
First, you must be certain that its shank size matches the receiver tube opening of your hitch.
To do so, you need to know the ball mount’s length and the ball hole’s diameter. The ball mount length is the distance between the center of the ball to the center of the pinhole. The ball hole’s diameter refers to the size of the hole on the ball mount’s platform. The ball hole measurement is then used to determine the shank diameter so that the hitch ball can fit properly into the ball mount.
After you’ve squared that away, take these steps to find out what type of ball mount is best for your towing vehicle and trailer:
- Park your tow vehicle and trailer on level ground.
- With a tape measure, measure the distance from the ground to the top of the receiver on the trailer hitch of your towing vehicle.
- Next, measure the distance between the ground and the trailer coupler in order to get the coupler height.
- Calculate the difference between the two measurements. Subtract the hitch height from the coupler height. Save that number for later.
- If the hitch height is greater, chances are you will need a ball mount with a drop. If the trailer coupler height is greater, you’ll need a ball mount with a rise.
- The difference between the two height measurements then determines the amount of rise or drop that is needed on the ball mount. Try to use a ball mount with a rise or drop that is closest to the height difference between the coupler and the trailer hitch. For example, if your height hitch is greater than your coupler by 6 and ¾ inches, use a ball mount with a 7-inch drop.
- Lastly, choose a ball mount according to your needs, and contact Camco Wheel & Axle to see if we have it in stock. With spring and summer vacation coming in fast, ball mounts are flying off of the shelves.
Camco Wheel & Axle is your number one total vehicle solution for truck and utility trailer parts and accessories in McAllen.
Our service technicians are eager to help choose and install ball mounts or any other truck accessories that you may need. Our 30-plus years of experience has well-equipped us to handle any concerns you may have regarding truck and utility trailer accessories, truck upfits, or custom fabrications in McAllen.