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Old 09-09-2013, 04:36 PM
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

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I agree with David. For your purpose, since you don't know what you will be towing, and it will probably be light weight, the convert a ball would be a good choice for you. The 2" drop on the hitch would probable work for most situations. Even if it is not exactly level, it will work for light towing.
I agree with the Convert-a-ball.
I disagree on the 2" drop.

I've seen way too many people towing trailers with the hitch ball too high and the trailer isn't level and yet they still try to drive at 55+mph and the trailer is swaying all over the road endangering both themselves and those around them.

If you will be towing a variety of trailers, do yourself and everyone on the road a favor and buy an adjustable ball mount. Harbor Freight has a decent unit for a good price. Due to the design, you will feel/hear clunking as you drive over bumps, but at least the trailer will be properly leveled and you won't endanger those around you. (It's what I bought for general towing, once I buy a boat I will buy a solid mount with the proper drop for the boat trailer.)

If you can't stand the clunking over bumps, the nice ones will run around $200 from some place online like Etrailer.com
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:02 PM
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

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I agree with the Convert-a-ball.
I disagree on the 2" drop.

I've seen way too many people towing trailers with the hitch ball too high and the trailer isn't level and yet they still try to drive at 55+mph and the trailer is swaying all over the road endangering both themselves and those around them.

If you will be towing a variety of trailers, do yourself and everyone on the road a favor and buy an adjustable ball mount. Harbor Freight has a decent unit for a good price. Due to the design, you will feel/hear clunking as you drive over bumps, but at least the trailer will be properly leveled and you won't endanger those around you. (It's what I bought for general towing, once I buy a boat I will buy a solid mount with the proper drop for the boat trailer.)

If you can't stand the clunking over bumps, the nice ones will run around $200 from some place online like Etrailer.com
Key word is nice one. That is a lot of money to spend for someone who tows very little. I agree, it is best to have level, but need to weigh price -vs - use. I personally do not like the adjustable ones (more areas to break or fail) and have fixed systems leveled for my boat and my trailer (less areas for failure).
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I have the 2014 Limited with standard shocks. I bought a Reese 2" drop ball mount and a Convert-A-Ball for the ball. Obviously, if you have a specific trailer that you are towing, you should measure it and find a ball mount that works best. Selecting the Right Hitch

This discussion seems to indicate that you might need a 4" to 5" for your 2011 Overland if you have air suspension. This should get the ball height close to the standard 18".
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The nice thing about the convert-a-ball is that you can quickly change out the ball size.
Convert-A-Ball 902B Stainless Steel 1" Standard Shank with 1-7/8", 2" and 2-5/16" Ball : Amazon.com : Automotive
Thanks! That's exactly what I needed. Amazon is our friend... will have to look for the longer drop then.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

FWIW, My utility trailer (5x8 landscape style flatbed) and my 6x14 race trailer both used a 6" drop. The open trailer is a bit nose up, but not a big deal for short trips to the dump or garden center. So, I don't think a 2" would be close.
+1 on the convert a ball
+100 on the Rapid Hitch (what I use now)
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

I have a 2004 Grand Cherokee. My boat takes a 2" drop, and my utility trailer takes a 6" drop. I only use the trailer for short trips, so I use the 2" drop and everything works out fine. If I took it for longer trips, I would probably have 2 hitches - a 2" and a 6". Still not so keen on the adjustable aluminum hitches. Prefer stainless steel hitches.
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