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Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

Okay...

towing newbie here (except a couple of times towing cars with my mechanic friend), so cue the inevitable laughter (but hey, gotta ask or I'll never learn).

What's the best ball mount/ball to get-- I've got a 2K11 WK2 Overland with Class IV receiver-- and where from (or most practical)? I'm looking just for basic towing capability, like for Ikea or other trailer-type stores, nothing fancy.

Thanks, and sorry for the newbie-level question...
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:08 AM
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

Is use a Rapid Hitch . It's fancy. Sounds like you just need a plain jane walmart one.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

What ever you get, get stainless components.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

I went heavy-duty to be able to avoid even having to think about any issues...I got a heavy cast ball mount from Northern Tool which is rated way more than anything I'll every tow (or could tow) with my JGC. Mine happens to be a 4" drop which is what I need for my trailers, but it's also available in 2" and 6" drop.



Buyers Forged Ball Mount — 4in. Drop, 20,000-Lb. Capacity, Model# 1803056 | Single Ball Mount| Northern Tool + Equipment

I also bought a quality 2 5/16" ball to maintain safety...I tow one or two horses and live weight is different than static weight.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

Depends on what you tow. Standard ball sizes are 1-7/8", 2", and 2-/5/8". Small utility trailers and small boat trailers use the 1-7/8". Standard trailers and most mid sized boat trailers use the 2". Heavy duty trailers (bigger than most people will need) use the 2-5/8" ball. I personally use the 2" ball. The "drop" of the hitch comes in numerous sizes (i.e.: 2" drop, 4" drop...." The best way is to put one in the receiver, and measure top of ball to ground. You want the top of the ball to be 21" above the ground for most applications.
For a beginning towing, I recommend 2" ball (possibly a second hitch with a 1-7/8" ball). I like the stainless steel hitch and ball, as they look nice down the road. The steel hitches will rust. Not sure of the aluminum. Personally, I would rather tow with steel than aluminum. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

Shannon, I'm not sure what you mean by "for beginning towing, I recommend 2" ball". Just to clarify things...the OP should always buy the ball size that matches their trailer and as you indicate, that might mean more than one if they have multiple things to tow that have different requirements. My utility trailer uses a 2" ball. My horse trailer uses a 2 5/16" ball. Both require a 4" drop with my JGC for proper "level". The bigger ball is on the cast ball mount I mentioned above. The 2" ball is on a welded steel ball mount that I had from way back when I owned a Tundra pick-em-up...my utility trailer is limited to 2900 lbs gross so it's adequate.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

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Shannon, I'm not sure what you mean by "for beginning towing, I recommend 2" ball". Just to clarify things...the OP should always buy the ball size that matches their trailer and as you indicate, that might mean more than one if they have multiple things to tow that have different requirements. My utility trailer uses a 2" ball. My horse trailer uses a 2 5/16" ball. Both require a 4" drop with my JGC for proper "level". The bigger ball is on the cast ball mount I mentioned above. The 2" ball is on a welded steel ball mount that I had from way back when I owned a Tundra pick-em-up...my utility trailer is limited to 2900 lbs gross so it's adequate.

What I mean, is more than 50% of towables use a 2" ball, Yes, the ball has to be the same size as what you are towing. Very few people use a 2-5/8" hitch on any tow vehicle smaller than a full size pick up truck.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

wowzers... that's a lot more indepth than I expected! This is like a science...

I guess I should clarify-- I'm most likely just looking for a plain-jane Walmart type set. Only problem is, I'm stationed over in Germany, so I do need to order online.

The most I'm probably towing is basic trailers from Ikea or wherever-- furniture and junk that doesn't fit through the rear hatch. So, I'm not sure exactly what size ball (or if there's a standard) would be needed for that.

cheaper/simpler is better, but I don't mind paying a bit more for something that works.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

rovinrail, you'll really need to know what the requirements are for where you are, especially given your location--unless you mean you're ordering for use back here in the US.. A ball mount is easy, but it needs to match up with what you tow for both the required drop, if any, and the ball size. For "here", Shannon is correct that 2" is likely going to be suitable for the majority of your situations. (the only thing I've seen locally that uses the smaller 1 7/8" ball is a log splitter) A 4" drop is probably going to serve most needs as it put the ball height right around what is the most common height.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

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.
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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. Both can be purchased from Amazon (see links below). 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


The Reese 2" drop ball mount gets the height to about 18" which is the standard height for most trailers to be level.
Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 21792 Class III Interlock Ball Mount: Automotive


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
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.
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Re: Ball mount/Ball-- which one is best?

Yea, great option! I have one of the "convert-a-ball" setups for my Kubota's 3pt hitch receiver which makes moving my trailers around on-property quick and easy.
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