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Johnnyb_m 05-24-2013 09:42 AM

Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
I have an '11 Overland with the Class IV Hitch.

In looking at the Jeep OEM ball mount (just the mount, no ball(s)), they want $241 for this, and it's $209 from a reputable dealer on Fleabay.

Is this made of gold or something? I realize it's a Class IV rated to 7500 pounds, but it looks like there are a lot of non-Jeep products that would work just fine.

Anyone out there buy this OEM part? If so, what logic did you use to justify it?

Thanks
John

RageOfFury 05-25-2013 08:55 AM

Re: Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
Are you talking about buying that square thing that inserts into the hitch and you install a ball on the other end?

loveracing1988 05-25-2013 10:13 AM

Post a link, there is no way the OEM is that expensive. The 2014 accessories guide shows it for $30 or $40 if I remember right.

joyfil2001 05-25-2013 12:23 PM

Re: Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
It's $241 for the hitch receiver kit for those who want to install a factory hitch on their Jeep. That does not include the tongue and ball.

Jim_in_PA 05-25-2013 01:25 PM

Re: Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
The heavy, cast ball mount I bought from Northern Tool, which is rated for 10,000 lbs, cost a fraction of that! I think the description might be wrong...for $214, that sounds like the OEM hitch receiver, not a ball mount. Even the most expensive ball mount I've seen from one of the "we gouge you for everything we sell" stores is under a hundred bucks!

Johnnyb_m 06-15-2013 08:54 PM

Re: Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
Thanks for the replies.

Yes, there was operator error involved. The unit quoted was the full receiver. What I'm actually looking for is referred to as the Hitch Ball Mount Adapter, one of which is model #82213548.

These are in the typical $30 price range.

Thanks for the clarifications.

John

Jim_in_PA 06-17-2013 08:25 AM

Re: Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
If you plan on towing be sure that the ball mount you acquire is rated for the load you intend to haul. A typical $30 ball mount may only go to 5000 lbs...which is fine for a common utility trailer, but not for heavier tasks. You'll also need to know the drop you need (or don't need) depending on the normal ball height of your trailer. I use a 4" drop for both my utility trailer and for my small horse trailer with QL at "normal" height. That puts the top of the ball at about 19" off the ground which is right for both of my trailers.

Fretz 06-19-2013 06:03 AM

Re: Is there anything special about the OEM Ball Mount?
 
Check out the quiet hitch.

Quiet Hitch

If you tow a trailer that is on the lighter side the rattle in the receiver will drive you nuts.

Fretz


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