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Old 09-25-2017, 06:37 PM
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Towing, looking for a good hitch ball mount odd questions

Hopefully this is the correct forum. Since getting my new vehicle, i have noticed that it sits alot higher than my previous truck causing all my trailers to be very uneven. I needed a 6" drop to work with my MC. Since my boat, loaded down, trailer is close to 6000 lbs the normal class 3 ball mounts and 2" ball is cutting it too close. I don't need or want a $400 adjustable since all my stuff will work well with a 6" drop.

I found an all aluminum ball mount that is rated for 8000lb trailer weight and 800 lb tongue weight which should suit me fine. The problem is, its very light weight. Its basically a solid piece of aluminum and can be found on amazon. I don't know much about metal as i am not a metallurgist of any kind, but how can an aluminum ball mount be this strong.. it barely weighs anything. Anyone try one of these with success?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:39 AM
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aluminum is lighter than steel (duh, I know) but with it being a solid bar, it should be fine for the rated capacity.
https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Steel-1...rop+ball+mount

might be overkill ... http://www.towshop.com/store/pc/B-W-...-Long-p949.htm
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:14 AM
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I have an aluminum hitch from Anderson and love it. No issues towing close to 6k lbs.


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Old 09-26-2017, 11:30 AM
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Thats good to hear. I looked at this hitch a local vendor and it felt like it weighed under 2 lbs. I am just amazed that it says it can handle 8000lb trailer.

Sorry, this may have been a dumb post but this is still shocking to me. Seems like the perfect hitch however. i live in Wisc so i go thru draw bars like crazy towing my snowmobiles and ATV's. The usually rust out or flake within one season. I like the idea of something that won't rust.
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:45 AM
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Thats good to hear. I looked at this hitch a local vendor and it felt like it weighed under 2 lbs. I am just amazed that it says it can handle 8000lb trailer.

Sorry, this may have been a dumb post but this is still shocking to me. Seems like the perfect hitch however. i live in Wisc so i go thru draw bars like crazy towing my snowmobiles and ATV's. The usually rust out or flake within one season. I like the idea of something that won't rust.
what about getting the draw bar sprayed with truck bed liner before you install it? that may help with rocks chipping the paint and leading to corrosion. Just a thought
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:52 AM
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Steel is stronger, but your steel one is a box section. The aluminum one is solid, so you have more cross section area to distribute the load, which reduces the pressure on the material.

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Old 09-26-2017, 11:57 AM
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what about getting the draw bar sprayed with truck bed liner before you install it? that may help with rocks chipping the paint and leading to corrosion. Just a thought
thought of that. But you can't spray the entire hitch. Still has to fit into the 2" receiver. With the snow and salt we have in this state, they deterierate quickly. Am also OCD, i even put wax on my draw bars to help keep them in a better state. But something so close to the road and putting about 20k miles on per winter traveling to find snow isn't kind to them.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:59 PM
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check out weightsafe.com they have an AL hitch with a weight dial on it.. pretty cool
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:17 PM
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Polished, does not say it is anodized. Very good chance it will be corroded and ugly over a period of time. A can (brush on not rattle can) of black Rustoleum may make your old hitch look like new for a lot cheaper.
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I have the weight safe hitch without the dial and love it works great.
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