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Truck Parts Home » Buyer's Guide » Towing Buyer's Guide - Ball Mounts

Ball Mounts

We carry everything you need to turn your truck, van, or SUV into to the perfect towing rig. Whether you're towing a personal watercraft, monster toy-hauler, or anything in between, we have the towing system to safely get the job done. Stock towing hitches can be quite costly if bought through a dealer. Opt for one of our units instead. We have high quality tow hitches that have been designed specifically for your vehicle.

How to Tow - Part 1: Hitches, Receivers, and Ball Mounts

How to Choose a Ball Mount

  • Length

    Distance from the center of the ball hole to the center of the pin hole.

  • Rise

    Distance from the top of the shank to the top of the ball platform.

  • Drop

    Distance from the top of the shank to the top of the ball platform.

Measuring for the Proper Ball Mount

  1. Measure from the ground to the top of the hitch.
  2. Measure from the ground to the (inside) top of the trailer coupler, when level.
  3. Subtract the height of the hitch ball (most are 2-1/2" to 3" high) from coupler measurement.
  4. An 8" drop is required to make the trailer level.

The difference in the two measurements is the amount of ball mount "rise" or "drop" required.

Selecting the Right Hitch Ball

For trouble-free towing, always use the properly rated hitch ball for your towing system.

  • Your towing system's maximum weight rating is always equal to the lowest rated item in the system.
  • Your hitching system cannot be upgraded to a rating higher than the maximum rating of your hitch. For example, a 3,500 lb. ball on a 2,000 lb. max trailer weight rated hitch does not increase your towing capacity to 3,500 lbs. Your hitching system is still rated at 2,000 lbs.
  • Conversely, a 2,000 lb. ball on a 3,500 lb. max trailer weight-rated hitch decreases your maximum towing capacity to 2,000 lbs.
  • The hitch ball diameter must be the same diameter as the trailer coupler.
  • The shank diameter of the hitch ball should be the same as the hole diameter in the correct ball mount you selected.
  • The shank length should be long enough to allow at least two threads to be visible when the hitch ball is installed and the nut completely tightened.
    • Draw-Tite Easy Load Ball Mount
      Draw-Tite
    • These heavy-duty Draw-Tite Quick Loading Ball Mounts are angle cut to ease the incretion of the ball mount into the trailer hitch receiver. Available in most popular drop offsets.

    • Draw-Tite Utility Ball Mounts
      Draw-Tite
    • Draw-Tite has numerous ball mounts to accommodate both lifted and lowered vehicles, as well as different trailer heights to suit your needs for safe and proper towing. These heavy-duty ball mounts are rated for use with class III and Class IV hitches.

    • Tie Downs, Straps, and Chains
      Draw-Tite
    • Tow with confidence! Action Auto Adjustable Ball Mounts are an all-steel construction design adjustable In 1" increments for maximum adjustability. Each one features a 2" & 2 5/16" hitch ball, flip around head for convenient storage, and either a show chrome or tough powdercoat finish.

    • Action Auto Hitches Big Drop Ball Mounts
      Action Accessories
    • Andersen Manufacturing Alumistinger Drop Bar Kit
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • With its unique stand out appearance, the Alumistinger ball mount offers boat, snowmobile, ATV, and utility trailer owners the highest quality and best-looking ball mount on the market. The Alumistinger is made of one solid piece of aluminum super alloy with no welds, giving it all the strength and durability you need. Available by itself in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10" drops. Balls and locking pins are available separately.

    • Andersen Manufacturing Rapid Hitch Ball Mount
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • Rapid Hitch Adjustable Aluminum Ball Mounts combine style with strength and versatility. They are made of solid aluminum with no powdercoat or paint, so they won't rust, chip, or peel and they always look new with a little aluminum polish. All lengths boast a 10,000 lb. maximum rating in either drop or rise position depending on the ball option you choose. Available in 3-1/4”, 5-1/4”, and 10” drop. The 10" drop is recommended for lifted vehicles and has adjustment options from approximately 4" of drop to the full 10" drop. The standard 5 1/2" drop/rise is designed to fit all factory standard pickup trucks.

    • Andersen Manufacturing Keyed Locking Receiver Pin
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • Keep your ball mount or hitch cover safe with this quality locking pin from Andersen Manufacturing. This high-quality steel locking pin will give you the piece of mind that you're looking for when you need to leave your rig unattended. Provides instant security for your camper, boat, or trailer by securing your vehicle receiver hitch.

    • Andersen Manufacturing Hitch Balls
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • Andersen Manufacturing has a variety of ball options to choose from. Single balls are available in both plated steel and greaseless AlumiBalls. Combo balls are available in plated steel, stainless steel, and greaseless AlumiBalls. The greaseless AlumiBall is a lightweight yet durable and rust-free aluminum option for the Rapid Hitch.

    • Andersen Manufacturing Greaseless HardBall
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • The Greaseless HardBall eliminates the need to ever add lubricants to the coupler again. The ball is manufactured from plated steel and the 1/8” thick nylon cap reduces wear and tear on both the ball and the coupler. Meets V5 and SAE J684 standards. 1” Steel Shank with 1” Bolt. Replacement caps available, though seldom needed. Ball Sizes and lb. Rating: 1 7/8" - 5,000 lbs, 2" - 8,000 lbs, and 2 5/16" - 8,000 lbs.

    • The Zinc Plated Steel Combo Hitch Ball
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • The replacement Zinc Plated Steel Combo Hitch Ball is the same as the standard ball that comes with the Rapid Hitch. Choose 1-7/8” x 2” combo or 2” x 2-5/16” combo.

    • Keyed Locking Pin Combo Set
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • The Hitch Division of Andersen Manufacturing has taken their experience and expertise and applied it to the towing industry. Keep your ball mount or hitch cover safe with this quality locking pin from Andersen Manufacturing. This high-quality steel locking pin will give you the piece of mind that you're looking for when you need to leave your rig unattended.

    • Adapter Coupler Lock
      Andersen Manufacturing
    • Designed for use with any Ranch Hitch Adapter, this Andersen Manufacturing adapter coupler lock helps to prevent the theft of your fifth wheel trailer. Get the piece of mind you've been looking for when leaving your trailer unattended with an adapter lock from Andersen Manufacturing.

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