The most common type of tow hitch is a ball and ball mount. You’ll see it on all types of pickup trucks or SUVs whenever you’re out on the road. But did you know that there are a variety of types of ball mounts, each of which has its own unique benefits?
Whenever you are selecting a ball mount for your trailer, you need to consider the following:
- Towing capacity and hitch compatibility
- The type of metal (aluminum or steel)
- Security features and concerns
- The size and weight of what you’ll be towing
- Any special features you’re looking for
Each ball mount contains the actual mount, the ball (which is located on the vehicle you’re mounting your trailer to) and a pin and clip. Ball mounts are what bridge the gap between the tow hitches in Eugene, OR you use on your tow vehicle and the coupler on your trailer, which enables you to make the connection for towing. To connect the tow vehicle, simply slide the ball mount on top of the ball in the opening, then hold it in place with the pin and clip. Every ball mount has a platform with a hole inside it meant for the hitch ball.
The choice of steel versus aluminum can be particularly important. Steel mounts typically are less expensive, while aluminum ball mounts are going to be more resistant to damage from weather and rain while also weighing less.
There are a few common types of ball mounts you can choose from. They are as follows:
- Basic fixed ball mount: This is the simplest and least expensive form of ball mount. Because it is fixed, you are not able to adjust it—it holds the same position at all times. It has holes for a hitch pin and a hitch ball, and is made of steel for added strength and stability for its fixed format.
- Rise and drop: Sometimes your tow vehicle and your trailer do not have exactly the same height. This might make it slightly more difficult to tow your trailer level. But you should never drive while towing a trailer that is not level—this opens up a variety of potential dangers. Rise and drop ball mounts help to accommodate differences in height between trailers and tow vehicles. You can find ball mounts with different sized rises and drops to fit your needs.
- Adjustable ball mounts: Adjustable ball mounts, like rise and drop mounts, help you to match up tow vehicles and trailer couplers that are at different heights. However, rise and drop mounts are fixed, while an adjustable mount allows you to change the rise and drop at any time. This is especially handy if you have multiple trailers or tow vehicles.
Are you looking for more information about choosing the right kind of ball mount for your purposes? Contact us today at Ron’s Hitch N Tow, your source for tow hitches in Eugene, OR and more. We look forward to speaking to you and answering any questions you have about our products and services.