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Need a lesson on trailer hitches, ball mounts etc

Postby Zipline65 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:59 pm

We have a Ford Explorer with a trailer hitch that has a 1.25 inch receiver (if that's what you call the square shaped part that the ball fits into. We are looking at a Cabin A camper with a 2 inch ball. What do we need to buy in order to tow this camper?
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Re: Need a lesson on trailer hitches, ball mounts etc

Postby Padilen » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:26 pm

Minimum a ball and ball mount.
But you need to know the weight limit of your hitch. And the weight of what your towing. You might need to up grade your hitch to have a 2" receiver.

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Re: Need a lesson on trailer hitches, ball mounts etc

Postby Zipline65 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:02 pm

We have checked out the weight limits and are good to go. I've been calling around trying to find a 1.25 ball mount. Kind of hard to find.
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Re: Need a lesson on trailer hitches, ball mounts etc

Postby Padilen » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:19 pm

https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Dr ... /3593.html

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Re: Need a lesson on trailer hitches, ball mounts etc

Postby working on it » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:18 pm

Padilen wrote:https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Draw-Tite/3593.html

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Or, alternatively, a European-style all-in-one, with the ball already on the drawbar...I think they look sorta cool on a small car https://www.etrailer.com/s.aspx?qry=European+Hitch+Ball&furl=-pg-Ball_Mounts
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Re: Need a lesson on trailer hitches, ball mounts etc

Postby GuitarPhotog » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:31 am

To order the correct ball mount, you need to level the trailer on level ground, then measure the height of the hitch from the ground. Then you need to measure from the ground to the bottom of the receiver. Give both those numbers to your local hitch dealer or etrailers.com, and they will figure out how much drop or rise you need to have the trailer level while towing.

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