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Hitch Components

Hitch Components 

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  • Hitch Balls

    Hitch Balls - How to Use Them

     

    For owners of trailers, or maybe those thinking of buying one, one of the most common mistakes you need to avoid is the one most people commit most of the time: not using the right trailer hitch ball.

    If you have plans of towing a trailer with your car, you need to be familiar with the whole towing system.

     

    You would need to know that the towing system is comprised of the hitches, the receivers, the ball mounts and the hitch couples. All these components make up the towing system. However, some hitches are used for heavy-duty and commercial use. Some looks like those on tractor trailers. 

     

    Deciding on towing a trailer would need the right components to buy to assemble the system. One of the most important components is the hitch ball for the trailer. The main consideration is safety so there is real need to be precise with the details and specifications.

     

    Factors

    Before buying anything to assemble the system, you need to first know about the four factors to consider. The first one is the trailer weight, the diameter of the hole on the ball mount, the thickness of the ball mount platform on the receiver, and the size of the trailer coupler.

     

    The next considerations would include information regarding weights with emphasis on gross trailer weight and tongue weight. Gross trailer weight is the full-loaded weight of the trailer you need to tow. This includes any and all gears it carries. Tongue weight, on the other hand, is the downward pressure that the trailer exerts on the hitch ball.

     

    Ball trailer weight rating

    The gross trailer weight rating is the most important factor in choosing the correct ball you need.  Each of the balls has its own weight capacity. Your trailer receiver may be rated to carry up to 10,000 pounds but if your ball is rated at 5,000 pounds, that will only be the minimum capacity you can tow.

     

    Additionally, you need to make sure that your ball’s ratings are greater than the gross trailer weight. This avoids overloading your towing equipments.

     

    Ball dimensions

    Trailer balls are classified by the dimensions on the different parts of the unit. In consideration are the diameter of the ball itself, the shank diameter, the shank’s length and the size of the circular piece of metal between the ball and the shank.

     

    Currently, the most common size of the ball is two inches in diameter. (Heavy-duty industrial trailer balls can go up to 2 5/8 inches.) The diameter of the ball mount’s hole must not exceed 1/16 inch greater than the ball shank diameter to be able to fit in.

     

    Thickness 

    The needed length of the shank is determined by the thickness of the ball mount platform.  You would not like to have the ball with so small a shank where you cannot lock the nut in place.  You will also need to buy a ball to fit into your coupler.

     

    Hitch balls are made of solid steel with several varieties of finishes and sizes, all of which should comply with the safety specifications and regulations.

     

  • Hitch Pings

  • Hitch Extensions

  • Couplers

    You can have the strongest hitch set up in the world, but unless you have a quality coupler, you may just pull away without your trailer. So when you're looking to upgrade your coupler, come check out our straight couplers, specialty couplers, A-frame couplers and coupler repair kits if you don't need to swap out the whole unit yet.

  • Hitch Locks

    Hitch Locks

    It is true that you are not with your RV at all times. You may also get afraid by the prying eyes around. That’s when hitch security and vehicle become essential to you. What you want is for your hitch-mounted accessory or RV to still be there when you get back from day’s activities. It’s also why you need to understand the concept of hitch locks.

    Hitch locks mainly come in different designs and sizes. If you need a hitch lock, you may first consider the different party types below.

    Base Rail Locks

    Secure your 5th wheel to the base rail in your RV with a base rail lock. It is up to you to buy it in a style lock. Fifth Wheel Base Rail Rock features push-to-lock that makes installation easy and fast. Its rubber cap can keep moisture and dirt out of the lock cylinder. The best thing about it is that it is Chrome finished.

    Coupler Locks

    Invest in an RV coupler lock that can protect your vehicle from being stolen by criminals. The locking power provided by this lock is incomparable. There are so far choices available like the Trailer Coupler Lock, Surge Brake Lock 2-1/2” Rc-4, Fastway Max Security Universal, Trailer Coupler Latch Lock, and Lip Engaging Coupler Lock Built. Choose one from any of these and you’re sure to go.

    High-Security Locks

    Improve your RV security by changing out those old locks with high-security locks. These will help deter the thieves as the locks are simply unique. You have so many options of styles and types to choose from. Visit the site and see for yourself the selections of high-security locks. For one, Tool Box Mount from Lippert can become your favorite choice.

    Hitch Cable Locks

    Buy hitch cable locks now from the site that are best used for RVs. It’s going to make you feel good because your kinds of stuffs are kept safe on the road. Settle with one that is high quality and economical that makes it a great value. High security is as always promised by LE Lock w/10’ Le that is one of the hitch cable locks.

    Hitch Key Storage

    Unexpected situation can come from the inside of your RV with all your valuables lost. That is when your valuables such as the credit cards, keys, and other belongings need to be kept properly. Hitch safe storage can become useful on your part. It will be a good idea to buy the Hitchsafe Key VaUltimate from FJM Security to ease your worries with thieves. 

    Why use a Hitch Lock?

    Keep your RV and your tow vehicle more secure by the use of hitch locks. These can effectively keep them locked up tight. You get peace of mind when you are towing. Invest in a high-quality hitch lock that includes Trimax Class V Stainless Lock, Pin Qb 700 Safety Lock, Flash E Series Dual Lock Pack, Tow Anti-Theft Lock Kit, Lock Easy Acc Adjst Cplr, and more.

    Hitch Safes

    Hitch safes are considered as a key storage that can be effective as a safety device. These can simply be attached to the SUV, RV, car, and truck. What more, you can place money, keys, and some valuables to these hitch safes.

    King Pin Locks

    Easy and portable to install, King Pin Locks, can be essential when preventing unauthorized hookups. Hijacking is as well prevented by these locks. So, you better choose one like the Trailer King Pin Lock from the site.

    There are still more part types of hitch locks to consider purchasing. These can include lock combo kits, locksets, padlocks, receiver locks, and shank locks. These can be added to the collection of hitch locks you already have!

  • Hitch Pins

    Hitch Pins

    Hitch pins are basically a simple form of hardware used to conjoin or mount mating components. And these are commonly found in recreational vehicles or vehicle trailers. Almost all types of pins require a single pre-drilled hole to retain and hold objects in place.

    Similar to other pins, they are intended to resist the so-called shear forces. They are also different when compared with screws and bolts. And they also serve their purpose as a shear pin in terms of mechanical overload situations.

    Below are the hitch pins products that can be found from the site.

    Hitch Pins

    When you need hitch pins, the Quick Release Fifth Wheel Pull Pins (Pair) is the way to go. This is perfect to be used for a 5th wheel landing fear. The good thing about it is that it lets you easily adjust your height with the pull pins. The process of hooking up and un-hooking is done a lot easier and faster. This one is plated with zinc material and this does is not coated with any rust.

    Other choices of hitch pins to take a closer look at include replacement cable and pin, hitch pin by Camco, Safety Pin, Long Hitch Pin With Clip, Hitch Pin ½” Zinc, Tracker Tow Bar Pin/Clip, Spring Clip 5/32x2-7/8”, Pin Clip 5/8”, and more.

    Lock Pin Combos

    If your RV is being stowed or towed, these lock pin combos can help deter RV theft. These are designed of heavy-duty steel material. What more, these provide you with peace of mind as your RV is secured. These locks are also easy for you to operate. So, there is no need to worry too much about them.

    Better try the Safety Lock Pin Combo 5/8” from the JR Products. This is a pin that is made of a spring steel material. This is also carefully-plated with bright zinc that gives the protection it needs against rust. And this measures just 5/8 inches.

    Lock Pins

    Lock pins can help you secure your fifth wheel to your RV for life on the road. These are heavily-constructed to bring out long-lasting durability. Just ensure that the attachment point is secured to the pop-up camper or camping equipment. These must as well be solidly constructed to offer longevity and durability.

    From the site are the available selections of Safety Lock Pin, Safety Lock Pin 5/16” Single, Safety Lock Pin ¼” Single, Safety Lock Pin 1/ 4x2 ½, Safety Lock with Chain, Coupler Lck Pin 5/16x2 ½, and many more.

    Receiver Hitch Accessories

    These accessory types will allow you to get the most of your adventure. You also will enjoy every mile. Browse a selection of high-quality hitches, husky replacement pins, husky locking pins set, spring clip bulk 5/8”, hitch pin/clip 5/8” single, hitch pin ½” bulk, hitch pin/clip ½” single, and hitch pin 5/8” bulk.

    Weight Distributing Hitch Parts

    The weight distributing hitch parts are an optional system that is added to the rear-mounted trailer hitches. These include supplemental equipment like the spring bards working to distribute the trailer tongue loads to the axles of the trailer.

    Among the possible hitch parts to buy from the site include socket pin and clip, hole style pins, hitch pin and clip, double spare pin pack, and spare pin pack.

  • Chains and Cables

    Don't take safety chain or cable integrity for granted. That huge trailer can cause a lot of damage if your hitch fails. We have a selection of chains and cable to secure your trailer to your towing vehicle.

  • Pintles

    Pintle Hooks and Ring hitch systems represent one of the the most secure coupling options for towing a trailer, and provide one of the highest weight capacity hitch solutions as well.

  • Receiver Covers

    Protect your hitch receiver opening from dirt and water causing rust and corrosion. Here's some hitch receiver covers that are protective, stylish and functional.

  • Ball Mounts

    Ball Mounts

    Ball mounts are basically useful as they bring out a reliable connection for your trailer and your vehicle. These are also available with 3”, 2-1/2” and 1 ¼” shanks. Find everything from specialized to standard that includes the adjustable ball mount options. For your camping trips, find the right ball mount from the reputable manufacturer.

    Advanced technology has been invested in ball mounts to become exceptionally attractive and strong. Almost all ball mounts are robotically welded and CNC-formed for the cleanest and accurate weld lines. These also undergo a process of mechanical de-scaling to create such a flawless surface. Powder coat finish and coating are also applied to make them highly durable.

    When choosing ball mounts for your RV, you should consider these choices available.

    Adjustable Ball Mounts

    These are possibly the latch hitch that you will ever need. These can be well-adjusted in their height. And these can range in different ball sizes. Avoid more money and time spent into your towing system. Do not switch back and forth between a few of the ball mounts. And then, you will try to remember which of those mounts can fit your RV.

    There are so many adjustable ball mounts to consider as a multi-purpose towing solution. These can include 20K magnum ball mount adapter, fast way 6” adjustable pin style ball mount, adjustable tow hitch 6” drop, puck receiver cover 5/8” stainless steel, and adjustable receiver hitch black 6 in.

    Ball Mount Bumper Guard

    A ball mount bumper guard can protect your RV from coupler impact while you’re backing up. This can mount to any ball mount having a 1-inch hole. Choose Bumper Guard Black from the Tow Ready that is your reliable supplier of this product.

    Ball Mount Parts

    Silencer Pad is one of the essential ball mount parts that you can include in your purchases. This is one thing added for the tow and stow. This also provides a cushion between the steel hitch and the steel receiver that eliminates rattle.

    Drawbars

    For your best choice for drawbar, choose tow and stow drawbar. Just tow and stow it under the RV vehicle. Place it in position and afterward, insert the 2 stainless steel pins. That’s when you’re ready to do the towing. If you also want for another option, think about the Combo Bar 1-1/4” Sq x 6”. 

    Drop Mounts

    When you need drop mounts, the Camco Style 3 Length 9 Drop 4 Lift 2-3/4 is the best choice for you. This is an angle-drop and straight lift ball mount. This fits two-inch receivers and this is unboxed with no clip or pin.

    Drop Receivers

    Choose only safe drop receivers. For instance, the 6 drop receiver can fit all 2-inch receiver hitches. This has its maximum tongue weight and this features hi-low hitches. These hitches enable a tow bar to be safe with the recreational vehicle.

    Other Product Choices

    Among other product choices that relate to ball mounts are as follow: fixed ball mounts, hitch alignment, hitch balls, portable waste tanks, two hooks/rings, triple ball mounts, and weight scales.

    Now, you have learned more about the ball mounts and all other items you need to buy!

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Hitch Components

Hitch Components – The Business of Connection

 

 

Hitch Components – The Business of Connection

 

 

The hitch components in your towing car and in the towed vehicle or trailer form the essential connection between your towing vehicle and that which is being towed. Towing a trailer with your car would need five parts to execute.

 

Components

 

The trailer hitch receiver is similar to a typical hitch. The receiver is the device that connects and attaches beneath your vehicle to connect the tow vehicle to the trailer hitch. This has an opening to receive the ball mount.

 

Fixed drawbar hitches (fixed tongue hitches) consist of the hitch and the ball mount and considered as a single unit not generally compatible with aftermarket accessories. The receiver type hitches accept a removable ball mount which is separate from the receiver (This allows flexibility compared to fixed drawbar hitches.)

 

Check out the sizes of the holes as they need to be compatible, including that for heavy towing.

 

Drawbar (ball mount)

 

This is the component that slides into your receiver’s opening to provide the platform for the ball that attaches your hitch to your trailer. In fixed-drawbar hitches, this is the part that forms a single unit with your receiver. In receiver-type hitches, the ball mount is separate.   

 

Trailer hitch ball

 

This is the connecting metal ball that hitches your trailer when you lower the trailer tongued coupler’s round opening onto it. The coupler sits over the hitch ball and pivots on it when you turn your vehicle. These balls come in three sizes: 1-7/8 inches, 2 inches, and in 2-5/16 inches.

 

Pin and clip / wiring harness

 

The pin and clip is the bolting mechanism that holds the ball mount secure to the receiver opening. The pin fastens the pin into place.

 

The wiring harness is the wiring connection that supplies power to your trailer’s lights and signals.

 

Hitching Terminology

 

There are certain abbreviations that are related to the hitch class ratings and towing capacity.

 

GTW refers to the gross trailer weight. This is the combined weight of your trailer and its contents.  TW is tongue weight which means the amount of weight placed on your hitch by your trailer’s attachment.

GVWR is the gross vehicle weight rating and the GVM means the gross vehicle mass rating.

 

This is the actual amount of the weight or mass your vehicle can carry (including the parts, passengers, and cargo and tongue weight) but does not include the trailer. The GCWR is the combined weight rating. In effect, this is the maximum weight for both the vehicle and the trailer altogether.  

 

Tow hitch install

 

The maneuver for installing the tow hitch is done step by step. The first action is to maneuver into a position where the hitch ball lines up with the trailer tongue’s coupler.

 

This closes the latch over the ball and securing it with the pin. In turn, this secures the connection of the safety chains and attaching your wiring harness.

 

All in all, to have the hitch components be compatible with one another, you need to consider both your vehicle type, how much you need to tow (which includes the trailer and the contents) when choosing the needed hitches.

 

                                                     
                     
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