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Trailer Balls

A trailer ball is the component of a hitch that provides an attachment point for your trailer’s coupler. It allows the trailer to pivot while towing and provides smooth turning.

Trailer balls come in four standardized sizes—1-7/8-inch, 2-inch, 2-5/16-inch and 3-inch. Having standardized trailer ball sizes makes for easier coupling and towing. These sizes refer to the diameter of the trailer ball and vary based on towing duty. Other measurements of a trailer ball include the shank length, shank diameter and rise.

There are a few factors that will determine the size of trailer ball you need—coupler size, trailer ball hole diameter, vehicle type and towing capacity. Choosing the right trailer ball also means knowing a few things about your trailer. Most trailers have the ball size and maximum towing capacity stamped right on the tongue, coupler or frame.

In order to create a solid connection, your trailer ball should have a diameter that matches your trailer’s coupler size. It is also important to match the shank diameter to that of the trailer ball hole. And lastly, knowing the gross weight of your trailer will help in selecting a trailer ball with the right ball capacity.

Unfortunately, there is no universal trailer ball size. Every towing setup is different. But choosing the right ball mount is still an important part of having a safe towing system. Southside Hitch always puts towing safety first which is why we will help you choose the right trailer ball for your hitch. We carry top manufacturers like Curt, Draw-Tite, Reese and more.

If you are in need assistance choosing the right size trailer ball for your hitch, call Southside Hitch at 804-378-1992 to schedule an appointment today. Our professional team will be glad to serve you. We can also handle all of your hitch repair and replacement needs too.

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