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Old September 10th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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What are you using for your tow rig? My hollow ball mount says it is only rated to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds. The solid mounts are rated for 10K and something like 1200 lbs tongue weight.

I have a 2,000 pound car hauler and will be hauling a YJ or TJ with it... should I buy a solid ball mount? I have talked to a couple of people with mixed replies... I don't have a problem spending the money, but it costs around $40 and if I don't need it I don't want to throw the money away.

I just bought the truck and trailer so I'm new to towing, looking for some input from experienced haulers.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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i always run a soild mount
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Old September 10th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #3
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are you talking about the ball itself or the reciever that slides into the hitch?
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If your trailer weighs 2000 pounds and your Jeep weighs 4000 pounds your @ the rated capacity now. Add your camping gear or tools and you will exceed the draw bar rating.

Mind you they under rate them but play it safe and go for the solid draw bar. I sell several brands and the Draw Tite brand I carry is rated for 12,000 tow and 1,200 pound tongue and sells for $39.00.

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Thousands of dollars in the tow rig.
Thousands of dollars in the trail rig.
Hundreds of dollars in the trailer.
Family on board............................. priceless.

For the few dollars more go with the better setup.
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Solid. And the largest shank diameter I could find for the ball.
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i agree with all the above but i use a hollow one with no issues.
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Mine is all solid now with my heavy ass weight distributing hitch
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Thanks for the replies; I'm going to pick up a solid one. Ironman, I wish you were local to me - but TSC has 'em and I need it for Friday.

I picked up a nice brake controller, 4 10K tie-down ratchets, and got it registered yesterday. Just need to wire up the controller, pick up the solid ball mount (I have the big-shank ball already), adjust the brakes, lengthen/replace the safety chains, and I think I'm good to go!
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I picked up the solid ball mount and had peace of mind towing my junk all the way to Michigamme this past weekend.
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also watch what ball you buy alot of the cheap ones will barely haul the weight of your trailer. for recievers i get either double wall or solid
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also watch what ball you buy alot of the cheap ones will barely haul the weight of your trailer. for recievers i get either double wall or solid
I think both of the ones that I bought are "Master Lock" brand, and have the bigger shank (like 1"-ish).
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better yet, go to walmart, and spend $40 on a triball, that way you can hook up to anything.. and they are a solid hitch..
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better yet, go to walmart, and spend $40 on a triball, that way you can hook up to anything.. and they are a solid hitch..
I run a 2 1/2" drop how do i get a tri ball set up like that ?
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I run a 2 1/2" drop how do i get a tri ball set up like that ?
just have two separate hitches w/ the balls on them. so you dont have to chage balls, etc. tri-balls look teh goofy, dunno how good they are tho
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Have two solids with large shanks. Have used a hollow one only to get out and see it bent down a few degrees at the end of the tow.

No more hollow.
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