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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation on which ball mount receiver to buy?
I don't currently have anything to tow but in the next few months I am planning on buying a quad w\ a small utility trailer or a jet ski. 2000 pound max as it was installed after purchase.

I am looking at these two, as they give options.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CE06ZA...d=MREOPD9K40NO

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J836IA...d=MREOPD9K40NO

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Hi
Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation on which ball mount receiver to buy?
I don't currently have anything to tow but in the next few months I am planning on buying a quad w\ a small utility trailer or a jet ski. 2000 pound max as it was installed after purchase.

I am looking at these two, as they give options.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CE06ZA...d=MREOPD9K40NO

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J836IA...d=MREOPD9K40NO
Adjustable draw bars are heavier and more expensive than fixed rise/drop bars (but not as heavy as a weight-distributing hitch ). If you will generally be towing the same thing, get a fixed height that works for your specific use case.

EDIT: Looking at the price for that particular item, I'd be scared to use it. "You get what you pay for" isn't a good path when towing.
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I would just go with a fixed one. Much safer, less parts to fail, less to rust, etc.


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Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation on which ball mount receiver to buy?
I don't currently have anything to tow but in the next few months I am planning on buying a quad w\ a small utility trailer or a jet ski. 2000 pound max as it was installed after purchase.

I am looking at these two, as they give options.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CE06ZA...d=MREOPD9K40NO

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J836IA...d=MREOPD9K40NO
Buy a fixed one, preferably a brand name.
Now depending on the trailer, that will require a particular height for the ball. That is a drop or rise.
That measurement is critical as you need the trailer as level as possible while towing.
Sites like e-trailer have the calculations you need to figure that out. Also a search will get you the needed information.
I have an OEM installed hitch and my utility trailer uses a 10"drop. The trailer sits a bit high unloaded but once loaded its level.
I also have a boat that uses a 2" drop. It tows level. This necessitates having two different drops and thus two different ball assemblies.
So you need to know exactly the type of trailer with tire size you are purchasing. Basically it going to be the difference between the ball on the vehicle and the coupler on the trailer, with the trailer level and the vehicle level.
Having two different assembles is actually going to be less time consuming to set up for you. In the long run the cost difference will be negligible.
Good luck..............
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Hmm so I guess my best bet is to decide on which toy to get first and the appropriate fixed one based off that trailer. I was trying to get ahead of the game!

I may pick up one of those to just have in the mean time incase there is an unexpected reason to need to tow something smaller like a friends utility trailer or something. I'd feel embarrassed if someone asked me to help and I didn't have any ball mounts! ha

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Hi
Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation on which ball mount receiver to buy?
I don't currently have anything to tow but in the next few months I am planning on buying a quad w\ a small utility trailer or a jet ski. 2000 pound max as it was installed after purchase.

I am looking at these two, as they give options.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CE06ZA...d=MREOPD9K40NO

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001J836IA...d=MREOPD9K40NO
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Maybe I've missed it but what type of hitch do you have on the Limited ? Factory ? I'm asking because the factory hitch (installed with the Tow Group or purchased at an FCA dealership) is really high. And if it is a factory hitch then you need at least a 4" drop for most trailers, according to what I've seen here on the forum. Some trailers have required an 8" drop (on a TH which sits 1" higher than your Limited). An adjustable design is great in theory, but I also wouldn't trust that $25 one...

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Maybe I've missed it but what type of hitch do you have on the Limited ? Factory ? I'm asking because the factory hitch (installed with the Tow Group or purchased at an FCA dealership) is really high. And if it is a factory hitch then you need at least a 4" drop for most trailers, according to what I've seen here on the forum. Some trailers have required an 8" drop (on a TH which sits 1" higher than your Limited). An adjustable design is great in theory, but I also wouldn't trust that $25 one...
Not factory but it is the dealer installed w/ the OEM parts (Wiring, New bumper etc.. - 2k limit)
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Hmm so I guess my best bet is to decide on which toy to get first and the appropriate fixed one based off that trailer. I was trying to get ahead of the game!

I may pick up one of those to just have in the mean time incase there is an unexpected reason to need to tow something smaller like a friends utility trailer or something. I'd feel embarrassed if someone asked me to help and I didn't have any ball mounts! ha

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Buy a couple of different drop sizes from your local parts store/Walmart/etc. Once you figure out what size you need, return the others.

It's generally safer, especially at lower-weight/smaller-size to have the tongue an inch or two low than to have it at all high. A 5 or 6" drop might be a good general-purpose size for you. Best, though, is to use the right size for the right job.

@Jeepster1 hinted at it, but having a collection of fixed draw bars, even though it could get more expensive, would generally be better. Get a "normal" one and then 2 more an inch or two different (higher and lower). Keep them on the shelf other than the one you are using at at any particular time. There's no moving pieces on a fixed bar and, as a blanket statement, they will be lighter, stronger and tighter.
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I have two different drops for two different trailers. One is 5 1/4" and the other is 8"

I don't like the idea of the adjustable ones you are looking at for two reasons, one, as mentioned is the price...it does not say "really well made and rugged". Not that it won't work just fine, but why take a chance with a new toy? (and other people on the road) and two, switching the height on one of those would take as long if not longer than swapping a different drop into the receiver.

Yes, having two can be a pain, but well worth it in my mind. I generally drive around with the last used one in the receiver and the other in the trailer it belongs to. I happen to park my trailers next to each other so it's no big deal to swap one out.

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