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Old 03-22-2003, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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heaviest hitch for a 2" ball?

What's the greatest capacity hitch I can put on my trailer that will fit a 2" ball? It's a tandem with 8 bolt wheels, I am guessing 10-12K trailer capacity.
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Old 03-22-2003, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This info came from FYRMAN in a previous post.

A 2" ball with a 1" shank is rated for 6000# at best. Most car trailers are rated for 7000# and above. 2 5/16" ball with a 1" shank will be rated the same... You still have the 1" shank. Go to a 2 5/16" ball with a 1 1/4" shank and you get 10,000- 12,000#, depending on what the ball is made of.

Maybe he will chime in with more info. (he would be the local trailer guru)

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Old 03-22-2003, 09:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a 8000 lb coupler on my trailer, and 2 inch ball with a 1 1/4 inch shank. Ball is rated for 10K. I think the ball is a drawtite brand. I got it from JC Whitney. It was pretty cheap. I think those bulldog brand couplers have some pretty heavy ratings
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I would rather not run a 2 5/16 ball because my other trailer and trailers I borrow are all 2". But I will if I have to, just need to keep 2 hitches around.
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This info came from FYRMAN in a previous post.

A 2" ball with a 1" shank is rated for 6000# at best. Most car trailers are rated for 7000# and above. 2 5/16" ball with a 1" shank will be rated the same... You still have the 1" shank. Go to a 2 5/16" ball with a 1 1/4" shank and you get 10,000- 12,000#, depending on what the ball is made of.
Yup...

And ChiScouter is right too. They do have 2" balls with 1 1/4" shanks, but they are oddballs (no pun intended). You rarely see a 2" coupler rated for more than 6000# anymore. That's not to say that they aren't out there.

You really need to use a 2 5/16" coupler, and get the ball and ball mount to go with it.
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You really need to use a 2 5/16" coupler, and get the ball and ball mount to go with it.
That's what I will do. I want it to be right and that's probably the easiest solution. Thanks guys.
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