Ball Mounts & Ball Hitches -

Ball Mounts

What Are Ball Mounts and Ball Hitches?

A ball mount is an essential accessory for receiver hitches, consisting of a shank and a platform for the trailer ball. The shank slides into the hitch receiver tube, while the platform serves as a sturdy base for the trailer ball.

Ball mounts are available in a range of styles and weight capacities. Some designs are fixed and made from a single piece, while others are adjustable. Almost all ball mounts feature a hole in the shank to accommodate a hitch pin or hitch lock.

A ball hitch, also known as a loaded ball mount, is a pre-assembled unit that includes both the mount and the ball. The term "loaded" refers to the fact that the ball has already been securely torqued into place on the mount.

Choosing the Trailer Ball Mount

The hitch ball mount determines both the length and the diameter of the ball shank and varies with the needs of the trailer. Class I and Class II hitches typically use a 3/4-inch-diameter shank, whereas Class III and Class IV hitches utilize a 1-inch shank. Larger shanks of 1 1/4 inches and above are used for Class IV, Class V, and weight-distributing hitches.

The thickness of your mount will dictate the required shank length, which can range from 2 inches to more than 3 inches.

Also, remember that an adjustable tow ball hitch, also known as an adjustable trailer ball hitch or an adjustable ball mount, is an excellent option for those who tow different trailers, as it allows you to adjust the height of the tow ball as needed.

Picking the right ball mount for your vehicle and trailer is important to tow safely. The best ball mount for your vehicle should connect your vehicle and trailer evenly and be able to carry the same weight as your trailer or more. Here's an easy three-step way to make sure your ball mount is at the correct height for your trailer:

  • Find out Your Hitch Height: Measure from the top of the hitch receiver tube on your vehicle to the ground.

  • Find out Your Coupler Height: Make your trailer level and measure from the bottom of the coupler to the ground.
  • Work out the Difference: Take away the height of the trailer coupler from the height of the receiver. This difference is how much drop you need in your ball mount.

If your hitch height is bigger than your coupler height, you'll need a ball mount with a drop. If your coupler height is bigger than your hitch height, you'll need a ball mount with a rise.

Choose the best ball mounts and ball hitches at GRITR Outdoors. Also, don’t forget to check out our tow hitch locks.


What is a ball hitch?

A ball hitch, also known as a tow ball or trailer ball, is a part of the towing system that connects the trailer to the tow vehicle. It's typically made of a metal ball mounted on a base, which is attached to the tow vehicle.

What is the difference between a hitch and a tow ball?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between a hitch and a tow ball. A tow ball, or hitch ball, is the metal ball that the trailer coupler attaches to. On the other hand, a hitch, or trailer hitch, is a broader mechanism that includes the ball mount, hitch receiver, and other components. Essentially, the tow ball is a part of the hitch.

How do I choose the right ball mount?

The right ball mount depends on the size of your hitch receiver, the weight of your trailer, and the type of vehicle you're using. Make sure to consider these factors when choosing a ball mount.

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