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Hitch Components 

There are 721 Hitch Components Products in this category

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  • Ball Mounts

    Different towing jobs don't only need different hitch balls, but often different ball mounts to get the right connection. Here you'll find ball mount accessories, drawbar kits, drop ball mounts, dual ball mounts, triple ball mounts, pintle hook mounts and specialty ball mounts for those really tricky towing adventures.

  • Couplers

    You can have the strongest hitch set up in the world, but unless you have a quality coupler, you may just pull away without your trailer. So when you're looking to upgrade your coupler, come check out our straight couplers, specialty couplers, A-frame couplers and coupler repair kits if you don't need to swap out the whole unit yet.

  • Hitch Balls

    Hitch Balls - How to Use Them

     

    For owners of trailers, or maybe those thinking of buying one, one of the most common mistakes you need to avoid is the one most people commit most of the time: not using the right trailer hitch ball.

    If you have plans of towing a trailer with your car, you need to be familiar with the whole towing system.

     

    You would need to know that the towing system is comprised of the hitches, the receivers, the ball mounts and the hitch couples. All these components make up the towing system. However, some hitches are used for heavy-duty and commercial use. Some looks like those on tractor trailers. 

     

    Deciding on towing a trailer would need the right components to buy to assemble the system. One of the most important components is the hitch ball for the trailer. The main consideration is safety so there is real need to be precise with the details and specifications.

     

    Factors

    Before buying anything to assemble the system, you need to first know about the four factors to consider. The first one is the trailer weight, the diameter of the hole on the ball mount, the thickness of the ball mount platform on the receiver, and the size of the trailer coupler.

     

    The next considerations would include information regarding weights with emphasis on gross trailer weight and tongue weight. Gross trailer weight is the full-loaded weight of the trailer you need to tow. This includes any and all gears it carries. Tongue weight, on the other hand, is the downward pressure that the trailer exerts on the hitch ball.

     

    Ball trailer weight rating

    The gross trailer weight rating is the most important factor in choosing the correct ball you need.  Each of the balls has its own weight capacity. Your trailer receiver may be rated to carry up to 10,000 pounds but if your ball is rated at 5,000 pounds, that will only be the minimum capacity you can tow.

     

    Additionally, you need to make sure that your ball’s ratings are greater than the gross trailer weight. This avoids overloading your towing equipments.

     

    Ball dimensions

    Trailer balls are classified by the dimensions on the different parts of the unit. In consideration are the diameter of the ball itself, the shank diameter, the shank’s length and the size of the circular piece of metal between the ball and the shank.

     

    Currently, the most common size of the ball is two inches in diameter. (Heavy-duty industrial trailer balls can go up to 2 5/8 inches.) The diameter of the ball mount’s hole must not exceed 1/16 inch greater than the ball shank diameter to be able to fit in.

     

    Thickness 

    The needed length of the shank is determined by the thickness of the ball mount platform.  You would not like to have the ball with so small a shank where you cannot lock the nut in place.  You will also need to buy a ball to fit into your coupler.

     

    Hitch balls are made of solid steel with several varieties of finishes and sizes, all of which should comply with the safety specifications and regulations.

     

  • Hitch Locks

    After you have all the components you need, everything is installed and you're ready to hit the road, the last thing you would want is a piece to go missing. Don't let that happen with the locks for your hitch that we have here. There are receiver locks, hitch coupler locks, coupler/receiver hitch lock kits, fifth wheel locks, hitch cable locks and the tried and true padlock.

  • Hitch Pins

    Be sure that when you arrive at your destination, you still have everything hooked up behind you the same way it was when you left with a quality hitch pin. We carry several styles of hitch pin as well as clips with various weight class ratings from weekend warrior to heavy hauler.

  • Chains and Cables

    Don't take safety chain or cable integrity for granted. That huge trailer can cause a lot of damage if your hitch fails. We have a selection of chains and cable to secure your trailer to your towing vehicle.

  • Pintles

    Pintle Hooks and Ring hitch systems represent one of the the most secure coupling options for towing a trailer, and provide one of the highest weight capacity hitch solutions as well.

  • Receiver Covers

    Protect your hitch receiver opening from dirt and water causing rust and corrosion. Here's some hitch receiver covers that are protective, stylish and functional.

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Hitch Components

Hitch Components – The Business of Connection

 

 

Hitch Components – The Business of Connection

 

 

The hitch components in your towing car and in the towed vehicle or trailer form the essential connection between your towing vehicle and that which is being towed. Towing a trailer with your car would need five parts to execute.

 

Components

 

The trailer hitch receiver is similar to a typical hitch. The receiver is the device that connects and attaches beneath your vehicle to connect the tow vehicle to the trailer hitch. This has an opening to receive the ball mount.

 

Fixed drawbar hitches (fixed tongue hitches) consist of the hitch and the ball mount and considered as a single unit not generally compatible with aftermarket accessories. The receiver type hitches accept a removable ball mount which is separate from the receiver (This allows flexibility compared to fixed drawbar hitches.)

 

Check out the sizes of the holes as they need to be compatible, including that for heavy towing.

 

Drawbar (ball mount)

 

This is the component that slides into your receiver’s opening to provide the platform for the ball that attaches your hitch to your trailer. In fixed-drawbar hitches, this is the part that forms a single unit with your receiver. In receiver-type hitches, the ball mount is separate.   

 

Trailer hitch ball

 

This is the connecting metal ball that hitches your trailer when you lower the trailer tongued coupler’s round opening onto it. The coupler sits over the hitch ball and pivots on it when you turn your vehicle. These balls come in three sizes: 1-7/8 inches, 2 inches, and in 2-5/16 inches.

 

Pin and clip / wiring harness

 

The pin and clip is the bolting mechanism that holds the ball mount secure to the receiver opening. The pin fastens the pin into place.

 

The wiring harness is the wiring connection that supplies power to your trailer’s lights and signals.

 

Hitching Terminology

 

There are certain abbreviations that are related to the hitch class ratings and towing capacity.

 

GTW refers to the gross trailer weight. This is the combined weight of your trailer and its contents.  TW is tongue weight which means the amount of weight placed on your hitch by your trailer’s attachment.

GVWR is the gross vehicle weight rating and the GVM means the gross vehicle mass rating.

 

This is the actual amount of the weight or mass your vehicle can carry (including the parts, passengers, and cargo and tongue weight) but does not include the trailer. The GCWR is the combined weight rating. In effect, this is the maximum weight for both the vehicle and the trailer altogether.  

 

Tow hitch install

 

The maneuver for installing the tow hitch is done step by step. The first action is to maneuver into a position where the hitch ball lines up with the trailer tongue’s coupler.

 

This closes the latch over the ball and securing it with the pin. In turn, this secures the connection of the safety chains and attaching your wiring harness.

 

All in all, to have the hitch components be compatible with one another, you need to consider both your vehicle type, how much you need to tow (which includes the trailer and the contents) when choosing the needed hitches.

 

                                                     
                     
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