How to Attach A Ball Mount to Hitch

How to Attach A Ball Mount to Hitch the Right Way  – Let’s Explore!

Towing a trailer requires a few devices working as a unit. Ball Mount is one of those “Vital” devices responsible for transporting your trailer from one place to another. Hence, you’ll be in trouble if you don’t install or attach it to the receiver hitch.

Over the years, I’ve encountered many cases where the main reason behind incomplete transport is this one. The sad part is it’s simple enough to attach a ball mount to the hitch. All you need to do is keep a few things in mind, make a few right purchases, and secure a few tools.

In this article, I will answer all the questions regarding How to attach a ball mount to a hitch? Let’s get to the next part, shall we?

How to Attach Ball Mount to Hitch?

We can attach a ball mount to the receiver or trailer hitch in several ways. I’ve made this segment using both my previous experience and expert opinions. Let’s browse through them.

Pick The Right Ball Mount

You can’t attach this device to the trailer if you don’t have the correct ball mount. Hence, the first thing you need to ensure is to find the proper one. The whole picking-the-right-one scenario depends on a lot of factors. Let’s talk about it one by one.

  • First, you need to determine the towing capacity of your vehicle. Ball Mounts can be categorized according to capacity. To get the number, you can check online or ask your dealer about it. Generally, the dealers list the vehicle’s towing capacity on the owner’s manual.
  • After that, measure the hitch’s receiver size. All trailer hitches come with either a 2-inch or a 1.25-inch receiver. So, if you buy a product that doesn’t match the hitch’s opening, you can’t attach it. That’s why measuring the receiver is necessary. However, you can buy an adapter to get rid of the problem. But sometimes, it works like a quick fix, not a long-term solution.
  • Choosing the correct drop or rise is another vital part of getting the most suitable product. Since different trailers come in different ground clearances, you should choose it (drop&rise) carefully. For best results, try to go with something that covers the most.
  • Also, try to select a product with optimal towing capacity. Grabbing one that exceeds the vehicle’s towing capacity by a great margin will be another wasteful purchase. On the other hand, buying one with a lower load is not an option. So, your purchase must be able to beat your ride’s or trailer’s number, but by a less significant margin.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to check the ball size. All the above points would be a waste if you failed to get the right ball. Generally, most trailers require one of the three types of balls: 1-7/8-inch, 2-inch, or 2-5/16-inch. Don’t forget to choose the correct ball size for your trailer.

You can get to the required ball mount for your trailer by following the above points. If you need clarification or want to be more sure, you can take professional help. Otherwise, congrats, you’ve got the right product and are ready to proceed to the next step.

How to Attach A Ball Mount to Hitch

Place Necessary Parts Properly

Okay, we’ve come to the second segment, where you’ll learn how to attach a ball mount to the trailer hitch. To do this, you have to insert your selected piece into the receiver first. If you’ve done everything correctly, you shouldn’t face any problems here. And remember to match the hitch-pin hole line while doing it.

After aligning the pinhole of both devices, you should push the lock pin inside. It’ll hold onto the device to prevent it from sliding out when you’re towing a trailer. Most hitch pins are made of sturdy metals such as steel or iron to bear significant force. If you mess it up here, you won’t be able to avoid accidents.

The next and final part is to secure the hitch pin. It comes with a U-shaped clip to ensure the pin, receiver, and ball mount remains in their places. It’s a small device, and I often encounter cases where people somehow lose or forget about it. So, you must remember to put it inside as it’s as important as the lock-pin.

Double Check Everything

If you’ve done the above steps perfectly, you’re done with the installation. All you have to do is double-check everything before attaching the ball mount to the hitch. 

This step is necessary to ensure you have a green signal all around. One missing or loose part can cause terrible things. To avoid it, you can do the listed things below.

  • First, check whether the ball mount is in its place or not. It should match the receiver class and have no damage in the body.
  • The shank of the ball mount must go fully inside the hitch. Also, the pinhole of it needs to perfectly align with the hitch.
  • You must verify that the lock pin is properly inserted with the clip in its place to prevent the whole thing from sliding outside.
  • Ensure that the hitch ball completely covers the ball mount, and their connection should be tight.
  • Finally, check all the bolts and screws of both hitch and the ball mount are tightened enough to hold onto your trailer.

A Few Tips to Take Care of a Ball Mount

Ball Mount bears the weight of thousands of pounds in a single trip. For this reason, you have to take care of it to ensure longevity and productivity. Here are some tips that’ll help you to take proper care of your product.

  1. Always Keep the product supers clean and free of all kinds of dirt. To do that, you can use a wire brush or sandpaper. It’ll help you to remove any rust or buildup that may have accumulated over time.
  2. Lubrication is a must before and after each trip. Also, find the best quality lubricant to lubricate the hitch ball and coupler. It prevents rust and reduces wear and tear.
  3. Don’t forget to Inspect the ball mount before and after each trip for signs of damage or wear, such as cracks, bends, or rust. You must replace the ball mount as soon as you notice any signs of damage.
  4. Proper storage is also necessary to ensure longevity. You should keep it dry and secure when not in use. Exposure to direct sunlight and moisture can cause rust and corrosion.
  5. Always remember to follow the weight rating specifications. If you use your product to tail more than its capacity, you won’t be able to prevent damage or failure during towing.
  6. Lastly, avoid dropping or hitting the ball mount, as this can cause damage and affect its performance.

The Final Words

Since a ball mount connects a trailer hitch with the trailer, it is a vital tool in towing. Hence, setting it up the right way is also necessary. Unlike a receiver, the installation of a ball mount is easy. By installing, I meant attaching it to the hitch.

I described how anyone can do that job without help in this article. After describing the method briefly, I also talked about a few tips for taking care of a ball mount. This has been a helpful read for you. See you again in another article.

Eddie Burton - Senior Author
Senior Author: Eddie Burton

Eddie Burton is a passionate car enthusiast and a seasoned mechanic with over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has worked with a variety of vehicles, from classic muscle cars to modern luxury cars, and has extensive knowledge of all types of auto parts and accessories.

Eddie’s love for cars began at a young age when he would spend hours tinkering with his first car, a 1967 Mustang. Since then, he has pursued his passion for cars by working in various garages and workshops, honing his skills and expertise in everything related to automobiles.

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