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Old 03-12-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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We were goofing off outside this evening before the sun set. And I walked over to the 'said' tow truck. The hitch is a draw tight, but what does the other pictures mean? That last picture is my Reese hitch - looking down on it. And theres another number.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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It means you have a hitch good for 1000 pounds tongue weight and 10000 pounds trailer weight if using wd equipment. It also means you need a heavier duty trailer ball, since the loaded weight of your overlander will exceed the 6000 pound rating for it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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Please elaborate on the heavier duty trailer ball...do I go to the department that says heavier duty? Or what would be a more specific title for that?
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If you have a farm supply store near you they will carry heavier ball mounts and balls that will work for your trailer. If not hitch manufacturers like Curtis will have them.
I just purchased a ball mount rated at 16,000# and a 2 5/16" ball at the local farm supply.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:54 AM   #5
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Ok I will go check this out,. We have an Atwoods Hardware...they have trailer supplies. Thanks for this information.
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Generally, the smaller shank (threaded part) on the bottom of the ball equals less weight capacity. If you remove yours from the ball mount, you will probably find a spacer between the shank and the ball mount. Get a ball with a larger shank, usually 1 1/4", and install it on the ball mount.
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But measure the hole in the shank before you go. I think we are assuming the hitch head/shank is a 10,000lb head. It probably is, but save yourself from potentially two trips to the store. Remove the old ball and measure the hole in the head.
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There is some variety of 2 5/16 hitch balls out there. A farm and ranch store may have a selection, but you may better find what you want at a store that specializes in RV parts. This one is rated at 10,000 #

Here's a random link to one that is rated at 12,000#

http://www.etrailer.com/Balls/Tow-Ready/19286.html
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