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Old 04-07-2019, 04:02 AM   #29
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Iím not defending pickups, but another thing you can say about most 1/2 ton pickups is that you can get them repaired quickly pretty much anywhere on the continent.
Very good point. You can't just bring a BMW to any old shop for repair.
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Old 04-07-2019, 04:33 PM   #30
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Very good point. You can't just bring a BMW to any old shop for repair.
Why not? Do you not have competent shops nearby?

I still use the dealer for our current BMW for some items. But I also use an independent shop that has no trouble working on BMWs. And I work on it myself, which is pretty straightforward once you get access to the full service manuals. I've never been stranded when travelling up country, and we have a lot of empty country here. But then I 've only been driving them since 1994.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:45 AM   #31
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Iím not defending pickups, but another thing you can say about most 1/2 ton pickups is that you can get them repaired quickly pretty much anywhere on the continent.
Don't know about BMW but there are no Mercedes dealers in the 2000 miles between Edmonton and Fairbanks. As far as local shops I once brought it in for routine service and he totally botched that up.
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Old 04-10-2019, 03:27 PM   #32
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I love my balls...
Have a light weight stinger with 2 1/4" for the utility trailer.
Have a huge and heavy Equalizer hitch with the 2 5/16" ball for the AS.
Gotta have the right size for the right tow.

And the correct drawbar is essential to all else...

Remember - greased balls are the best for good towing else they squeak.
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Old 04-10-2019, 04:44 PM   #33
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dont do that

the 2" receiver works as a system with the rest of the installed undercarriage towing equipment h/w. adding a larger ball will NOT increase your capacity.

the receiver size is tied to the capacity of the whole undercarriage towing assembly

unfortunately if you want to use the larger ball, you will need to update the undercarriage towing equipment as a whole.

if not, you may end up failure one day as you drive.
The size of the ball does NOT affect anything about the undercarriage portion of the system. The size of the ball needs to be 2 5/16 because that size matches the "socket" of the tongue on the trailer. Using a 2" ball will leave space in socket which will make the connection between the trailer tongue and the TV loose. The larger ball itself has a higher weight capacity.
I just went through this scenario myself. I purchased a second hand Equalizer Hitch which came with a 2" ball. My information said to use a 2 5/16. After I bought the ball I couldn't find the tools to properly torque the ball onto the hitch. I wound up taking the hitch head into a local Equalizer shop. A young woman switched the new ball onto the hitch for $10. I offered more but she would only take $10. It just took a few minutes. It was honestly harder to carry the rig into the shop than to get it done.
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Yeah, some confusion here with 2" ball or 2" receiver. Only use the ball size for your trailer (2-5/16), otherwise your trailer will end up in the ditch.... I'm sure that was already figured out.
Check your owners manual for towing weights, should have 2 capacities listed - with and without weight distributing hitch. Unless you are towing a little Basecamp, I'd always recommend the weight distributing setup as it makes a much more stable setup with added weight on front axle
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Yeah, some confusion here with 2" ball or 2" receiver. Only use the ball size for your trailer (2-5/16), otherwise your trailer will end up in the ditch.... I'm sure that was already figured out.
Check your owners manual for towing weights, should have 2 capacities listed - with and without weight distributing hitch. Unless you are towing a little Basecamp, I'd always recommend the weight distributing setup as it makes a much more stable setup with added weight on front axle
The OP doesnít have a receiver, it is a quick detach hitch. It is impossible to use WD. Because that is the hitch the manufacturer sells, it would be surprising to see a hitch rating for use with WD equipment.
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Jcl - good to know! I can see why this thread was a bit confusing... Haha
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