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Old 09-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Hitch Ball Size for '69 28' Silver Streak Continental

Hi,
We are driving to AZ from CA in a week to finally pick up our 1969 Silver Streak Continental!
Problem is that the previous owner told my husband that the hitch ball size we need is 2". But when we were at Camping World getting a WD hitch setup they said 2-5/16" is standard for travel trailers and 2" is not rated for 500lb tongue weight of our trailer. Maybe the PO was mistaken?

We can't find any answer in the SS brochures we have...

Does anyone have a definitive answer? I sure don't want to show up in AZ with too small a ball for my 500 mile drive back to CA.

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Old 09-19-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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Hitch Ball Size for '69 28' Silver Streak Continental

Greetings TinCanCookie!

I can't answer your question about the ball size utilized on Silver Streaks, but it is possible to obtain a properly rated 2" ball for heavier coaches. I am not surprised that Camping World doesn't handle the heavy duty 2" balls. My local RV dealer special ordered the last 2" ball that I purchased for my Overlander . . . it is a large shank 2" ball with a weight rating of 1,000 tongue weight/10,000 trailer weight.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Kevin,

I assume the PO was correct when he said it needs a 2" ball. My husband ordered the WD hitch and ball from eTrailer. It came with a 2" ball like you describe above (large shank, 10K weight). He only brought it to Camping World to have the ball tightened on to the head. They were adamant that it was the wrong size though...

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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From what I have seen Airstream switched to the 2 5/16" standard some time in 68 or 69, don't know about Silver Streak but 2" is possible. Shouldn't be hard to find a 2 5/16" ball near where you are getting the trailer if you need it.
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Hello TinCanCookie.
Well is really hard to say what size of ball should be there, but if the PO towed we should know for sure the correct size. May Be there was a repair done and the coupler was replaced. Like Kevin said, I'm not surprised by CW input.
It shouldn't be a bad idea to have a 2 5/16 and the big wrench just in case.
Walmart carry them (not the best source for heavy equipment tools), they are not expensive.
Reese Towpower Trailer Hitch Ball Wrench: Automotive : Walmart.com
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:48 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! It's always comforting to know you can pop over to Walmart to get what you need. Even if it's not top quality, it works!
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A tip for changing the ball, you can put the hitch in the receiver sideways and use a jack (preferably hydraulic) under the wrench to loosen it. Just make sure you are going the right way. A hydraulic jack can also come in handy if your tongue jack doesn't work.

Note be careful about the jack slipping off the wrench.
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A tip for changing the ball, you can put the hitch in the receiver sideways and use a jack (preferably hydraulic) under the wrench to loosen it. Just make sure you are going the right way. A hydraulic jack can also come in handy if your tongue jack doesn't work.

Note be careful about the jack slipping off the wrench.
That's a new one!
We normally spray liquid wrench if thinks don't cooperate, but Iwill try that!
Thanks for the tip
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