ball mount drop - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum

General 6.7 Discussion General 6.7 Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 Old 10-12-2013, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
ball mount drop

newbie question:
I have a 2011 F350 that I use with a 5th wheel to tow a camper. I would like to get a ball mount and ball for the factory installed receiver. The height of the center of the receiver is 21". I do not have a specific trailer that I would like to tow, but it would most likely be a UHaul. My question is what drop would be most appropriate for general use? Also, any recommendations for (1) brand and (2) a web site with a good price?

thanks.
jepalmer is offline  
post #2 of 12 Old 10-12-2013, 01:37 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
DSL_PWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Your mind.. rent free.
Posts: 1,823
Thanks: 4
Thanked 30 Times in 29 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I think I have a 4" or 5" drop on mine. I can measure it later. I don't remember brand but bought mine at local trailer shop and it is rated for 18k lbs.
DSL_PWR is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 10-13-2013, 12:46 PM
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 109
Thanks: 2
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Go get the B&W adjustable drop ball hitch. Three chrome balls and pins to adjust 6 to 10 inches vertically. Its a bit pricey but totally the way to go. I'm impressed.
golfpineacres is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 12-19-2013, 08:12 AM
Member
 
Crazyfrog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Monroe, OH
Posts: 73
Thanks: 2
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I run a 2" drop on mine. It works well for a landscape trailer and fishing boat. I have pulled a car hauler a few times and end up using a straight receiver for my 2 5/16" ball.
I don't have a lift, stock height.

2012 CCSB 4X4
XLT - 3:55 6.7
Mini Max-S&B intake
305/65/18 Falkens
Weather guard toolbox
Crazyfrog is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 12-19-2013, 12:28 PM
MuscleBob26
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
This article I found really goes into detail about ball mounts and what you might need here Hopefully it will help you as much as it helped me.


www DOT hitchanything DOT com/How-To-Measure-What-Size-Ball-Mount-You-Need.html
post #6 of 12 Old 12-20-2013, 05:11 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Las Vegas Baby!!
Posts: 300
Thanks: 2
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Most trailer manufactures want the top of ball 20 inches from ground with empty truck before hitching up. Trailers are usually designed for a hitch height of 18 inches to top of ball. This allows a two inch sag after hitched and weight is on truck.

I think you would be fine with a two inch drop receiver then after you bolt the ball on it would return to your 21 inch height you have now. Hitch height is measured to top of ball.

Whatever you buy, keep it on the truck at all times for extra protection if you get bumped in the rear or back up into a wall. I have saved my rear bumper several times by having my receiver in place. Been hit in stop and go traffic twice with zero damage to my trucks, the hitch saved me. Those adjustable hitches mentioned above give even more protection for this as they have a lot of vertical metal. I have my receiver/ball installed even when I pull my fiver.

You can find what you need at any Bass Pro Shop, I believe they sell Reese equipment if I remember correctly. They will have lower price than a hitch shop. All receivers and balls are stamped with load rating right on them.


2012 F450 Ultimate Lariat pkg, 4X4, FX4, 5th wheel prep, camper pkg, 40console40 seat, Ingot Silver and Black guts
Reese Elite 18k 5th wheel
BedRug liner
DuraFlap flaps all 4 corners
60 gal aux tank in bed
7.4 mpg as shown @ 70mph and 25740 lbs gross!!

2012 Fuzion FZ310 Monster Edition Toy Hauler 12,500 dry 16,500 loaded to play. 3100/3500 pin weight

Breast feeding is a hard habit to quit
mowdoc is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 12-20-2013, 06:55 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Str8Ugly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 397
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
http://www.amazon.com/Andersen-Manufacturing-3410-Aluminum-Rapid/dp/B002XLBMZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387554896&sr=8-1&keywords=adjustable+drop+hitchare all alum hitches just as good as steel ones?

2011 king ranch f350 cclb 4x4, 6" lift, 20x10 fuel mavericks, 35" toyos, billet grille, ranch hand rear bumper, SCT X4 with PIP tunes, Sinister egr delete, flopro dpf delete pipe

2002 f250 ccsb 4x4
6" pro comp lift kit, 20x10 eagle 064's, 35" trail grapplers, 2007 front clip, Harley Davidson Headlights, Bull nose bumper, Ranch Hand Rear Bumper, dfuser harness, 6637 air filter, straight exhaust, foil delete
Str8Ugly is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 12-20-2013, 07:19 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
c dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 825
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I worked at the worlds largest trailer dealer and sold a ton of the rapid aluminum drop ball mounts. I run one and so does my dad. They are very nice. Never heard any complaints.

Sent from my Nexus 7
c dog is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 12-20-2013, 07:21 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Str8Ugly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 397
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
awesome thanks, btw nice avatar

2011 king ranch f350 cclb 4x4, 6" lift, 20x10 fuel mavericks, 35" toyos, billet grille, ranch hand rear bumper, SCT X4 with PIP tunes, Sinister egr delete, flopro dpf delete pipe

2002 f250 ccsb 4x4
6" pro comp lift kit, 20x10 eagle 064's, 35" trail grapplers, 2007 front clip, Harley Davidson Headlights, Bull nose bumper, Ranch Hand Rear Bumper, dfuser harness, 6637 air filter, straight exhaust, foil delete
Str8Ugly is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 12-20-2013, 07:29 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
c dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 825
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thanks. Now if I were to buy a new hitch I would try this instead of the rapid hitch. I like that it has the locks built in and looks nicer. Rated the same as rapid. I have no experience with this brand
http://www.diversi-tech.net/Hitches%20Page.htm
Sent from my Nexus 7
c dog is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome