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    Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Interesting approach to an adjustable hitch insert.

    I'm posting this for the purpose of generating ideas. Seems to me that if it also incorporated a means to alternate between 2" ball, 2-5/16" ball, and a pintle hook it could be the ultimate hitch insert.



    I have one that is similar to this one, but it's not strong enough for most of my towing needs, and there is a lot of play in it as well.

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    Most of my heavy towing is one of three gooseneck trailers, but I keep several hitch inserts in my F450 - a couple in each size with varying ball sizes and heights - for the variety of tag a long trailers we use here on the farm and so I always have something with me should the need arise.

    Additionally I have a shelf in one of the farm welding shops with a half a dozen more inserts that are used with the other three trucks on the farm, along with the hitch insert that I made for a 3 point hitch attachment to the farm tractors.

    One of the trailers has a weight distributing hitch so that's still another hitch insert.

    It would be nice to get rid of most of the inserts and just get down to one that is strong enough for all of my towing needs.

    Does anybody have something that they have built or seen that they would recommend?
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    I use the convertible ball that has the little pin in it - similar to this one: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reese-Chrom...FU6ewAodZYUCOw
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    I can't get into the idea of aluminum hitches. Otherwise, cool.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Well, there's the template ..
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Good luck, I wish I could have just half a dozen tools for all my jobs, too.

    This is one I like better than those with a threaded ball shaft for ruggedness.

    http://www.hannarv.com/P/SAFHollandB...20000Lbs/25814
    The four bolt mount gives it height variability with an adjustable bar.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Quote Originally Posted by tanglediver View Post
    Good luck, I wish I could have just half a dozen tools for all my jobs, too.

    This is one I like better than those with a threaded ball shaft for ruggedness.

    http://www.hannarv.com/P/SAFHollandB...20000Lbs/25814
    The four bolt mount gives it height variability with an adjustable bar.
    https://www.etrailer.com/Pintle-Hitc...e/RP45294.html
    That's a nice class 5 insert.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    its definatly got a function. and looks lie a nice product.

    but.
    when it comes to hitches i run the typical 3 ball for what ever size. BUT the best thing i've ever done was take a couple leaves out of my spring pack and put in a nice pair of air bags. now when iget to a job i lett all the air out anf she sits on the bumps, abosultly amazing when on a call out. and then back to ride height.

    even better now that i've got it dialed in, i dump the air, back under a trailer coupler, and air the bags back up, all from the cab of the truck. fun stuff. and havent cranked a tongue jack in a long time. its the best single modification i have ever made to any truck i've driven.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Quote Originally Posted by tracymobilecnc View Post
    its definatly got a function. and looks lie a nice product.

    but.
    when it comes to hitches i run the typical 3 ball for what ever size. BUT the best thing i've ever done was take a couple leaves out of my spring pack and put in a nice pair of air bags. now when iget to a job i lett all the air out anf she sits on the bumps, abosultly amazing when on a call out. and then back to ride height.

    even better now that i've got it dialed in, i dump the air, back under a trailer coupler, and air the bags back up, all from the cab of the truck. fun stuff. and havent cranked a tongue jack in a long time. its the best single modification i have ever made to any truck i've driven.
    That's a pretty smart approach.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Quote Originally Posted by Joker11 View Post
    I can't get into the idea of aluminum hitches. Otherwise, cool.
    agree.


    nice but too fancy for this simple man.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Quote Originally Posted by Joker11 View Post
    I can't get into the idea of aluminum hitches. Otherwise, cool.
    That's is my issue with them as well. I have had toe replace the steel parts in hitches because of wear, can't imagine dealing with it in aluminum.

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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Cost is as important to me as function. I can not see this hitch being very cost effective for what it does. That thing has to be a couple hundred bucks . It is a nice concept but really does not acomplish much. Most people have a couple trailers and have their hitch sorted out very quickly then purchase or in my case make what I need to tow it at the correct hight put it in my truck box and pull it out when needed. If I were a contractor towing other peoples trailers and never know what I will need then yes I could see an advantage with this hitch.

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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    Their site shows a steel version too. Not much lower cost tho. Definitely has the cool factor going for it. It probably sells better with the crowd that leans towards the bling. Ya pay 3 grand for rims, the cost of something like this hitch wouldn't even cause an eye blink.

    Heck in the woods I use the hitch to tell me where the bank is or the tree is. When it goes bonk in the bank you're far enough. $300.00 dollars of bling,, probably would have to think about that or an angled hit.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    I don't like the aluminum idea, either. At least, not with all those holes spaced so close together.
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    Re: Pretty cool concept for a trailer hitch insert

    I like the concept of that Rhino Ball mount. I currently use this style
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    I need quite a bit of drop to pull with a level tongue when using my utility trailer and F350 this ball mount covers 2" and 2 5/16" as well as up to 8" of drop in one package
    the only thing i dislike about it is i only need 6" drop, and when running up steeper driveways the mount will drag the ground.
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