If you’ve ever towed an RV or any type of trailer for that matter, you definitely understand the importance of having the right tow hitch for the job. There are so many different types of hitches to choose from and they all really depend on the type of job you’re up for. Some towing accessories and their uses are below. Special thanks to our Tow Truck Brampton friends for providing this info to us!
The ball mount and a trailer hitch receiver are two different components which work together to allow a trailer to be towed. A ball mount slides into the hitch receiver and is generally locked in with a securing pin. When using a ball mount and a hitch receiver, make sure that you are aware of their capacities to ensure safe operations.
In some towing setups, the hitch ball is a separate component which attaches to the hitch has a removable ball. In this case, you are able to swap out various hitch balls on the same hitch which allows you to tow trailers with different coupler sizes. However, it’s very important that you make sure that the hitch’s specifications correlate with that of the hitch ball or else you can end up in a disaster type of situation.
This is the point of the trailer which allows it to be connected to the ball mounts on the vehicle. It’s very important that the ball mount for the trailer is the correct size for the coupler. If your coupler is too big you can very easily lose your trailer when you go over a bump. So it’s very important that you check the sizes of everything and make sure they correlate.
Locks, Pins, and Clips
These are probably the most overlooked pieces in a trailer towing system simply because they are not large in size. However, they are the tiny, but important components which keep everything locked in place. They’re used to make sure the hitch is secured to the hitch receiver, and the ball mount is secured to the coupler.
In the rare event in which your trailer get disconnected from your vehicle, it’s very important that you have safety chains as a fallback system to remain connected to the trailer. It is also required in most states that you use safety chains when transporting trailers with your vehicle.
Weight Distribution Systems
These are great when dealing with lighter vehicles and heavy trailers. These types of systems are generally ideal when you’re dealing with trailer weights above 3,000 lbs. They allow you to retain a good amount of vehicular control when accelerating and braking by distributing the load of the trailer between the front and rear of the vehicle.
If you are towing an RV or any type of trailer for that matter. This is a must to allow you to mount the trailer easily, efficiently and safely.