How To Best Maintain Your Trailer Hitch

If you own a trailer or camper and use it regularly, it’s important to take care of it. This includes checking that it’s in good condition and that all its components are working properly. Performing regular maintenance on your hitch can help prevent problems before they occur. We’ll share the best ways to maintain your hitch so it stays in top shape all season long.

Check The Ball

If you have a ball mount installed on your truck, it is important to check the ball to ensure it is working properly. This will help you keep your trailer safe and prevent damage to the tow vehicle.  The ball on your trailer hitch is designed to latch onto the coupler (the front part of your trailer that is physically connected to your vehicle). This allows the ball and coupler to form a solid connection for safe towing.  Before you hook your trailer up to your hitch, make sure the ball is of the correct size for your particular coupler. Most trailer manufacturers stamp the correct size on the coupler to indicate what size ball is needed to attach it. When you are checking the trailer ball, look for any cracks or deformities in the ball. Also, feel the inside of the ball for any worn spots or pits. Once you have determined the correct size, you can calculate the required rise length for your ball mount. This is the distance that you need to allow from the bottom of your trailer coupler to the top of your hitch receiver. Ideally, you should have 25″ of rise to allow the trailer to sit level and parallel with the ground when parked.

Check The Hitch Receiver

The hitch receiver on a trailer hitch is the piece of hardware that connects your tow vehicle to your travel trailer. It also houses other parts and attachments, such as safety chains and electrical connectors. The height of your hitch receiver will vary based on the trailer you’re towing. In order to avoid any mismatching, you can use a measuring tape to take measurements between the tow vehicle and your travel trailer. Once you have these measurements, it’s easy to see whether your receiver is the proper height for your trailer. You’ll need to measure the distance from the ground to the flat edge of your trailer coupler (also known as the tongue) on both sides. If your receiver is too low, you’ll need to buy a ball mount with an adjustable rise or drop. Many hitch ball mounts can be flipped so that they tilt downward, which allows you to hook up your trailer from the correct height. Hitch balls and hitch mounts must have the same hitch system rating in order to function properly. These ratings can be found on the ball, hitch or ball mount. The higher the rating, the stronger the hitch.

Check The Hitch Ball

A hitch ball is the part of the hitch system that connects the trailer to the tow vehicle. It’s essential to check the hitch ball to make sure it’s in good condition and has the proper rating for your towing needs. The hitch ball is a cylindrical device that bolts into the coupler and allows you to secure your trailer to your vehicle. It’s important to choose a ball that fits your vehicle’s coupler and has a weight rating that exceeds your trailer’s gross weight. It’s also important to select a ball with a shank diameter that matches the size of the trailer ball hole. If the shank is too small, it can come loose during towing and cause a safety issue. Once you’ve selected a ball that meets these requirements, it’s time to hook up your trailer hitch. The process depends on the brand and model of hitch you have, so follow manufacturer’s guidelines. The next step is to measure the rise length of your ball mount. It’s usually measured from the bottom of your trailer coupler to the ground and from there, subtract your truck’s hitch receiver height (the distance from the top of the hitch receiver to the bottom of the hitch tube).