For anyone who is looking to tow a trailer, there are a few pieces of equipment that are required in order to make this happen. Now, many trucks and SUVs are going to have a majority of the equipment already installed, but it is possible to add these features to other vehicles, should it not be installed. Just about any vehicle is able to move a trailer, although the weight should always be looked into All vehicles have a max towing capacity, so an owner of the vehicle needs to look into this before selecting a trailer. Owner information for the vehicle can be found on the manufacturer’s website.
This is a must. Without the hitch nothing is moving. Trucks and most SUVs come with the hitch already installed. For those vehicles that do not come with this feature, the hitch is installed on the underside of a vehicle and can have either a 1.25 x 1.25 or a 2×2 inch opening. Usually larger vehicles with more powerful frames have the larger sized hitches, but it really just depends. There are hitches with a 2.5 x 2.5 inch opening, although this is only for very large trucks and probably is not required.
The ball mount is something that comes extra. Really outside of the trailer hitch, just about everything else needs to be purchased additionally when owning a truck or larger SUV. The ball mount, also known as a drawbar, is a pice of metal that slides into the trailer hitch and provides a platform for connecting the ball from the trailer. Different mounts are available in different weights, which typically depend on the size of the trailer being moved.
Pin and Clip
This is a device that is used to hold the mount inside of the trailer hitch that is receiving the mount. The mount slides into the hitch and the pin and clip locks it into place. While this is a very small item, it is also vital, as without it the trailer is just going to slide off of the ball mount.
Trailer Hitch Ball
There are three general sizes of ball hitches available. One is 1 7/8 inch, another is 2 inches and the third is 2 5/16 inches. The measurement of the ball’s diameter needs to be the same as the coupler located on the trailer. The ball is going to sit on the ball mount and work as the attachment point where the trailer comes in contact with the mount.