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    2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    I have:

    A: 2000 Yamaha SUV with Shoreland'r trailer that appears to be made for the SUV. It has a 3" channel and the coupler is made for a 2" ball.

    B: 2000 Cadillac Deville with Curt Class II hitch, the ball mount that was included with it (1 1/4" shank, 3/4" ball hole), and a 1 7/8" ball.

    I have no plans to tow anything much larger. Maybe a U-Haul utility trailer every now and then. And maybe my friend's 2003 Yamaha XL1200 on occasion.

    I bought a 3" channel, 1 7/8" receiver at West Marine, but when I went to install it on my trailer, the holes didn't line up.

    I'm thinking of just finding a 2" ball with 3/4" shank, installing it on my ball mount, and keep the 1 7/8" ball (and buy a big wrench too) and keep it in my trunk for when needed.

    However, that also means that if I borrow a different car with a 1 7/8" ball to tow my trailer, it will be loose.

    Opinions?

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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    Buy yourself a convert-a-ball kit.

    That way you can easily change balls if you are pulling trailers with different coupler sizes.

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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    yea i have a 3 ball hitch on my truck so i dont ever have to worry about finding the right ball for the trailer im pulling.
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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    2 inch ball is the most common IMO
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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    for one thing, if you have only a short run, (note, i'm not the safety officer here) you can use the 1 7/8 on a 2 inch receiver, I do it for the 5 minute runs to the ramp, since I have two inch and 1 7/8 on my two single trailers. (which quite honestly annoys the crap out of me !)

    it seems pretty secure but you can definitely tell its not a good fit, its a little bit noisier. -noise-E-er- but for a short run i dont' think its that unsafe. feel free to flame me if you disagree but note that I clearly indicated that i'm not in charge of safety today, i'm on call for next Wednesday, and if today was next wednesday i'd tell him to change balls and never take it out unless they match..


    But if 'm not going the 5 mile trip, but longer, I change balls.
    either wally world or harbor freight for the big azz wrench. $9 at wall mart I think, right next to the ball's in the trailer section.
    the replacement ball will cost you $30 at west marine but only like $10 at harbor freight/wally world
    in your case, just change balls. there's nothing to think about here. the ball and receiver should match for a trailer and tow vehicle and changing ball is much better than changing the trailer ! and note that the old ball might be hard to come off if its been there awhile, have handy a big wrench, or a breaker bar, and maybe some of that crap you spray on, "something" blaster, but it works;. (from past experience a big crescent wrench and a mallet are largely ineffective)
    and if your worried about borrowing a tow vehicle, keep that wrench handy, and buy two balls but honestly, i've never had a need to borrow a tow vehicle, have you ? If you carry spare balls in your trunk with various sizes the odds are probably better that you bail somebody out who needs it than use it yourself.
    Keep the 1 7/8 in the trunk too just in case, but it will probably collect dust unless U buy alot of towable stuff.
    I have this big zipper cloth bag that has my spare ball, the big wrench, a can of that blaster sh1t, my coupler lock, (recommended) and a ball lock, all fits in nice an neat'
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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    On Deville? Nice. Just get a 2 inch ball. The 3 ways are nice, do they make one for a class 2?

    You can also just buy another receiver and put the 2 inch on it, then switch them out if you ever need 1 7/8. Class 2's aren't that expensive.
    Last edited by Mbart; 06-23-2010 at 12:58 PM.

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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    Geez.

    You guys are making this way harder than you need to:

    http://www.TowingProductsCo.com/Hitc...andShanks.html

    Cheap, easy, reliable, no big wrenches needed after initial installation of shank.

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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    huh...get your ball's UP to the right size...lol, like the guy said $10 harbor freight...dont loose brain cell's over this
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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by R Hudson View Post
    Geez.

    You guys are making this way harder than you need to:

    http://www.TowingProductsCo.com/Hitc...andShanks.html

    Cheap, easy, reliable, no big wrenches needed after initial installation of shank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spim View Post
    for one thing, if you have only a short run, (note, i'm not the safety officer here) you can use the 1 7/8 on a 2 inch receiver, I do it for the 5 minute runs to the ramp, since I have two inch and 1 7/8 on my two single trailers. (which quite honestly annoys the crap out of me !)

    it seems pretty secure but you can definitely tell its not a good fit, its a little bit noisier. -noise-E-er- but for a short run i dont' think its that unsafe. feel free to flame me if you disagree but note that I clearly indicated that i'm not in charge of safety today, i'm on call for next Wednesday, and if today was next wednesday i'd tell him to change balls and never take it out unless they match..


    But if 'm not going the 5 mile trip, but longer, I change balls.
    either wally world or harbor freight for the big azz wrench. $9 at wall mart I think, right next to the ball's in the trailer section.
    the replacement ball will cost you $30 at west marine but only like $10 at harbor freight/wally world
    in your case, just change balls. there's nothing to think about here. the ball and receiver should match for a trailer and tow vehicle and changing ball is much better than changing the trailer ! and note that the old ball might be hard to come off if its been there awhile, have handy a big wrench, or a breaker bar, and maybe some of that crap you spray on, "something" blaster, but it works;. (from past experience a big crescent wrench and a mallet are largely ineffective)
    and if your worried about borrowing a tow vehicle, keep that wrench handy, and buy two balls but honestly, i've never had a need to borrow a tow vehicle, have you ? If you carry spare balls in your trunk with various sizes the odds are probably better that you bail somebody out who needs it than use it yourself.
    Keep the 1 7/8 in the trunk too just in case, but it will probably collect dust unless U buy alot of towable stuff.
    I have this big zipper cloth bag that has my spare ball, the big wrench, a can of that blaster sh1t, my coupler lock, (recommended) and a ball lock, all fits in nice an neat'
    hmmmmm it may work 99% of the time, but the 1 times it doesn't, you'll be the proud owner of the video that a thread is made about here! lol

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    Re: 2" coupler, 1 7/8" ball. Change coupler or change ball?

    I strongly suggest you never run a 2" hitch on a 1 7/8 ball. I got away with it, too, right up until I didn't. That, combined with those stupid coiled wires instead of safety chains, led to the scenario of being passed by my trailer...
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