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    trailer hitch

    Three Trailer Hitch Accessories

    Trailers make getting bulky items, farm and yard supplies and recreational vehicles to where they are going fast and easy. And the right hitch and accessories means you’ll be transporting your valuables as safely and securely as possible. The science behind a trailer hitch is straight forward- it’s the primary connection component that attaches a trailer to your towing vehicle. Towing vehicles must have the proper towing capacity in order to use a trailer hitch, and the hitch requires components to complete the connection between the trailer and the vehicle. Ball mounts and hitch balls make up the most widely used type of hitch no matter the type of trailer. These are inserted into the receiver hitch which is mounted to the frame of the vehicle. Receiver hitches are classified by the amount of carrying capacity and the size of the receiver tube. Basically, the receiver hitch is what you see in the middle of the rear of the vehicle just under the bumper that looks like an empty square when not in use. The receiver hitch accepts the insert that connects the trailer to the vehicle for towing.

    Ball Mounts

    A ball mount is a metal tube or bar that fits into the receiver hitch. The ball mount provides the platform for the hitch ball that connects the trailer to the vehicle. Balls mounts can be curved or bent at an angle like the depending on the style, weight capacity and type of trailer you’re towing. Ball mounts create the proper space and height between vehicle and trailer that allows them to move together as one. The ball mount is usually held to the receiver hitch with a hitch pin and clip and has a hole on the trailer side where the hitch ball can be inserted and secured in place.

    Hitch Balls

    A hitch ball, also called a tow ball, is the point of connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer. The trailer hitch rests on the ball, allowing the trailer to turn corners and take on bumps in the road without getting disconnected. The trailer tongue coupler sits on top of the ball and is locked in place, while the tow chain is connected for added safety in case the hitch failed while in motion. Electrical connections for brakes and lights are made between the vehicle and trailer once the hitch ball is engaged. Hitch balls come in various sized depending on the trailer and the weight of the load. Typically, the smaller the hitch ball the less towing capacity, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule.

    Trailer Hitch Covers

    Because most trailer hitches are removable, the only thing that’s left when the hitch isn’t there is an empty hitch receiver. Although it’s possible to simply leave the hitch on the vehicle at all times, they do add a few inches to the back of your truck or SUV make parking a little more challenging. Thieves are also interested in trailer hitches, so leaving them at home or inside your truck when not in use is a good idea. That’s where a trailer hitch cover comes in. Trailer hitch covers fit snuggly inside and over your hitch receiver. And on top of looking good, hitch covers prevent rust, debris collection and even critters from making a nest in an empty hitch receiver.

    Tractor Supply Co has a full line of hitch balls, ball mounts and hitch covers to make hauling your equipment and toys easy. No matter your towing needs we’ve got the hitch and accessories for you.