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Old 09-24-2016, 09:31 AM   #15
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I didn't know anyone used hollow hitches. More dangerous than I thought out on the road.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:57 AM   #16
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I didn't know anyone used hollow hitches. More dangerous than I thought out on the road.
+1 I've never seen one. Even the little class 1 I put on my car is solid and probably stronger than the receiver.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:21 AM   #17
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First, we're talking about a ball mount. The hitch is what is bolted to the tow vehicle. OK, anal maybe, but anyway.....

Second, betting whatever rating this ball mount was built to would struggle in this configuration with a 3500lb trailer attached. Just looking at it, guessing it may have only been rated for 3500 (max). - and it's not that great a design. If it hadn't broken as it did, that angle iron part that the ball bolts to looks just as scary.

Point being, working a component like this at it's capacity leaves little room for issues (like a tongue heavy load for instance). A 3500lb trailer should be using parts rated for 5000lbs minimum. My opinion, FWIW.
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Never saw a hollow draw-bar either........
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:32 AM   #19
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Wrong part for the job,


it's a good thing damage was minimum and no one was injured.
and safety chains and receiver did there job.


I agree, a 3500 LB trailer needs/demands a 5,000 LB hookup.
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Made in China, made in someone's garage, that hitch is a horror show. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have used that for towing anything ever.
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It's not a "made in china" issue. It's a "you bought a piece of junk" issue. Don't be racist. China is a huge country making all kinds of stuff. The nice solid hitch pictured is also made in China. Don't blame a huge country because you bought a no name piece of garbage.
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I will not pile on. The general consensus IMHO is right on. The ball mount was a piece of junk. Could even be home made.
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If you can't make out any weight ratings on it then it shouldn't have been used in the first place especially with 3500 lbs attached.
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Never saw a hollow draw-bar either........
Meh.... the draw bar I have is hollow. BUT.... it is very heavy gauge formed steel square tube. Beefy! Heavy!!

Thinking that the draw bar was 'home made'.....

It should have a rating stamped on it somewhere...... OR NOT!!!

Agree, minimum capacity for anything hanging off the end of the hitch should be 5K .... whether you need it or not.
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Most ball mounts are hollow. Go pick up any "Reese" brand at your local wal mart and it is hollow. Most folks don't know the difference. I use one of the hollow Reese units for my small golf cart trailer, but use a solid ball mount for my enclosed trailer (or other heavy trailers).
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