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HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball

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This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering. Call 800-298-1624 to order HitchGrip accessories and parts part number 303-HG-712 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all HitchGrip products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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HitchGrip Accessories and Parts - 303-HG-712

  • Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Carrying Tool
  • HitchGrip

This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering.


Features:

  • Carrying tool allows you to lift, carry, install, and remove your ball mount or weight distribution head assembly with ease
    • Avoid grease and dirt to keep hands clean
  • Glass-filled nylon body and handle evenly distribute the weight of your ball mount
    • Ergonomic design reduces stress and risk of back strain
  • Tungsten carbide tips firmly grip and hold the hitch ball
    • Powder coated, 12-gauge steel plates reinforce carbide tips for added strength
  • Simple, easy-to-use design with no moving parts
    • Position HitchGrip on your hitch ball
    • Lift and slide the ball mount in or out of the receiver
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: ball mounts and weight distribution head assemblies with a 2-5/16" ball
  • Maximum recommended drop: 4-1/4" from bottom of hitch ball (top of hitch head) to top of receiver opening
  • Maximum ball neck diameter: 1-5/16"
  • Lifetime warranty


Note: The HitchGrip cannot fit around a ball neck with a diameter greater than 1-5/16".

HitchGrip Maximum Ball Neck Diameter

Easily Install, Remove, and Carry Your Hitch Head

HitchGrip Carry

The HitchGrip is a simple tool that makes it easy to install, remove, and maneuver your weight distribution head assembly. Dealing with an oversized ball mount or heavy weight distribution head can be a real headache. These assemblies can be heavy, awkward to handle, dirty, and genuinely uncooperative. But with the HitchGrip carrying tool, you can do what is needed with your assembly as quickly, cleanly, and painlessly as possible.


The HitchGrip makes it easy to get a good grip on your head assembly. As a result, you won't drop your expensive, heavy equipment, nor will you strain your back trying to awkwardly carry it. It also allows for proper leverage so that you don't have to wiggle and shake the assembly to install or remove it. This saves time and eliminates frustration. And because you don't actually have to touch your head assembly when you use the HitchGrip, you can avoid getting grease and grime onto your hands. This allows you to go from task to task without needing to clean your hands in between.


How to Use the HitchGrip Carrying Tool

HitchGrip Usage Example

First, position the HitchGrip to the side of your hitch ball with the handle pointing toward the rear of your vehicle. Then tilt the tool downward and slide it onto the ball to engage. Make sure that the HitchGrip is centered over the ball mount or hitch head so that the weight will be evenly distributed. Then lift up on the handle of the HitchGrip so that the carbide tips grip the underside of the ball. Once the tool has a good grip on the ball, you can carry and maneuver your ball mount with ease. When you install your ball mount in your hitch receiver, you can also use the HitchGrip to easily line up the hitch pin holes.


Recommended Clearance for Drop Hitches

If your ball mount or head assembly is in the drop position, the HitchGrip may not work on your setup. In order to ensure a good grip and proper leverage, it is recommended that you have no more than 4-1/4" between the top of the hitch head and the top of your trailer hitch receiver. If there isn't enough space between the tool and the top of the hitch head you may not be able to get your hand securely around the handle.



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Customer Reviews

HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball - 303-HG-712

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (288 Customer Reviews)

This tool makes it easy to install, remove, and carry your heavy weight distribution head assembly. No need to strain your back or get dirty or oily. It uses leverage to enable better distribution of weight for easy and clean maneuvering.

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First tool I ever bought from an email ad. But I trust etrailer. This tool is very clever. One handed lift of your weight distributing hitch head. No more need to squat down and lift with 2 hands…its awesome.


Comments
Awesome, I use this tool every time I need to install or remove the weight distribution hitch. Your hands stay clean and it easy to use one handed.
Stephen - 05/09/2022


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It is amazing how this little ergonomic tool makes the handling of the heavy equalizer hitch so easy. This 76 year old body thanks the creator of this device. It allows you to handle the load with one hand and in a more favorable body position. I would even suggest it for the ladies that may be RVing as they would likely not need assistance. Well done. I was also pleased that, unlike so many other products today, this tool is made in the USA.


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Still a big help
Corny - 05/14/2022


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With a bad back it's much easier to lift with one hand and applying the lift pressure to my good side! Already sold a couple more for you to RV buddies! Thanks for the great product!



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I love this Hitch Grip tool. At 74 years it has simplified this simple act of moving, removing, and installing the larger heavier hitch we got when upgraded our sway control. It is on my pre-trip checklist...don't leave home without it.


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Let me put it this way...if it were lost I would not move without another one. In fact Ive considered getting another for that very reason.
Frank B - 12/08/2021


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Very handy to carry the ball without having to grab the whole thing. This is really helpful for the weight distribution I have, it's heavy (see photo). The other advantage is if you need to swap out your draw bar/ball and don't feel like, this helps. Thanks to George for the updates!


Comments
Its still great! Helps my back and keeps my hands clean.
Dave S - 04/14/2019



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I can’t complain about this tool. It works great. Always nervous hitch will fall out landing on my foot but it hasn’t yet after multiple uses. Makes putting hitch in the receiver super easy.



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Single best invention ever made in the history of trailer parts. Not a speck of grease on my hands at all now. Brilliant !!


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This is one of the best tools that I have and it gets used almost every week between my truck and my two trailers.
Kirk P - 11/19/2021


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This is in my top 5 tools to ever purchase. This holder makes it so easy to carry that heavy hitch to the truck and use it to insert into the receiver. Absolutely the most valuable tool for my rv. This hitch weighs approximately 80 lbs, with the tool it is much easier to handle and not drop on my foot.



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I got this product to help me lift and carry my weight distribution hitch since I often hitch and unhitch my trailer by myself. As a woman in my 60's being able to handle the hitch without having to "wrap my arms around it" and get grease on my clothes is a really good thing!


Comments
Still liking this product even though I havent had very many chances to use it this year!
Robbie - 07/30/2021


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This will save my 78 year old back. Lift with your legs they tell me. This device takes away the awkwardness of lifting 60 lb Blue Ox hitch.



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OK,I just got this thing and am asked for a review. Not possible with this short of time but I can tell you that after trying it out that it is will make moving the hitch much safer and easier that before as long as it holds up. Only time will tell. I don't give 5 stars for anything as nothing is perfect.



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Does the job it is supposed to do and eliminates the greasy or dirty hands that would otherwise tough the ball. It makes for an easier transfer from it's storage areato inszerting it into the truck receiver. Excellent addition to my RV



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This was a gift for my son in law. He found it very useful and can now move hitch with out getting grease off of him.



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Excellent item, built and works well, makes installation and removal of hitch easy.



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I use this for picking and carrying my WDH ball and shank. Works well handling this heavy shank while installing it into the truck receiver.



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This is a great addition. It provides an easy way to pick up my hitch without getting greasy or straining my back. Wish I invented it!



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Makes handling weight distribution head very easy for on and off.



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The product is built well, but depending on the size and weight of the hitch you are using it on you will still be required to use a lot of physical strength to carry heavy hitches.



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Hitchgrip carrying tool works perfectly on my heavy hitch for my F-250....I couldn't ne happier !



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I purchased a few of these for my mechanics to have with them. I have been told that it has helped with picking up hitches and haven't had any pinched fingers.



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Product works well. Makes it much easier to change the hitch.



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After 1 year of use, I'm a believer. Product works like it should, makes carrying heavy hitches effortless. Would recommend.



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For a 80+ yr old, makes carrying and installing hitch to vehicle possible.



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This works very well. Hitch unit is still heavy but this handy tool makes it much easier to carry and install. After installing hitch in receiver I just throw it in the bed of the truck. So it’s there when I get to my camp site I can take hitch out. Also cleaner on hands and clothes.


Comments
Hitch grip is still working great. Much easier to carry.
Larry - 03/17/2021


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Much easier and cleaner to lift the hit ch


Comments
Unfortunately, it slipped off while I was carrying it and the hitch hit my toe and broke it. You have to be very careful that it is on the hitch ball securely.
Catherine - 11/27/2021

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Ask the Experts about this HitchGrip Accessories and Parts



  • Does HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Allow Carrying of Spring Bars Too
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly # 303-HG-712 that you referenced is balanced for carrying just the head and shank of a weight distribution system. If you had the spring bars left connected it would be very heavy to lift and it wouldn't balance properly. I attached a review video for more info for you to check out as well.
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  • Does HitchGrip Carrying Tool Have a Weight Limit
    There isn't actually a maximum weight capacity for the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712. The only limit is that the hitch ball's neck diameter can be a maximum of 1-5/16" so as long as it is that size, you can use this with your weight distribution head. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well of the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712.
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  • Do People Normally Remove Spring Bars of Weight Distribution System before Removing Head
    Typically when people uninstall a weight distribution system the first thing they do is remove the spring bars. Once they are moved they uncouple the trailer from the hitch ball and then remove the head of the system from the hitch.
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  • What Does Hitch Grip part # 303-HG-712 Weigh
    The Hitch Grip part # 303-HG-712 that you referenced weighs 2 lbs.
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  • Can HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assemblies Help with Rock Tamers
    Yes, the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assemblies part # 303-HG-712 that you referenced will help you carry your weight distribution shank with a set of Rock Tamers Mud Flaps installed. It's hard to say exactly how you'd carry it all but this will have the capacity needed and will help quite a bit.
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  • Carrier Tool that Grabs the Hitch Ball
    It sounds like you're referring to the HitchGrip Carrying Tool which is part # 303-HG-712. It's techincally designed for carrying a heavy weight distribution head but could be used for any ball mount. It's a reasonably new product and so far people love it. The only catch is that it only works with a 2-5/16 inch ball. I've linked a video review for you.
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  • HitchGrip Compatibility With Adjustable Ball Mount With 2-5/8 Inches Between Ball And Drop Shank
    I have some photos attached to help you with the dimensions of the HitchGrip # 303-HG-712. From the center of the ball to the outside edge of the handle and outside curve of the hitch ball clamp is 2-1/2 inches, so based on the 2-5/8 inch clearance between the ball and the draw bar, you will be able to use this to transport your adjustable ball mount with 2-5/16 inch hitch ball.
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  • Maximum Drop that Hitch Grip Carrying Tool Can be Used With
    The maximum recommended drop position of the HitchGrip Carrying Tool # 303-HG-712 is 4-1/2 inches.
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  • Options for Carrying a Weight Distribution System Head or Ball Mount
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool # 303-HG-712 is only available in one size and fits a 2-5/16 inch ball. The size of the weight distribution head or ball mount really doesn't affect its use other than the weight. This is the only carrying tool we offer.
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  • Is There a Way to Help Lift Weight Distribution System Head
    Weight distribution system heads are HEAVY. The only solution out there that can help somewhat is the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly # 303-HG-712 which basically grabs the ball and gives an easier handle to grab onto. It looks like in your picture I can see you have already tried this though since I see packaging for it. I know space is typically a premium when camping but maybe a small wagon could help you get the head around and then you could use the...
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  • Tools for Carrying a Weight Distribution System with a 2 Inch Hitch Ball Attached
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 is not available for a 2 inch hitch ball. There is not another carrier that utilizes the hitch ball for the carrying of the unit. You may however be interested in using the Classic Accessories Tow Bar and Weight Distribution Tote - 36" x 11" Wide x 8" Tall - # CA80113 to lift and transport your system. The handles of this tote are obviously made to be strong enough to lift and maneuver the system.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System Carrier
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 will not work with a 2 inch ball. You may be interested in the Classic Accessories Tow Bar and Weight Distribution Tote - 36" x 11" Wide x 8" Tall # CA80113 which will also allow you to carry and stow your system.
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  • Recommendations For Moving A Kayak Trailer Around By Hand
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 cannot move a trailer, because you will have the coupler side not the hitch ball side of the assembly to work with. My recommendation to move you Trailx Kayak Trailer around is to use the Rack'Em Trailer Dolly # RA20.
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  • Best Carrying Tool For Removing and Installing Weight Distribution Hitch Head From Truck Receiver
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly with 2-5/16" Ball # 303-HG-712 is the best tool I have found so far for removing a weight distribution head from the receiver. It gives you better leverage on the assembly with the handle placement.
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  • Weight of Weight Distribution Head, Shank and Trailer Ball on EQ37100ET Equal-izer 1000 lb System
    The total weight of the Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET system, including the shank, weight distribution head and spring bars and trailer ball is around 90 lbs. The part of the system that would typically remain on the vehicle after the bars are removed would include the shank, weight distribution head and the trailer ball whose weight adds up to around 50 lbs which isn't too terrible, weight wise. If you're concerned about the wear and tear on your back, a carrying handle such as part # 303-HG-712...
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  • Is the HitchGrip Weight Distribution System Carrying Tool Compatible with a 2 Inch Hitch Ball?
    The HitchGrip Carrying Tool # 303-HG-712 is only compatible with a 2-5/16 inch ball. Unfortunately there is not a 2 inch compatible option. However, I do have a possible solution to utilize that HitchGrip Tool. If your weight distribution system uses a 1 inch shank hitch ball, then you would use the Convert-A-Ball Interchangeable Ball Set # 105TB to allow you to use this tool and have the proper hitch ball for your system. If your system need a 1-1/4 inch hitch ball shank you can use...
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    I am sorry to hear you are having trouble installing the Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System item # TFRTT350E on your 1997 F-250 or F-350 Ford Heavy Duty. That system is a confirmed fit for your truck. Unless there are after market suspension components in the way it should fit. I have linked a couple pictures from the installation instructions. It looks like there is an existing bump stop you will have to remove and the channel it goes through must come out as well for the Timbren...
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  • How Much Does Each Part of the Equal-i-zer 10K System Weigh
    The Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System part # EQ37100ET has a total weight of around 100 lbs but it is broken down into three components that will be installed separately of one another; the head/shank which weighs around 45 lbs, the spring bars which weigh around 15 lbs each, and the frame brackets which weigh around 5 lbs each. The only parts you will need to pick up and attach each time are the head/shank and spring bars. If you perceive to have trouble lifting the head and shank...
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  • Trailer Hitch Ball Carrier for Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System
    I assume you are referring to a 2-5/16" trailer hitch ball as there is not currently a 2-5/8" hitch ball on the market that I am aware of. If it turns out that you do have a 2-5/16" hitch ball then you can use the HitchGrip Carrying Tool for Weight Distribution Head Assembly part # 303-HG-712 which is the only carrier of its kind that we currently offer. If you have an Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution then it would have most likely came with a 2-5/16" hitch ball.
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