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Can Longer Ball Mount Be Used Without Reducing Trailer Hitch Capacity On 2011 Ford Escape


The hitch on my 2011 Escape is below by rear bumper and goes in an inch or 2. With a standard receiver 2inch rise the ball is very close to the bumper. I would like to extend the distance from the bumper to avoid any rubbing. Would a longer ball mount be a better choice over an extender, for weight capacity?


Expert Reply:

A longer ball mount is always a better option that using an extender for the reason you mentioned. Using an adapter reduces trailer hitch capacity by fifty percent.

A ball mount like part # 80232 will give you 15-3/4 inches distance from center of hitch pin hole to the center of the ball hole.

For a little shorter ball mount you can check out part # BM20. This ball mount measures 13-1/4 inches from center of hitch pin hole to center of ball hole.

And for a ball mount that has 8-1/2 inches from center of hitch pin hole to center of ball mount hole I recommend part # D-26.

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