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Do Longer Ball Mounts Have Lower Towing Capacities

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When would the length or adjustable rise or of a ball mount affect the carrying capacity of the hitch receiver or tongue weight enough to be a concern? In other words, if a longer or lower ball mount decreases the capacity of either component, how can this be determined?

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Typically the ball mounts that are longer or have large drops/rises have lower capacities than ones that are more standard in dimensions. This is designed to help take care of the capacity reduction question you mentioned since there isn't a hard and fast rule that applies for the scenarios you mentioned.

For example, the Hidden Hitch ball mount part # 80232 that you mentioned has a capacity of 6,000 lb trailer weight and 600 lb tongue weight.

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