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Ball Mount and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2019 Ford Ranger  

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Just purchased a Ford Ranger. The bumper will be higher than my old Ford Escape. What type of extender and ball to I get to into existing hitch? Also, what kind of brake controller do I need? My tear is a TAB and is 14 ft long and weighs 1400 lbs.

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In order to find out what ball mount you need we need to measure from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube and then subtract the distance from the ground to the bottom of the coupler on your trailer. This will then give you the correct amount of drop you need to look for in a ball mount. However, more often than not I recommend using an adjustable ball mount as I am sure it is not unreasonable to assume you might get a different trailer or need to tow one for a friend so this way you are not purchasing a ball mount for a specific trailer but rather one that can be used with many. For this, I recommend BulletProof Hitches Adjustable 2-Ball Mount # MD204.

For a brake controller, I recommend the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller part # 331-RED44FR. The Tow-Pro Elite is very similar in design to a factory trailer brake controller. There is a control box that gets installed under the dash, out of sight and then a control knob that gets mounted on your dash wherever you prefer. This will provide a very clean look and will allow you to mount it in many different locations whereas others will need to be in a certain position/angle. The other nice feature of this brake controller is that you can switch between proportional and a user-controlled mode which I am not aware of any other brake controller that can.

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