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Selecting a Hitch Ball and Brake Controller for a 2007 Ford F-150 Towing a Car Hauler  


Hello I have a 2007 ford 150 4x4 144.5 WB with the factory towing package. I just purchased a 20 car hauler with 5200 lb axles and a 2-5/16 hitch. I am going to be hauling cars, and occasionally a tractor that weighs 5,000lb. Because of the tractor I opted for the heavier axles. I am trying to determine if I need the 2 5/16 ball with a 1 shank or the 2 5/16 ball with the 1-1/4 shank. Thank you in advance for your help. Also could you reccomend a trailer brake modulator. MANY THANKS!


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Before selecting the appropriate hitch ball and ball mount, you will want to check the gross trailer weight, GTW, and tongue weight, TW, capacities of your 2007 Ford F-150 and your trailer hitch. If you are going to be towing a car hauler, then you will want a ball and mount with the highest possible GTW and TW that is compatible with your truck and trailer hitch. I would definitely recommend a 2-5/16 hitch ball with a 1-1/4 inch shank like the Curt Trailer Hitch Ball, part # 63840, and a ball mount like the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 40331. The thicker shank will provide more support when towing a trailer.

I have included a link to an article that will help you measure for the correct ball mount so you can tow your trailer as level as possible. You should choose the ball mount after you have determined the proper rise or drop needed to tow your trailer level. We also offer adjustable ball mounts like part # 3371802225. The adjustable ball mount will allow you to swap ball sizes and adjust the rise or drop if needed for a different trailer.

One of our most popular brake controllers is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. You can purchase the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P, and plug the adapter into the brake controller port under the dash of your Ford F-150. This is easy to install and I have included an installation video for the brake controller on a 2004 Ford F-150. The year is different, but the installation process is the same.

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