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Inexpensive Light Duty Ball Mount Recommendation for 3 Inch Receiver on 2020 Ford F-250

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we have a fifth wheel and do not use the standard 3inch hitch. However, would like to buy a ball mount for other light duty use. The is really that important, i believe. Any inexpensive suggestions??

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If you're going to tow anything at highway speeds for any distance, It really is important that you get the drop of the ball mount within an inch or so of level, or you'll get trailer sway which isn't super fun. I'll link to an article that shows how to measure for the correct drop ball mount.

I'd recommend using Curt # C45408 hitch reducers (one to reduce the 3 inch receiver to a 2-1/2, and another to reduce the 2-1/2 to a 2 inch) along with a relatively inexpensive adjustable ball mount like the Convert-A-Ball # TK5007. This setup offers a drop of up to 10-1/2 inches and a 5000 lb weight capacity. For a 1-7/8 inch ball, use # 19260 or 63849 for a 2 inch ball.

If you don't need the flexibility offered by an adjustable ball mount, you can measure for the drop you need and use a 2 inch ball mount from the list I've linked for you along with the reducers mentioned above. The trailer balls mentioned above are for a 1 inch hole, so be sure to choose a ball mount compatible with a 1 inch dimeter trailer ball shank.

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