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Review of the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount


What's up everybody, it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we're be checking out this multipurpose ball mount with a 2-inch receiver on top of it from Curt. So what this is gonna be good for is if you wanna haul a trailer and take your bike rack with you at the same time, you don't have to pick or choose what goes in your hitch. You can put this in the hitch here, your trailer will hook up to the ball that's at the end of this, and then you can still put your accessory, your bike rack, up here up top. Let's check it out. This is gonna be one of those things where you already have in mind what you wanna do with it.

So in this instance here, I wanted to bring the bike to the campsite as well, but don't exactly have room in the teardrop camper. We don't exactly have room in the vehicle to store that bike, so I wanted to make double use of the hitch. So this allows me to do just that with that bike rack in here. Now I can bring my bike, even a second one, and still load this up with cargo here and not have to sacrifice that for trying to find some way to strap my bike to it. Now let's talk about some specs for this.

So it's gonna have a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. It's gonna have a gross tongue weight rating of 750 pounds. Now the ball does not come with it, so you have to buy one separately, and that way you can get the size that works for you and your trailer. Up here at the receiver, now this is gonna add a tongue weight rating of 500 pounds. Now keep in mind, if you do go to your campsite, and so you disconnect your trailer, you're still gonna use this kind of, use the bike instead of taking this whole thing off.

If you don't have a trailer coupler down here that's gonna half your tongue weight rating up here. So it's not gonna be 500 pounds anymore, it'll just be 250. Something else worth mentioning is that this is not made for towing. So if you thought you we're gonna be able to flip this over, use this for a drop or a rise to tow something else, that is not what this is for. This is only for accessories.

The whole assembly is gonna be a black power coat steel, which gonna be really good. That means it's gonna resist corrosion. That means you're gonna also leave it in your hitch and the elements aren't gonna bother it, it's not gonna rust or corrode on you. Now, another thing would be it does come with the pin and clip, so that's pretty helpful. So you can use it right away when you get it. Now you might not have the same setup here with the height trailers as we do, so let's go try it out on a different trailer. Little bit of a heads up, when you are backing up to your trailer, it's gonna be helpful to go ahead and have that bike rack removed and out of the way. So you can easily access everything to get it hooked up. So like lowering the bra on there and on this ledge, You're not gonna be able to do that with a shank in there or even a raised shank, it's gonna not be a whole lot of room to actually do that, so make sure that's unloaded before you back it up. You can see here, the interference I was talking about you got the latch itself in the position, if there's something in that shank, this wouldn't have fit that way. So as we lower it down, lower it to the ball, you can get that latch out of the way. Now you can just throw that latch and add our accessory up top. One thing some people have mentioned is the difficulties of unhooking their trailer while the bike rack's on there. So we have a straight shank hang-style bike rack on there right now, this works just fine in combination with the ball, but you'd have to remove this to get your trailer off the ball. So if that's a problem, something you can do is actually get a raised shank bike rack, or if you have a raised shank bike rack. So we're gonna go from hang style, that I just removed, to a platform style bike rack that has a raise in the shank, and you'll see what that mean. Now with this one, we're gonna find a place. We're not gonna fully hook it up, but just closer look at it, you can see all this extra room with the raised shank is gonna be enough to pop open that coupler and get it detached. So side by side, I just wanted to show you what it looks like when we said that the raised shank might help you undo the coupler latch. See, we're gonna need about that much space to get it fully unlatched. And from here, on a straight shank, it's gonna make contact right there. Now with a raised shank, you might have a little bit more chance to get it to about there, to unlatch it, to remove the coupler from the ball. Otherwise, you can always just remove the bike rack to unlatch it and get it disconnected. Now we did find if we pulled in at this angle we we're able to get the latch out from underneath the bike and that way we could throw it up and then it unhooks from the ball. Without removing the bike rack. Now from the top of our 2-inch ball to the bottom of the shank, there's gonna be three inches of space there. So that's something to look out for when you're trying to figure out if your trailer coupler is gonna fit or not. Every setup's gonna be a little bit different but some things to think about, you know, we pull it out of a parking spot, I'm driving around the parking lot. This is my car, so I'm worried about, you know, something making contact with the boat trailer. Right here is where it would be an issue if we had a second bike on there. you can see the way it's turned here, just to make this turn around the corner, it would make contact with that second bike. The fact we only have one bike on there keeps it out of the way. So just keep that in mind with what bike rack you wanna use with this. If you have a four-bike bike rack, it's probably not gonna work out so much, but it really depends on your trailer and the length of your tongue too. So just keep this stuff in mind. Now you can kind of see how it's oriented, like I don't have an extreme turn on this, it's just a slight turn, but that is something I was worried about. So I'm glad I could see that I still had a little bit more room, but it was coming close. Now, if I had a cargo carrier or something like that in there, that might stick out a little bit more, but then you have to worry about how high you stack the cargo, so you'd only be able to stack to about right here 'cause you don't want this running into anything you put in that bag. Some things that help you out if you do have this issue, you can get a different bike rack with maybe a shorter shank, so it doesn't stick out as far, or even if there's any accessories here at the front of your trailer to get in the way like if you had a toolbox, we wouldn't be able to use this setup. It would be in the way. If you had propane tanks on a different kind of trailer, that might be in the way too, you can maybe move those. You can also, if your jack is in the way, you can move that a little bit back on your trailer too. I'm gonna make a slight turn just to show you the maybe clearance tissues. You can see it's just fine, here it comes a little close until we straighten it back out again. We went ahead and hooked it up to a different trailer, so this is our height trailer here. It's got a longer tongue and there's not the jack to get in the way. You can see, we have far more of an aggressive turn even with the bike in the second bike position. So if we had two bikes on here it wouldn't even come close to making contact. You'd even put stuff on your carrier up front and still, it would not make contact. After putting this on in a few different combinations, I would say that most thing you'd have to worry about when you're ordering this or looking at it is clearance and how much space you actually have. Everybody's rigs and vehicles are different. So, you know, look at that tongue length, look at what accessories are around there at the base of the trailer, like the propane tanks I had mentioned, or a toolbox might come in contact, if you're adding or looking to use the accessory. If you do have that A-frame trailer with a bunch of accessories up front and you still wanna be able to take your bike rack with you, I recommend the Lippert jacket. It's going to attach the tongue of your trailer and then bring the bike rack up here. So then it's up and above all your accessories, don't have to worry about any of those clearance issues. Overall, I did like this. It really solved that problem of either taking the trailer or the bike rack, or just didn't have space for the bike. So usually leave the bike behind, 'cause there's nowhere to put it. Now the bike can go with and whatever campsite, if they have a trail or something I wanna ride on, can jump on there and ride around that trail and don't have to worry, like man, wish I had my bike. So I like it, it solves that problem. It worked out for this setup and I hope it works out for yours, too. Well, I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out..


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