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Weigh Safe Ball Mount with Built-In Scale Review

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Review of the Weigh Safe Ball Mount with Built-In Scale

Hey, guys, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over the line of Weigh Safe Ball Mounts with Integrated Scale. So for starters, you're gonna have a ton of different options to choose from for the line of Weigh Safe Ball Mounts. You're gonna have two different materials. You're gonna have aluminum, which is what we have here, and you're also gonna have steel. And furthermore, you're gonna have a few different finished options as well. So the aluminum comes in a bare aluminum, and it comes in an aluminum with a Cerakoted finish, which is a particular model we have here.

There's also a steel ball mount with the same Cerakoted finish as well. So in regards to hitch size compatibility, if you have the aluminum ball mount, you're gonna be able to use it with a two-inch hitch receiver, a 2 1/2-inch hitch receiver, which is what we have here, as well as a three-inch hitch receiver. However, if you have the steel version, this is only gonna be available in two-inch and 2 1/2-inch. So the Weigh Safe Line of Ball Mounts are all gonna be adjustable in regards to our rise and drop. Now, there's actually gonna be a few different models depending on how much drop we need.

The steel versions are available in a drop of six and eight inches, respectively. The aluminum versions, you get a little bit more adjustment. You're gonna allow for a four-inch drop, a six-inch drop, an eight-inch drop, and even a 10-inch drop. So in order to choose the correct ball mount for your application in regards to the rise/drop, you wanna do a little bit of measuring beforehand. The measurements we're gonna need to take are from the ground to the top-inside edge of the receiver tube.

And then we're also gonna measure on our trailer from the ground to the bottom edge of the coupler while it's level. So we're gonna subtract these two measurements from one another. If the hitch height is higher than the coupler height, we're gonna be looking for a ball mount with a drop. But if the hitch height is lower than the coupler height, we're gonna be looking for a ball mount with a rise. Now, it's important that we choose an option that allows us to tow a range of different trailers.

So if we have a couple different trailers, we're definitely gonna go ahead and measure them to make sure that we get the most versatile ball mount for us 'cause after all, that's one of the main benefits of an adjustable ball mount. We don't necessarily have a fixed ball mount for one trailer. We're gonna be able to adjust our height here to suit a number of different trailers. Now, as far as the hitch ball sizes go, you can see we have the two-inch hitch ball installed here. Now, each of our different variance of this ball mount is gonna come with two hitch balls. You can either order it with the 1 7/8-inch hitch ball and the two-inch hitch ball. Or you can order it with the two-inch hitch ball and the 2 5/16-inch hitch ball. So there's tons of different adjustable ball mounts on the market. Now, the Weigh Safe do have some aluminum options which are super lightweight, so that's definitely a benefit. But let's face it. The main feature of our Weigh Safe Ball Mount is the integrated scale. So if you're wondering why you might want the integrated scale on our ball mount here, number one is we're not gonna have to worry about having a separate tongue weight scale. Now, we do sell these. Usually, it's a stand that goes on the coupler. We have to tug around an extra scale with us. It's really a hassle to use. We can also use commercial CAT scales, but, again, sometimes these cost money and it's just a big hassle. Having an integrated scale on your ball mount here is gonna make your life much easier. So the reason this is gonna be important is gonna be in regards to loading our trailer, so whether you have a flat-bed trailer that you're loading a car on or a racer to hit the trails over the weekend, or you just need to transport a vehicle that's broken down. We could also use this for a travel trailer when we're loading that as well. So, basically, what the tongue weight scale allows us to do is it allows us to get the ideal tongue weight range, meaning we can adjust the weight on our trailer to get the correct tongue weight. So if we have a car we're loading on a flat-bed trailer, we could use the scale to pull it forward more or reverse it more over the rear axle to get us in the ideal range. So the ideal tongue weight range for most trailers is gonna be about 10 to 15%. Now, being in the sweet spot here is gonna ensure you have a nice smooth and efficient towing experience. So being in this 10 to 15% margin, as we said, is gonna lead to an overall better towing experience. And the reason for this is a lot of people don't realize this, but let's say we have our load a little bit too far to the rear, or you loaded our travel trailer with too much stuff over the rear axle, we don't have enough tongue weight. Now, not being in that 10 to 15% tongue weight range is it's actually gonna cause a lot of issues. Most people don't realize this, but having a light tongue on our trailer is gonna lead to a lot of trailer's weight issues. So if we're already towing a trailer, we can't figure out why it swing, they do make supplemental products to help with this such as weight distribution systems that have anti-sway control devices built in, but you're really only Band-Aiding the problem. The permanent fix is gonna be to adjust the tongue weight on your trailer so you get within that ideal margin and you're not fighting the trailer getting squirrely on you out in the highway. So on the contrary, let's say we have too much weight over the tongue of our trailer, we're over that 15% max. So having too much tongue weight on our trailer here is gonna lead to issues such as porpoising. It's really just gonna make for an unnerving feeling out in the road. We also could be overloading our truck depending on what we calculated for, so we're gonna wear the suspension out on that faster as well. So something else that this could be used for: not necessarily dispersing your load on the trailer evenly but you can also, if you just need to find out what your tongue weight is. Now, say, we got a 2,500 here, so we have a pretty high tongue weight. But this can definitely still be used on SUVs as well. And say you're gonna be towards the max of your capacity for your vehicle or the trailer hitch, so you need to verify what your tongue weight is before you take off down the road so you can remain legal. The Weigh Safe Scale is gonna be an excellent option for that 'cause it's gonna let you know in real time what your exact tongue weight is. So as this is a premium ball mount, you're gonna get some extra added-on features free, at no cost. And that's gonna be the locking pins here which secure the hitch ball platform to the shank. Therefore, we don't have to worry about someone coming up and stealing our hitch ball platform or someone being able to adjust the hitch ball height without having our keys here. Now, keep in mind a lot of ball mounts, including our Weigh Safe, do not come with a hitch pin and clip. A lot of people already have their own. But something that Weigh Safe does do that's nice, they actually offer a kit that allows you to have a matching lock for the hitch pin, one that matches the adjustments here on our ball mount. That way, we can get the same key for both locks. So in regards to weight capacities, as we said earlier, there are a ton of different variations that you could have depending on the material, the drop. But the most well-equipped options here, for the aluminum version, they're gonna allow for up to 21,000 pounds of gross trailer weight. And for the steel version, it's gonna allow for up to 18,500. So in regards to the actual weight of our completed assembly, that's definitely gonna be important. If you find yourself to be taking the ball mount in and out frequently, it's definitely gonna be able to be easier on you if they're lighter weight. So the aluminum options, again, it's gonna vary depending on what drop you have or what shank size you have. They actually can be as light as 16 pounds. In regards to the seal, they can actually be as light as 31 pounds. So the steel is obviously gonna be a little bit heavier than the aluminum. So this is what it's gonna look like when we get our ball mount out of the packaging. There is gonna be some minor assembly required, but it's super easy. Number one, we're gonna grab two things here. We're gonna grab our ball platform and then our shank here. So we first need to determine which set of holes we're gonna be using. So these different sets of holes here, they're gonna be allowed for one-inch adjustments here using these two sets, these two sets, and so on. So assuming we chose the correct rise and drop for our trailer here, we wanna go ahead and take some further measurements so we know which exact holes we're gonna be using. But once we determine that, we're gonna come over to our hitch ball here. There's again a few different hitch ball options depending on which one you order. We're gonna go ahead and grab the one that matches up with our trailer. We're gonna be attaching to a two-inch coupler. So that's the hitch ball size we're gonna need. You can see here we're gonna have an oblong hole. And if we look in our ball platform, there's gonna be a hole there that we need to line it up with. So we'll go ahead insert that in. You're not gonna be able to see it on camera most likely. You can actually look inside that hole there to make sure everything is lined up. Once we do get it lined up, we're gonna take our pin here, we're gonna insert it through and then simply gonna stay right there. Gonna pull up on our hitch ball. We can see it's locked into place. Now we're gonna come over to our shank here, and we're gonna slide the hitch ball platform with our hitch ball onto the shank. So we're gonna pick the correct position that we determined earlier. And then once we have that there, we're gonna go ahead and take our locking pin assembly. Once we have everything lined up, we should just feel to push that line to place there. Then we're gonna take our key here. We're gonna turn it to lock it into place. As you can see now, we can no longer remove the pins so we know they're locked in place. And, finally, we wanna take our dust cap here and we'll put that over the lock core so we don't get any contaminants in there and cause the lock to malfunction. So now we'll simply take our ball mount here and we'll insert it into the receiver tube here on our truck. It's as simple as that. We do have two hitch pin holes here. We're gonna shoot for the closest one to the ball platform. That will give us the most mount material inside the receiver tube. But we can use either one just depending on our setup here. Take our hitch pin here, insert it through, and secure it with our clip, but that's it, we're done. Now let's take our ball mount on our etrailer parking lot so we can show you it in use. So as promised, we have our ball mount on action now. We have it hooked up to about a 7,500-pound trailer. It's not nearly fully loaded. And our tongue weight scale is registering about 700 pounds, so we're a little bit low on the sweet side. We'd wanna make sure that while we're loading the trailer, we load the items a little bit closer to the tongue, get us a little bit more tongue weight here on our trailer so we can tow nice and smooth. So in summary, no matter what vehicle we have or what trailer we're towing, we're gonna have an option to use those together safely from Weigh Safe. As you can see here, the integrated tongue weight scale is gonna be a great feature to have so you can really set up your trailer perfectly to experience the best ride..

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