Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 37
  1. #1
    Platinum Member bdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    657
    Location
    Texas
    Tractor
    John Deere 4440

    Default 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    I have a new trailer. It is a 20' bumper pull with 2 - 7k axles and the load on it is constant. It has some specialty equipment permanently mounted so the weight will always be the same.

    I need a ball mount that is solid and rated for at least 12k, preferably more.

    I want to get the trailer as level as possible. It is going to see a lot of miles going across the country a lot. I have a forged ball mount that has either a 2" drop or a 1" rise. I hooked the trailer up and parked it on a flat driveway and in the 2" drop position the the trailer is about 1" low in the front. If I flip the mount it will put the front 2" high.

    Ideally I want it either level or maybe 1" high in the front. Problem is I can not find a ball mount that has either a 1" or 0" drop. Any ideas on where to find one?

    I was thinking if I can't find one they make those 2 5/16 balls for goosenecks that have the raised shanks either 1" or 2". I guess I could use the 2" drop mount with a a 2" rise ball that would work wouldn't it? The balls are rated for 30k I just have never seen anyone use one for a bumper pull trailer before but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
    1980 John Deere 4440 with duals
    2006 John Deere 322 compact track loader

  2. #2
    Platinum Member Qapla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    681
    Location
    Gator Country
    Tractor
    New Holland TC40D HST 4WD FEL/BH

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    When you were checking the trailer for level did you have the load on it?

    You need to put whatever it is you plan to pull on the trailer before you decide what is needed for level. An unloaded trailer will not level the same as one with a load.

    If you did check loaded, I prefer slightly high at the hitch if I cannot get level. I never like to have the hitch down.
    New Holland Workmaster 45 2WD Gear
    Massey Ferguson 240
    New Holland TC40D HST 4WD
    NewHolland 16LA FEL
    Woods BH 70-X Sub-frame Backhoe
    Troybuilt Super Bronco w/42" mower
    Husqvarna DRT 900 Tiller
    Ariens 6.5 HP String Mower
    Husqvarna HU625WT String Mower

    3 point hitch attachments:
    single plow, double plow, 5' & 6' deck mower, tiller, 2 cultivators, planter, fertilizer spreader, disk set, sprayer, and a few homemade attachments

    30 acres, 15 acres, 5 acres

  3. #3
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    385
    Location
    Louisville, KY burbs

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    You can buy adjustable mounts. I have not seen a 12K one but e-trailer.com has 10K.

  4. #4
    Platinum Member bdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    657
    Location
    Texas
    Tractor
    John Deere 4440

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Qapla View Post
    When you were checking the trailer for level did you have the load on it?

    You need to put whatever it is you plan to pull on the trailer before you decide what is needed for level. An unloaded trailer will not level the same as one with a load.

    If you did check loaded, I prefer slightly high at the hitch if I cannot get level. I never like to have the hitch down.
    Yes it is fully loaded and the truck has a "permanent" load on it as well so there is no potential for additional sag with more load.

    I am like you I never want the front down, but 2" high is a bit. I can see the springs on the trailer axles not level and it looks like it is putting more load on the back axle.
    1980 John Deere 4440 with duals
    2006 John Deere 322 compact track loader

  5. #5
    Platinum Member bdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    657
    Location
    Texas
    Tractor
    John Deere 4440

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffsw6 View Post
    You can buy adjustable mounts. I have not seen a 12K one but e-trailer.com has 10K.
    I saw those but I need more than 10k.

    Trailer weighs over that.
    1980 John Deere 4440 with duals
    2006 John Deere 322 compact track loader

  6. #6
    Platinum Member bdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    657
    Location
    Texas
    Tractor
    John Deere 4440

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Thought on using a raised ball like this? It is only $20 at etrailer and rated for 25k


    I don't see why it wouldn't work but have never seen one like that used on a bumper pull
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -c40044_tn-jpg  
    1980 John Deere 4440 with duals
    2006 John Deere 322 compact track loader

  7. #7
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    594
    Tractor
    Mahindra 4510

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Quote Originally Posted by bdog View Post
    Thought on using a raised ball like this? It is only $20 at etrailer and rated for 25k


    I don't see why it wouldn't work but have never seen one like that used on a bumper pull
    I have one similar to that to pull my dump trailer, it was just the ticket to keep it level. Don't forget to use a solid sleeve.

  8. #8
    Platinum Member bdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    657
    Location
    Texas
    Tractor
    John Deere 4440

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Fixemall View Post
    I have one similar to that to pull my dump trailer, it was just the ticket to keep it level. Don't forget to use a solid sleeve.
    Sleeve?
    1980 John Deere 4440 with duals
    2006 John Deere 322 compact track loader

  9. #9
    Elite Member sandman2234's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    4,097
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Tractor
    JD2555

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Bdog,
    Since i don't know what your up to, or what type of truck your planning on pulling this with, and you seem reasonably sure about the weighs and that fact that you don't want to be under rated on any part of this, I was wondering what type of vehicle you can use to pull a 12k bumper hitch trailer.
    I noticed that several manufacturers of trucks capable of pulling that type of weight easily had footnotes in their spec's limiting trailers over 10K to fifth wheel hookup only.
    David from jax
    A serious accident is one that money won't fix.

  10. #10
    Super Star Member LD1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    10,250
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Tractor
    Kubota l3400

    Default Re: 1" drop or 0" drop ball mount

    Quote Originally Posted by sandman2234 View Post
    Bdog,
    Since i don't know what your up to, or what type of truck your planning on pulling this with, and you seem reasonably sure about the weighs and that fact that you don't want to be under rated on any part of this, I was wondering what type of vehicle you can use to pull a 12k bumper hitch trailer.
    I noticed that several manufacturers of trucks capable of pulling that type of weight easily had footnotes in their spec's limiting trailers over 10K to fifth wheel hookup only.
    David from jax
    Or at least a weight distribution hitch?

    Actually though, the more I think about it, I dont think I have ever seen a standard(2" drop 1" rise) insert rated that high??? But I could be wrong
    ".........there is only one way to find out."
    "Ok, hold my beer and watch this.........."


    Ford 5500 Backhoe
    Kubota L3400GST W/LA463 FEL
    2005 Dodge 3500 4x4 Diesel
    8N Rebuilt and restored
    Bushhog 306
    3 Homemade wood hauling trailers
    Dolmar 6400 84cc ported
    Sachs-Dolmar 120SI Ported
    (4) Sachs-Dolmar 116SI Ported
    Dolmar PS540
    Sachs-Dolmar 115i
    Sachs-Dolmar 117
    Sachs-Dolmar 112

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. GRASSHOPPER brand zero turn mowers
    By srs in forum General Lawn & Garden
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 06-05-2009, 03:08 PM
  2. Seeking Ball Mount Advice
    By weldingisfun in forum Trailers & Transportation
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-22-2008, 08:28 PM
  3. gooseneck or ball mount
    By tessiers in forum Trailers & Transportation
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-17-2008, 09:34 PM
  4. ZTR - need help deciding
    By BrianB in forum General Lawn & Garden
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 05-03-2005, 05:41 PM
  5. Trailer Ball Mount for Front End Loader ?
    By Dave___in___CT in forum Trailers & Transportation
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-10-2004, 03:09 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.