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Old 08-06-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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Hitch ball

About half-way through our 1,800 k trip, Keath pointed out that my hitch ball was a little loose - as in you could rotate the ball with your hand.

I tried to tighten the nut, but there is nothing to grip. All you can do is grasp the ball with your hand and I'm lacking a vice-like grip. I had at least six threads below the nut and the nut didn't seem to be easing off at all, so I elected to do nothing.

Now that I'm home. how do I run the nut up another half turn so it is tight. I presume I shouldn't apply my pipe wrench to the ball.

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:49 PM   #2
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Re: Hitch ball

I use a rag and a pipe wrench, works great.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:58 PM   #3
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Re: Hitch ball

Isn't there a flange on the bottom of the ball assembly (top of the threads - right where it contacts the hitch) with flats ground on both sides so that a wrench can grab it there? Maybe that is only with the ball I have on ours. I have been told that once they come loose that the lock washer should be replaced.



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About half-way through our 1,800 k trip, Keath pointed out that my hitch ball was a little loose - as in you could rotate the ball with your hand.

I tried to tighten the nut, but there is nothing to grip. All you can do is grasp the ball with your hand and I'm lacking a vice-like grip. I had at least six threads below the nut and the nut didn't seem to be easing off at all, so I elected to do nothing.

Now that I'm home. how do I run the nut up another half turn so it is tight. I presume I shouldn't apply my pipe wrench to the ball.

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Old 08-06-2010, 11:12 PM   #4
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Re: Hitch ball

Nothing to grip below the ball itself, although I've had a ball like that.
I'll try the rag and pipe wrench.

Thanks.

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Re: Hitch ball

My hitch ball rotates even though it is tightned. I am using the hitch ball mount that came with my Toyota, I have two other mounts but this one gave me the correct height. That hitch ball had an over size hole for the ball but came with a brass sleeve to make the fit correct. Even using a lock washer it is not possible to tighten the ball in such a way that it does not spin. It is solid and not going any where it just turns.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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Re: Hitch ball

I found that a pipe wrench with cloth to protect the ball didn't work for me. The ball still rotated. But, I discovered that the flange under the ball is wider that the ball itself so I could use the pipe wrench there without damaging the ball. I managed to tighten it about half or a three-quarter turn and the ball doesn't rotate. Need to apply grease to the hitch now, I guess.

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Re: Hitch ball

Glenn:

You might want to investigate the Reese Interlock system to solve the problem.

http://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpower.../dp/B000CQQKGU

The ball and ball mount fit together in a way that they can be tightened without slipping. We have this system on our trailer and it solved our slipping problem. We bought the ball and mount at Walmart in the US for about half the price it can be purchased in Canada.

The photo shows the way the hitch ball can be tightened on the ball mount using the hitch receiver as a vice. Notice you don't have to hold the ball at all since it locks into the ball mount.

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Re: Hitch ball

Don't you just love buying stuff that works? I got a new adjustable wrench to do the job.
If I could only keep track of what I did with the stuff when I need it the next time.

Anybody know where I put the nail clippers for the dog?

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Anybody know where I put the nail clippers for the dog?

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The Dremel tool works great and Jasper likes it much better too.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:54 PM   #10
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Re: Hitch ball

Which of the hundreds of bits, sanding pads and cutters do you use?

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