Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
Does anyone replace their receiver and ball after years of towing? I'm thinking of metal fatigue?
I always get confused with terminology. Isn't the receiver the square tube that mounts to the car? The ball mount is the square metal piece that goes into the receiver and has a place to mount the ball?
I have no clue what the rule of thumb is, but I've never considered replacing any of these components for fatigue. I've replaced a few because I've lost them, but not to failure. :-) They look to have a lot more metal than other components, like the trailer frame. I suspect Escapes have a relatively low tongue weight, and overall weight.
It'll be interesting to hear from someone with knowledge though.