Difference between Trailer Hitch and Trailer Ball

Q : Trailer Hitch and Trailer Ball

A : Many different terms are used to describe a trailer hitch: hitch, ball, tie rod, receiver, coupling bracket.  Actually a trailer hitch is the part attached permanently under the vehicle in which the receiver tube is inserted.

A hitch ball commonly known as "ball or trailer ball" is the component attaches to the receiver tube and provides a point of anchorage for the trailer.

The hitch ball first of all allows the trailer to connect with the vehicle and also lets the trailer pivot providing safe and smooth turns while towing.

The standard ball size on most utility trailers is a 2" diameter.  There is three diameter ball sizes: 1-7/8", 2" and 2-5/16". Hitch balls are sold with different shaft lengths, diameters and capacities to meet your towing needs.

In general a 1-7/8'' diameter trailer ball is primarily used on small trailers and has a weight capacity of 2,000 lbs.  A 2'' diameter trailer ball is used on medium size trailers and has a weight capacity up to 8,000 lbs.  Finally 2-5/16'' trailer ball is used for Heavy Duty type trailers with a weight capacity up to 30,000 lbs.