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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Towing/Ball hitch

Im looking for a ball hitch thats made in the USA. I can get em from AutoZone & NAPA for $10-15 bucks, but they are all Chinese and I just snapped a 2 5/16" ball right in half because its cheap porous metal from China.

Damn lucky I was'nt out towing on the highway when it broke!!

Now looking for a tough quality towing ball.

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i think more important than where its made is the shank size of it. Make sure you go for a higher weight rating on the ball. i think they start with the small shank at 5K, and higher ratings have a larger shank. I would think you'd want at least a 10 OR 15k ball. Then your shank size is larger.
I forget what size shanks they all have but i know if you compare the 5k to the 15k there is a big difference.

I ran out and looked at my goose ball, i cannot read what it was rated for anymore but the shank on it looks to be about 1 1/4 or 1 1/2.

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We got this

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...i_sku=22080112

I swear we only paid $40 for it at Home Depot, but that mofo is solid. It's basically a steel block with the balls welded to it. Don't remember where its made.
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We got this

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...i_sku=22080112

I swear we only paid $40 for it at Home Depot, but that mofo is solid. It's basically a steel block with the balls welded to it. Don't remember where its made.
So far, Reese is made in the USA. I have used the "cheaper" brands and they are exactly that, cheap. Stick with Reese and you won't be disappointed.

Fulton trailer products moved to Mexico a couple years ago. Their manufacturing facility was just a couple miles down the road from me. Now just an empty building for the most part.

They are both under the name Cequent Performance Products. I used to build Reese, Draw-tite, Fulton, and Wesbar's tradeshow displays before they were bought out.

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Yes Reese is still made in the good old USA I have broke the big shank china balls testing trailer brakes before but never broke a Reese.the china ball broke in the shank it had air pockets in it and it was a 15k ball.Hope this helps Reese balls are all I buy now.

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Thanks guys!!
But I have some bad news...Reese is now Chinese. I looked at it in Lowes the other day, and that dreaded little sticker on it confirmed my worst fear..."Made in China".

I put it down and continued on. Still looking for quality AMERICAN MADE steel.

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have you looked at curt , I think they are us made.
http://www.curtmfg.com/

summit sells them.

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Thanks guys!!
But I have some bad news...Reese is now Chinese. I looked at it in Lowes the other day, and that dreaded little sticker on it confirmed my worst fear..."Made in China".

I put it down and continued on. Still looking for quality AMERICAN MADE steel.
That Figures, another good company gone to crap.
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B and W is a quality American Company. All their stuff is made in house right here in the U.S. I use the adjustable two ball unit, I believe it's called a "Tow and Stow". It folds under the truck when not in use. I trust it more than I trust the factory receiver.

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I bought a 30,000LBS 2 5/16 ball at a local trailer place!!!!!

50-60 bucks but BUILT!!! Dont know where its made If you havent found one yet PM me & ILL find out!!!
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Balls

I purchased a "Pitman" ball. Very happy with it and I believe it was made in the USA. Like Diggin Deeper stated, it is just as important to get the largest shank size your mount will accept. You can go one step further and get a solid mount. These mounts are solid and not hollow like the light duty stuff. Expect to pay around a 100 bills for one.
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I got this one from etrailer, made by Curt.....serious piece. Does not say where it's made...???

http://www.etrailer.com/Balls/Curt/C40041.html

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Draw Tite is an american company, and as far as I know, their products are made here... I looked at their website, but it was hard to comfirm if *everything* they make is made here or not...

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