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Old 03-06-2017, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default I'm going to pull a 214wsd with a 4 cylinder

So I was hoping someone could tell me what size ball this trailer accepts. GVWR is a hair over 6100lbs and I currently gave a 2" good for 7500, but I gave no idea what OEM put on the front of the trailer.
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So I was hoping someone could tell me what size ball this trailer accepts. GVWR is a hair over 6100lbs and I currently gave a 2" good for 7500, but I gave no idea what OEM put on the front of the trailer.
Before you worry about the type of ball you need, I'm more interested in what you are pulling it with. You mentioned a 4 cylinder TV which simply does not have the power to tow a 21 foot, 6000 pound trailer, unless it is a diesel.
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Before you worry about the type of ball you need, I'm more interested in what you are pulling it with. You mentioned a 4 cylinder TV which simply does not have the power to tow a 21 foot, 6000 pound trailer, unless it is a diesel.
Its diesel 369ft/lbs!, rated for 7600lbs. I'm picking up a Weight Distribution Hitch in the morning, just want to know if my ball is the right size.
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I have a 2015 214WSD and the hitch requires a 2 5/16" Ball. You have to use a ball that is the correct size for the hitch. The hitch is sized for the correct ball to use for the trailer weight. A 2" ball cannot be used on a hitch made for a 2 5/16 ball.
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Thanks for the answer, ChasWray. I'll pick up the larger ball in the morning, if I showed up with a 2" and saw it took a 2-5/16 there is NO way I'd try that. I'm already in gray area pilling the 21ft TT with a "light" duty truck.
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The 2 5/16" ball must also have the correct diameter/length threaded shank to fit the hole it goes into....but I'm sure you know that.
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The 2 5/16" ball must also have the correct diameter/length threaded shank to fit the hole it goes into....but I'm sure you know that.
Im aware but I always appreciate the back up. I'm off today to try and torque a nut 450ft/lbs. Wish me luck!
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Im aware but I always appreciate the back up. I'm off today to try and torque a nut 450ft/lbs. Wish me luck!
Finding a torque wrench that goes to 450 ft/lb isn't easy! The dealer we purchased from (over 300 miles away) installed mine and torqued it but after several years, time to re-torque/check so still tight.

Finally found one at a construction/farm equipment dealership ~ knew a fellow that worked there and he brought it over one evening to re-torque the ball. Well, the wrench is about 4 or 5 feet long, he pulled on it hard, moved the nut a smiggen but never got to 450 f t/lb on the dial. We concluded the torque wrench was seriously out of calibration as he is a well built, strong person & had his feet braced against a building while pulling on the handle.

I had/provided the special thin wall socket to fit the Equalizer hitch head.

When I was in the market for a toy hauler, the only local RV dealer (not a Cruiser dealership) did not even return calls about purchasing a camper so refuse to contact them for anything.

I've looked into getting a torque multiplier ... less expensive then a torque wrench that goes to 450 ft/lb. ~ here: Torque Multiplier 5X , 1/2" in and out, w/o torque Wrench - Ratchet Helper | eBay
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Went to a diesel mechanic, had to pay $10. It was worth it, the little truck did awesome and did 16mpg! It's around 30mpg unladen. And the trailerbrakes are so good. The exhaust brake never activated.
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Another happy ending. Super!
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