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2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« on: October 27, 2019, 07:22:32 PM »

This may be a stupid question but when I am driving around I see trucks with their hitches/balls all sparkly and shiny and I wonder if they actually use them, mine is kinda rusty and greasy looking but I use it on a weekly basis.  I suppose my ball is chrome platted, I don't know but do they make like a stainless steel ball and or hitches that won't rust.  Vanity is not an issue for me but my hitch and ball do look a little tacky  :embarassed:.
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2019, 07:23:54 PM »

Your instincts are correct; they have them for looks only


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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2019, 08:13:50 PM »

Well that sucks, I tell you what if I did not need a hitch I would take it off.  Thanks
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2019, 08:33:07 PM »

Just know there is nothing wrong with using equipment for what it was meant to do. Even if it scratches it up a little bit.  lo

On the subject of trailer hitch balls. I wont call the forum name but probably the most hilarious thread I ever read was about to grease the ball or not.  ~roflmao
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2019, 09:30:44 PM »

I've never given that any thought, but my truck looks beat up anyway! It's what happens when you let your wife drive it!  ::)

I would think that stainless steel would not be strong enough to be used as a hitch ball. Those I've bought have all been chromed, and after awhile would get beat up & scratched but again, not something that ever concerned me.

I did use a light utility trailer for awhile to get my Gheenoe around, and if they make them out of stainless, I guess it would have been OK since it was all very light. I wouldn't trust it with a bigger bass boat, that's for sure!  :shocking:
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2019, 04:25:04 AM »

My trailer ball is close to 20 years old, I recently sprayed it with some WD 40, and used a very light wire pad and cleaned off all the grime on it. Surprisingly it came out looking pretty dang shiny.

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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2019, 11:02:40 AM »

Just get one of those bass shaped ball covers, nobody will laugh too hard. lo lo ::) You could always buy a user ball and a looker ball you keep waxed and polished. ~shade ::)
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2019, 07:01:06 PM »

There won't be a "looker ball",  I guess I will be like all the rest of the real boaters and leave my ugly ball on the truck, I use it too much to be switchin all the time.
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2019, 03:43:20 PM »

There won't be a "looker ball",  I guess I will be like all the rest of the real boaters and leave my ugly ball on the truck, I use it too much to be switchin all the time.
Thats the spirit! Tell them its Patina, seems there are a lot of people that like rust and horrible paint these days.

Another good thing about leaving that ball in is how it will absolutely wreck these little cars today if they hit you from behind. A buddy just got hit the other day and it saved the back of his truck. Not even a scratch but it made a awesome V in the front of that car.  lo
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2019, 04:12:35 PM »

Thats the spirit! Tell them its Patina, seems there are a lot of people that like rust and horrible paint these days.

Another good thing about leaving that ball in is how it will absolutely wreck these little cars today if they hit you from behind. A buddy just got hit the other day and it saved the back of his truck. Not even a scratch but it made a awesome V in the front of that car.  lo
~roflmao ~roflmao That's not funny but it is funny.  lo
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 07:02:16 AM »


Another good thing about leaving that ball in is how it will absolutely wreck these little cars today if they hit you from behind. A buddy just got hit the other day and it saved the back of his truck. Not even a scratch but it made a awesome V in the front of that car.  lo

^^^ This is very true ^^^ ask me how I know.

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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2019, 07:08:08 AM »

Steve is one point. As a prior cop and then insurance adjuster.. leave the hitch on it. I have never worried about how it looks. If I see a hitch on a vehicle then I assume they use it. Unless it's on a stupidly lifted truck with a 37" drop adjustable hitch. Come to think of it.. I can't recall ever seeing a trailer on one of those trucks
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2019, 07:15:48 AM »

Technically it's it's illegal to leave the hitch on when it's not in use in the peoples Republic of New York, you might wreck your shin bumbing into it in a parking lot.
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2019, 09:01:24 AM »

Technically it's it's illegal to leave the hitch on when it's not in use in the peoples Republic of New York, you might wreck your shin bumbing into it in a parking lot.
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That's hilarious! Oh I forgot to mention tri balls hitches are the best!
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2019, 07:41:33 PM »

Oh great, my ball is dirty and greasy and I have a tri ball hitch to boot, I can't win.  I promise you this though, I am polishing my balls this weekend!  Pictures to follow  lo
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Re: 2" Trailer ball/stainless steel?
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2019, 09:04:42 PM »

I also have a tri ball hitch. When I had a jon boat it had a small hitch and my big boat uses the large ball. I got tired of going digging to find the correct size to swap them. With the tri ball hitch I always have the correct one with me.  ;) And I dont have to store any in my truck.

As for the shin damage after the 3rd of forth time you hit it you learn to leave a little room when walking behind trucks.  ;) Don't ask me how I know.  lo

Texans would laugh at a law requiring the removal of the hitch when not in use. If they made it a law they could write tickets non stop around here. Everyone has cattle trailers, side by side trailers, car haulers, lawn mower trailers, boat trailers etc etc etc.  ~roflmao

It would be about on par with Beto saying he would take our guns. What a dumb thing to say in Texas.  ::)
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