Trailer Ball Size Chart – Know What Works Best for your trailer/rv
To ensure a solid connection between your car and what you plan to tow, use the trailer ball size chart to calculate the recommended maximum capacity as per the trailer ball diameter, trailer ball shank diameter, threads per inch, and rise in inches. in brief, there are four standard trailer ball sizes: 1-7/8″, 2″, 2-5/16″ and 3″. These measurements refer to the diameter of the trailer ball. (all details in below size chart)
Are you the usual camping family, planning on how to travel with your recreational tow vehicle (RV) during the summer. You will definitely require a trailer. A trailer needs to have a ball which is dependent on the trailer size and trailer weight limit. You can immediately jump to the frequently asked questions
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Trailer Ball Diameter Chart
In the table below you find the trailer ball diameter chart showing the ball tow capacity in pounds and kilograms, ball diameter in inches and cm, rise in inches and cm, threads per inch, shank diameter, and length in inches and cm. All about trailer sizes you can read here or RV size by model you find here
|Ball Diameter in (Inches and CM||Maximum Load in (Pounds and Kgs)||Shank Length||Shank Diameter in (Inches and CM)||Threads per Inch||Rise in (Inches and CM)||Finish|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||12000 lbs 5443.1084 kgs||2.5 inches 6.35 cm||1 inch 2.54 cm||14||Nil||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||24000 lbs 10886.217 kgs||2.5 inches 6.35 inches||1.25 inches 3.175 cm||12||1inch||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||3.25 inches 8.255 cm||1.25 inches 3.175 cm||12||1 inch||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||2.5 inches 6.35 cm||1.25 inches 3.175 cm||12||Nil||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||2.75 inches 6.985 cm||1.5 inches 3.81 cm||12||1 inch||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||2.75 inches 6.985 cm||1.5 inches 3.81 cm||12||2 inch||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||2.75 inches 6.985 cm||1.375 inches 3.4929 cm||12||1 inch||Heat Treated|
|3 inches 7.62 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||3.25 inches 8.255 cm||2 inches 5.08 cm||12||Nil||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||3.5 inches 8.89 cm||2 inches 5.08 cm||4.5||Nil||Heat Treated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||30000 lbs 13607.771 kgs||4 inches 10.16 cm||2.1875 inches||Nil||Heat Treated|
|Ball Colar||2 inches 5.08 cm||2.199 inches||Untreated|
|Ball Colar||3 inches 7.62 cm||2.199 inches||Untreated|
|2.3125 inches 5.87375 cm||16000 lbs 7257.4779 kgs||2.5 inches 6.35 cm||1.25 inches||12||Nil||Chrome|
Trailer Ball Hitch Size and Towing Capacity Chart
The hitch ball diameter is crucial in determining the towing capacity, for example, light-duty towing and heavy-duty towing require a 1.875-inch and 2.3125-inch trailer hitch ball respectively.
|Light Duty Towing||Medium Duty Towing||Heavy Duty Towing|
|1.875-inch or 4.7625 cm trailer hitch ball||2-inch or 5.08 cm trailer hitch ball||2.3125-inch or 5.87375 cm trailer hitch ball|
Hitch Ball / Bolt Diameter and Towing Capacity Chart
Here we have a table showing the ball size in inches and its equivalent bolt diameter in inches and cm and the capacity in pounds and kilograms.
|Ball Size in (Inches and CM)||Bolt Diameter in (Inches and CM)||Capacity in (Pounds and Kgs)|
|2.3 inches |
|1.25 inches 3.175 cm||10000 lbs 4535 kgs|
|1 inch 2.54 cm||6000 lbs 2721 kgs|
|1.37 inches 3.49 cm||10000 lbs 4535 kgs|
|1.25 inches 3.1 cm||6000 lbs 2721 kgs|
|1 inch 2.54 cm||6000 lbs 2721 kgs|
|0.75 inches 1.9 cm||3500 lbs 1587 kgs|
|1.8 inches 4.7cm||1 inch 2.54 cm||2000 lbs 907 kgs|
|0.75 inches 1.905 cm||2000 lbs 907 kgs|
Detailed Trailer Ball Hitch Size Chart.
Having a detailed trailer ball hitch size chart is just great. The size chart has the class, basic use, size of the opening in inches and cm, gross trailer weight, and tongue weight in pounds and kilograms.
|Class||Basic Use||Size of Opening in (Inches and CM)||Gross Trailer Weight in (Pounds and Kgs)||Tongue Weight Capacity in (Pounds and Kgs)|
|Class 1||Light Duty||1.25 inches 3.175 cm||2000 lbs 907 kgs||200 lbs 90 kgs|
|Class 2||Moderate Duty||1.25 inches 3.175 cm||3500 lbs 1587 kgs||350 lbs 158 kgs|
|Class 3||Versatile/Mix||2 inches 5.08 cm||3500 to 6000 lbs 1587 kgs to 2721 kgs||350 to 600 lbs 158 kgs to 272 kgs|
|Class 4||Heavy Duty||2 inches5.08 cm||10 to 12000 lbs 4535 kgs to 5443 kgs||1000 to 1200 lbs 453 kgs to 544 kgs|
|Class 5||Heaviest Duty||2.5 inches 6.35 cm||16 to 20000 lbs 7257 kgs to 9071 kgs||1600 to 2000 lbs 725 kgs to 907 kgs|
Trailer Ball Size for Towing Chart
In the table below we have the trailer hitch class and the equivalent towing capacity in pounds and kilograms. Each class has the compatible vehicles vividly shown in the trailer ball size for towing chart.
|Trailer Hitch Class||Towing Capacity in (Pounds and Kgs)||Compatible Vehicles|
|Class 5||Above 10000 lbs 4535 kgs||Full Size and Commercial Trucks|
|Class 4||10000 lbs 4535 kgs||SUVs and Full sized Trucks|
|Class 3||8000 lbs 3628 kgs||SUVs and Mid sized Trucks|
|Class 2||3500 lbs 1587 kgs||Crossovers and Minivans|
|Class 1||2000 lbs 907 kgs||Small Cars|
Axle Ratio and Safe Towing Weight Chart.
In the chart below, we have the axle ratio, maximum trailer, and gross combination weight ratio in (pounds and kilograms) for each type of vehicle for safe towing.
|Vehicle||Axle Ratio||Maximum Trailer Weight||Gross Combination Weight Ratio (GCWR)|
|1500 Series 2WD Short Wheelbase|
|5.3L V8||3.08||6600 lbs (2994 kgs)||12000 lbs 5443 kgs|
|5.3L V8||3.42||8600 lbs (3901 kgs)||14000 lbs 6350 lbs|
|1500 Series 2WD Long Wheelbase|
|5.3L V8||3.08||6300 lbs (2858 kgs)||12000 lbs 5443 kgs|
|5.3L V8||3.42||8300 lbs (3765 kgs)||14000 lbs 6350 kgs|
|1500 Series 4WD Short Wheelbase|
|5.3L V8||3.08||6400 lbs (2903 kgs)||12000 lbs 5443 kgs|
|5.3L V8||3.42||8400 lbs (3810 kgs)||14000 lbs 6350 kgs|
|1500 Series 4WD Long Wheelbase|
|5.3L V8||3.08||6000 lbs (2722 kgs)|
|5.3L V8||3.42||8000 lbs (3629 kgs)|
Trailer Weight Chart
In the table below you will find the utility trailer, single axle, and tandem axle trailer types.
|Utility Trailer||Single Axle||Tandem Axle|
|Recreational Vehicle||Motorcycles, ATVs, Watercrafts||Toy Haulers|
|Boat Trailer||Aluminum Trailer||Fiberglass Trailer|
|Livestock / Horse Trailer||Livestock Trailer(gooseneck pull)||Horse Trailer (Bumper Pull)|
|Camper / 5th Wheel||Camper||5th Wheel|
Frequently Asked Questions (faqs).
How to choose a ball mount and trailer ball size?
What is the most popular size of a trailer ball for a trailer hitch?
The 2-inch ball size is the standard size that is mounted on most vehicles’ hitch assembly. This is mainly due to its ability to match up to the 2-inch hitch receiver which is again the most common size among the variety of sizes of trailer hitch receivers available in the market. The 2 5/6 inches, the 1 7/8 inches, and the 3 inches diameter sized trailer hitch balls are other less common but also available options of trailer hitch balls.
How many trailer hitch ball sizes exist in the market?
There are about four different sizes of trailer hitch balls that are readily available in commercial hitch ball sellers. The 1 7/8 inches tow ball, 2 5/6 inches ball hitch, 2-inch ball size, and the 3-inch ball hitch which is commonly used in the gooseneck mount for the 5th wheel gooseneck hitch. Light duty trailers are towed by the 1 7/8 inches tow ball, medium load trailers are towed using the 2 inches trailer hitch ball, while the heavy trailers are towed with the 1 7/8 inches trailer ball hitch
Should the ball hitch size and the coupler size always match?
The ball hitch and the coupler size should always match to avoid any kind of play between the two. A mismatch between the trailer ball hitch size and the coupler size can lead to an accident in case of a disconnection.
Which trailer ball size is the most versatile?
The 2-inch hitch ball size is the standard ball size for its versatility in load handling that ranges from 1587.5 kg loads to 5443.1 kg load as the gross trailer weight. the 2-inches ball hitch diameter is also found as part of other popular hitch mounts, among them includes the camper, the utility trailers, the 5th wheel, and other typical tow vehicles.
How do you determine the trailer hitch ball size?
Where the diameter of the hitch ball sphere is not marked on top of the ball, you can always use the usual measuring tools available to you whether it is a ruler or a tape measure or even if it is calipers, any of these tools should give you the precise ball measurement. Other measurements like the hitch ball shank diameter, trailer ball hole diameter, base thickness, number of threads on the threaded stem shank can also be measured to ensure the components match as required and that there will be a safe connection before towing any load.
Which among the trailer hitch balls is the smallest?
The trailer hitch ball that can be ranked as the smallest for towing lightweight load class in tow ratings is the 1-7/8” tow ball. This tow ball size fits with the 1-7/8” coupler that has a load capacity of between 2000 lbs and 3500 lbs gross trailer loads.
What trailer hitch ball size would be recommended for my trailer?
The recommended trailer hitch ball size is always the one that would match the size of its coupler. The coupler size or measurement should be clearly indicated on the coupler or can be measured directly with a ruler or tape measure. The coupler size determines the hitch ball size since the two measurements should always be the same.
Trailer Ball sizes explained (tutorial)
For safe and efficient towing whereby there will not be a vehicle and trailer disconnect and also no damage to the vehicle brake pads or general brake failure due to excess towing weight, it is good to ensure that the rating of the towing set up and the vehicle towing capacity do match. This information can also be found on vehicle towing charts or other media like the trailer life magazine. The trailer tongue weight should always be measured using any scale i.e household scale or bathroom scale placed on a box, or a built-in scale to make sure your vehicle is properly loaded before you begin towing. Ensure also that the safety chain, locking pin, and trailer brake lights are all secured and installed as required.
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