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We will be picking up on OLE2 on Monday. Can anyone tell me if there is a particular weight rating that the ball should be. The available weight ratings are listed as 6,000/8,000/10,000.

We have a Ford F250 4x4 diesel. Would any weight rating work since all are enough for the towing weight or would it be better to go with the higher rated ball?

Thanks for your help.


Charlie & Cindy / Cleburne, TX / 2021 Elite II Hull #743 / 2013 Ford F250 Diesel 4WD Supercab

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A loaded Elite II with tanks full can get close to 6,000 lbs so you should go higher than that.  Higher rated ball mounts and balls are not very expensive so don’t cut corners.  The standard 2” Bulldog coupler that Oliver installs on the Elite II is rated for 7,000 lbs. so that should be your minimum for the ball.  
I use this ball mount (rated to 18,000 lbs.)  and this ball (rated to 10,000 lbs.) on my F-250.  My F-250 has a 2-1/2” receiver   

Draw-Tite 45322 3" Drop Ball Mount https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JID6U6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_T42XZANWWJY9CPSETZE2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

CURT 40056 Stainless Steel Trailer Hitch Ball, 10,000 lbs, 2-Inch Diameter, 1-1/4 x 2-5/8-Inch Shank https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08557RHP1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_89843RH9SB2F7D5XVSFB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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7500 pounds rated ball, at a minimum. That gives you some reserve strength. The stronger the ball, the less you will worry if you find yourself on a potholed forest or ranch road (or even some National Park “main” roads, like in Glacier NP). GVWR for an LE2 is 7000 pounds.Some owners have reported a fully loaded weight higher than that, I do not recommend it.

This one works great, or pick another similar brand. The longer shank also allows you to stack 1” inside diameter HARDENED Grade 8 flat washers to raise it up in small increments if you want to fine tune the height. .... https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch-Ball/Curt/C54CR.html

John Davies

Spokane WA


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SOLD 07/23 "Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

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