Do you tow a trailer? No matter what kind of trailer you haul, you’ll want to check out these cool towing gadgets showcased at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Both of these towing products will make your life much easier when you’re moving stuff from Point A to Point B!
Towing Gadget #1: Quick Release Gooseneck Ball
Gooseneck hitches have a hitch ball that allows for a tighter turning radius. Because they’re mounted to the middle of the truck bed, a gooseneck hitch allows the trailer to move in more directions than other hitches. As a bonus, gooseneck hitches take up a lot less room in the back of a pickup truck. Not bad for a Class V towing hitch that is rated for up to 17,000 pounds gross trailer weight.
This gooseneck trailer ball is not a pain to remove.
But ask any horse owner or a rancher with a gooseneck trailer and they’ll tell you, when you want to use your pickup truck’s bed for something other than towing a trailer, removing the ball from the bed of a truck is a pain. Usually it requires you to shimmy underneath the truck and pull a handle near the wheel well in order to release the ball.
But now there’s no need to get dirty crawling underneath your truck. The new quick release gooseneck hitch ball made by CURT Manufacturing lets you pull the ball out while you’re standing in the bed of the truck. Just flip up the tab, turn 90º and lift out the ball.
A quick release gooseneck hitch ball helps keep your hands (and clothes) clean.
The CURT 2 5/16” OE replacement gooseneck trailer ball will fit factory-installed OEM gooseneck hitches on all Ford or RAM pickup trucks. Like other gooseneck trailer balls, it’s rated to 30,000 pounds and has a tongue weight rating of 7,500 pounds.
Towing Gadget #2: Convert-A-Ball Hitch System
If you tow more than one trailer, you’ll want this next towing product: the Convert-A-Ball Hitch System. What makes this towing product so cool is that you can connect all of your trailers to your towing vehicle with the same hitch (not at the same time, of course!). You won’t need any tools to change the hitch configuration, just a few seconds to swap out the ball.
Tow all your trailers with one hitch.
The Convert-a-Ball kit comes with a 3/4” or 1” shank and three different ball sizes. The company suggests keeping the shank and balls clean and well maintained, and they have different storage accessories that let you do just that.