Trailer Ball Mount (TBM) Load Ratings

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 at 20:25
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Hi,
Does anyone know if the TBM (or as some people call them tow ball tongue) have to be rated.

It seems Hayman Reese do but had thought only the tow bar had to be rated.

I suppose it could have something to do with the thickness of the steel and welding.

I have had a TBM made by a guy who reckons the TBMs are not rated.

The one I had made is fairly substantial and has been double welded so is OK.

As I am looking for a new one I thought I would try and find out.

Richard
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Reply By: Bludge - Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 at 20:45

Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 at 20:45
As far as I am aware, all Hayman Reece towing products are rated, or made as a compatible item.

Hayman Reece Webpage

Should the "TBM" give way and whatever you are towing breaks loose, or even just damages your car you may not be covered by insurance..

My opinion.... Your call :)
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Reply By: The Bantam - Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 00:24

Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 00:24
Tow bars and tounges or hitch carriers are all grouped by clasification.

the system of clasification determines the rating and strength of the hitch carrier.

Cant remember all the details, but maximumm capacity of a plain bar tongue is 1 tonne, above that you move into the hitch reciever clasifcations.

If it is a particular type of reciever, the hitch carrier has to be rated for that clasification.

From memory its all detailed in the ADRs, and possibly the relivent standard

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