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« on: September 12, 2010, 06:30:53 PM »

Hello, I did a search for this answer before, and I see that there were a few questions, but never an answer.  Hopefully that will not be the case here.  I towed my new to me 2004 Kodiak 215 home ( about 5 blocks)  with a 2" ball.  I am trying to make sure that is the size I need to make sure that I am 100% safe.  I have a pop-up and on that trailer it is stamped nice and big that it needs a 2" ball.  On the Kodiak it is not so clear, I can see the 2 stamped in  but I can't see the rest, I think it says 2 5/16 but cannot be sure.  I took a 2" ball to my pop-up which has the same exact locking system as the TT  and then took that same ball to the TT and they both feel the same, the same up and down and the same side to side movement.  What does everyone here think?  I did read on the trailer tongue that it was rated for 5500 lbs, and 800 max tongue.
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010, 07:08:37 PM »

Most likely 2 5/16. I think most TT and HTT are 2 5/16.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 03:11:01 AM »

If the trailers receiver is 2 5/16 and your using a 2" ball get it changed out.  Using the smaller ball will de-form the receiver after a period of time and you will then not be able to use the proper ball.  They only cost a few bucks.

BTW sounds like you just towed her home on a regular hitch?  Correct?  Got a WDH in your future? 
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 07:12:57 AM »

Most likely 2 5/16. I think most TT and HTT are 2 5/16.



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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010, 03:19:13 PM »

Ok, so I bought a 2 5/16" ball today, and there i NO way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks that that ball will fit my trailer. I talked to a friend of mine who works on boats, and he said that travel trailers under 24 feet use 2" balls, mainly due to their weight.  So my trailer will be towed with a V90 2" ball rated for 6000 pounds.  Thanks everyone for their input, Korey.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010, 03:44:36 PM »

I think it says 2 5/16 but cannot be sure. 

I'd be making sure it doesn't say 2 5/16. My 2003 Dutchmen HTT is only 20' and uses 2 5/16. Same with my mom's 19' TT. Kodiak is made by Dutchmen I believe so I'd tend to think it would be 2 5/16 also.

Wonder if someone adjusted the coupler down to fit a 2" ball?
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010, 06:51:38 PM »

No, this ball will not fit in width wise, i couldn't hammer it in if I tried, and unlessI plan on reforging the coupler the 2 5/16" ball WILL NOT FIT!!  I only wish that the manufacture would have stamped the hitch a little better.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2010, 03:13:11 AM »

Don't assume nothing!  Wink  Ya gotta look at the coupler.  Our '06 Roo 23SS uses a 2" ball.

And ya gotta know your trailer weight. Look at the ball shank and construction.  A 2" ball, for example, can be rated 2000 pounds or it can be rated 8000 pounds.  Different diameter shanks.  Different construction. 

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2010, 03:37:54 AM »

Ok, so I bought a 2 5/16" ball today, and there i NO way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks that that ball will fit my trailer. I talked to a friend of mine who works on boats, and he said that travel trailers under 24 feet use 2" balls, mainly due to their weight.  So my trailer will be towed with a V90 2" ball rated for 6000 pounds.  Thanks everyone for their input, Korey.

He's partly right about the weight but wrong.  Most of the manufacturers will spec the same equipment across an entire line of campers regardless of weight for production reasons.  Most will see 2 5/16 receivers from a 17' - 26' for this reason.

Glad you got it worked out.

BTW found the brochure for the rig but no metion of the receiver size.

http://kodiak-rv.com/media/documents/archives/OlderLit/2005/2005%20Kodiak%20Literature.pdf
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2010, 06:06:12 AM »

FWIW, my 2005 trailer needs a 2" ball, but I know newer models require a 2-5/16" ball.
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2010, 12:26:57 PM »

 Hybrid Blue  Pickup Blue  My 2004 Forest River Surveyor is only about 18' and uses a 2 5/16" ball.  I personally haven't seen a TT or HTT using a 2" ball but according to the others here there are some that do.  If you still are not sure I suggest you talk with your dealer.  They should have made sure you had the right equipment before you left the lot.  On the other hand it sounds like you already have it figured out.  Happy Camping.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2010, 04:35:07 PM »

2010 Aerolite Cub 160 2 5/16 Ball, factory weight 2983 lb's
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2010, 04:45:27 PM »

Well I did contact a dealer, and posted this while I was waiting for their answer.  They finally got back to me today and they told me that the trailer takes a 2" ball.  Thank you again everyone, Korey
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2010, 06:51:47 AM »

Use the right 2" ball.  Some are rated as low as 2000 pounds.

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