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rv-pro.com March 2020 • RV PRO • 37 When it comes to towing, a lot of thought usually goes into tow bars. Or in the case of a fifth wheel, effort goes into choosing just the right hitch to reduce chucking and sway. But how often is a ball mount given a second thought, other than making sure it is a 2-inch or 2 5/16-inch ball? Fastway has introduced the Flash Integrated Scale Ball Mount (ISBM) to help ensure travel trailer towing can be made as safe as possible. The ISBM accurately measures the tongue weight of the trailer load, providing safer towing by making sure the trailer's weight is properly balanced. Tongue weight should be 10 to 15 percent of trailer weight. A balanced load results in improved steering, better braking control and reduced trailer sway. "We've had the thought of making it for a while," says Tyler Ferre, inside sales rep for Progress Mfg. "There's been the need for customers knowing what their tongue weight is. We've had that request for years, so we've accommodated that request, since customers are looking for something like that." The device is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, but the two ball sizes are crafted of chrome-plated steel. The aluminum con- struction makes carrying, adjusting and installing the ISBM easier. The American-made scale is built to handle 1,000- pound tongue weights and 10,000-pound trailer weights. The bolt that is inserted into the correct height slot comes standard with a pin to hold it in place, but can be used with an optional dual-lock pack, which is sold separately. The scale is easy to read and – given that it uses a mechanical spring – there are no electronic parts to break or be damaged by water spraying from the road. It also is easy to tear apart, clean out and reinstall, as Ferre demonstrated at the Meyer Distrib- uting Show in a matter of seconds with the release of a single pin. The shaft onto which the ball mounts comes in four sizes, ranging from a 4-inch drop to a 10-inch drop. Turn it over and it ranges from a 5-inch rise to an 11-inch rise. "You want to make sure your hitch ball height is relative to your coupler height of your trailer," says Ferre. "You want to have the right size drop so that your hitch ball height is the same as your coupler so the trailer rides level." What impressed RV PRO: A hitch ball is a hitch ball, right? Not when you add adjustability and integrate a mechanical scale into the design. Fastway's four different models of the Flash ISBM offer different height adjustments, but each offers a mechanical scale that accurately measures the tongue weight being placed on the ball, allowing all RVers to make sure their trailers are properly balanced and reducing the likelihood of potentially catastrophic trailer sway. Watch a Video About the Product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wytrqhkFHk Tyler Ferre, inside sales rep for Progress Mfg., says the the Flash Integrated Scale Ball Mount accurately measures the tongue weight of the trailer load, providing safer towing by making sure the trailer's weight is properly balanced. Fastway Flash Integrated Scale Ball Mount

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