Originally Posted by rabbit
I've also heard "shank." So we've got shank, ball mount, drawbar, and stinger.
" normally refers to only the part of a multi-piece adjustable-height ball mount or WD hitch head which goes into the receiver; it is not interchangeable with "ball mount
", which is the whole thing right to the hole for the ball, either in a single piece or as an adjustable assembly.
" is often used to mean a ball mount, but I don't think this is appropriate for something which supports the trailer's tongue weight
- it normally refers to a bar which is used to pull a full trailer (for which the drawbar is hinged at both ends) or implement.
My guess is that "stinger
" should be considered a synonym for ball mount, but I think the term ball mount is much more descriptive, and ball mount is what the towing equipment industry generally uses.