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I think of this type of tow ball as a "European" style. (That could be really ignorant, its just where I've seen them).

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I've read these described as a "hook". Is that just descriptive of the shape or are they really meant to function as a hook in some situations? Like a "pintle" I think they are called in the US.

For comparison, here's a US "equivalent" which this reminded me of; though this US version is specifically meant to be used either as a ball or a pintle "hook" AFAIK:

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I think of this type of tow ball as a "European" style. (That could be really ignorant, its just where I've seen them).

enter image description here

I've read these described as a "hook". Is that just descriptive of the shape or are they really meant to function as a hook in some situations? Like a "pintle" I think they are called in the US.

I think of this type of tow ball as a "European" style. (That could be really ignorant, its just where I've seen them).

enter image description here

I've read these described as a "hook". Is that just descriptive of the shape or are they really meant to function as a hook in some situations? Like a "pintle" I think they are called in the US.

For comparison, here's a US "equivalent" which this reminded me of; though this US version is specifically meant to be used either as a ball or a pintle "hook" AFAIK:

enter image description here

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Are euro-style trailer "hooks" really made to be used as a hook?

I think of this type of tow ball as a "European" style. (That could be really ignorant, its just where I've seen them).

enter image description here

I've read these described as a "hook". Is that just descriptive of the shape or are they really meant to function as a hook in some situations? Like a "pintle" I think they are called in the US.