Different Kinds of Trailer Hitches


Power is the operative word in a truck owner's vocabulary. Actually, it is in any outdoor adventurer's vocabulary. Power means that you can haul things and do things that other people cannot do. It is a plus and a minus because you are usually the first person a friend calls if they are moving because they know that your vehicle has the power and structure necessary to help them move their stuff.  However, you need the right equipment to do be able to do such a task. If you are thinking about towing anything then having the right trailer hitch is one of those things that you really need to consider. 

It does not mean that car owners are left completely in the dark. It just means that people with cars can tow far less weight. It should be mentioned that not all cars should tow things either. For example, recently a couple bought a car with the expressed purpose of hauling a trailer containing a wheelchair, however, they failed to check the owner's manual first and their car sagged when put under the pressure. You must know that your car or prospective car, if you are buying a new one, is able to handle the stress and the weight of the towing activity. The first step in safe towing is fairly obvious with the previous story in mind. You must figure out if your vehicle can tow and how much it can tow if it is able to do so. The best place to find out this information is the owner's manual, as illustrated in the previous example. Generally, a car can haul 3000 lbs and some types of trucks can handle 30000 lbs. You need to know how much your vehicle can handle exactly so that you avoid accidents for yourself or for those other motorists who drive around you. Once you know how much you can tow then you need to know how much you are actually going to tow on our trip. Estimating the weight of your cargo is a very bad idea. You should always weigh your items to ensure the safety of you, your passengers, and other motorists. Failure to do this could mean that your trailer will lose control, become detached, drag on the ground, or a myriad of other problems that are possible. You should weigh your cargo even if you have to use the old bathroom scale version of the weight system. It is better than nothing and much more accurate than guessing. Guessing could literally be deadly. You should always weigh your cargo. 


Making sure you have the right towing capacity and a haul that is well within the limits that your car, truck, SUV, or etc. can handle. Doing this will make sure that you have a safe trip. The vehicle has to be able to reach safe speeds and control the weight of the cargo you are towing. You cannot forget about stopping either. Overloading your brake system with a load is a bad idea. If you cannot stop the weight you have in your trailer, in your vehicle, and yourself altogether, then you should not tow the weight in the first place. You should have your brakes checked and you should make sure that you know whether or not if you need another brake system for the load you are carrying. Keep your brakes in working order at all times. They should be checked often because a brake failure is very dangerous. You should always make sure that you are checking the road and route you are going to take. Knowing the route is very helpful when it comes to controlling the trailer. The terrain highly affects how successful you will be at completing your trip safely and without problems. The hills, the traffic, the weather, and the environment all affect how successful you will be at controlling the trailer. Make sure you know all the factors that go into your trip and the safety of hauling the equipment you need. 

The truth is that the smaller the load the easier the set up will be for you because you do not need to physically change the structure of the vehicle most of the time. You need a trailer hitch, also sometimes known as a trailer hitch receiver, a ball mount, and a hitch ball. You can find all these things together if you buy from the company, so it might be easier than you think to find everything you find. Hitch balls can be found in the following sizes 1-7/8", 2", and 2-5/16". A 2-inch ball or sphere with a 1-inch diameter shank is the most widespread dimension utilized. It is mostly used for towing diminutive and small to small to average sized trailers. Nevertheless, you should always be careful to know exactly the dimensions of the ball you will require for the load you are going to tow. You also have to very careful to verify the that the ball shank is very tight inside the ball mount you are using. The trailer hitch link should also be leveled but it may be helpful to have a diminutive descending slant towards the direction of the automobile. Why? You are looking to dispense the load-bearing responsibilities uniformly across the structure. 

If you are a truck owner, then you have a large selection of trailer hitches you can use.  The trailer hitch you use is mostly determined by how much weight your vehicle can handle and, in some cases, what trailer hitches it supports.   You may be lucky and get a truck that already has a trailer hitch. However, you should know that not all manufacturers include a hitch.  Find out what your vehicle lacks or supports and go from there.  You will find all the ball sizes we listed above in this article. However, there is another hitch style called a pindle hitch. A pindle hitch is less like a ball and more like a donut/ring that is made to handle the rigors of handling large loads. You may even find trucks that have the mounting points for a 5th wheel hitch, which is commonly known as one of the most powerful hitches available on the market.  A 5th wheel hitch is strong because of the way it is designed. 5th wheel hitches also help the truck, SUV, or whatever vehicle it might be to not tip over backward. Another popular hitch is the so called, "Gooseneck hitch". It is stronger than the ball hitch, and can be found on a lot of vehicles.  A gooseneck hitch attaches itself to the bed of a truck, which gives it more stability than a traditional ball hitch. However, it does still utilize a ball hitch, but you will find it in the bed of the truck instead of outside of the vehicle.  Remember that no matter what type of trailer hitch you choose that you must be sure that you are under and not over your vehicle's towing capacity. It is the safe way to tow products as far as you need them.


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