Many vehicles accept trailer hitches, which is a good thing. You could not go on many adventures if you did not have these fabulous inventions. The only problem is that you might be confused on which on you are supposed to be using in order to be safe and not damage your vehicle. The varieties of hitches is dizzying and many people make the mistake of just "winging it". The problem with "winging" the use of a trailer is that it becomes dangerous for the user and the people around the user. If you take a look at our infographic here you will see that an estimated 50,000 accidents involving towed loads happen each and every year. You want to avoid that problem as much as possible.
If you are going to need to tow something now then you should take the time to think about what you need now and what you are going to need in the future so that you can deal with both problems now. If you are planning to make bigger trips later down the road, then you should think about what you are going to need in the future so that you are prepared before you need it. Many veteran towers go by this rule, "if there's doubt then buy the bigger class hitch." It works on several levels because having just enough towing capacity is dangerous unless you have also figured in your weight and the weight of any passengers in the vehicle with you as well. Remember something very important here. You may want a certain class of hitch, however, that hitch may not be available for your type of vehicle. You need to check your manual before you do anything. You are looking for anything having to do with your "Towing Capacity". You should also look to see if the manual says if your vehicle is capable of towing in the first place. You would be surprised to know that some vehicles that should be able to tow, or, at least, look like they should tow do not tow at all.
You should also know that there are 5 types or classes of trailer hitches that you will have to consider when you go to figure out what you need.
Class 1 hitches are the starting point as far as capability goes. The trailer hitches in this category are able to tow 2000 lbs. The tongue weight it is able to handle is 200 lbs. You find these hitches on cars, trucks, and minivans commonly. Remember to check if your vehicle can tow before you attach one of these to your automobile. They are popular for towing recreational vehicles to and from places. You are likely to see one of these trailers all over. You may also find that people have attached their bike or cargo racks to this item.
A Class 2 hitch is stronger as all the hitches higher in number will be as you ascend the scale. Class 2 hitches are made for 3500 lbs and can handle 350 lbs at the tongue. You will find these hitches on mid-size cars, pickups, minivans, and crossovers because these cars can handle the greater loads. You may see these hitches on the road. If you see a fishing boat, camper, jet ski, or motorcycle, then you are probably looking at one of these hitches.
A Class 3 hitch is stronger than a Class 2 and is able to handle around 1500 lbs more lbs. The tongue can handle 150 lbs more weight or 5000 lbs more weight and 500 lbs at the tongue respectively. Do you have a full size pick up? A horse? A boat? You will probably be using one of these to haul these things to where you are trying to go. An interesting fact of about this hitch is that they are usually designed with your vehicle in mind. They are specially built to fit your vehicle.
The Class 4 hitch is twice as strong as the previously mentioned hitch. It can handle 10000 lbs of weight and 1000 to 1200 lbs at the tongue. The hitches of this type do share a similar position as the previous as they are built specifically for your vehicle. One size does not fit all in this case. Bigger vehicles such as full-size pickups, vans, or utility vehicles are the automobiles you find this item attached. A big boat or camper is likely being pulled by one of these hitches.
We also have the Class 5 hitch which is used for industrial strength loads. It has the structure and stability to haul 10000 lbs and 1200 lbs tongue weight. The hitch distributes the weight evenly over the four axles. They are commonly used for towing cars, horse trailers, a big boat, or a camping trailer. You will find that this hitch is similar to the previous hitch in that it takes a larger vehicle to use it. The distributing nature of the set up allows it to handle more weight. You might think that stability would be an issue with this much weight, however, the system adds spring bars on either side of the trailer which stabilizes the load.
You might think that is the final type of trailer hitch, but you would be wrong. We also have fifth wheel hitches and gooseneck hitches as well. Both of these hitches attach to the bed of your vehicle to offer greater stability and towing capacity.
No matter what hitch you choose you are going to have to choose a good hitch maker who understands your needs and has tested the hitch in a variety of situations. You can find these hitches in our store just by searching for "trailer hitches". Make sure that the hitch you get is made of high strength steel and inspected for safety and quality.The first rule of towing is to be safe in your endeavors for your sake and the people who are driving around you or enjoying the scenery as you pass by them.
Remember to cover your hitch with a hitch cover so that you do not rust them out or at least they have some protection from the elements. You can also find those in our store as well. If you are so inclined, you can show your individuality by choosing a vanity cover that might have your favorite team on it or your favorite show's logo.
Now that you have more knowledge about what you might need you should go search for "trailer hitches" and "trailer covers" and take the first step to your new adventure today.
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