​The Right Hitch for the Right Job the Very First Time You Need It

Trailer hitches make hauling a variety of goods much easier. It does not mean that these hitches are fool proof. Hitches have a variety of ways that they can malfunction. They can malfunction from wear and tear and sometimes even factory errors. 

The good news is that they are not hard to use and you can severely limit your exposure to problems by having good knowledge about how they work and how you are meant to use them. The knowledge will not only help you when you buy the trailer but also when you use the vehicle because this is important information you should know. 

You need to know the differences between hitches and you need to check your owner's manual to see which hitch you need. How are hitches classified? Hitches are classified by load capacity, design, and other requirements set forth by government agencies. Each of these factors will help you find the right hitch for you in your situation. 

You may run into fixed-drawbar hitches or you may run into receiver type hitches. Both are available and used in a variety of place. A fixed-drawbar might sound very sturdy to you. It should. A fixed drawbar is built out as a single solitary piece. Fortunately, the design does not stop it from being compatible with many other pieces. 

It works well with the trailer ball and is helped in great part by the integrated hole. You can further break down the type of this hitch by using the scale the SAE International uses that breaks hitches down from Class I to IV. 

What makes the classes different? The difference between the classes is their ability to handle specific load weights. Class I hitches can handle 2000lbs of weight. Class II can handle 3500 lbs of weight. Class II handles 5000 lbs of weight well. Class IV hitches deal with 10000 lbs. You may also find Class V hitches talked about or in stores.

Receivers have a square hole that allow them to attach. You can further subdivide the Classes by talking about how big their opening is at this point. You will find that anything between Class I and II have openings that are 1.25 inches. Class III and up typically have a hole that is 2 inches. Receiver hitches are usually attached to the vehicle frame for stability and control. They are usually attached to the back of the vehicle. You may also attach things like a bike rack, cargo carriers, or other accessories such as those.

The tow ball has a lot to do in this case. The tow ball has a coupling that slips right over the top of it. Keep in mind that this tow ball varies in size based on carrying capacity. A coupling my work with one but not another one. It is best to be mindful of sizes. Keep in mind that this tow ball varies in size based on carrying capacity. A coupling my work with one but not another one. It is best to be mindful of sizes.

Here is a quick tip on making hitches work faster and better. You should have a friend along to help you. It is easier with two people rather than one, however, it is doable if you are just by yourself.  You need one person to drive the vehicle so that it is in position for the attachment. The other person would help the hitch get attached with the maximum amount of safety. You want both parties to walk away from this endeavor intact. 

A few more points you should keep in mind here. Your tongue latch should be open. You need to place that tongue above the hitch ball if you have a hand jack. 

You want to make sure that your vehicle is below that tongue so position carefully and thoughtfully. 

You will work with the hand jack next. Slowly release the hand jack so that the weight is gently let on to apparatus. Make sure that you have done your job positioning the tongue or you will have problems. Never forget to make sure that your tongue latch is very secure and then attach the safety chains as an extra precaution against problems. 

Use the wiring harness that the manufacturer provides for you. Check to make sure that the brake lights, parking lights, and turn signals are functional. You want everyone to know what you are doing to maximize their safety and yours as well. 

You should look for a latch that was redundancies when it comes to safety. The lynch pinch method many manufacturers use for the trailer may not be enough to secure the cargo. Hearing noises? Check your bushings to see if your lube or grease has been used up. 

The size and weight of the load you are carrying determines what kind of hitch you will use. You should also check your owner's manual to make sure that you do not haul more than you should or use the wrong hitch and damage your vehicle. You can also ask experts but you should always check your owner's manual to double check everything. Remember it is your property, vehicle, and cargo. If it gets broken or destroyed then you have to deal with it, and not them. 

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