​Trailer Hitches Explained Quickly and Easily

Avid camper? Need to haul items to your site? A water aficionado? Need to bring your stuff to the beach so you can do what you love? You need a trailer hitch to get all of these items to where they need to go. Otherwise, you will be stuck at home watching tv while envying those people who are going. Not a situation you want to find yourself in very frequently is it? You should get a trailer hitch so you can enjoy all those activities you love. 

You might have been avoiding it by a various manner of methods. Stuffing it call into your passenger spaces, tying stuff to your roof, or whatever you may have done. However, we both know that you are far better off getting a hitch so you can do what you love right now. Trailer hitches were created with you in mind, or at least, the non-commercial versions were created for you and your needs. 

Trailer hitches come in two varieties one is a receiver and the other is called fixed-drawbar. Neither of these phrases will make any sense to you yet, however, they will very soon. A receiver hitch attaches (but you should read that as mounts) right onto your vehicle and allows your vehicle to use removable ball mounts, trailers, and hitch-mounted accessories. A useful feature if you have ever thought about having a tailgate party with a hitch mounted grill or a myriad of other possibilities. Fixed-drawbar hitches are hitches that feature a hole for trailer balls. They usually come as one very solid piece. The one draw back with this type of hitch is that they do not usually accept aftermarket hitch accessories. You have to make sure that you get the right accessories for you will have a hard time getting them to work with this type of hitch. You should keep that in mind when and if you consider buying these hitches.

You can even find hitches on the market that are designed to be mostly undetectable to the normal passerby. Why? Some people just do not like advertising that they might own things that need hauling.  It does not limit their effectiveness, however, they still can haul cargo just like their more visible brother and sister hitches. 

Another factor to keep in mind is that the US features five classes of trailer hitches, and you are likely to see most of them on the streets right now in a variety of consumer and industrial models. The names of the classes are easy to remember if you can count to 5. Class 1 hitches carry up to 2000 lbs of weight. Class 2 hitches carry up to 3500 lbs of weight. Class 3 hitches are able to carry 5000 lbs of weight. Class 4 is able to work with 10000 lbs of weight. Class 5 hitches carry 12000 lbs of weight. If you are going to get a hitch, then you should also consider getting a hitch lock or locks. Remember how we talked about how people with hidden hitches try to make it look like they have nothing of value? If you are going to haul things, then it is inevitable that people will think that you have something to steal. Trailer hitch locks and pins help deter that behavior as well as protecting you, your passengers, and the other drivers from a breakaway trailer. 

You may even find models made specifically for your vehicle. Remember to check your owner's manual to make sure that the vehicle can actually tow and what hitches it can accept. Nothing is worse than buying a hitch and have it damage your vehicle. Your trailer hitch is tested to be strong and ready to do the job you require of it. The only thing you need to do is plan your next adventure or trip.  Remember that your trailer hitch needs protection too. You may want to consider getting a trailer hitch cover to protect your new hitch.

Need a trailer hitch? Worried about how you are going to weight your cargo? Worry no more. Weigh Safe trailer hitches come with a built-in scale that will allow you to weigh you cargo quickly and easily. Read more about it by clicking here.