What You Need to Know About Your Next Trailer Hitch

With summer on the way, you’re probably planning out what you’d like to do. That cross-country road trip might involve you pulled a boat or trailer behind you with your truck. If your vehicle still doesn’t have a trailer hitch attached to it, now is the time to start looking for one. Here is what you’ve got to know about your new trailer hitch.

Weight Capacity

Your vehicle’s weight capacity depends on what you are driving. You’ll also need to think about what you’re trying to tow because if you don’t calculate the weight capacity correctly, you’ll make the experience much more complicated than it needs to be. You’ll find that the classes of trailer hitch are arranged based on their weight capacity, as such:

  1. For class 1, you can haul up to 2,000 pounds. This capacity is suitable for smaller cars and family sedans.
  2. For class 2, you can haul up to 3,500 pounds. This capacity is fine for minivans and crossover vehicles.
  3. For class 3, you can haul up to 8,000 pounds. This capacity is acceptable for mid-sized trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
  4. For class 4, you can haul up to an astonishing 10,000 pounds. At this capacity, you will need a behemoth vehicle, either a full-sized truck or an SUV.
  5. For class 5, you can haul more than 10,000 pounds. This capacity is where the big boys play, so you’re going to need a juggernaut vehicle to pull all of that cargo. Full-sized trucks and commercial long-haul trucks are your best bets.

Weight Balance

Weight balance is just as important as weight capacity. When you have the right weight balance, you can be sure that your trailer hitch is up to the task. Balancing the weight of your payload makes it easier to transport, and you can avoid unfortunate accidents while out on the highway.

Towing Capability

Once you’ve chosen your trailer hitch and balanced it correctly, there’s one more decision to make. That decision rests on the towing capability of your vehicle. Read your driver’s manual or ask the manufacturer or dealer for more details so you can make sure that all of these considerations are dealt with before you get on the open road this summer.

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