Trailer Hitches

Trailer Hitch Classes

Looking to attach a hitch to your truck to do some hauling? Sounds good. Here’s a guide to the different trailer hitch classes, including their maximum towing capacity.


Class I Hitch

The lightest trailer hitch, a class I can handle up to 2,000 pounds of gross trailer weight and a maximum tongue weight of 200 pounds. This is usually used on smaller cars, pickups, and minivans.

Class II Hitch

A class II hitch can handle up to 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 300 pounds tongue weight. This kind of hitch is compatible with mid-size cars, vans, pickups, and SUV’s. They can be used to top things like a camper.

Class III Hitch

Class III hitches can haul up to 5,000 pounds of gross trailer weight and 500 pounds tongue weight. This hitch fits mid-size cars, vans, pickups, and SUV’s.

Class IV Hitch

Class IV hitches can haul up to 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight and between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds tongue weight. This hitch fits full-size cars, vans, pickups, and SUV’s.

Class V Hitch

A Class V hitch can haul loads that are greater than the specs for Class IV hitches, such as a car trailer, horse trailer, or a large boat or camper. This hitch only fits full-size pickups.

5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch

This kind of hitch mounts in the bed of the pickup. A 5th wheel can half up to 24,000 pounds and a gooseneck up to 25,000 pounds.


You should pick a hitch that can handle the maximum weight of the trailer but doesn’t exceed the towing capacity of your pickup, according to In addition, “The trailer tongue load should be kept at 10 percent of the loaded trailer weight for weight-carrying (deadweight) trailer hitches, and 12 percent for weight-distributing (equalizing) trailer hitches.”


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