The type of trailer hitch you need depends on a few things:
- What you’re hauling
- The type of vehicle you have
- Towing capacity
You’ll want to take each of these criteria into consideration when shopping for a trailer hitch.
Trailer Hitch Types
Having the correct trailer hitch is important. There are six main types:
- Class 2 – Cars, crossovers, and minivans / Lightweight towing up to about 2,000 lbs
- Class 3 – Trucks, SUVs, and cars / Most common hitches for towing up to about 8,000 lbs
- Class 4 – Trucks and SUVs / Heavy duty towing up to about 12,000 lbs
- Class 5 – Trucks and SUVs / Extremely heavy duty towing up to about 20,000 lbs
- 5th wheel hitch – Mounts in a truck bed to haul a 5th wheel trailer
- Gooseneck hitch – Mounts in the truck bed provides a ball for a gooseneck trailer
Each of these hitches come with a standard receiving tube size and are commonly used on all types of vehicles. If you’re looking to add a bike rack to your vehicle, class 2 and 3 are what you’re looking for.
There are also a few specialty trailer hitch types that are for more specific jobs. Heavy-duty tow hitches don’t fall within the normal receiver hitch classification but are commonly used for other purposes:
- Weight distribution hitch – Evenly distributes weight of a trailer across the vehicle
- Pintle hitch – A coupling mechanism often used on farms or industrial settings
Hitches by Vehicle Type
Hitches come in five different classes depending on the weight of a vehicle and its towing capacity. The lower the class number, the less the vehicle weighs and can tow. Not all class types are available for all vehicles, so it’s important to check your specific make and model when you’re in the market for a hitch.
The towing capacity of your vehicle is important when determining the hitch class that you need. At Trick Trucks, we can look up your specific vehicle for its towing capacity to ensure that you have the appropriate hitch.
When you’re deciding which hitch to go with, it’s also always a good idea to choose the maximum towing capacity of your vehicle. Even if you don’t need the full capacity now, you may need it later and you’ll be grateful to have the right hitch for it ahead of time!
Trick Trucks can help you select the right trailer hitch for your vehicle and make quick work of installation.