How to Select the Right Type of Trailer Hitch?

How to Select the Right Type of Trailer Hitch?

The primary connector that connects the trailer and a tow vehicle are called a trailer or tow hitch. It is a component that locks onto a vehicle and offers a coupling point, which is hooked with a trailer. Towing is not an easy task. You have to consider how weight will impact the trailer and the tow vehicle while choosing a hitch.

All the hitches available are designed with a specific vehicle in mind. You can use information like the vehicle’s model, year, make, and style to identify the exact hitch. To have a trailer hitch installed in Minneapolis look no further than the most popular AC Automotive Concepts. The professionals have an experience of two decades in offering a custom fit hitch design with maximum towing capacity.

How to select the right hitch?

To select the right kind of hitch first understand the main two types of hitches.

  1. Weight carrying or deadweight – Applied for small and light loads.
  2. Weight distributing or equalizing – Recommended for large and heavy trailers.

The weight distributing hitch is designed with an attachment, which slides inside the receiver. Thus, the weight gets redistributed on the tongue. Generally, a hitch has a couple of spring bars connected on both sides of the trailer. This makes lifting the tow vehicle and applying leverage easy. The tongue weight from the rear axle to front is redistributed and thus the vehicle’s stability to tow while in motion enhances.

Trailer hitch classes

Class I – GTW [Gross Trailer Weight] up to 2000 lbs. and tongue weight 200 lbs. Small cars, minivans, mini-pickups, and light-duty towing.

Class II – GTW up to 3500 lbs. and tongue weight 300 lbs. Snowmobile, small boat, motorcycle, camper, SUVs, pickups, full-size vans.

Class III – GTW up to 5000 lbs. and tongue weight 500 lbs. It’s a standard hitch for general towing.

Class IV – GTW up to 10, 000 lbs. and tongue weight 1200 lbs. ½ to 1 ton of trucks & SUVs

Class V – GTW up to 10, 000 lbs. and tongue weight more than 1200 lbs. large boat, camper, horse or car trailer.

Hitch size choice

If your vehicle is compatible with multiple trailer hitches then consider what you will be towing and how often. For frequent towing of heavy trailers choose Class V large hitch receiver. For light-duty vehicles or cargo management, a small hitch is sufficient.

Consider vehicle aesthetics

Aesthetics of your vehicle is also a factor to consider while choosing a trailer hitch. You will find hitches with square or round tube bodies. The latter one is sleek but expensive. You even get options like exposed or concealed hitches. The main body of the concealed hitch is hidden underneath the vehicle.

Add accessories to the trailer hitch

You may need some extras like cargo management accessories or hitch-mounted accessories. You will even need a ball mount to ensure to choose one with sufficient towing capacity, size, and correct shank. For heavy loads install an exhaust to help in braking or slowing the vehicle down [saves the depreciation of brakes].

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