Vehicle Class II Hitches
Class II hitches are designed for cars, and small trucks. These hitches can be used to tow anything from a small boat, motorcycle, or small trailer. This hitch is designed to carry a load of up to 3,500 pounds which is adequate. In order to relieve pressure from the vehicle's suspension, and wheel wells, a maximum tongue weight of 350 pounds is recommended for this hitch. Staying below the maximum weight allowed on the tongue will make for a smoother ride as well as reduce the possibility of the suspension bottoming out. The class II hitch has similar dimensions to the class I hitch, however, the metal is thicker and has been reinforced in order to carry heavier loads.
These hitches are designed for specific vehicles in order to reduce conflict involving the spare tire, bumper, exhaust, or even mismatched mounting holes. Most of these hitches are bolted to the chassis but some may require welding. These hitches commonly come with the bolts and other components which are needed for installation. The end of the hitch has a square inlet for the towing ball mount as well as holes in the steel. Both Class I and class II hitches have an inlet which is 1-1/4" x 1-1/4". There are small hole cutouts near the inlet of the hitch where chains can be secured for added security while towing. When installing the hitch, it is imperative to wire the trailer for taillights, brake lights and blinkers. Depending on the vehicle, this wiring may be connected to an existing electrical box or it may need to be wired into the system.
The material used to make these hitches is steel, due to its ability to perform under extreme weight and stress. Due to the placement of the hitch being near the rear tires, the hitch may come into contact with mud and dirt. For this reason, a rust preventative coating has been applied to the hitch in order prevent corrosion from contact with mud, dirt and grime.