Vehicle Class I Hitches
Class I hitches are the smallest of the hitch family, they are commonly found on small vehicles that only have the ability to tow a small load. This hitch is designed to carry a load of up to 2,000 pounds. These hitches can be used to tow jet skis, motorcycles, and small cargo trailers. The maximum tongue weight on this hitch is 200 pounds. 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.
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 that are needed for installation. The end of the hitch has the square inlet for the towing ball mount and holes in the steel. 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 the 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.