Vehicle Hitches

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Hitches
Hitches

A hitch is a towing component that is attached to the chassis of a vehicle in order for a trailer to be attached. Attaching a hitch to the chassis is commonly done by bolting the hitch into factory pre-drilled holes. There are many different hitches which are designed to carry particular weights for specific vehicles. Hitches are made with steel, which makes them strong, durable, and resilient against pressure and tension while towing.

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Vehicle Class I Hitches

Class I Hitches
Class I Hitches

Class I hitches are the smallest of the hitch family and they are commonly found on smaller vehicles that can only tow a small load. This type hitch is designed to handle up to 2,000 pounds which is more than the engine or chassis on one of these small vehicles can probably handle. Examples of loads that are commonly towed by a hitch of this style are jet skis, motorcycles, and small cargo trailers. Since the suspension on many of these smaller vehicles is not meant to handle large loads, the maximum tongue weight on this class hitch is 200 pounds. The purpose of minimizing tongue weight is to prevent bottoming out and a rough ride due to a stiff suspension. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Class II Hitches

Class II Hitches
Class II Hitches

Class II hitches are commonly found on cars and small trucks that are looking to tow something such as a small boat, motorcycle, or small personal trailer. This type hitch is designed to handle loads of up to 3,500 pounds which is more than enough since most of these vehicles that will use this class hitch weigh around that. To keep all that weight of the car or small trucks suspension, a maximum tongue weight of 350 pounds is enforced on this style hitch. It is important not to exceed the maximum tongue weight because it can cause damage to the suspension and wheel wells if the vehicle bottoms out. This style hitch is very similar in dimensions to a class I hitch but the metal is a bit thicker and more reinforced to handle the added weight. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Class III, IV, V Hitches

Class III, IV, V Hitches
Class III, IV, V Hitches

Class III, IV, and V hitches are all designed for midsized to heavy duty vehicles that will towing 3,500 to 18,000 pounds. Since the suspension is more durable and thicker on these vehicles, 600 to 1,800 pounds can be put on the hinges tongue depending on what class hinge is being used on the vehicle. Staying below the maximum weight allowed on the tongue will make for a smoother ride as well as reduce the chance that the suspension will bottom out. These hitches can tow anything from a personal trailer to a large boat or car. The receiver hitch opening is 2" x 2" on class III and IV hitches while the class V hitch uses a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" opening. Besides that, the construction and metal thickness of these parts are very similar. Adapters are available which can convert the larger inlet found on these hitches into a smaller one which is needed when towing a trailer with a smaller ball. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Fifth Wheel Hitch

Fifth Wheel Hitch
Fifth Wheel Hitch

Fifth wheel hitches are used in trucks that tow extremely large loads which may be too heavy for any conventional hitch. This style hitch is mounted in the bed of the truck were it can easily be bolted to the chassis which is right beneath the bed. Rails are commonly used in the installation process so that the length of the trailer can be accommodated no matter where the fifth wheel is positioned in the bed. Having this rail system may also mean that the hitch can be removed when other things need to be stored in the bed when not towing. This type of hitch is most commonly used when towing large boats or motor homes that can way in excess of 15,000 pounds. All sizes and style fifth wheel hitches are available to accommodate the many different sized loads that may be encountered when towing. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Other Hitches

Other Hitches
Other Hitches

There are many different kinds of hitches that can be used throughout the vehicle. The first of these hitches is the front hitch which mounts right under the front bumper. This particular hitch is good for a recovery winch, tow loop, putting your boat in the water, or other accessories. This hitch is very similar to the class I, II, III, IV, and V hitches because it will normally use a square inlet receiver. It is a good idea to buy the same size receiver as the hitch in the back so that the towing ball mount will be universal to both without having to go out and buy a spare one for the front. The front hitch is easily installed with bolts and even uses the factory pre-drilled holes in most setups. Continue Reading -->

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