Creating the perfect towing vehicle is no easy feat. There are many factors to consider such as what kind of vehicle you’ll be using to tow and what exactly you’re towing. Whether it’s a 5-wheeler truck or just a regular car, you’ll need the right tools and knowledge to create a towing vehicle that delivers the best possible results. One of the most important things to consider when doing this is picking the right hitch for your vehicle because hitches have their own specific characteristic and you should pick one that suits your towing needs. Today, we’ll be showing you the best kinds of hitches to use so you’ll be able to decide which hitch matches you perfectly.
The Right Hitch
Picking the right hitch for your vehicle may be a daunting task but that’s why we’re here today to help you out. What you should know is that what kind of hitch you’ll be buying depends largely on what kind of vehicle you drive and what type of vehicle or trailer you’ll be towing. Hitches are classified depending on the amount of weight they can carry. Namely, they are the class 1-2 receivers, class 3 receivers, class 4-5 receivers, fifth-wheel hitch, weight-distributing hitch, and the gooseneck hitch. We’ll be going through each of these hitches for you.
Class 1-2 Receivers
For those of you who are planning to tow light weighted cars or small SUV’s, the class 1-2 receivers are the kind of hitches you should be looking at. Class 1 hitches carry up to 200 pounds of tongue weight while the class 2 hitches carry up to 350 pounds.
Class 3 Receivers
If you’re looking for a hitch to tow SUVs and pickup trucks then the class 3 receivers are your best bet. These hitches can carry up to 800 pounds of tongue weight and even more with a weight distributing hitch.
Class 4-5 Receivers
Out of all the receiver hitches, Class 4-5 receivers are the most powerful among then. Class 4 receivers can carry up to 1,000 pounds of tongue weight and Class 5 receivers carry up to 1,400 pounds of tongue weight. Pretty impressive, huh?
Commercial trucks commonly use fifth-wheel hitches but if you ever decide to use them, they’ll be fitted on your truck’s bed. Once you install it, your trailer will rest majority of its weight on its cab and rear axle. These heavy duty hitches can carry a whole ton of weight ranging from 16,000 to 30,000 pounds. They also can support 5,000 pounds of tongue weight.
Weight-distributing hitches does a great job of spreading the weight across the tongue and the four wheels of the vehicle you’ll be using to tow. True to its name, these hitches distribute weight all throughout your vehicle for a stable and safe ride. Class 3 receivers and above may use this type of hitch when available.
Similar to the fifth-wheel hitches, the gooseneck hitch is installed on the bed of your truck. These hitches are used for mostly large commercial vehicles since they can tow up to 6,000 pounds of tongue weight. If you’re going to use this hitch though you’ll need to make sure that your trailer has a gooseneck connector because if you don’t it won’t work.
Take Your Pick
There you have it, folks. Short descriptions of the kind of hitches you’ll need for every occasion. Take a look and see which one suits your needs best and get to work!