Receiver Hitch Selection Guide

.Classification Chart

Light Duty
Class I

Medium Duty
Class II

Heavy Duty
Class III

Heavy Duty
Class IV

Extra-Heavy Duty
Class V

Maximum Gross Trailer Weight 2,000 lbs( WC) 3,500 lbs (WC) 5,000 lbs (WC) 7,500 lbs (WC) 10,000 lbs (WC)
Maximum Tongue Weight

200 lbs (TW)

350 lbs (TW) 500 lbs (TW) 1000 lbs (TW) 1,200 lbs (TW)
 

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Compact Cars

Class l
Light-Duty
Not Recommended
For Towing
Not Recommended
For Towing
Not Recommended
For Towing
Not
Recommended
For Towing

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Mid-Size Cars

Class l
Light-Duty
Class 2
Medium-Duty
Not Recommended
For Towing
Not Recommended
For Towing
Not
Recommended
For Towing

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Full Size Cars &
Mini Trucks
Crossovers

Class l
Light-Duty
Class 2
Medium-Duty

Class 3
Heavy-Duty

Class 4
Heavy-Duty

Not
Recommended
For Towing

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Full Size
Trucks, Vans & Crossovers SUVs

    Class 3
Heavy-Duty
Class 4
Heavy-Duty
Class 5
Extra Heavy-Duty

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Hitch Selection Guide 1- 2- 3 

   
1. Refer to owner's manuals. 
For your tow vehicle, trailer, & other parts of your towing system. 
Learn the capabilities and limitations of each part. GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT and TONGUE WEIGHT are two of the most important items to consider. THESE WEIGHTS MUST NEVER EXCEED THE LOWEST RATING OF ANY PART OF YOUR TOWING SYSTEM. GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT is the weight of the trailer plus all cargo.

2. Determine What Class Weight Carrying (WC) Receiver Hitch You Need.
HITCH TYPES
Trailer hitches come in a variety of shapes and sizes for various applications. Generally speaking, trailer hitches are classified either weight-carrying or weight-distributing. The type best for you depends entirely upon the tow vehicle and trailer size and weight.
Weight-carrying (WC)  type of hitch is used in applications where trailer weight is up to and including a maximum of 3,500 lbs., and where the weight and suspension of the tow vehicle can accommodate that load. The tongue weight
(TW) is carried directly on the rear of the tow vehicle and on the hitch.
Weight-distributing (WD) 
An attachment, (sold separately)  which slides into a Class 3/4 or Class 5 weight carrying (WC) receiver hitch, and redistributes hitch tongue weight (TW).  Weight distributing hitches are normally used for heavier trailers up to 10,000 lbs. Typically uses 2 spring bars, one on each side of the trailer to lift up and apply leverage to the tow vehicle, thereby redistributing tongue weight from the rear axle to the front. This provides more vehicle stability while towing. Weight distributing hitches currently come in two configurations: One with square bars that hook to the center of the ball mount, called trunnion bars, and one with round bars that slide into the bottom of the ball mount, called round bars.
   

3. Now You Know What Class Hitch You Need.
    Find Your Vehicle Application , Click on the Appropriate Link Below:

           

     

SELECTING THE RIGHT BALL MOUNT

Hitch ball mounts come in a variety of sizes to ensure the proper connection between hitch and trailer.  Getting the hitch ball at the right height for the trailer coupler is essential to driver control while towing.  The following is a reliable method for selecting the correct ball mount.

For safe, comfortable towing.
the trailer should always be set
up to tow on a level plane

Sometimes a trailer's tongue is
higher or lower than the ball mount
on the vehicle and a ball mount
with a rise or a drop is required
to level the trailer.

2. Subtract the height of the
hitch ball (most are 2-1/2" - 3" high)
from coupler measurement.

 

4. An 8" drop is needed to make the trailer level.

 

THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TOW MEASUREMENTS IS THE AMOUNT OF BALL MOUNT "RISE" OR "DROP" REQUIRED.

  
  
  

 

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