Choices with Hitches
There are different types of hitches you need to know about as you make your selection from Hitches Online. It may seem like a challenge to find the right one, but once you understand the basic purpose of each type of hitch, you should be able to choose the one that’s best for your needs.
Receiver Hitches (Classes 1 through 5)
Receiver hitches are categorized in classes that range from one through five. The classes are based on receiver tube size and the maximum weight limit hitches within each class can tow. Most receiver hitches are designed for specific makes and models of vehicles. Here’s how they break down by class:
- Class 1 hitches: Often used on passenger cars and small crossovers, these hitches are best for lighter loads up to 2,000 pounds.
- Class 2 hitches: Typically used on crossovers, minivans, and full-size sedans, these hitches support up to 3,500 pounds.
- Class 3 hitches: Commonly used on SUVs and full-size pickup trucks, hitches in this class support up to 8,000 pounds. They can also be used with a weight distribution system (which may boost capacity up to 12,000 pounds)
- Class 4 hitches: Supporting weight ranging from 10,000 to 14,000 pounds (with a weight distribution system), these hitches are typically used on SUVs and full-size pickup trucks.
- Class 5 hitches: Capable of towing up to 20,000 pounds, these heavy-load hitches are often used on commercial vehicles and full-size pickups.
Note: Not all hitches are rated at the same capacity.
Bumper-mounted hitches allow for increased flexibility and adjustment with towing. These light-duty receiver hitches attach directly to bumpers. They support the amount of weight your bumper can safely support.
Front Mount Hitches
Allowing you to see what you’re towing, front-mounted hitches can make a useful addition to pickup trucks and other larger vehicles. They can also accommodate a variety of accessories, including winch mounting plates and cargo carriers.
Used for heavier towing purposes, specialized hitches don’t conveniently fall into any specific weight class. Hitches falling within this general category include:
- Fifth wheel hitches that attach in the middle above the axle (typically used for larger RV trailers)
- Weight distribution hitches that redistribute tongue weight (often combined with receiver hitches in classes 3-5)*
- Gooseneck hitches that allow for tighter turns for pickups hauling unwieldy freight
- Pintle hitches that have a strong coupling mechanism (pintle hook and a lunette eye), allowing for a towing capacity that ranges from 10,000 to 60,000 pounds
*Advanced weight distribution hitches include trailer sway control to limit unwanted movement.
Ready to make your choice? All of these hitches are conveniently and affordably available from Hitches Online. Contact us today for more information on our selection of top-quality hitches, or take a moment to browse.