Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. 3 Essential Things to Know About Trailer Hitches

3 Essential Things to Know About Trailer Hitches

Trailer Hitches

A trailer hitch is also known as a tow hitch, and is used to pull a vehicle, boat, or other things behind a vehicle. There are different classes of trailer hitches depending on the type of vehicle you have. Furthermore, there are special types of hitches if you have to pull something large. The following will guide you through trailer hitches and how to choose the right one.

Classes of Trailer Hitches

Class I trailer hitches will tow up to 2,000 pounds, a trailer of up to six-feet in length, or a boat of up to 14 feet in length. Class II hitches can tow up to 3,500 pounds, pull a trailer of up to 12 feet in length, or tow a boat of up to 20 feet in length. Class III trailer hitches tow up to 5,000 pounds, and tow a boat or trailer of up to 24 feet in length. These are heavy duty and cannot be placed on lightweight cars. Class IV hitches tow up to 7,500 pounds, and are designed for full-size pickup trucks. Class V trailer hitches tow up to 14,000 pounds, and are made for full-size and heavy-duty vehicles.

How to Choose the Right Hitch

Choose a Class I hitch if you have a car, minivan, light duty, or heavy duty truck. The Class I hitches are ideal to pull a jet ski, motorcycle, bike rack, or a cargo box. Pick a Class II hitch if you have a car, van, light duty, or heavy duty truck. These can pull everything a Class I hitch can plus a small trailer, small boat, or two utility vehicles. Choose a Class III hitch if you have minivan, SUV, light duty, or heavy duty truck. These can pull everything a Class I and II hitch can, plus a medium trailer or a fishing boat. Pick a Class IV or V hitch if you have a light duty or heavy duty truck. These types of hitches can pull everything the previous hitches can, plus a large RV.

Other Types of Hitches

Other types of hitches include a fifth wheel hitch for pulling a fifth wheel trailer. A front mount trailer hitch can carry cargo on the front of the vehicle. A third type is the gooseneck hitch, which is used on commercial or industrial trailers.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...


Related questions

Q: Installing a trailer hitch requires cutting out a piece of the underbody trim panel.

Hello, thanks for writing in. Personally, if it was my new car I would check to see if there is another different trailer hitch on the market that does not require cutting any trim panels. If there is no other...

Q: How do I open the center storage compartment?

If your vehicle comes equipped with a center storage compartment, then you can open it to store things and access one of the electrical power outlets. The center storage compartment is located in between the driver’s seat and the front...

Q: If I can put on a dolly for long mileage

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle's owners manual should have a good amount of information on how to handle towing for the vehicle. Typically automatic transmissions do not want to be towed via dolly for more that 30...