When you have a truck with towing potential it seems like you are calling every time someone is moving, when someone’s kids need a trailer for camping and of course you wish you could use it to pull your own trailer, boat, caravan , etc. But are you really using your vehicle’s hitch to its full potential?
Determining the towing capacity of your vehicle
Surprisingly, perhaps for some, there is more to trailer accessory choice than one might believe. So if you plan to invest in a trailer hitch, take some time to determine what type you need and why it will benefit you. After all, with multiple kinds of hitches, as well as those designed for specific types of vehicle designs, knowing what kind of trailer and hitches to buy can save you time and money. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Class 1 – This is designed to tow items weighing between 2,000 LBs GTW (Gross Trailer Weight) and 200 LBs TW (Trailer Tongue Weight). It is suitable for subcompact and compact cars, mid-size cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans, and full-size cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and pickup trucks.
2. Class 2 – Designed for 3500 LB GTW to 300 LB TW and can be used with midsize cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans, and large cars, trucks, SUVs and pickup trucks.
3. Class 3 – This type of trailer hitch will work for items weighing between 5,000 LB GTW and 500 LB TW and is best used with mid-size pickup trucks, SUVs, and mini vans, and large cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and pickup trucks.
4. Class 4 – Designed for use in vehicles weighing between 9,000 LB GTW and 900 LB TW and should only be used with full-size cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and pickup trucks.
As a final point, not with regard to accessories and trailer hitches, it is recommended that when choosing a trailer hitch, it should match the towing capacity of your vehicle. While you may not need the additional capacity at the time of purchase, you never know when you will need a hitch that is equipped to handle the additional weight.
If “buying a trailer attachment or hitch” is on your To Do List, be sure to make an informed decision rather than a uniform decision. Talk to a local auto parts dealer or dealer, as well as others who have already made the same purchase, and learn about your options. Then get ready to have fun and work with ease. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for all kinds of towing adventures.