What Kind Of Trailer Hitches Do You Really Need?
So you need something to be towed and have decided to buy a trailer tow system. There are a wide variety of brands and types of trailer hitches available and the task of choosing one out may seem to be daunting. But always remember that when you buy a hitch, you need to find something that suits your vehicle and your budget.
Don’t be shocked at how these trailer hitches will look on your vehicle. Just like buying any item for your car, you usually get what you are paying for. It is also important that the chosen hitch has a universal fit. Meaning it can be transferred from one vehicle to another. When it’s time to resell the existing vehicle, you want to ensure you are keeping the hitch with you.
In doing your research for the various hitch system available, keep in mind the safety of your car and the passengers inside it. You need to gather the right information on how to provide safety for everyone and those on the road. You also need to know the state requirements for towing what and how much you will be towing.
On the market are three typical types of trailer hitches most suited for your needs. These are the weight carrying hitch, the weight distributing hitch, and the fifth wheel hitch also known as Gooseneck. Weight carrying hitches are made to transport all of the trailer’s weight. Distributing hitches utilize a receiver hitch to distribute the weight between the trailer axles and the tow vehicle. Fifth wheel or gooseneck hitches are innovated to mount the trailer connection in the center of the truck bed.
The trailer towing industry has also created the classification system to distinguish the hitches according to their towing weight. There is the class-5, which is the strongest hitch, down to class-1, which is the weakest hitch.
Once you have chosen the type of trailer hitch for your needs, you need to have it properly installed to ensure the safety of everyone and the towed vehicle. It is highly recommended that the installation be delegated to a professional. The connection point will also need lubrication to ensure the hitch balls move freely.
So do thorough research to determine the best trailer hitches suited for you. It’s also great to keep safety a priority in terms of installation, maintenance and the pulling of your trailer hitch.