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Choosing The Right Hitch For Heavy-Duty Towing

Feb 2nd 2015 at 4:23 AM

If you plan on doing some heavy-duty towing with your truck, there are different hitch options to choose from. Each has their own characteristics and abilities, so keep in mind what your towing intentions are as you consider each one.

First, anyone interested in heavy-duty towing needs to make sure that their receiver hitch is adequate. Receivers are sorted into five classes. The lower the class, the lower the towing weight it can handle. Heavy-duty towing generally needs a class 3 hitch receiver or above.

Individual units may vary, but class 3 receivers can generally tow up to 8,000 pounds and support up to 800 pounds of tongue weight, or weight that is directly pressing down on the hitch. Class 4 hitches rise up to about 10,000 pounds of towing and a tongue weight of 1,000 pounds. These numbers again go up for class 5 hitches to about 15,000 pounds of towing capacity and 1,500 pounds of tongue weight.

Something else to note is that if you are planning to tow serious weight, you will need to make sure that the hitch you settle on has weight-distributing capacity. This helps spread the burden around your vehicle to reduce and trailer sway and increase safety.

Hitches that attach to the underside of your truck will come with one of two ways to couple trailer and truck. The most common is the hitch ball. In this option, a coupling is made when a ball that sticks up from the vehicle’s hitch is covered and secured with a ball mount. The other option is a lunette ring. Truck and trailer connect with a lunette ring when a horizontal ring on the trailer is connected to a lockable pintle hook mounted on the truck. This allows for slightly more movement than the hitch ball. The advantage is that it’s more secure on rough terrain, but the drawback is that sudden stops can cause the coupling to jolt together.

There are two other hitch options which both mount onto your truck’s bed. These allow much of the trailer’s weight to rest on the towing vehicle’s frame. A fifth-wheel unit is what commercial tractor-trailers use, and are capable of towing great weight. This requires a fairly large unit to be mounted in your truck bed. The other option is called a gooseneck hitch. It looks like a hitch ball sticking out of the center of your bed but it can be easily removed or flipped over, leaving the bed flat and even once again.

Making sure your rig is ready for heavy-duty towing is an important task. Visit this website to find the perfect hitch for your truck in San Diego.

Author Bio:-

Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at auto service blog.

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