Finding the Right Hitch
Right Hitch Information
If you are one of those folks who wants to or needs to pull a trailer, wants to carry bicycles, any type of camper or boat, pull a car trailer/auto transport, or anything else that requires a hitch, do you know where to find that information?
Well, U-Haul is one company that not only sells the hitches and the accessories that are needed to go with it, but they also have certain stores that install that hitch and wiring. If you have them install the hitch and the wiring, the warranty is lifetime.
You can look up the information for your hitch in a U-Haul store, in an auto parts store or on the internet. They may ask you for the Gross Vehicle Weight (Rating) or GVWR. You can find that information on your car. There is a metal tag that is usually in one of the door supports (when you open the door – on the door or the body). (Metal tag also contains other information for your vehicle as well.)
The photo to the left is the Vehicle Data Tag. Left to Right: It has the build date, GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), and other information. The lower part of the tag has the VIN (vehicle identification number) and the type of vehicle. This one is from the Buick Century.
REESE is one company that builds hitches for resale. They are the ones that are installed at the U-Haul facilities. They are one of the best companies to get a hitch from as they are designed to do what it takes to tow, pull, hold up, or transport the correct weight.
REESE also has Bolt-on hitches that you can install yourself, BUT they are designed to a very specific vehicle. So you shouldn’t put a hitch for a Ford F150 on a Pontiac Sunbird. There are some hitches that fit more than one vehicle, but if you don’t know what those are, you shouldn’t attempt to MAKE IT fit. It’s very dangerous because eventually it lets go and causes major problems!
There are many different hitch companies. These are Reese, Curt, MaxxHaul, Camco (RVs), Trimax, Draw-Tite and more.
Classes of Hitches
There are 5 different types of hitches depending on what your vehicle is designed to tow and what you are towing. They are referred to as Class 1, Class II, Class III, Class IV, and Class V.
Class I hitches – designed to pull up to 2000 lbs GVW and 200 lbs tongue (what connects to the hitch) weight.
Class II – designed to pull up to 3,500 lbs GVW and 300/350 lbs tongue weight.
Class III – designed to pull up to 5,000 lbs GVW and 500 lbs tongue weight.
Class IV – designed to pull up to 10,000 lbs GVW and 1,000/1,200 lbs tongue weight.
Class V (considered Extra Duty)– designed to pull up to 16,000 or 17,000 lbs GVW and 2,400/2550 lbs tongue weight.
Just remember, when you hook up wiring to any camper, trailer, or anything else that has lights on it, put some dielectric grease where one end connects to another. It will keep out the moisture and the dirt.
I hope this helps you to find the information you need to make an informed decision about finding a getting a hitch and all the stuff that goes along with it.
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