What is the Difference Between Trailer Hitch Classes?

February 8th, 2016
Different types of trailer hitches

There are a few different types of trailer hitches. But do you know why they’re different?

If you have ever looked into buying a trailer hitch, you have no doubt noticed the classes that adorn them. So how do you tell the difference between the classes and which class do you need for your vehicle? Let’s find out!

What is GTW and Tongue Weight?

Before towing anything or even choosing your trailer hitch, you need to think about the gross towed weight (GTW) and tongue weight of whatever you are hauling. These weights do not just mean the weight of your trailer or even the weight of the object you are hauling. To haul anything properly, you need to take into account the item you are hauling as well as the things inside it. If you are hauling a car, does it have anything inside it? Is there gasoline in it? You have to think about the full weight of both the object and the items that go along with it. Tongue weight refers to the weight the trailer coupler puts on the hitch. It is normally 10-15 percent of the GTW. If not shifted around, your trailer will likely sway and could be dangerous to the cargo, your vehicle, and other vehicles on the road. Make sure to measure this weight before leaving with your cargo.

Class I Hitch

This type of trailer hitch can handle a GTW of up to 2,000 pounds and has a tongue maximum weight of 200 pounds. It is commonly used for small cars, pickups, or vans for light-duty towing.

Class II Hitch

These hitches can pull up to 3,000 pounds in GTW and 350 pounds in tongue weight. These hitches are commonly used for midsize cars, small pickups, vans, SUVs, and full-size vehicles. They are good for towing small trailers, pop-up campers, and small boats.

Class III Hitch

A class III hitch can pull up a range of 3,500 to 6,000 pounds GTW and has a tongue weight ranging from 350 to 600 pounds of tongue weight. This hitch is good for pulling full-size trailers and campers.

Class IV Hitch

This trailer hitch can pull up to 10,000 pounds of GTW and has a maximum tongue weight of 2,000 pounds. This type of hitch uses weight distribution to keep the load balanced.

Class V Hitch

A Class V trailer hitch can pull over 10,000 pounds of GTW with a maximum tongue weight of 1,200 pounds. It uses weight distribution to tackle heavier loads like car trailers, horse trailers, and large boats.

It is important to know what kind trailer hitch is right for your cargo and your vehicle. For more information or to have your trailer hitch professionally installed, call Trick Trucks today!

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Removing Salt Stains from Your Floor Mats

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salty floors

When cleaning the salt from your car, don’t forget to get the salt stains off your new floor mats!

After spending hours digging and shoveling out your truck, the next problem you have to deal with is salt stains ruining your floor mats. Thanks a lot, winter! This is particularly annoying if you recently purchased new floor mats for your vehicle.  But, there is hope! Here are some tips to help you remove stains from your truck’s floor mats. Read the rest of this entry »

Digging Out After Snowmageddon 2016

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Snow removal tips

Need to start digging your car out of the snow? We’ve got some tips for you!

As our friendly winter storm Jonas moves into the area, the entire east coast is battening down for the long weekend ahead. But once the snow stops, do you know what the proper procedure is for digging out your car? Let’s check out some tips on getting your vehicle ready for next week. Read the rest of this entry »

The Benefits of a Flowmaster Exhaust System

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Flowmaster exhaust system

With a Flowmaster exhaust system, your vehicle will surpass any on the road!

With a reputation of amazing performance, it is no wonder that Flowmaster has been in the industry for nearly 22 years. But what makes Flowmaster exhaust systems so great? Well, let’s check out the benefits of owning one! Read the rest of this entry »

Benefits of a Retractable Truck Bed Cover

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Retractable Bed Covers

Retractable truck bed covers can help protect your cargo from the impending winter weather.

Well, it finally happened. Winter is officially here in Maryland. We woke up this morning with temperatures upsettingly close to single digits and the high today is just barely above freezing.  If we know one thing about Maryland winters, we’d venture a guess that there’s some serious winter weather coming our way in the next few weeks. There are many ways you’ll need to protect your truck from the snow, ice, slush, and salt, but one that might not be most evident isn’t your tires or your paint job — it’s your truck bed. The wind and snow that come with winter are perfect reminders to get your truck bed covered and prevent any misfortune.  Retractable truck bed covers provide solid protection while being super convenient and easy to operate. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Vehicle from Winter Weather

January 3rd, 2016
Protecting Your Vehicle from Winter Weather

Protect your vehicle this winter with these tips!

With the weather constantly bouncing around from the low 30s to the high 60s, we never know what winter weather has in store for us. So why not take these measures to protect your vehicle while you can? Read the rest of this entry »

Benefits of Ladder Racks

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Ladder racks

Don’t waste space, use a ladder rack!

Ladder racks seem like an easy on-the-go accessory for many work vans and trucks. But are they right for your business and vehicle? Let’s take a look at the benefits of a ladder rack for your commercial vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Remote Starting in Another Maryland Winter

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Remote Start Maryland

A remoter starter makes even THIS kind of weather tolerable!

To absolutely nobody’s surprise, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts yet another cold and snowy Winter for Maryland. In December alone, the predicted El Nino – the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean that foretells more snow than we’d like to think about – is supposed to bring a minimum of six inches of snow. And that’s just the beginning. You’ve already doubtless been annoyed by our cold mornings and probably wished you could get into an already warm car. Read the rest of this entry »

All-Season versus Snow Tires

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Snow verses All-season tires

Snow tires are very different from all-season tires. To keep your vehicle on the road this winter, call Trick Trucks!

As winter quickly approaches, it may be time to think about getting new tires for your vehicle. But does this mean you will need all-season tires or snow tires to get you through the winter? Let’s take a look at these two options.

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Winter Driving Safety

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Winter Driving Safety

Make sure to stay safe this holiday season!

As the winter holidays set in, so does the wet winter weather. As we struggle through the holiday shopping season, do you know how to stay safe through the miles of brake lights? Let’s go over some winter driving safety tips! Read the rest of this entry »