Knowing the Difference Between Trailer Hitch Classes

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a Class I and a Class V trailer hitch really was? If so, then you have come to the right place. We at Trick Trucks want to educate you, the consumer, to help you make the right purchase.

So what are the differences between each trailer hitch class? Let’s find out…

Class I Hitch: A Class 1 trailer hitch can handle a gross trailer weight (GTW) of up to 2,000 lbs., and a maximum tongue weight of 200 lbs. This type of hitch is often used on small cars, pickups, or vans for light-duty towing.

Class II Hitch: A Class 2 trailer hitch can handle a GTW of up to 3,500 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight of 300 lbs. This type of hitch is often used on full-size vans, full-size pickups, and SUVs for towing small boat trailers, snowmobile trailers, motorcycle trailers or campers.

Class III Hitch: A Class 3 trailer hitch can handle a GTW of up to 5,000 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight of 500 lbs. The standard type of this hitch is considered for general towing.

Class IV Hitch: A Class 4 trailer hitch can handle a GTW of up to 10,000 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight of 2,000 lbs. This type of hitch is usually a weight-distributing hitch.

Class V Hitch: A Class 5 trailer hitch can handle a GTW over 10,000 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight over 1,200 lbs. This type of hitch is usually a weight-distributing hitch, used for extra heavy loads like a car trailer, horse trailer or a large boat or camper.

5th Wheel and Gooseneck Hitches: If it is too large for a Class V hitch, these might be your best option. They mount in the bed of your pickup truck.

Hopefully this will help you determine what class of trailer hitch you need for your truck. And remember to always choose a hitch that is strong enough to handle the maximum anticipated total weight of the trailer but does not exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle.

If you are interested in purchasing a Class I-V trailer hitch, a 5th wheel trailer hitch, or a gooseneck trailer hitch, contact Trick Trucks today. We are here for you. All products can be purchased in our showroom and can be professionally installed, if needed, at all of our twelve locations. If you have any questions, please contact Trick Trucks by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here today! Hard to find items (including grilles) are our specialty.

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