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Class I (light-duty) 2,000 lbs. Max. Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) & 200 lbs. Tongue Weight (TW).|
Receiver hitch uses 1-1/4" sq. mounts with 1/2" dia. receiver pin.
Class II (medium-duty) 3,500 lbs. GTW & 350 lbs. TW.
Class III (heavy-duty) 5,000 lbs. GTW & 500 lbs. TW.
Note 1: Some "Class III" hitches are listed at lower GTW capacity; The distinction for class III here seems to be the 2" receiver as opposed to 1-1/4". See Hidden_hitch Rating Codes below.
Note 2: If you are going to use an accessory such as a bike carrier or cargo rack you may want a Class III hitch to get the 2" receiver which will provide more stability even if you don't need the towing capacity.
Class IV 8,000 lbs. GTW & 800 lbs. TW.
Class V 15,000 lbs. GTW & 1,500 lbs. TW.
Hidden-Hitch Rating Codes for Class III hitches
Sources at JC Whitney.com and RatParts.com and others have different values for the above table.
GTW - Gross Towing/Trailer Weight, TW - tongue weight
Note: Some hitches are not rated to support Weight Distribution.
1. A "weight distributing hitch" has extra spring bars to transfer some of the weight load to the front of your vehicle.
|Note: Check the specifications of your hitch. Some are not rated for weight distribution setups.|
Many factors can contribute to trailer sway - the design of the trailer, the suspension, tire inflation pressures, configuration of the tow vehicle, towing speeds and hitch weight.
A sway control is particularly useful for longer trailers or for those with a large surface area. The addition of a friction or dual cam sway control dampens sway caused by traffic and crosswinds and contributes positively to tow vehicle and trailer stability.
They are frequently integrated into a Weight Distrbiution system.
See: Sway Control at drawtite-hitches.com
Trailer Towing Guidelines:
The tongue weight on the vehicle's hitch should be within 10-15 percent of the total (fully loaded) trailer weight. These specifications should never be exceeded and can lead to dangerously unstable driving conditions along with excessive wear and tear on your vehicle.
Towing capacity, Gross Towing/Trailer Weight (GTW), is a combination of the engine and transmission in your vehicle plus things like the wheelbase. A jeep Wrangler with short wheelbase has a lower GTW because of its shorter wheelbase. (See jeep page).
Auto/Car Hitch packages SUVs and trucks might get all the attention when it comes to towing capability, but there are quite a few sedans, hatchbacks and wagons that also have the goods to haul some fairly heavy loads. While their tow ratings aren't as impressive as those of, say, a full-size SUV, these choices are certainly robust enough to haul a small boat for a weekend at the lake or a small camper for a few days of decadent glamping (as the British like to call luxurious camping).
High Gas Mileage Cars with towing ratings
Curt Trailer Hitchs | CurtMfg.com
Trailer Hitches, Fifth Wheel, Ball Mounts, Hitch and Towing Accessories - etrailer.com
Torklift Central | Find Your EcoHitch© - Trailer Hitch and Towing
Hitch alternataives at Hensley Concept
Trailers and towing article.
HitchFinder.com (After 2 weeks they still had not shiped my Draw-Tite order)
Cequent Towing Products, Plymouth MI, 734 656-3000, a TriMas Corp. operating group, now owns the following Brands:
Fulton®, Wesbar®, Bull Dog®