Moore’s Custom Trailers is dedicated to helping the customer make informed decisions before purchasing any Type of trailer hitch.
Our staff and experts are fully equipped to answer any of the questions or concerns you may have regarding any of our products. Thats why it is important to give us a call so we can give you the exact hitches that work with your vehicle.
We currently offer Trailer hitches from the two manufacturers CURT Manufacturers and Gen y Hitches.
In this next section we will provide you with the proper information as well as a comprehensible chart.
Trailer Hitch Selection
A trailer hitch can come in many different sizes and shapes.
Now there is a vast amount of special hitches (EX. gooseneck, 5th wheel, and pintle hitches). But for the sake of this discussion on standard trailer hitches, we will discuss the one to five classes to which they can be categorized in.
Curt Manufacturers states
“When selecting the right hitch for your vehicle it is imperative that you know your vehicle’s weight capacity rating. While the trailer hitch you select may have a GTW rating of 12,000 lbs, your car or truck may only be capable of towing 10,000 lbs. In this example, the tow vehicle is still limited to towing 10,000 lbs, even though the trailer hitch may be rated higher. The lowest weight rating, whether of your vehicle, trailer hitch or other hitch components, must always be the standard for weight capacity. To learn what your vehicle’s weight capacity rating is, check your owner’s manual.”
Class 1 and Class 2 Trailer Hitches
Class 1 and 2 trailer hitches are considered to have a light-duty receiver. This class of trailer hitches usually haul anything from motorcycles, watercraft’s, ATV’s and other loads that are considered to be smaller. Class 1 and Class 2 trailer hitches are mainly found on small to mid-size passenger cars along with a few SUVs. Class 1 hitches have a 1 1/4″ receiver tube and a GTW (maximum gross trailer weight) rating of 2,000 lbs. Class 2 hitches are similar with a 1 1/4″ receiver tube, but instead offer a GTW rating of 3,500 lbs.
Class 3 Trailer Hitches
One of the most common trailer hitches come to you as a Class 3 trailer hitch, and are found on most vehicles today. They have a variety of applicable uses on multiple full size vehicles from a full size sedan or pickup. The Class 3 trailer hitches perform outstanding when handling a small camper or watercraft for a weekend adventure, or as simple as hauling a utility trailer for basic items. Class 3 trailer hitches come with a 2 IN receiver tube and a maximum gross trailer weight rating of 8,000 lbs.
Class 4 Trailer Hitch
When towing heavier loads it is common to for us to utilize a class 4 trailer hitch. Much like its predecessor class 4 hitches are constructed for vehicles that are larger. Constructed for loads like campers, Heavy construction equipment as well as boats. Full size pickups and SUVs are just a few we will mention that work well for a class 4 trailer hitch. These trailer hitches have a 2″ receiver tube and a maximum gross trailer weight rating of 12,000 lbs.
Xtra Duty and Commercial Duty Trailer Hitches
If the class 4 trailer hitch doesn’t have the tow rating your looking for, than take a look at class 5 trailer hitches. The class 5 is broken into two different categories. The first one is the Xtra Duty series and the second is the Commercial Duty series. The Xtra Duty hitches have a 2 ” receiver tube with a gross trailer weight that maxes out at 17,000 lbs. The Commercial Duty hitches have a 2 1/2 ” receiver tube and a max gross trailer weight of 20,000 lbs, which should be more than enough to haul even your heaviest loads. These trailer hitches are even strong enough to handle some of the largest and most heavy bumper pulls out there.
Front Mount Trailer Hitches
Once in awhile you may find you need a vehicle with a trailer hitch in the front. A front-mounted trailer hitch may become useful when you need to maintain close control of your trailer. Great for holding winches or cargo carriers. Majority of the time, these trailer hitches have a maximum gross trailer rating of 5,000 lbs although, a front mounted trailer hitch may be of any class and installation is a breeze. Useful on full size pickups, and SUVs.
RV Trailer Hitches
Hitches that tend to go on a recreational vehicle, fall under this category. Useful when wanting to tow a bike rack, cargo carrier or even a small vehicle. RV trailer hitches are constructed with a 2″ receiver tube and range in gross trailer weight capacity from 3,500 lbs to 5,000 lbs.
Constructed to bolt directly onto a vehicles bumper for light-duty towing, bumper hitches provide you with a 2″ receiver. This Class of hitches perform outstanding for light loads. A Bike rack and other types of carriers are just a few of the applications that bumper hitches perform well with. Keep in mind that vehicle’s bumper rating does not increase with a bumper hitch.
Weight Distribution Hitch
Depending on your applications using a weight distribution hitch may be the most beneficial to you and your vehicle. Weight distribution hitches provide the necessary control of your vehicle and trailer while hauling. A weight distribution hitch is very simple and easy to use. A single towing component mounts into the receiver tube of your hitch and provides a lift upward on the back of the vehicle using two components called spring bars. This lift actually helps level out the weight of a heavier trailer. A few examples of where this is useful come when applied to a RV or flatbed trailer. This class of trailer hitches will allow a more level ride for your vehicle. Not all weight distribution hitches function with every class of trailer hitches. They are however, compatible with class 3, class 4, class 5, along with Xtra duty, Commercial duty and RV hitches. In many instances using a weight distribution hitch will more than likely increase the gross trailer weight capacity of your trailer hitch, however this does not effect the towing capacity of a particular vehicle.
In Addition to this information we have provided you with a comprehensible Chart.