Hitches – Which Class Do I Need?

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So you’re looking for a hitch…hitch-vocab

...but with so many options, what do you go with?

The right hitch class for your vehicle depends on a few factors.

The first is the type of vehicle you want to tow with.

If you’re going to tow with a passenger car, you’re probably limited to a single hitch class.

But if you’re going to be towing with a diesel truck or SUV, you certainly have more options.

Trailer hitches are divided into different classes based on their maximum weight capacity and receiver opening size.

The classes begin from the lowest capacity rating (Class I) and end with the highest capacity rating (Class V).

You should never, never exceed the GTW of any towing system component. And that’s why the best option is to go with a hitch with a GTW greater than what you need.

But if you only need a hitch to attach a bike rack or other rack accessory, a smaller hitch GTW will be all you need.


WHAT IS THE RIGHT HITCH CLASS FOR ME?

Class I Hitches

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Class I hitches are ideal for almost any vehicle, including passenger cars, vans, pickups, SUVs, and utility vehicles.

• Up to 2,000 lbs. GTW
• Up to 200 lbs. TW
• Towing for jet ski, motorcycle, bike rack, cargo box

Class II Hitches

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Class II hitches are suited for any vehicle, except for subcompact and compact cars.

• Up to 3,500 lbs. GTW
• Up to 350 lbs. TW
• Towing for small trailer, small boat, 2 utility vehicles

Class III Hitches

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Class III hitches are ideal for midsize & full-size cars, minivans, vans, SUVs,  pickups and utility vehicles.

• Up to 8,000 lbs. GTW
• Up to 800 lbs. TW
• Towing for medium trailer, fishing boat

Class IV Hitches

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Class IV hitches are ideal for light-duty and heavy-duty  pickups and utility vehicles.

• Up to 10,000 lbs. GTW
• Up to 1,000 lbs. TW
• Towing for large RV

 

And what if you're still not sure what the correct hitch class is for you? Drop us a line in the comments, and we'll figure it out together!

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