Pickup Truck Hitch – Understanding the Various Types

Shopping for towing components is not an easy task. There are a variety of options which may confuse you, especially if you do not know anything about hitches. There are terms used to describe the various towing parts, which I will not get into. However I will let you know what is compatible with what. Get More Info here if you want to know.

Weight Carrying Vs Weight Distributing Hitches

Weight spreading hitches are used to equalize or even out the weight of the truck equally across the four wheels of the towing vehicle thus the car is not weighed down on the rear end. These have an advantage over weight-carrying hitches because you can use sway controllers on them to reduce swaying significantly and be more balanced on the road.

Weight Carrying Hitches on the other side, do not distribute the weight equally. It is therefore up to you to balance out the weight of your trailer with that of the towing vehicle.

Front Mount Hitch Vs Rear Mount Hitch

Most hitches are installed at the rear end of the towing vehicle. Most people, however, are not aware that there are hitches that can be mounted at the front end of the towing vehicle. The classes of the front-mount hitches do not differ from those of rear-mount hitches. Front-mount hitches are in reality simpler to add on any full size vehicle plus they are more useful so you can conveniently control the condition of your trailer.

Class 1 and 2 Receivers

This type of hitches is used on any model’s small cars (passenger cars). Usually they use 1 1⁄4-inch tube for ball mounting. Hitches can be covered. We’ll focus on hidden trailer hitches.

Class 1 concealed truck hitches have 2,000 pounds gross towing capacity.

In comparison, Category 2 Secret Hitches may be used pull a 3,500-pound truck.

Level 3 beneficiaries

This is most commonly installed in vans like pickup trucks and SUVs. They use a larger tube than Class 1 and 2 hitches, measuring 2-inch. They have 8,000 pounds maximum towing load.

Class 4 and 5 recipients

Class 4 and 5 trailer hits are heavy-duty. Class 4 receivers can load between 10,000-12,000 pounds. Class 5 receivers have an extra 2,000 carrying capacity on Class 4 receivers. Both Class 4 and 5 hits use a 2-inch receiver tube, though some Class 5 hits use a 2 1⁄2-inch receiver tube.

Fifth wheel road

Fifth wheel hitches are on commercial trucks like Uhaul. They are heavy duty and are usually used on large trailers / campers, movers, and car haulers. We push a pickup truck’s rear axle weight forward. Their carrying capacity ranges from 16,000-30,000 pounds. They are easily maneuvered and can hold bumps and road contours, making them more stable. It is the only sort of hitch where the hook is part of the truck, not the vehicle.

Hitch Gooseneck

Only modified trailers including trailers used to transport cattle, cars & toys, and manufacturing or business trailers may use the Gooseneck hitches. They are used in commercial towing vehicles like fifth wheel hitches and move the weight forward of a rear axle pickup truck. Gooseneck hits can handle 30,000 pound trailers.