Choosing the right trailer hitch means understanding your own towing needs, your vehicle’s capability, and towing capacity. These days, so many vehicles have a specific hitch they need, along with a receiver selection and measuring process. Generally, pickup truck owners often have a few more options. They can choose a 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer, for example.
Let’s get right to it.
You would be surprised how many people skip this important step! Identify which class of trailer hitch matches your vehicle’s make and model and sub-model. Trailer hitches might not always match exactly. You may want to provide a sound springboard guaranteeing a damage-free fully functional hitch that serves you well for years.
Once you know your hitch class you can:
- Measure and install your trailer hitch with ease
- Honor your vehicle’s towing capacity
- Keep your transmission working better for longer
Choose the Right Look
Trailer hitches come in round tubing and square tubing. Round tubing offers a more elegant, expensive looking hitch, but they will cost more than square tubing. You might also need to decide between an exposed or concealed hitch. Concealed hitches go under the bed of your vehicle, a look many people prefer.
Consider Additional Accessories
You might need extra accessories. Some people need cargo management accessories. If you haul heavy materials often, you might need extra hitch mounting accessories in order to haul your cargo safely.
Know the Ball Mount and Ball Size
If you want to have a safe hitch, your ball mount needs to be a great fit. Some trailer hitch kits will come with the ball mount you need, but others won’t. For choosing the ball mount, double check tow capacity and weight rating. Make sure your tow doesn’t surpass that amount.
Practice Your Set Up
Do a loose assembly of your new trailer hitch. That way, you’ll foresee and prepare for any snags in your system before the real deal comes. Fix misalignment between the drawbar and vehicle’s drill spots. It will make your next installation go smoother.