Class 3 Hitch

The Class 3 hitch is weight carrying (WC) and also are weight distributing (WD) depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications.  They attach directly to the tow vehicle’s frame.  Not all Class III hitches are rated to be both. See the specific hitch for that information.  Class III hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 6000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 600 lbs.


Class III hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1000 lbs  A Class III hitch is considered to be the standard type of hitching for general towing and will usually have a 2 inch rectangular receiver.  You will often see a class 3 trailer hitch towing boats, small horse trailers, small to medium sized campers.   The class 3 tow hitch is designed specifically for your tow vehicle and is best suited for mid-sized pickup trucks, vans and SUVs.

Trailer hitches are often welded to the frame (which could result in weakening the frame or result electrical damage), we recommend using top-of-the-line, custom-fitted hitches that bolt to the frame, and usually use preexisting holes.

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES:
Class 1 Hitch
Class 2 Hitch
Class 4 Hitch
Class 5 Hitch
Tongue Weight
Weight Distribution Hitch

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