Class 5 Hitch

The Class 5 hitch is a weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitch depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications.  Class 5 hitches used as weight carrying are rated up to 12,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1200 lbs. Class V hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 17,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1700 lbs. Your ball mount and hitch ball need to both be rated for Class V to safely tow these weight loads. To use this class of hitch for weight distribution requires a weight distribution system.  A Class 5 hitch has a 2-1/2″ square receiver opening.  Class 5 tow hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. A Class 5 hitch is considered extra heave duty and requires a weight distributing type of hitch. You will often see a class 5 trailer hitch towing skid loaders, heavy equipment, construction equipment and extra large horse trailers.  The class 5 tow hitch is designed specifically for your tow vehicle and is best suited for heavy duty full-sized pickup trucks, vans and SUVs.


Although trailer hitches can be welded to the frame (which could possibly weaken the frame or result in electrical damage), we suggest using top-of-the-line, custom-fitted hitches that bolt to the frame, and usually use preexisting holes.

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Class 1 Hitch
Class 2 Hitch
Class 3 Hitch
Class 4 Hitch
Tongue Weight
Weight Distribution Hitch

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