Trailer Hitch Classes

There are 5 different classes of trailer hitches to choose from.  Each class is sorted by the amount of weight that can be pulled safely.  You should choose a hitch that meets your current maximum towing needs but also consider your towing needs in the future.  You might be towing wave runners this year but a speed boat next year.  Always choose the higher class hitch if you are unsure which hitch to get.   Click on each hitch class to get more information.

Class 1 Hitch: Gross trailer weight up to 2000 lbs. Tongue weight up to 200 lbs.  This type of hitching fits all vehicles.

Class 2 Hitch: Gross trailer weight up to 3500 lbs. Tongue weight up to 350 lbs.  This type of hitching fits mid-sized cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

Class 3 Hitch: Gross trailer weight up to 5000 lbs. Tongue weight up to 500 lbs.  This type of hitching fits mid-sized trucks, vans and SUVs.


Class 4 Hitch: Gross trailer weight up to 12000 lbs. Tongue weight up to 1200 lbs.  This type of hitching fits full-sized cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

Class 5 Hitch: Gross trailer weight up to 13000 lbs. Tongue weight up to 1300 lbs. This type of hitching fits pickup trucks only.

Check the tow ratings and towing capacity for your tow vehicle as not all vehicles can tow all classes of hitches.   Always pick a hitch that is rated to handle the maximum total weight of the camper or trailer that you plan to tow but that it does not exceed the towing capacity of your tow vehicle.  Your owner’s manual should list the maximum towing and tongue weight that your vehicle can pull.  If you have any questions, call your tow vehicles manufacturer.

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