Category: Trailer Hitch

What size weight distribution bars do I need?

I had a customer that bought a camper from me call me the other day and ask what size weight distribution bars did he need.  When he bought his camper he had a Ford Expedition and didn’t feel like he needed wieght distribution bars.  Now he has purchased a new Sierra 1500 truck and wasn’t […]

Saturday January 5th, 2013 in Towing, Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

What is Trailer Tongue Weight and How Does it Affect Towing?

Trailer Tongue Weight (also referred to as Hitch Weight) is the downward force that the tongue of the­ trailer applies to the hitch of the tow vehicle.  Many experts believe that an adequate tongue weight for any trailer will be somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of the gross trailer weight (GTW). The reason for […]

Sunday July 25th, 2010 in Camper Parts, Towing, Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

Travel Trailer Weight or RV Weight

It is important to know the weight of your camper.  I’m not just talking about the gross vehicle weight which is the maximum weight of the camper plus it’s all contents, I’m talking about the dry weight (unloaded weight) and tongue weight, also known as hitch weight.  The dry weight is the actual weight of […]

Trailer Towing Tips

Trailer towing is not difficult but if you are new to towing, it may be a little intimidating at first.  It is important to practice in a large parking lot or area where you won’t damage your trailer, camper or any other vehicles.  Use these tips to make trailer towing easier and safe. Before you […]

Tuesday June 1st, 2010 in Towing, Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

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 […]

Monday May 31st, 2010 in Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

Class 4 Hitch

The Class 4 hitch is weight carrying (WC) and also is weight distributing (WD) depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications.  They attach directly to the tow vehicle’s frame.  Not all Class IV hitches are rated to be both. See the specific hitch for that information.  # Class IV hitches used as weight carrying are […]

Monday May 31st, 2010 in Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

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 […]

Monday May 31st, 2010 in Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

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 […]

Monday May 31st, 2010 in Trailer Hitch | No Comments »

Class 2 Hitch

The Class 2 hitch is a weight carrying hitch and is used for towing up to 3,5000lbs. GTW (gross trailer weight) and 300lbs. tongue weight.  The most common items to tow using the class 2 trailer hitch are small boat trailers, motorcycle trailers, small campers and snowmobile trailers.  The Class 2 tow hitch is best […]

Monday May 31st, 2010 in Trailer Hitch | 1 Comment »

Class 1 Hitch

The Class 1 hitch is a weight carrying hitch and is the lightest of all of the trailer hitch classes.  It can handle a GTW (gross trailer weight) of up to 2,000 lbs. and a maximum tongue weight of 200 lbs. A Class 1 trailer hitch can be a drawbar-type hitch or a bumper style […]

Monday May 31st, 2010 in Trailer Hitch | 1 Comment »