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Going on a road trip? If you're one of those who enjoy this activity, make sure you have a reliable hitch for hauling cargo. There will always be lots of cargoes to bring along, especially if the road trip involves the whole family. However, the space inside the vehicle, even if it's an SUV or van, is usually not enough to hold them in. Packing all these things in the car isn't practical because this would mean discomfort for the passengers. Seasoned road trippers are aware of this. And so, they usually use trailers to contain their cargoes. Having a trailer is convenient because it can haul everything in just one go. It must be securely attached to the vehicle, though, to ensure it doesn't detach when the vehicle goes through sharp curves and steep slopes. To make sure it stays intact, you have to use a durable hitch. Premium-quality hitches abound in the market these days. But you have to be very careful in selecting one for your ride. You should consider factors such as towing and support capacity, overall design, and ease of installation. Drilling is usually needed in installing this part. Nevertheless, it's a task that Do-It-Yourself mechanics can easily handle. The most important thing, though, is for you to choose a trusted product. Now, if you want to experience secure online shopping along with great deals, purchase only from Auto Parts Warehouse. Our products come from esteemed manufacturers all over the world, so you're guaranteed of only the best quality.

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Things to Consider When Looking for a Hitch

If you're going on a road trip and you need to carry a trailer that will contain all your stuff, you'd better invest in a heavy-duty hitch ASAP. This component is also useful for emergency cases when you need to tow a vehicle that has broken down. The hitch comes in a variety of forms and sizes that are intended for different applications. When buying one, your main consideration should be the tongue weight that it can handle. The tongue weight (TW) is the weight carried by your car and the hitch. To find out what type and class of hitch is perfect for you, here are the things that you need to consider when buying a hitch for your ride.

Type

The type of hitch that you need depends on your vehicle and the trailer's size and weight. Generally, hitches can be classified into two types: weight-carrying (WC) and weight-distributing (WD).

  1. Weight-carrying (WC) ? used in applications where your vehicle's weight and suspension can accommodate trailer weight up to 3,500 lbs.
  2. Weight-distributing (WD) ? used for heavy trailers that weigh up to 10,000 lbs; an attachment that slides into a Class III, IV, or V WC hitch and distributes TW; provides stability while towing.

Class

Depending on your vehicle's weight and the heaviness of the load that you're going to carry, you can choose from several classes of hitches to fit your needs.

Class I - Light duty

  • For compact, mid-size, and full-size cars; mini trucks and vans; and full-size trucks, vans, and SUVs
  • Uses a 1.25-inch square receiver opening that attaches to bumpers, truck pans, and vehicle frames
  • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs.

Class II - Light duty

  • For mid-size and full size cars; mini trucks and vans; and full-size trucks, vans, and SUVs
  • Uses a 1.25-inch square receiver opening that attaches to vehicle frames or bumpers
  • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs.

Class III - Medium duty

  • For full-size cars and trucks as well as mini trucks and vans
  • Uses a 2-inch square receiver opening that attaches to the vehicle frame
  • Maximum gross trailer weight (WC): 6,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight (WC): 600 lbs.
  • Maximum gross trailer weight (WD): 10,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight (WD): 1,000 lbs.

Class IV - Heavy duty

  • For full-size cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs as well as mini trucks and vans
  • Uses a 2-inch square receiver opening that can be attached to the vehicle frame
  • Maximum gross trailer weight (WC): 12,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight (WC): 1,200 lbs.
  • Maximum gross trailer weight (WD): 15,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight(WD): 1,500 lbs.

Class V - Heavy duty

  • For full-size trucks, vans, and SUVs
  • Uses a 2.5 square inch receiver opening that attaches to the vehicle frame
  • Maximum gross trailer weight (WC): 12,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight (WC): 1,200 lbs.
  • Maximum gross trailer weight (WD): 17,000 lbs.
  • Maximum tongue weight(WD): 1,700 lbs.

Location

Depending on where you want the hitch to be attached, you can choose from the following locations in your vehicle:

  1. Front
  2. Rear
  3. Below front bumper

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A typical hitch will cost you about 100 to 250 USD. To make sure you get your money's worth, make sure you buy from a brand that is backed by a reputation that you can trust.

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How to Attach a New Hitch in Seven Easy Steps

To make towing possible for your car, you need to install a good hitch that will be able to handle the weight of your vehicle and the load it's going to carry. You'll find tons of options out there in the market today; however, to make sure you get your money's worth, you need to get a hitch that is fully compatible with the specs of your ride. Once you have the perfect hitch, you can use the steps below to attach it to your assembly.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you need to prepare:

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Marker pen
  • Corded drill
  • Steel drill bits
  • Metric wrench set
  • Metric wrench set
  • Ratchet set
  • Hitch

Step 1: Before you get started, make sure your car is parked on a flat level surface. If you currently have a tow hook installed at back of your vehicle's frame, remove it using your socket and ratchet.

Step 2: Next, raise and support the rear side of your vehicle using your jack and jack stands. Raise it up until you have enough working space underneath.

Step 3: Once your vehicle is in position, place the hitch receiver under your vehicle and push it up against the frame. Then, use a marker pen to mark the mounting holes onto the frame. (Note: For this step, you might need some assistance because the hitch receiver is quite heavy.)

Step 4: Set your brand-new hitch aside and after that, get your corded drill and start drilling holes on the spots that you marked on your vehicle's frame.

Step 5: Once you've drilled the holes, put the hitch receiver on your car's frame and line it up with the holes you made earlier.

Step 6: When your receiver is in place, bolt it up and secure its connection using your socket and ratchet.

Step 7: After that, attach the hitch by sliding it in your receiver. You can secure it in place by locking it with a coder pin.