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Receiver Hitches

Trailer hitches, or more specifically receiver hitches come in a variety of classes. A hitch is either weight-carrying or weight-distributing and ranges from class I to class IV or heavy duty. Deciding upon which hitch to buy is a combination of the tow capacity of your vehicle and the size or weight of the load you wish to carry. Someone who just wants to attach a bike rack on the back of a hitch will buy a very different hitch from someone who is planning to tow a boat.

Receiver Hitches

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Upgrade Your Truck by Installing Receiver Hitches

Trailer hitches and receiver hitch accessories that are available on the market today have come a long way since they were first introduced. As many truck beds are limited as to how much weight they can carry as well as the size of the item, it only makes sense to invest in a trailer hitch for your vehicle. Adding a receiver hitch to your vehicle will allow you to carry trailers, vehicles and other larger items that you would normally not be able to place in the bed of your truck.

A receiver hitch mounts directly onto the frame of your rig and is compatible with ball mounts, trailers and other various hitch-mounted accessories. When investing in a trailer hitch, you will typically have a few classes of trailer hitches to choose from. Each class varies as to the maximum amount of weight that they can carry safely. Trailer hitches are able to carry anywhere from 2,000 pounds to over 10,000 pounds. Depending upon the type of vehicle you have, you will need to determine which receiver hitch and hitch accessories are best. You will likely want to choose the receiver hitch that is strong enough to handle the maximum weight of the trailer and what you will be hauling on it. Obviously, the trailer hitch classes that are able to handle more weight are more suitable to install on larger trucks. The Class III receiver hitch is known as the most common type of trailer hitch today as it is the most suitable trailer hitch class for many larger cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. A Class III tow hitch receiver is helpful for towing accessories such as boats, small cars, jet skis, motorcycles and other heavy cargo that may weigh up to 5,000 pounds. A Class IV or Class V trailer hitch is designed for more heavy duty vehicles that can carry more weight. 

A receiver hitch is commonly described as a square tube that is often mounted below the rear bumper of your vehicle. You can also install a receiver hitch to the front of your vehicle too if you desire more functionality from your vehicle. In addition to a trailer hitch for car, you should also be sure to have a ball mount as well. A ball mount is the metal tube that slides into your hitch and includes a hole for a hitch ball to utilize when towing. A trailer hitch cover may also be an additional accessory to consider investing in. A trailer hitch cover is a square metal tube that fits into your receiver hitch and usually includes a decorative emblem on one end of it. A trailer hitch cover can be customized to include the logo of your favorite sports team, outdoor hobby and many other designs.

Choosing the ideal receiver hitch, receiver hitch rack and other trailer hitch parts should be a process that involves careful consideration. The last thing that you want to do is choose the wrong accessories for your vehicle and lose your trailer while driving down the highway. As trailer hitches and accessories are custom-built for any vehicle, you can be sure that you will be able to find the correct receiver hitch that fits your vehicle's specific year, make and model.