When summer comes around, most people think of hitting the road. Those of you with cabin fever from winter are no doubt thinking of taking your
If you need a new
Let me tell you until you have one, you really don’t know what you are missing.
It seems as if there are more brands of
Well, OK, that might be an exaggeration, but you get the picture.
You’ve got to choose a hitch, know which class, and which style will work best.
I’m going to spell out the details here so you can make an informed decision. What is the best
Attach your safety chains and let’s check things out.
OK, I must admit that I’m super impressed by this puppy.
One problem people face is not knowing what drop or ball size to use. It depends on what you’re towing and the size of the
It is SO annoying to get a new camper
One look at the CURT brand will make it clear that this
The 2-inch ball is rated for 10,000 pounds and the 2-5/16 ball is rated for 14,000 pounds. That means that this should work with nearly all Class 3 hitches, as well as Class 4 and Class 5.
For those of you who own multiple trailers or if you tow a variety of weights, you no longer need to have different setups for each
You can also flip the shank to add drop height or rise, depending on your needs.
An overwhelming majority of users said that this was the most versatile hitch they had ever used. That said it was worth every penny!
Even users who had complaints, such as the maximum drop not being what they needed, still gave the CURT high marks for quality and versatility.
I could go on about all the great things this hitch does. But in a nutshell, friends, this is going to be the last ball mount you will ever buy.
Are you tired of buying different hitches because you have several different trailers or weights and you need a variety of drops?
The MaxxHaul just solved all your problems.
This does not come with the ball, so you will need to provide one. This fits all 2-inch Class 3 and 4 receivers. The MaxxHaul is rated at 5,000 pounds maximum weight. Shank length is 10-3/4 inches. A black powder-coated finish will prevent rust.
This is completely adjustable so it can handle drops of 5, 6.5, 8, and 9.5 inches. This can also give you rise heights of 3.75, 5.25, 6.75, and 8.25.
Keep in mind that this is rated for only 5,000 pounds, so double-check the GTW (gross
Most users found that this fit their needs perfectly. They no longer needed to keep several different
A few users stated that this broke in two on the first use. I would imagine that it was overloaded! Or they actually complained that they didn’t use most of the drop settings!
If you want super flexibility but want a good price, the MaxxHaul adjustable hitch is right up your alley.
Trailer Hitch For A Travel Trailer
Curt is one of the biggest names in
This is rated for 7,500 pounds and 750 pounds of tongue weight. For most travel trailers or campers, this is plenty of strength.
I like this setup because it comes with the ball already attached. The 2-inch drop is typical of the amount many travel trailers need. If you reverse it, you get a 3/4 inch rise. Just buy it, put in in the receiver, hook up your
Many users say that this works perfectly for them and they were really happy with how easy it was to use.
There were a few complaints about the ball rusting if it was left on the truck or car all winter. But I believe that is normal.
The hitch should be removed when not in use. If you must leave it installed, it might be a good idea to spray paint, wax, or cover it with an oil soaked rag to prevent rust.
Always check the size of your receiver to be sure that this hitch will fit and that the drop or rise is sufficient for your needs.
Trailer Hitch for a Bike Rack
I remember when I first discovered that I didn’t need to have my bikes sitting up like little monkeys on the top of my SUV. I loved my bike rack from day one, and I’m betting you will as well.
This is a 2 bike hitch that is perfect for nearly all vehicles. Max capacity is 70 pounds. This fits both 2-inch and 1.25-inch receiver hitches. The rack tilts so you can still have access to the liftgate on your SUV.
I like the Allen bike hitch because it doesn’t rattle and make noise when the bikes are loaded or when it’s empty. There is nothing more annoying than a rattling bike rack!
This is also super easy to setup. Just three bolts and you can put it on your vehicle. I would say a max of 5 minutes!
Most users agree that this rack is quiet and remarkably simple to set up.
Note that a few users attached this to the back of a
I want to mention that the Allen bike rack is inexpensive compared to some other brands. But Allen is not as well known as other brands, and perhaps this is why.
Ready to go biking this summer? Get the Allen Sports Deluxe bike rack and get ready to roll!
How do I choose a
Finding the right hitch for your vehicle and
- Your online supplier may offer a service where they allow you to put a vehicle on file under your account. They will tell you right away if a part, including a
trailerhitch, will fit your vehicle or not. Other manufacturers have similar options.
- Select the Class your vehicle will need. All manufacturers will show you a chart that tells you if you need a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 hitch. The class you need will depend on the gross
trailerweight. You can usually find this information online or in your owner’s manual. Some trailers have the GTW listed on a metal tag.
- If several hitches in different classes fit your vehicle, it’s time to think about what you tow and how often you tow. If you own a heavy
traileror 5th wheel, you should maximize your towing capacity by choosing the largest hitch and receiver your vehicle can handle. If you only tow a camper trailerfour times a year, you can go with a smaller hitch.
- Choose your accessories. The hitch is just a receiver. A hitch alone will not allow you to hook up your
trailerto it. After you have the correct hitch, you will need to choose the ball mount, trailerball, wiring harness, and maybe even a hitch lock and cover.
What are the three basic types of
It appears there are as many
Let’s narrow it down to the top three most common
- Receiver (Class 1-Class 5): This is the most common type of receiver hitches. These are the standard type of hitches you will see on perhaps 80 percent of all vehicles.
- Bumper Mounted Hitches: Some hitches mount directly to the bumper, rather than the frame. This is ideal for allowing for greater flexibility and adjustments. But due to their mounting location, you can’t carry anywhere near as much weight.
- 5Th Wheel: This is the type of hitch that you see mounted in the bed of a truck. This is mounted to the truck frame rails, directly over the axle. This is what is required for towing those massive 5th wheels or RV type trailers.
How do you know what drop you need for a
This is a straight forward measurement that is easy to make.
First, measure the distance from the ground to the top of the inside of the hitch receiver (Let’s call this measurement X). Now, take your unmounted
If the number is negative, then a drop is called for. If the number is a plus, then you need a rise.
This video will explain how you make these measurements, courtesy of Curt:
What is the difference between a Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3
It’s time to do some number crunching. Or at least some number remembering because the main difference between
This doesn’t mean how much your
When this happens, you will want to rest easy knowing that the hitch you choose is sufficiently strong enough to handle that weight. Find your GTW (Gross
- A Class 1 hitch is rated for 2000 pound trailers that have less than 200 pounds of hitch weight. These hitches are intended for small fold down type camping trailers or a small travel
- A Class II hitch is rated for 3,500 pounds in GTW and up to 525 pounds in TW. Class II hitches are quite common and fit a variety of vehicles.
- A Class III hitch can handle up to 8,000-pound GTW and 800 pounds TW.
What is the most common
trailer hitch ball size?
The most common
This size is often used to tow boat trailers, campers, and utility trailers. I have one of these on my Nissan Xterra to tow my 6X10 utility
I’m all about the CURT Adjustable
I wish there were more items like this one where you only need to own one product to handle nearly every application.
Let’s say you tow only a fold-down camper
Knowing just a few measurements along with the GVW and TW of your