Hitch Classification Guide


Trailer Hitch Classifications Guide

Before you do anything, it's always a good idea to make sure you have the right tools for the job. In the case of hauling something — whether it's a motorcycle or a boat — there's more to it than having a trailer and a vehicle to haul it. You have to be sure you have the right trailer hitch to haul whatever it is you're hauling. That means, you need to understand the various trailer hitch classifications. Having a trailer hitch that isn't fit for the load you're hauling could be a disaster for a number of reasons. It may not be the right size for the vehicle you're driving, or it might not be strong enough to safely carry the load you're hauling. Either way, having the wrong trailer hitch could mean a dangerous situation on the road for you and other drivers, as well as delays and extra expenses. Before you hitch up your trailer, take a look at the following trailer hitch classes guide to help you understand what you need.

Class 1 Hitch Size

Although it's the lightest classification, Class 1 trailer hitches still are strong enough to haul some pretty big loads. These hitches are suitable for use on most passenger cars as well as light crossover vehicles. They can pull up to 2,000 pounds, making them the right choice for pulling motorcycles, small boats and light cargo trailers.

Class 2 Hitch Size

The next class up is where trailer hitches begin to do a bit more heavy lifting. Class 2 trailer hitches are too much for a small passenger car, and must have a vehicle such as a midsized sedan, a small truck or a minivan to haul it. These hitches also pull up to 3,500 pounds. Meaning, they're what you'll need to haul heavier equipment such as snowmobiles, midsized boats and small campers.

Class 3 Hitch Size

At Class 3, a trailer hitch needs a more robust vehicle to haul, such as a pickup truck, a full-size SUV or a minivan. With a trailer weight capacity of up to 3 tons or 6,000 lbs, this is the class of trailer hitch you'll need to haul midsized boats or campers as well as most utility trailers.

Class 4 Hitch Size

Class 4 trailer hitches shouldn't be used on vehicles smaller than heavy-duty pickups and large SUVs. That's because these hitches are suited for hauling loads of up to 10,000 pounds — including large-scale campers and large boats.

Class 5 Hitch Size

Class 5 trailer hitches are where the real heavy work is done, hauling full-size campers, large boats and equipment trailers. Capable of hauling trailers exceeding 10,000 pounds in weight, these hitches are suitable only for commercial trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles.

Having the right tools makes all the difference, especially when it comes to trailer hitches. Make sure you choose the hitch that's right for your vehicle and your load. USA Cargo Trailer Sales can help you find the equipment that's best for your needs. Call today to look through our extensive selection of 8.5-foot-wide and other assorted trailers.