Determining which kind of trailer hitch you need for your towing needs can get confusing. Come into any Cap World location in MA, NH, MD and FL and we will answer any questions you have, and get you set up with the correct towing necessities!
Rear Mounted Trailer Hitch
Class 1 & 2 Hitches
Class 1 & 2 receivers are light-duty and are designed for passenger cars and smaller Crossovers SUV's. A class 1 hitch can handle a trailer up to 2,000 pounds with 200 pounds of tongue weight. A class 2 hitch can handle 3,500 pounds with 350 punds of tongue weight.
Class 3 Hitches
A class 3 hitch is the most common found in full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. They have a 2-inch square receiver tube and can handle 8,000 pound trailers with 800 pounds of tongue weight with a ball mount or up to 12,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight with a weight distributing hitch.
Class 4&5 Hitches
Class 4 & 5 hitches are the heaviest duty hitches available. A class 4 hitch can carry 10,000 pounds and 1,000 pounds of tongue weight with a weight carrying hitch and up to 12,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds with a weight distributing hitch. A class 5 hitch can handle up to 14,000 pounds and 1,400 pounds of tongue weight. Both class 4 and class 5 hitches use the same 2-inch receiver tube as a class 3. Some class 5 hitches can use a 2 ½” receiver tube.
Front Mounted Trailer Hitch
A front mount hitch can be of any class, but are most easily installed on full-size pickups, vans, and SUV's.