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Trailer Hitches

Trailer Hitches

Automotive Concepts installs a complete line of towing necessities including hitches, wiring, brake controllers and more.

Types of Trailer Hitches

Trailer Hitches are typically given a “class” rating to define their weight capacity and receiver opening size. Classes range from class I to class V. All hitches will have a specified towing capacity and hitches within the same class will have the same weight capacities. They will typically have the same receiver opening size also, although this is not always the case for class II hitches. Below we will review some of the differences between hitch classes.

Class I Trailer Hitch Receivers:

Class I Trailer Hitch Receivers - Minneapolis, MN
  • Towing capacities up to 2,000 lbs GTW (Gross Trailer Weight) and 200 lbs TW (Tongue Weight)
  • 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ receiver hitch opening
  • Works with only class I accessories, such as bike racks, cargo carriers, and tube covers
  • Requires a drawbar or ball mount to tow a trailer, may be included or sold seperately
  • Will work with hitch balls with 3/4″ diameter shank
  • Available in square and round tube designs.

Class II Trailer Hitch Receivers:

Class II Trailer Hitch Receivers - Minneapolis, MN
  • Designed for light-duty towing
  • Towing capacities up to 3,500 lbs GTW and 350 lbs TW
  • 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ receiver hitch opening
  • Works with Class I and Class II accessories, such as bike racks, cargo carriers, and tube covers
  • Requires a Manufacturer-recommended, hitch specific drawbar or ball mount to tow a trailer
  • Will work with hitch balls with 3/4″ diameter shank
  • Available in square and round tube designs.

Class III Trailer Hitch Receivers:

Class III Trailer Hitch Receivers - Minneapolis, MN
  • Designed for trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles
  • Towing capacities up to 6,000 lbs GTW with 600 lbs TW
  • 2″ x 2″ receiver hitch opening
  • Allows for more gear to be carried or towed
  • Works with all Class III accessories, such as bike racks, cargo carriers, and tube covers
  • NOTE: It is not uncommon to see a 2″ hitch rated at 3,500 lbs GTW called a Class III hitch
  • Available in square and round tube designs.

Class IV Trailer Hitch Receivers:

Class IV Trailer Hitch Receivers - Minneapolis, MN
  • Designed for trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles
  • Towing capacities up to 12,000 lbs GTW with 1,000 lbs TW
  • 2″ x 2″ receiver hitch opening
  • Allows for even more gear to be carried or towed
  • Works with all Class III and IV accessories
  • Will work with hitch balls with 1″ diameter shank
  • Available in square and round tube designs.

Class V Trailer Hitch Receivers:

Class V Trailer Hitch Receivers - Minneapolis, MN
  • Designed for heavy-duty trucks or vans to tow larger trailers
  • Towing capacities up to 18,000 lbs GTW with 1,800 lbs TW with a weight distribution system
  • 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ receiver hitch opening
  • Specially designed to handle heavy duty towing
  • Can use any Class III or IV accessory with use of a reducer sleeve
  • Will work with hitch balls with 1-1/4″ shank

5th Wheel Trailer Hitch:

5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Minneapolis, MN
  • Designed for heavy duty towing with pickup trucks
  • Capacities range from 15,000 to 30,000 pounds
  • Installs inside the truck bed
  • Because the hitch must remain in front of the rear axle, long-bed full-size trucks are recommended
  • If a short-bed truck will be used, it is recommended that a Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch or Sidewinder is used
  • Without a slider or Sidewinder, the trailer can strike the cab on sharp turns

Goose Neck Trailer Hitch:

5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Minneapolis, MN
  • Designed for heavy duty towing with pickup trucks
  • Typical uses include towing horse trailers and construction trailers
  • Typical capacity is 30,000 pounds, but is limited by capacity of truck
  • Installs in truck bed, similar to a fifth wheel hitch
  • Can be used with short bed trucks
  • Allows for maximum use of the truck bed while still allowing the vehicle to tow gooseneck trailers
  • Some gooseneck hitches fold down or install under the truck bed, allowing full use of the truck bed when not towing. Others can be removed by releasing the attachment pins

Please give us a call at (763) 535-2181 or stop into our showroom for further information or to schedule an installation appointment.

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