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Crash Course on Types of Hitches and Hauling Capacity

Crash Course on Types of Hitches and Hauling Capacity

Spring has sprung! The weather is turning warmer by the day, and you're starting to think about hitting the road with your boat, jet skis or camper. Are you sure that you have the correct type of hitch for your particular towing situation? If you have a mismatch between your hitch, your towing truck and what's coming along behind, you could be in for a world of trouble. Let us help you understand the difference and stay safe on the road — so you're not getting a different kind of crash course!

Different Types of Hitches

The type of hitch that you need truly depends on what you'll be hauling — everything from farm implements such as large tractors to a small pull-behind trailer. If you're not careful to use the right type of hitch for your application, it can be extremely dangerous for you and for others on the road. Here's a quick recap of the types of hitches and how they're used:

  • Rear Receiver Hitch. A common hitch that can be used for a variety of different applications. These hitches come in weight classes from 1 to 5, with 1 being light duty and 5 indicating heavy duty towing support. 
  • Front Mount Hitch. While the rating scales are not the same, front mount hitches are also versatile and sturdy. These hitches are ideal for installing a snow plow, cargo carrier or winch. 
  • 5th Wheel Hitch. Hauling a heavy camp trailer or another vehicle? A 5th wheel hitch is your best option for these heavy duty hauling jobs. While they're only available for pickup trucks, they offer a smoother ride due to their pivot capability.
  • Gooseneck Hitch. Also designed only for pickup trucks, the gooseneck hitch is more versatile and smaller than a 5th wheel while still providing up to 30,000 lbs of towing power.

The type of hitch that you need truly depends on what you'll be hauling — everything from farm implements such as large tractors to a small pull-behind trailer. If you're not careful to use the right type of hitch for your application, it can be extremely dangerous for you and for others on the road.

  • Pintle Hitch. The pintle and lunette together make up the hitch, with the lunette being the ring to which the pintle hooks. These sturdy options can handle significant weight — up to 60,000 lbs and are common in the construction industry.
  • Bumper Hitch. If you only need to tow something very light and don't want a more permanent hitch, a bumper hitch may be ideal for your needs. These hitches can't carry a lot of weight but are still durable for light towing. 
  • Weight Distribution Hitch. Weight distribution hitches do exactly that: distribute the weight that's being towed to reduce the drag on the rear of the vehicle. 

Now that you've finished your crash course on hitches, let's find you a truck and get towing! Summer is just around the corner, and it's time to enjoy some fun in the sun. Give the friendly team at Hometown Chevrolet a call today at 740-835-4217 to find the ideal towing vehicle for your needs. Want to browse in person? Click here for quick and easy directions from your location to ours