Towing 101: Hitch Matters

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Towing

In determining the proper towing vehicle, it is equally important to know the trailer’s overall weight and tongue weight.  This information is key to making sure you have the correct hitch for the trailer you are looking to tow.

It is important to note that your vehicle and your hitch may be rated for different capacities.  If this is the case you must use the lower of the two to determine what you can carry or tow with your hitch.  To determine your vehicle’s capacities consult with your owner’s manual or your dealer. Your hitch capacities can usually be found on the hitch itself or, if it is an OEM hitch, in the vehicle’s owner’s manual or through the dealer.

With the majority of our trailer rentals, we require towing vehicles to be equipped with Class III hitches, which ensure a secure connection between your vehicle and the trailer, especially with heavier loads.  A Class III hitch is rated up to a 5,000 pounds towing capacity with a corresponding tongue weight in the range of 350 to 500 pounds.

R & P Carriages provides a more in-depth look at the different classes of trailer hitches on their website. http://www.randpcarriages.com/tech/TrailerHitchClasses.htm

Smaller class hitches may be acceptable on smaller trailers and equipment.  We take into consideration the following when ensuring the correct hitch: the size of the vehicle, the vehicles tow rating, the tongue weight of the trailer and the tow rating of the hitch.   Bumper hitches – attaching a trailer ball onto the vehicle bumper is not allowed.  As always, our store managers and service technicians make the final safety determination, ensuring that a vehicle’s tow package meets our insurance company’s guidelines.

Popular Mechanics also provides some great information on the correct way to tow a trailer and the importance of a proper hook-up between the towing vehicle and the trailer. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/repair/the-right-way-to-tow-a-trailer

If you don’t have the correct size ball to tow our trailers, we’ll provide one (with hitch) free with your rental.  For more information on our trailers and towing requirements, contact any of our stores.  Our staff is more than happy to answer your questions.

 

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