In an earlier blog, we talked about the different hitch classes and what their designations mean. If you missed that blog, it basically boils down to this: the higher the hitch class (I-V), the more weight you’re rated to haul around and vice versa. But, what most people want to know isn’t what their hitch is rated or what type of class they should specifically look for—it’s what their current vehicle is equipped to support and if they’re able to tow “X object” with a certain hitch and their vehicle.
To make things a little easier for the run of the mill driver to understand, we’ve put together this handy little outline that sums up the various types of vehicles and some basic cargo options, giving you a good picture of your capabilities in regards to tow and hitch in Eugene, OR:
Basic hitch classes can support minimal weight when it comes to towing, so you’re looking at pretty much a maximum of about 2,000lbs. Essentially, this limits you to towing the minimum weight rated options behind you. If you’re looking at hauling around a jet ski, bike rack, motorcycle or small cargo unit, your sedan is going to do just fine—anything larger and you’re in for a world of trouble.
As you move up in the world of tow and hitch in Eugene, OR, you’re going to be able to handle more weight, but the tradeoff is that you’re also going to need a more powerful vehicle. While many sedans can support Class II hitches, you might be better off with an SUV if you’re going long distances or if what you’re hauling is a larger object. Some common cargo options include small to medium trailers, small boats, a couple of ATVs and anything a Class I hitch can handle, up to 3,500lbs.
If you’re planning on hauling anything suitable for a Class III hitch with a sedan, count yourself out—Class III hitches are going to need an SUV or light duty truck at a minimum to support the load you’re seeking to carry. With a Class III hitch on your SUV or light duty truck, you can look forward to carrying things that are roughly the size and weight of a medium-sized boat, medium-sized trailer and of course anything worthy of Class II or I weight, so long as it peaks at 8,000lbs.
Class IV and V
Got an RV you’re looking to haul? How about a larger trailer? If you’ve got a Class IV or V hitch and a bigger SUV/truck, you’re well on your way to accommodating such a load on the road. With up to 18,000lbs of tonnage supported by these hitches and plenty of muscle by a large truck or SUV, you’re looking at nearly limitless possibilities when it comes to moving the cargo you need to.
There you have it: in layman’s terms—what you can and can’t do with the right equipment and the right vehicle!