When you are considering the array of hitches in Eugene, OR available for your truck or RV, you should consider purchasing in the upper end of your budget. This is not an area where you want the cheapest setup available. Making that choice puts your safety and property at risk while possibly making you a hazard on the road. Here is why you want to choose hitches based on quality:
- Wiring quality: The writing in your signal lights puts other drivers on notice and keeps you safe. Since you drive slower with a trailer and cannot maneuver as quickly, signal lights are essential. Without them, you risk collisions. Cheap wiring may come undone hitting a bump in the road, and can be difficult to attach when you hook up your trailer. Going for an upgraded hitch with color-coded wiring attachments that are easy to connect may cost you more, but easily makes up for it in time and safety.
- Durability: When you pay for quality, you also purchase strength. Towing is often precarious, with loaded trailers behaving unpredictably. You may have a nasty crosswind, or if you are towing animals, they will move and shift around, which also threatens your stability. You need a hitch that stands up to these pressures. Also, if you are unfortunate enough to have another driver crash into your trailer, a strong hitch is likely to stand up to the impact. That will make the difference between a minor fender bender and a serious accident that could injure animals and damage cargo.
- Safety features: A trailer hitch at the upper end of your budget contains backup measures. We are all human, and unfortunately, you will not load your trailer or hook it up perfectly every single time. You will drive with unbalanced loads, or you may not drive in a way that is optimal for towing. Learning curves develop over time, but you should not have to suffer a major accident from one mistake. Good hitch systems offer safety precautions if a trailer comes unhitched. They stay intact long enough for you to pull over and fix the problem. If you are inexperienced with towing, buy the model with as many safety features as possible. Speaking candidly, you are more likely to need them.
- Options and perks: Even if you only have one plan for your trailer hitch now, you will likely want additional options later. The tow hitch you install just for a bike rack is not going to work if you find the perfect tent trailer. This makes a versatile hitch a better choice, because you never know when your interests will expand. If you are looking at a hitch for a camper, but believe you may someday buy a horse trailer with living quarters, get a class IV hitch rather than a class III for the same reasons—it expands your possibilities. If your vehicle can handle it, always buy more hitch than you need.
Ron’s Hitch N Tow offers many types of hitches in Eugene, OR which will fall into your budget without sacrificing quality. Visit us today to see our inventory and arrange for installation.