Looking for a new trailer hitch? You’ll find trailer hitch receivers available in four primary sizes: 1.25”, 2”, 2.5” and 3”. These widths refer to the width of the openings, not the width of the entire assembly.
Here’s a quick look at these various sizes and their capabilities, which is information you’ll find useful when purchasing tow hitches in Eugene, OR.
This size is typically for Class I and Class II trailer hitches. These hitches are most frequently found on smaller SUVs and some passenger cars. You might find a few Class II hatches that have receiver openings at a 2” x 2” size, but this isn’t particularly common.
Class I hitches are capable of carrying a max gross trailer weight of 1,000 to 2,000 lbs, and a maximum tongue weight of 100 lbs to 200 lbs. Class II hitches, meanwhile, deliver a max gross trailer weight of 2,000 to 3,500 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 200 to 525 lbs.
Trailer hitch receivers that measure 2” x 2” are the most common type of hitch receivers on the market. These are considered Class III or Class IV, and are mostly found on SUVs, pickup trucks and a few full-size sedans. If you have a truck or SUV that came factory-equipped with a trailer hitch, it is almost certainly a 2” x 2” hitch. Many of these 2” hitches are rated to be used with weight distribution systems, which allow you to maximize the full weight carrying capacity of your hitch.
A Class III trailer hitch delivers a max gross trailer weight of 3,500 to 8,000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 300 to 800 lbs. A Class IV trailer hitch delivers a maximum gross trailer weight of 5,000 to 12,000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 500 to 1,200 lbs.
These size hitches are classified as Class V hitches, and they are designed to be used on heavy-duty trucks capable of handling extreme load capacities. There are some trucks that come with these receivers already installed, but you can also purchase them as aftermarket add-ons. You can use hitch adapters in some cases to use hitch accessories designed for use on 2” trailer hitches on these slightly larger hitches. Class V systems, like class III and IV systems, are also rated for use with weight distribution systems.
Class V hitches deliver a max gross trailer weight of 10,000 to 20,000 lbs and a max tongue weight of 1,000 to 2,000 lbs.
These hitches are also considered Class V hitches, and they are showing up on some newer model trucks, though they can also be purchased as aftermarket add-ons. These hitches must be welded on to the C-channel frame of the vehicle. They are frequently used with flatbeds and dump trailers, but the hitches are not vehicle-specific. There are weight distribution systems compatible with these hitches.
These hitches deliver a max gross trailer weight of 20,000 to 25,000 lbs and a max tongue weight of 3,000 to 4,000 lbs.
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