There are many different types of hitches available for most types of vehicles. Whether it’s for work or recreational purposes, Calgary Hitch Shop can help you find exactly what you need. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of trailer hitches available in Calgary.
The right trailer hitch must meet the requirements of the load size and weight of the transfer vehicle. Trailer hitches are subcategorized into 2 types; fixed tongue hitch (permanently installed on a vehicle) and receiver style (a ball mount hitch that can easily be removed after each use).
Rear trailer hitches have 5 hitch classifications:
- Class 1 – Light-duty that supports a max trailer weight of 2,000lbs or less. Ideal for compact cars, sedans, and small SUVs for towing small trailers or securing accessories such as a bike rack or cargo tray.
- Class 2 – Supports a maximum trailer weight of up to 3,5000lbs and trailers up to 12ft in length. A class 2 trailer hitch is one of the most common for sedans and SUVS and is typically used for towing small campers and boats.
- Class 3 – A heavy-duty hitch that supports a maximum trailer weight of up to 10,000lbs. You’ll see mid-sized SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks use this hitch class for towing mid-sized campers, utility trailers, boats, and more.
- Class 4 – A super-duty hitch that supports a towing capacity of 10,000-14,000lbs. Designed for large trucks to pull heavier trailers and large boats.
- Class 5 – The most advanced trailer hitch that supports a towing capacity of 12,000-20,000lbs. You’ll find Class 5 hitches on heavy-duty trucks pulling equipment, machinery, multi-car trailers, large travel trailers, and more.
A gooseneck hitch is installed directly on the bed of a truck, which centres the weight of the tow load. This increases the vehicle’s efficiency and capability of carrying heavy loads and offers more flexibility with a ball-like hitch structure. Gooseneck hitches are versatile and can be adapted into a 5th wheel hitch to achieve a variety of different jobs. They are lightweight and relatively easy to install and remove on your own, making them a popular choice for truck owners.
5th Wheel Hitches
5th wheel hitches are often mistaken for a gooseneck hitch because both are installed on the bed of a truck, but they are two different hitch types. A gooseneck hitch is a ball-like structure and a 5th wheel is a large, flat plate hitch that is typically in the shape of a horseshoe.
Metal rails run under a 5th wheel hitch, making it incredibly sturdy and strong. A “kingpin” connects the hitch to the trailer and offers reliable turning capabilities to enhance the safety of the truck and trailer being pulled. A 5th wheel hitch is known for a quieter, smoother ride and is designed for use on 5th wheel trailers.
A weight distribution hitch helps correct tow vehicle sag, correct trailer sway when used with sway control, improve steering and stopping, and maximize towing capacity allowed by the hitch. This hitch system shifts the weight of the hitch forward so that there is less weight in the back of the hitch. We typically recommend a weight-distribution hitch if your trailer weighs more than 50% of your vehicle.
Last but certainly not least, we build and install custom hitches on large cube vans, travel trailers, and right-hand drive imported vehicles. When there is no hitch option available for your particular vehicle or trailer, hope is not lost. Our team at Calgary Hitch Shop has been building custom hitches for many years and each one is an expert in this industry. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll help you find a solution.