Trailer Hitches2022-10-14T18:47:24+00:00
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Find the perfect trailer hitch at the Hitch Shop in Calgary

The Calgary Hitch Shop is not only a premiere hitch shop in Calgary, but it also has the largest hitch inventory of any installer in Canada. If there is a hitch made for your vehicle – we have it! If we need to custom fabricate it we can do that too. From small compact car to large heavy-duty trucks, we have your hitch in stock and can install it today.

Every trailer requires a unique hitch that is conducive to the load size and the weight of the transfer vehicle. Ensuring that you have the proper hitch is essential to safe and efficient towing. Generally, trailer hitches can be sub-categorized into two major categories, these include fixed tongue hitches and receiver style hitches.

What to Consider When Looking for a Trailer Hitch in Calgary

When looking for a new trailer hitch in Calgary, the first two things you must consider are the maximum torque weight and the maximum trailer weight, and both of these weights must be measured with the weight of the trailer hitch in mind. More specifically, the maximum strength of the vehicle and the physical strength of the hitch structure must be considered when determining what kind of hitch is best for your towing job.

For example, a smaller vehicle may be fitted with a hitch that has a 100-pound tongue weight and a 1000-pound gross trailer weight, whereas a larger vehicle could be fitted with the same hitch but be rated for 200-pound tongue weight and 2000-pound gross trailer weight. The torque weight limit will then also be determined and adjusted, according to the distribution weight of the tow load.

Fixed Tongue Trailer Hitches in Calgary

Fixed tongue trailer hitches are a hitch that has been permanently installed and remains in place on a vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is towing or not. A fixed tongue hitch is practical for someone who is towing regularly and is seeking the convenience of having the hitch readily available. Nonetheless, fixed tongue hitches are decreasing in popularity as they stick out and can be dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles when not in use. Fixed tongue hitches are known as a “weight carrying” hitch.

Receiver Style Trailer Hitches in Calgary

Receiver style trailer hitches are a ball mount hitch that can be installed or removed with ease, after each use. This is the most widely utilized hitch today because it is convenient and easy to work with. Receiver style hitches are utilized for everything from bike racks to trailers. Receiver style hitches come in five different categories, these include: Class I, II, III, IV, and V. Class I and II receiver-style hitches are weight carrying hitches only, whereas Class III, IV, and V can be either weight carrying or weight distributing hitches. Receiver style hitches can be installed on either the front or back of a vehicle.

If you’re curious to learn more about trailer hitches, or you simply have additional questions that you’d like answers to, be sure to contact us today to speak with an expert for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my hitch needs a sway control system?2022-10-14T18:55:11+00:00

Go by the expected load weight. For example, if you’re carrying a large or unbalanced load, exercise caution and go for a sway control system to sidestep problems with stability and probable accidents with other vehicles when switching lanes. However, with surge brakes, sway control cannot be employed.

Do surge brakes allow me to use weight distribution on my trailer?2022-10-14T18:55:31+00:00

Yes. Free range of motion will remain because the coupler is still in contact with the ball.

What’s the difference between weight carrying and weight distribution?2022-10-14T18:55:36+00:00

Weight distribution is the even dispersal of weight from the back to the front of your automobile when a weight-distributing hitch is employed. Weight carrying supports all weight in the back of your vehicle and by the hitch.

When is a weight distribution hitch needed?2022-10-14T18:55:43+00:00

Normally, you’ll require a weight distribution hitch when you can’t get your load level or correctly balance it. “Properly balanced” entails that most of the weight should be over the trailer’s axles.

Do I have to use the same hardware that came with my hitch?2022-10-14T18:55:49+00:00

It’s best not to replace the hardware that came with your hitch unless explicitly stated by the manufacturer. The supplied hardware is tested for compatibility with your particular hitch and adequately supports the predetermined weight. Employing different hardware may damage the hitch or void the warranty.

Is welding a hitch to the frame of my vehicle safe?2022-10-14T18:55:59+00:00

You should refrain from welding a hitch to your frame unless the hitch manufacturer says welding is permitted for your specific configuration. Even then, a professional should do any welding since poor welds could strain the hitch and impair your frame.

Will my vehicle’s warranty become void if I need to drill in my frame?2022-10-14T18:56:05+00:00

Before drilling or changing your frame to accommodate a hitch, reach out to your vehicle’s manufacturer; or contact the dealership where you bought it to uncover the specifics of your warranty. If you are worried about drilling, try to obtain a no-drill for your load size and vehicle.

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