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How to Choose the Right Trailer Hitch

Ultimate Automotive was created from the need to get things done and get them done right. Everyday at our auto shop is a day to learn new ways to get your vehicle performance through the roof and to aid general comfort when using your vehicle.

One of such ways is with the provision of trailer hitch services in Ottawa. With the many different receiver hitch options, it is very possible to jumble them up and fumble the hitch installation. Based on weight capacity range and receiver tube size, hitches are divided into 5 categories, they are as follows: 

Class 1 Receiver

trailer hitch install ottawaIf you have a small crossover or regular passenger car, this is the hitch for you. Most class one hitches have a limited tow weight of about 2,000 lbs and have either a receiver tube opening of 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” dimensions or a fixed tongue to mount a ball mount or trailer mount directly. 

Class 2 Receiver

These hitches have receiver tube openings of the same dimensions as the Class 1 receiver with the major difference being that they are able to tow about 3500 lbs gross trailer weight. You are more likely to come across a class 2 hitch on small SUVs, full sized sedans, pickup trucks, crossovers and minivans. 

Class 3 Receiver

Different from the first two receiver hitch types, the class 3 receiver has a receiver tube opening of 2” x 2”. And this significantly increases the gross trailer weight to about 8,000 lbs. This hitch type can be installed on SUVs and full-sized pickup trucks, and unlike classes 1 and 2, can be used with a weight distribution system that takes the gross trailer weight to 12,000 lbs. 

Class 4 Receiver

This is basically a class 3 receiver with more gross trailer weight, around 10,000 lbs and can go as high as 14,000 lbs when used with a weight distribution system. These are generally mounted on SUVs and full sized pickup trucks.

Class 5 Receiver

These hitches offer as much as 20,000 lbs without the use of a weight distribution system. A weight distribution system in this case would not help much in terms of the GTW but would help keep the trailer level and tow the vehicle. 

Not all hitches fit into these five classes, with some of them having distinct features for specialized applications. 

These are bumper hitches, from the name, they are attached directly to the bumper and have its weight limited by the bumper’s weight capacity and not the vehicle. Others are front mount hitches, weight distribution hitches, specialized hitches, gooseneck hitches, pintle hitches and fifth wheel hitches. 

We not only know the many different hitch types, we know how to install them too. You can worry about your vehicle weight, maximum tow weight and other information, or just trust us to get you just what you need, no more, no less. 

Enter your vehicle information for a hitch installation quote, anywhere in Ottawa.  Contact us today!


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