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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!

trailer hitch install ottawa

Getting a Hitch Installed in Ottawa

Getting a hitch helps you get a load on the road. Moving things from one place to another can be a tedious task, especially if they are large or heavy. With a hitch, you can hook up the load to your vehicle and carry it with less stress without causing damage to the vehicle. A tow bar or trailer hitch is a device, usually a rigid metal bar or frame, used to attach one thing to another. It is especially used to attach something, such as a trailer or traction machine, to the tow bar of a vehicle. You get the advantage of being able to pull extra cargo, but hitch failure is a real risk if the hitch isn’t properly installed. This is why it is important for your hitch installer to not neglect the regulations of safely mounting a hitch. Your hitch can be professionally installed at Ultimate Automotive to avoid such mishaps. We have experienced hitch installers who are continually available on flexible hours all day and night to provide the best service to you. 

Choosing the Best Hitch for Your Vehicle

trailer Hitches OttawaHitches come in different types, categorized mostly based on their weight capacity. The type that should be installed on your vehicle depends on the compatibility of standard hitches with your vehicle make and model, and the towing capacity that would fit the weight you intend to tow. This can be daunting work, especially if you are dealing with a complicated installation. It is always best to seek out an installer that is experienced and familiar with the vehicle specifications and with equipment. Ultimate Automotive offers you a quality auto shop with the best hitch installers in Ottawa guaranteed to do a great job so you get to save yourself the stress. 

Benefits of a Professional Hitch Installation

  1. With Ultimate Automotive, you get to benefit from immediate response on guarantees. Unlike popular experiences with most companies, warranty issues are addressed and resolved usually within 24 hours of complaint without unnecessary difficulties.
  2. Hitch-to-car compatibility may be an issue when looking for the right fit to suit your needs. Testing and confirming that your vehicle has the right hitch fit is an important service professional installers provide. This saves the time and effort that would have been wasted on roaming auto shop after auto shop and searching the internet for the hitch you need. With our experts at Ultimate Automotive whose experiences you can bet on, you get immediate results with top range hitches you can trust.
  3. Hitch installation is hitch-free when you get professionals on the job. A professional installer quickly and efficiently gets the installation job done, and also has the necessary knowledge and equipment to drill holes and fit the right bolts where necessary.
  4. It is also important that the hitch is tested after it has been installed. As mentioned earlier, loose or wrongly installed hitches can lead to mishaps and accidents. Our professionals review the work after the hitch installation is completed.