towing service SterlingTrailer hitches come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, they all serve the same general purpose: to tow a trailer or other cargo with your car.  

There are two main types of trailer hitches: ball mount and gooseneck. Ball mounts are best for lighter loads because they don’t require as much weight on the hitch receiver as do goosenecks, which can carry heavier loads without putting too much stress on the vehicle’s frame with that said, it is important to note that not all trailers have either type of hitch so be sure to research before purchasing one.

1) Trailer Hitch Class Rating

  • Light Duty: for smaller objects such as small boats and bikes
  • Medium Duty: for larger items such as campers and utility trailers
  • Heavy-Duty: typically, 4x4s use these because of their immense load
  • Extra Heavy Duty: these are what you would find on commercial trucks


2) Trailer Hitch Ball Size


  • The 1/2-inch hitch ball size is the most common for consumer vehicles
  • 5/8 inch is used with large trucks that have a ball attached directly to the frame because the receiver tube in the truck bed does not accommodate 1/4 inch or 3/8-inch balls. With this, it can be used for both light-duty and medium-duty hitches.

How to choose the right hitch

There are many things that you should consider when choosing a hitch. Trailer hitches vary in prices and requirements depending on the size, weight, and desired use of the trailer you will attach to your vehicle.

Also, trailer hitches vary in appearance. Some look like an actual tube or pipe, while others appear more like a frame with metal supports – either way, there is no shortage of options available for those who wish to buy one. For those who aren’t as interested in aesthetics as they are functional, this means there is no reason not to invest in a trailer hitch; after all, it could end up saving you money down the road.

Trailer Hitch Types

There are three major classes of trailer hitches.

Class 1 Trailer Hitches

 Class 1 Trailer Hitches are for light-duty and can tow up to 2000 pounds depending on your vehicle’s capabilities. This type of hitch is the most common type of trailer hitch.

 Class 2 Trailer Hitches:

Class 2 Trailer Hitches can tow up to 3500 pounds with a weight distribution style system, or 4000 pounds without a weight distribution system. For this class of hitch, you need a weight distribution system if the fully loaded trailer is more than 1/3 of the towing vehicle’s weight.

 Class 3 Trailer Hitches:

Class 3 Trailer Hitches can tow up to 7500 pounds, but only with a weight distribution system and it must be used if the fully loaded trailer is more than 50% of the towing vehicle’s weight. Additionally, this type of hitch is stronger than a Class 1 hitch and can haul a medium-sized boat or RV. It has to be welded onto the frame of the vehicle. If you have an SUV or truck.