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Trailer Hitches

Q: How are trailer hitches rated?

A: Trailer hitches are commonly classified into five groups: Class I, Class II, Class III, Class IV, and Class V. The style that you install depends on the vehicle. Class I hitches have a towing capacity of 2000 pounds with a tongue capacity of 200 pounds. These are common on small cars. Class II hitches have a towing capacity up to 3500 pounds with a tongue capacity around 350 pounds. Class II hitches are often installed on mid-sized cars. The next larger hitch is a Class III hitch, which has a towing capacity up to 5000 pounds. Class III hitches are common on mid- or full-size trucks and SUVs. The next two hitches, Class IV and V, are for heavy duty towing. Refer to your owner’s manual to identify the maximum towing capacity and the correct trailer hitch for your vehicle.