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Trailer Hitch

A trailer hitch is a handy tool that you can add to your vehicle to turn it into something capable of towing. That is why you'll notice that some call them tow hitches or towing hitches. This type of hitch can support a small or large trailer and let you tow a second vehicle behind your primary car. The hitch can also help you transport a boat or motorbike on your next road trip.

Types of Car Hitches
The different types of car hitches typically fall into categories that include:
- Rear receiver
- Front mount
- Bumper hitch
- Weight distribution hitch (WD)
- Weight carrying (WC)
- Fifth wheel hitch

Rear receiver hitches are the most common because they are the easiest to use and can support a wide range of vehicles and trailers. The receiver tube on the outside can work with a camper or fifth wheel, too. Front mount hitches are different because they attach to the front of a vehicle. These are best for use with a plow or tire mount.

A bumper hitch attaches to the bumper rather than the back of a vehicle. As they support less weight, they're not as popular as other hitches are. Weight distribution hitches are best for towing an RV or a camper. They evenly distribute the weight of the camper to prevent damage to your vehicle. You'll also find fifth wheel hitches that fit near the rear axle to handle weight from larger campers.

What to Consider When Buying a Hitch
There are many measurements to take before choosing which trailer hitch is right for you. Please read below:
- Hitches are specially designed for certain make, model and year vehicles, so be sure to select the proper hitch.
- Always check your vehicle towing capacity before purchasing a hitch or attempting to pull a trailer.
- Hitches have a particular drop or rise, depending on your application. Always use the right rise or drop for your specific trailer.
- For a variety of trailers, you may need to purchase more than one hitch or hitch mount accessories for proper fit.
- Once you've found the correct rise or drop, take a look at the ball size you need. The trailer ball attaches to the ball mount on your hitch and comes in a variety of sizes. Our extensive line of durable hitches and accessories can help you connect to any size ball for the perfect fit.
- There are two weight ratings to consider as well- the gross trailer weight and tongue weight. If your trailer is too heavy for your hitch or vehicle, it could void the warranty and damage your vehicle.

Class I: Light Duty
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight: 2,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight: 200 lbs
Class II: Light Duty
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight: 3,500 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight: 350 lbs
Class III: Medium Duty
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (WC): 6,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight (WC): 600 lbs
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (WD): 10,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight (WD): 1,000 lbs
Class IV: Heavy Duty
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (WC): 12,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight (WC): 1,200 lbs
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (WD): 15,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight (WD): 1,500 lbs
Class V: Heavy Duty - Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (WC): 12,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight (WC): 1,200 lbs
- Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (WD): 17,000 lbs
- Maximum Tongue Weight (WC): 1,700 lbs
How to Attach Your Car Hitch
Once you get a new trailer hitch, you need to know how to attach your car hitch. You'll generally start with the manufacturer's instructions and your tools. Use a car jack to get the vehicle off the ground and add clearance around the bottom. Take off the bolts and other hardware near the back end with a wrench and other tools. You will then position the hitch on the vehicle and hold it in place as you attach it. It's often helpful to have another person around to hold the hitch.

You'll start with one bolt and insert it through the hole in the hitch to the opening in your car. Only after lining up the bolt and tightening it slightly should you move to the next bolt. You may find that you want to line up all the bolts to make sure that you installed the hitch correctly and that you don't need to make any additional holes before you tighten all of them. Most hitches weigh a minimum of 50 pounds, which is why you need someone else around when you attach one.

Trailer Hitches at Autozone
Each of our trailer hitches are durable and reliable for long-term hauling. Whether you're trucking a work trailer every day or pulling a boat for a weekend on the lake, our hitches can keep you pulling. Shop for competitive warranties and reliable materials. A powder coated finish gives you corrosion resistance and rust-free performance. Many hitches are made in the USA with a limited lifetime warranty. Both ball mounts and hitch balls are sold separately, but these trailer hitch options are able to fit with a variety of mounts and hitch balls. Hitch pins, couplers, and wiring are all available at AutoZone.