Vehicle, Scooter & Wheelchair Lifts
Being able to utilize one’s automobile for towing can be of great benefit. For the family that owns a boat or camper, or regularly travels with a loved one who has a mobility scooter or power wheelchair, it is important to understand trailer hitch classes and how to install them correctly.
For automobiles, there are three main hitch classes, all varingy in the type of receiver and the amount of weights that can be pulled.
A Class One (I) receiver has a Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) of up to 2,000 lbs, which is perfect for smaller cars, pickups, or minivans and is generally used to carry bicycle racks, camping racks, and other light towing items. If a small rack is going to be used on this receiver, setting up a wiring harness is unnecessary.
A hitch that is rated as Class Two (II) is able to pull up to 3,000 pounds GTW. This is ideal for larger cars, vans, full-size pickup trucks, and SUVs, and can be generally used to pull a snowmobile trailer, small boat trailer, camper or motorcycle trailer.
A Class Three (III) hitch is able to pull up to 5,000 pounds GTW. This is essential for pulling midsize campers and boats, and can be utilized on midsize pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs. however, this class of hitch may not work on all automobiles.
When determining the appropriate type of hitch for a vehicle, it is important to consider the vehicle’s rating, and its towing capacity should never be exceeded.
Along with the hitch classification, a ball mount is needed as well. There are generally three different styles of mounts, each of which goes into its corresponding receiver for pulling the appropriate trailer load. Using the wrong ball mount may result in an extreme angle between the trailer and the vehicle, causing the trailer to sway and possibly damage both the vehicle and the trailer.
To ensure correct hardware installation for your trailer hitch, we highly recommend that you enlist the help of a reputable and professional installer.