If you look at the heavy equipment sales, you will notice that varied types of hitches are being sold in Canada. These hitches are compatible with basic to complex vehicles such as pickup trucks, SUVs, semi-trucks and even tractors. Let us look at some of the common types of hitches that make hauling and towing easier.
Class 1-5 Receiver Hitch
Receiver hitches are the most commonly used type of hitches. This hitch is mounted on the frame of a truck or tractor and has a square receiver which can haul or tow different equipment, machinery, trailer, etc. Receiver hitches are classified as class 1-5 based on their receiver tube size and weight capacity range, with 1 being the most light-duty and 5 being the most heavy-duty. This hitch offers countless applications thanks to different loading capacities ranging from 2,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds.
A gooseneck hitch mounts vertically on the truck or trailer bed and occupies little space on the bed. This hitch is ideally compatible only with pickup trucks but has higher weight load capacity, 30,000-pound trailers with 6,000 pounds of tongue weight to be precise. This hitch can haul and tow horse or livestock trailers, car and toy haulers, large flatbeds, equipment designed for use with a gooseneck hitch, and other commercial or industrial trailers.
A bumper hitch or bumper-mounted hitch as the name suggests fits directly to a vehicle’s bumper and has a 2″x2″ square receiver. As a bumper hitch attaches directly to the bumper of a pickup truck or light-weight truck, it is a light-duty receiver hitch and is always limited to the weight carrying capacity of the bumper only and not the entire vehicle. This simple hitch can still be used for numerous light applications and uses such as towing a cargo carrier or bike rack.
Although pintle hitches are often classified as hitches, they can also be known as ball mount. A pintle hitch consists of pintle hook mounted on the tow vehicle like a large commercial truck and dump truck, and a lunette eye attached to the trailer. Depending on the capacity of the tow vehicle, pintle hitches can tow anywhere from 10,000 to 60,000 pounds of trailer weight. This coupling type of hitch system is used to haul and tow various heavy trailers, accessories, and equipment.
Weight Distribution Hitch
A weight distribution hitch is a class 3-5 receiver hitch attachment and is designed to distribute the tongue weight across the tow vehicle and trailer. The spring rods leverage the connection point, take some of the tongue weight off, and redistribute it to other parts. This reduces the weight load on the rear of the tow vehicle and helps it steer better.
Now that you know of different types of hitches, you can conclude which one suits your needs the best. Irrespective of which hitch you need, one of our trusted dealers probably has a hitch for you.