Things You Need to Know About Weight Hitch Classes

Being able to tow a trailer is very handy from both a commercial perspective and in your day-to-day life. Though hitching a trailer isn’t always as simple as it seems and there a number of factors that determine how you should go about it with respect to the equipment you have. A trailer hitch is a key component in allowing you to tow, and getting the right hitch according to the weight of your vehicle and the trailer itself is crucial to make for a smooth ride. However, there are other pieces of equipment you will need to tow safely. 

Let’s take a look at the main considerations you need to take into account.

Gross combination weight rating

The manufacturer of the vehicle you are using to tow with will provide some safety information about towing in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The GCWR will tell you how much weight the vehicle can safely tow, including its own weight and whatever you have in your trailer. It’s very important to avoid exceeding this as you can potentially put yourself and your equipment in danger.

Gross weight trailer

The gross trailer weight (GTW) considers you how much it weighs when fully loaded with cargo, fuel and all the safety equipment necessary to tow. You will need to calculate this before towing and often it will take a little guesswork, that’s why we always recommend rounding up if you’re not sure. You’ll find your trailer weight (when empty obviously) in the trailer handbook and then it’s just about adding any cargo and other equipment.

Weight distribution hitch

There are special tow hitches that are designed to ensure a smoother ride by distributing the weight that is placed on the front axel of the hitch through the trailer and tow vehicle. This can actually have the effect of enabling your equipment to handle more weight than it otherwise would and decreases the wear and tear factor.

There are many factors that can determine how safe and stable your trailer is when towing on the roads. If you’re unsure about how to safely tow and the capability of your trailer and tow vehicle visit AirSafe Hitch Australia, it’s worth speaking to expert dealers, they have a wide list of AirSafe Hitch Dealers in Australia.

Hitch class

Different towing hitches are classified into categories according to their maximum weight capacity, obviously ranging from low maximum weight to high. It also determines the receiver opening size; which essentially ensures that users are not able to attach large trailers where it is not safe to do so. Nowadays you’ll often find that cars and vehicles have been using Class V to VIII hitch attached.
This equipment is manufactured in such a way that trailers only fit into hitches that can safely support them.

Hitch Adaptors

In contrary to what is mentioned above, hitch adaptors can be used to connect smaller hitches to larger trailers. It is crucial however that you consider the weight you are towing to ensure you don’t damage any of the equipment. Generally, the weight capacity will be reduced by some 50-75% as a result of this, however, you should be somewhat experienced with hitches if you are going to use an adaptor.

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