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Hitches Information for Trailering your Load

The brands and types of Hitches for towing are quite numerous, and zeroing in on the type of hitch you need to tow your trailer can be a difficult task. Never fear though, because we have done some trailer hitch research to help you out. First of all, you need to ascertain what it is you are planning to tow, and then once we have that information we can decide which of the trailer hitches out there will be best for you.

It will be helpful to first acquaint yourself with the various terms and terminologies used in context of towing. Some of them to look out for are gross trailer weight (GTW) and tongue weight (TW). GTW consists of he weight of the trailer, along with the weight of all of your cargo. TW refers to the amount of downward force applied at the trailer's tongue. Next, you need to know how much weight you be towing, and the maximum weight that your vehicle can tow. Once all these have been taken into account, you need to decide upon the hitch. For that, you need to know all about the various hitches available, their functions, and their features.

Various types of Hitches for your Trailer

A weight "carrying" trailer hitch is used for trailering small to medium sized loads as they support all of the trailer tongue weight. It is attached to the frame of the vehicle and serves as a connection point between the towing vehicle and your trailer.

A Weight "distributing" trailer hitch is used for heavier trailers. This hitch evenly distributes the trailer load between the wheels of the tow vehicle and the wheels of the trailer. This results in better steering and brake control.

A Gooseneck hitch or 5th wheel hitch is the latest development in the field of trailering hitches. This hitch is installed on your truck bed and joined to brackets in the truck bed or the vehicle's frame. Hidden Hitch and Reese Hitch are two of the most popular companies in the world of towing. Their hitches can provide enhanced handling, braking, and traction for your vehicle.

Selecting the proper hitch can make your drive 80 percent smoother and 75 percent safer. The wear and tear on your Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, GMC or other make of truck and trailer will also be significantly reduced by adding the right hitch. Actually, your hitch plays an important role in ensuring your safe journey. Most importantly though, the type of hitch you choose depends upon the GTW and TW of trailer to be towed.

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