Do you know the ins and outs of towing equipment? If you’re thinking about hitting the road and pulling something behind you, then you probably should. Towing incorrectly can be dangerous to you and your passengers (as well as other drivers on the road), and it can also damage your car and cause very expensive auto repairs to be in your very near future. Toyota of N Charlotte is here with a quick guide to towing equipment to get you started.
What types of hitches are available to you?
Our main focus is hitches – after all, they’re one of the most integral parts of towing. Here are the main types:
Class 1: These hitches can pull up to 2,000 pounds without a problem and are designed for things like bike racks and small trailers. You can use these on your smaller vehicles, like a sedan.
Class 2: This hitch is better for mid-sized SUVs (vs sedans) and can pull up to 3,500 pounds, giving you a little more wiggle room.
Class 3: This is a bigger hitch that’s able to pull larger items like boats or large trailers. They can handle up to 8,000 pounds.
Class 4: These hitches pull up to 10,000 pounds, and can be used in conjunction with a weight-distribution hitch to maximize your SUV or truck’s fuel efficiency.
Class 5: These tow hitches are for large and heavy items up to 20,000 pounds. You’ll find them on heavy-duty trucks.
And we can’t forget about specialty designs – here are a few more options:
- 5th wheel: This hitch actually sits in the bed of a large pickup truck and can handle up to 25,000 pounds with ease.
- Bumper: This type of hitch attaches to your vehicle’s bumper rather than the undercarriage; it’s for lighter weights and Class 1 or 2 hitches.
- Weight distribution: This handy piece of equipment actually redistributes the weigh of what you’re towing from the tongue so the front end of your car isn’t pulled up off the ground.
Check out these other towing accessories at our Charlotte parts store
What other equipment should you look into before hitting the road? Here are our suggestions:
- Trailer lights to let others know your movements
- Ball mount and ball, which is attached to the hitch receiver to mount the trailer
- Safety chains for a backup system in case there’s something wrong with your hitch ball malfunction
- Hitch lock for added security
- Winch to pull cargo onto or into the trailer
- A trailer jack to keep the tongue of the trailer off the ground
- Sway control devices to keep the trailer from moving all over the road
And the best news yet? You can get all of this and more right here at Toyota of N Charlotte. We have a well-stocked parts department with all of your towing needs, and our techs can help you with installation and operation as well!
Don’t wait – hit the road! Call Toyota of N Charlotte today and talk to our parts store at 704-659-2025 – we’re ready and waiting to help you find the perfect equipment. Ask about our parts specials, too!