Towing & Hitches

Count On Truck Works for Your Towing and Hitch Needs!

Whether you own a commercial truck, SUV or car, it’s nice to have the option to pack up whatever you need and tow it with you wherever you need to go. With the proper hitch and towing accessories, you’ll be able to pack up and hit the open road with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your gear and supplies are safe and sound.

At Truck Works, we offer a wide array of hitches and towing accessories for everyone from the occasional vacationer to the hardcore worker. Below, we delve deeper into the world of towing and hitches to equip you with the information you need to make your towing experience more enjoyable and efficient. If you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to give us a call at (816) 842-4222 or contact us here.

How to Choose the Right Hitch

Not all hitches are the same. In fact, there are many different kinds of hitches out there that are designed to carry out different tasks and accommodate different types of trailers. The selection of hitches can be dizzying, but the best place to start when choosing the right one is to note the make and model of your vehicle and your hauling goals. Next, refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to confirm the gross trailer weight (GTW) and the maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) your ride can securely haul. GTW refers to your trailer’s total mass (which includes all its cargo), and TW refers to how much weight is directly exerted on the hitch. Once you know your GTW and TW, you’ll easily be able to pin down your hitch options.

When it comes to standard hitch options, you have five weight classes to choose from.

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  • Class 1 – This class can accommodate up to 2,000 pounds of GTW and a maximum of 200 pounds of TW. Tow vehicles include: compact and subcompact cars; mid-size cars and small pickups; SUVs and minivans; and full-size cars, pickups, vans and SUVs.
  • Class 2 – This hitch class can accommodate up to 3,500 pounds of GTW and a maximum of 300 pounds of TW. Tow vehicles include: mid-size cars and small pickups; SUVs and minivans; and full-size cars, pickups, vans and SUVs.
  • Class 3 – The Class 3 hitch class can accommodate between 3,500 and 6,000 pounds of GTW and a maximum TW between 350 and 600 pounds. Tow vehicles include: mid-size cars and small pickups; SUVs and minivans; and full-size cars, pickups, vans and SUVs. Please note that this class requires a receiver with a weight-distribution hitch.
  • Classes 4 and 5 – These hitch classes can accommodate between 6,000 and 18,000 pounds of GTW and a maximum TW between 600 and 1,800 pounds. Tow vehicles include full-size cars, pickups, vans and SUVs. Please note that these classes will need a receiver with a weight-distribution hitch or receiver hitch.

You have many options as far as hitch manufacturers are concerned, so we recommend researching their pros and cons before committing to a particular one. If you’d like to learn which type is right for your vehicle and intended use, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Heavy-Duty Hitches

When you require a hitch that can accommodate some some heavy items, like horse trailers and large campers, you need a heavy-duty hitch as opposed to Class 1 through Class 5 hitches. Your heavy-duty hitch options include gooseneck hitches and fifth wheel hitches.

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  • Gooseneck Hitches – Gooseneck hitches can haul a GTW of up to 30,000 pounds and a TW of 6,000 pounds. They boast the same trailer balls as standard hitches, except the trailer balls mount in the middle of the truck bed. When it comes to turning capacity, gooseneck hitches have more of a forward pivot point than standard hitches and can thus make tighter turns. When not in use, these hitches can either be removed or tucked away easily. Further, these hitches are generally installed on trucks that have 4-wheel rear axles.

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  • Fifth Wheel Hitches – Fifth wheel hitches can accommodate a GTW between 16,000 and 30,000 pounds and a TW of 5,000 pounds. These hitches are popular with those who have to haul heavy trailers and campers thanks to the hitches’ maneuverability and steadiness. Many of these hitches are designed to efficiently absorb shock and adjust to fluctuating road conditions. Fifth wheel hitches are generally mounted to rails bolted to the truck bed. They may be removed if you need to access your truck bed.

 

Front Mount Hitches

You may not realize it, but front mount hitches can come in really handy. Not only can they provide close control over your trailer, but they can also offer the perfect site on which to mount useful accessories like winch plates and snow plows. Most SUVs, trucks and vans can be fit with front mount hitches.

Weight-Distributing Hitches

If your trailer or camper has a really heavy tongue weight, your vehicle’s rear end tends to go down while its front end raises up. This produces an uneven and unstable riding experience. To guard against such instability, you could fit your vehicle with a load-equalizing hitch—which is also called a weight-distributing hitch. These types of hitches employ long rods (i.e., spring bars) to allow your vehicle’s frame to have more leverage. Specifically, weight-distributing hitches transfer a portion of the tongue weight to your vehicle’s forward wheels, which aids in leveling and stabilizing your riding experience. The equal distribution of weight these hitches create will allow to you safely tow heavy loads.

Flat-Towing Hitches

Flat-towing hitches are perfect for when you need to haul a vehicle with your RV or large camper. These types of hitches employ a special tow bar that connects your RV to the vehicle’s baseplate.

Towing Wiring Connectors

Regardless of the type of hitch you fit your vehicle with, you may want to purchase a variety of connectors that transfer power to your trailer’s lighting and auxiliary functions. When choosing a connector, it’s important to choose one with the correct number of pins for your trailer—see the chart below for more details. If you are unfamiliar with pin numbers and the various connectors that are out there, please contact Truck Works today!

Trailer Wiring Codes*

Connector Function Color Min Wire Gauge – 4 & 5 Way Min Wire Gauge – 6 & 7 Way Where to Attach – Vehicle Side Where to Attach – Trailer Side
7,6,5,4 Way Right Turn Green 18 16 Right turn of vehicle’s wiring harness Trailer’s right turn signal
7,6,5,4 Way Left Turn Yellow 16 12 Left turn of vehicle’ wiring harness Trailer’s left turn signal
7,6,5,4 Way Ground White 16 12 Vehicle ground point – metal, uncoated, rustproof Trailer ground point – metal, uncoated, rustproof
7,6,5,4 Way Tail / Marker Brown 18 16 Taillight of vehicle’s wiring harness Trailer’s taillights
7,6,5 Way Brake Blue 18 12 Electric brake control, power for brakes Break away switch
7,6 Way Battery Red (or Black) N/A 12 Fuse block or FUSED battery Lead Break away kit, interior lights and battery charger
7 Way Back Up Purple  N/A 16 Back up circuit of vehicle’s wiring harness Back up lights (if available / Hydraulic coupler

*This chart is a general guide. Wire colors may vary based on manufacturers. Use a circuit tester to verify connections.

Contact Truck Works for Assistance with Towing & Hitches

As you know, there are many considerations you need to make before choosing the right hitch for your vehicle. That’s where we come in. The professional team here at Truck Works is ready and able to assist you in any way we can when it comes to selecting the proper hitch and towing accessories. We even install them for you! Call us today at (816) 842-4222, or feel free to contact us here!