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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
|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.
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!