Understanding All the Differences in Trailer Hitches

Need to tow a trailer to your vehicle? Not sure what trailer hitch to get? Nancy breaks down all the differences in trailer hitches and explains who is supposed to use them!


Let’s get hitched. I hear you, hun, over there. No, I’m talking about trailer hitches. Here’s a sample of some. Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. Will you be towing your boat, bike, jet ski or possibly even the horses? Now, for those of you that have the boat or jet skis, take your time. You have a little bit more. Don’t rush things. There are four different types of hitches. The most common hitch is the ball hitch used to tow those water toys or bike. There is also the gooseneck hitch used to trailer the horses. This hitch is attached to the bed of the truck. There is the fifth-wheel trailer hitch, which is the strongest for the larger trucks. This hitch is mounted to the bed. There was the bumper frame hitch which is attached to the frame by the bumper.

Now, before you make your purchase for the hitch, you need to know the weight of the item you are towing and the weight of the trailer. Now, these combined weights are referred to as the gross towing weight. Well, that makes sense. Another component you need to know before making your purchase is the height of the hitch receiver and the size of the hitch receiver and the height of the coupler on the trailer. Now, the height measurements should always be taken on level ground. You also need to know the ball size for the trailer. And finally, consider the possibility of needing lights because it depends on what you’re trailering.

Make your measurements carefully as you don’t want to be that person driving down the road and finding the front end pointing up because the backend you’re trailing is so heavy. Purchase wisely. Check out our weekly videos every Wednesday at 12:30. And in September, we are starting a child safety series of videos. Thank you for watching.