Trailer Hitches & Towing

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We can divide trailer hitches into several categories. Weight-carrying hitches take all of the weight of the trailer’s tongue and put it straight down on the suspension, while weight-distributing hitches have spring bars that transfer some of the trailer’s weight forward onto the front tires. Gooseneck and 5th wheel hitches are the preferred hitch for larger, heavier trailers. They put all of the trailer’s tongue weight directly over the truck’s rear axle.

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A trailer should normally put about 10% of its total weight on the tongue. So a 1,000 lb. trailer would have 100 lbs. pushing down on the rear of a car, something most cars could handle. However, a 3,500 lb. trailer would put a 350-lb. load on the very rear of your car - and that’s probably too much. That’s why you might need an "equalizing" hitch, which will transfer some of that weight to the front. Most pickups can handle that kind of load, however.

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Why not just move some of the cargo to the rear, inside the trailer, and have less weight on hitch? Insufficient tongue weight is the primary cause of trailer sway. Yes, there are trailer sway control devices to handle this, but it’s better to simply set up the trailer and tow vehicle properly set up instead of slapping a Band-Aid on the problem. Proper tongue weight will make the vehicle far more stable, so it’s best to have a vehicle and trailer hitch combo that’s correct.

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We aim to provide our customers with the finest Trailer Hitches & Towing the industry can offer, which is why we accept no compromise when it comes to the quality. Created by the most reputable names in the industry, such as CURT, Cequent, Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, Pro Series, Reese, Rola, Wesbar, Rugged Ridge, AutoGold, KC HiLiTES the Trailer Hitches & Towing we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability.

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You can find a hitch for virtually any car or truck here in the CARiD catalog. Most of these hitches will just bolt right onto your car or truck in a half-hour or so. Some will require you to drill a couple of holes to attach to. If you need to install a gooseneck or 5th wheel hitch on your pickup, be prepared to drill holes in the bed. Any hitch that needs drilling will have a template to let you place the holes properly. You might need to temporarily move the exhaust system or slightly trim a heat shield to clear.

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One of the great things about shopping for trailer hitches is that we have virtually everything you need to set up your vehicle, from the correct ball and mount, to hitches to bolt on, electrical connectors and components, hitch covers, accessories, and far more. We carry products from the best trailer hitch manufacturers in the industry, so you can order from us resting assured that the hitches you need are the best money can buy. Set your mind at ease that you’ve got the best by shopping for trailer hitches at CARiD! Tow safely.

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There are four major types of trailer hitches, regardless of whether they are installed at the factory or added on afterward. A hitch may simply have a bar sticking out past the bumper with a ball mounted to it. Or there may be a square receiver that takes a ball mount that slides into it. In all cases, there are different weight ratings.
When you’re setting up your trailer with a new tow vehicle, several things need to be considered: the ball mount and ball must be rated to take the weight, and the ball has to be at the right height. Once you have determined the proper weight class, choose a ball mount of a high enough class for your trailer, and set up your ball mount and ball for proper towing....
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Trailer lights always seem to be out, or intermittent, or making the turn signals blink too fast. It’s a non-stop case of whack-a-mole to keep your trailer lit up properly, here’s some advice on how to reduce your maintenance investment. There are as many as seven electrical circuits in the standard trailer plug, but don't assume that just because your trailer...
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Average rating:54.8 - 741 reviews
2014 Chevy Traverse
| Posted by | (Indianapolis, IN)

UPS screw up on the shipping took a week longer that should have to get the trailer hitch. When I got it took about 15 min. to install with two people.

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