Posts Categorized: Hitches

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Trailers & More is a store that sells hitches in St Paul. We help people every day get the information they need so they can figure out what hitch and/or what trailer is best for them.

Here are just a few of the questions we are asked the most frequently about hitches:

  1. What will my vehicle tow?
  2. What class hitch do I need?
  3. What are some good hitch brands?
  4. Where can I go for hitch advice and quality hitch installation?

Today, we are going focus on the most common type of hitch: the receiver hitch. Let’s walk through the process of choosing a trailer hitch and hopefully answer some of your questions about trailer hitches as well.

Step 1:

You will want to first check the tow weight capacity for your particular vehicle. This info can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Step 2:

Research what class trailer hitch will work on your vehicle.

Compact car: Class 1

Mid-sized car: Class 1 or Class 2

Mini SUV: Class 2

Full sized car: Class 2 or Class 3

Large SUV: Class 3 or Class 4

Trucks: Class 3 or Class 4

Heavy duty trucks: Class 4 or Class 5

Step 3:

Research what you can haul with each class of hitch.

Class 1 Trailer Hitch

Perfect for bikes, kayaks, canoes, mobility scooters and small trailers

200 lbs. tongue weight capacity and 2,000 lbs. gross tow weight

Class 2 Trailer Hitch

Great for bikes, kayaks, canoes, mobility scooters, small boats and pop up campers and small trailers

300 lbs. tongue weight capacity and 3,500 lbs. gross tow weight

Class 3 Trailer Hitch

Great for mid-size campers, utility trailers, lawn maintenance equipment, bikes, cargo carriers, bikes, snowboards, skis, kayaks, canoes, motorcycles and snowmobiles

650 lbs. tongue weight capacity and 6,000 lbs. gross tow weight

Class 4 Trailer Hitch

Works well for large boats, large campers and toy haulers

1,000 lbs. tongue weight capacity and 12,000 lbs. gross tow weight

Class 5 Trailer Hitch

Most often used to tow heavy equipment, large toy trailers or multiple cars.

1,800 lbs. tongue weight capacity and 18,000 lbs. gross tow weight

Step 3:

Choose a good quality trailer hitch brand. All hitches are not alike!

When it comes to hitches, you want a brand that can be counted on to build a quality hitch. We’ve been working with hitches for many years so if you want to take advantage of our 50+ years experience, we recommend B&W, Curt, Draw-tite and Rigid hitches. Trust us when we say not all hitches are created equal!

Step 4:

Choose an experienced and reputable company and hitch installer. This is so important! If you are looking for a trailer hitch in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, be sure to check out Trailers & More. We have been installing trailer hitches for many, many years and help hundreds of customers every month with their towing needs.

Step 5:

Compare prices. Hitch prices and installation can vary greatly between sellers. Businesses like Trailers & More that specialize in hitches typically purchase a large volume of hitches and, because of that, also usually have the best prices. At Trailers & More, we guarantee the best price around on quality trailer hitches and hitch installation.

There are other considerations as well but this will get you off to a great start. Ready to purchase a hitch? Do you have more questions? Just come on down or give us a call. Our experienced hitch specialists are here to help.

Would you like to learn more about hitches in St Paul? Visit us at Trailers & More on 9th Avenue South in St Paul, call us at 651-451-1808 or you can Contact Us.

Posted by & filed under Hitches, Towing.

When you’re on the road and towing a trailer, you want to be sure you’re using the right type of hitch. Making sure that you are using the correct hitches for your towing jobs is of the utmost important. If your trailer disconnects from your car or truck while on the road, it could cause damage, injury or worse. As one of the best stores in the area for hitches in St Paul, we have a few suggestions to help you pick the best hitch. Here is a quick guide to picking the correct hitches for your towing needs.

Class I
Class I hitches are for towing 2,000 lbs GTW and 200 lbs TW. These types of hitches are suitable for a variety of cars and trucks – from subcompact cars through full size cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. These are regular duty hitches that attach to your car or truck’s bumper. These are good for towing small motor boats and similarly sized cargo.

Class II
Class II hitches are for towing 3,500 lbs GTW and 300 lbs TW. While not recommended for small cars (compact and subcompact), they work just fine for larger cars like mid-size sedans and trucks, as well as full size cars, trucks, vans, etc. These heavy duty hitches can tow trailers that are up to 3,500 lbs.

Class III
Class III hitches are for towing 5,000 lbs GTW and 500 lbs TW. These are good for mid-size and full size trucks, vans and SUVS, but they are not recommended for subcompact, compact and mid-size cars.

Class IV
Class IV hitches are for towing 9,000 lbs GTW and 900 lbs TW. Only good for full size cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, these are for towing bigger trailers like horse and cattle trailers or a fifth wheel RV.

When you need hitches in St Paul, call Trailers & More at 651-451-1808, visit our showroom or Contact Us.