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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.

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