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Trailer Hitches

There are four common classes of ball type hitches that are available to mount to vehicles. Class I is the lightest and Class IV (four) is the heaviest ball type hitch. A class IV hitch can handle all the smaller hitch balls, so if you are going to be pulling different trailers, getting the largest class hitch that can go on you vehicle is a good idea. Most trailer hitches sold today are of the receiver type. The advantage of receiver hitches is that you can remove them when not towing and they don’t get in the way. This is important when you consider that there is normally grease on the ball. You can also have different receivers and drop heights for different trailers. The drop height is the height of the ball relative to the receiver. This height is important for the trailer to pull level.

 

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