Most people who buy a truck want to be able to haul things. Otherwise, they could just drive an SUV or a car. They get a truck because they want to move big or heavy things, either for their work or for their hobbies. However, even a truck is limited in how much it can haul. Adding a trailer expands the towing capacity to haul more gear or even to haul campers and other vehicles for summer road trips and moves.
Before you can hook a trailer to your truck, you need to get the right hitch. Here are a few different trailer hitches that can be used with different trucks or for different needs:
This is the most common type of truck hitch as it can be easily mounted and can pair with any truck, even light-duty and midsize trucks like the Toyota Tacoma or the Chevy Colorado. The rear receiver hitch is mounted directly to the frame under the back of the truck, and it has a square receiving tube that connects with many type of trailer necks.
The rear receiver hitch can haul varying amounts of weight depending on the size. Typically, the bigger the receiving tube, the larger the trailer it can carry and the more weight.
A gooseneck hitch mounts over the rear axle or just in front of it. That makes them stick up in the middle of the bed in some trucks. The hitch allows you to use your full bed when you are not hauling a trailer, allowing you to maintain flexibility for your hauling needs.
Gooseneck hitches are usually designed to hold heavy weights – often up to 30,000 pounds. They are best used with heavier duty trucks, such as the Ford F-250 or the Chevy Silverado. Just check your truck’s towing capacity to make sure that it can handle as much as the hitch can handle.
A pintle hitch has a large hook on the end of a long bar. The bar can be attached directly to the truck, or it can attach to another mount that hooks into another hitch. These hitches can give you a greater towing capacity than some other types of hitches – up to 60,000 pounds. You would want to use these with some of the most heavy duty or commercial trucks.
A bumper hitch is a small hitch that – as its name suggests – connects directly to your truck’s bumper. It makes for easy installation, but it also means that you can’t tow heavy loads. It’s ideal for a lightweight truck or even an SUV or a car.
There are even more types of hitches that can be used with different trucks. The choice really depends on how much weight your truck can handle, as well as how frequently you want to use your hitch and your bed at the same time. The experts at Tim’s Truck Capital can help you figure out what kind of hitch meets the needs of your truck, or they can help you find the right truck to meet your hauling needs. Visit us today to talk with a friendly associate and get what you need to be ready for hauling.