Which hitch should I get?

When purchasing the equipment to tow, buying a hitch is one of the more complex components. Each piece has different options and details associated with it. Below are some of the more common hitches with information regarding the amount they can tow.  

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CUV with Leonard installed class 1 hitch


Class 1 & 2 Hitches

Class 1 & 2 receivers are light-duty and are designed for passenger cars and smaller Crossovers SUV's. They can, however, be found for many other makes and models. Typically they use a 1 ¼" inch receiver tube for the ball mount. A class 1 hitch can handle a trailer up to 2,000 pounds with 200 pounds of tongue weight. A class 2 hitch can handle 3,500 pounds with 350 pounds of tongue weight.

1 ¼" Inch Receiver Tube Opening
GTW: Up to 3,500 lbs
TW: Up to 350 lbs

Class 3 Hitches  

A class 3 hitch is the most common found in full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. They have a 2-inch square receiver tube and can handle 8,000 pound trailers with 800 pounds of tongue weight with a ball mount or up to 12,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight with a weight distributing hitch. That usually exceeds the limits of most non-commercial vehicles, so this hitch will almost never be the limiting factor when towing.


2" Inch Receiver Tube
GTW: 3,500 - 12,000 lbs
TW: 350 - 1,200 lbs
WD: Up to 14,000 lbs
WDTW: Up to 14,000 lbs

Class 4&5 Hitches  

Class 4 & 5 hitches are the heaviest duty hitches available. A class 4 hitch can carry 10,000 pounds and 1,000 pounds of tongue weight with a weight carrying hitch and up to 12,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds with a weight distributing hitch. A class 5 hitch can handle up to 14,000 pounds and 1,400 pounds of tongue weight. Both class 4 and class 5 hitches use the same 2-inch receiver tube as a class 3. Some class 5 hitches can use a 2 ½” receiver tube.

Xtra Duty & Xtra Duty+             
2" Inch Receiver Tube
GTW: 16,000 - 17,000 lbs
TW: 2,400 - 2,550 lbs
WD: Up to 17,000 lbs
WDTW: Up to 2,550 lbs

2 ½” Inch Receiver Tube

Commercial Duty & Commercial Duty+

GTW: 18,000 - 20,000 lbs

TW: Up to 2,700 lbs

WD: 18,000 - 20,000 lbs

WDTW: Up to 2,700 lbs





A front mount hitch is used in situations such as moving a trailer on a boat ramp to allow for better control of the trailer. These can be of any class, but are most easily installed on full-size pickups, vans, and SUV's.

2" inch Receiver Tube
GTW: Up to 5,000 lbs
TW: Up to 500 lbs
SPL: 9,000 lbs


Recreational Vehicle Hitch

2" inc Receiver Tube
GTW: 3,500 - 5,000 lbs
TW: 350 - 500 lbs
WD: 3,500 - 6,000 lbs
WDTW: 350 - 600 lbs



The most basic place to install a hitch on a car, SUV, or truck is the bumper. Most trucks and SUVs have pre-drilled holes in their bumpers to accommodate a standard trailer ball. Most of the time this is limited to less than 1,000 pounds and 100 pounds of tongue weight.

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A ball mount is a square steel tube holding a hitch balll. Ball mounts connect your trailer to the hitch. The mount is usually held in place with a special pin.  




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