The Ford hitch is a great tool for adding versatility to your vehicle. For those who often enjoy outdoor activities, the Ford hitch is a great accessory, offering a great deal of convenience. While certainly quite handy for the traditional uses, such as towing recreational vehicles or boat trailers, the Ford hitch has much more to offer. This easily installed accessory requires just basic tools to mount quickly to your vehicle, and can be used for a wide variety of purposes. There are many accessories designed to be used with the Ford hitch that are quite handy for work or recreation. One popular type of accessory used with the Ford hitch is the bike rack, mounted to the hitch and capable of carrying up to four bikes at a time. This bike rack swivels on the Ford hitch to swing away for easy access to the cargo area. There are racks to carry your spare tire, mounted to the Ford hitch to save cargo space and able to swing clear for trunk access. Ski and snowboard transportation can become more convenient with the installation of a rack made just for them, mounting conveniently onto the Ford hitch, leaving the vehicle space free for cargo and passengers. Cargo containers are available for use with the Ford hitch, some capable of holding up to three hundred pounds. There are many uses for the Ford hitch, these are but a few examples of the versatility it can offer your vehicle. We carry a quality selection of the versatile Ford hitch in our online catalog, all at very reasonable prices. Our secure site makes it safe and easy to order your Ford hitch or our excellent customer service makes our toll-free phone line just as convenient.
How to Purchase the Right Ford Hitch for You
There are a number of factors you can take into account when shopping for the right hitch, including what you plan to haul with it and your vehicle type. Just keep in mind to check your Ford owner 's manual for your vehicle 's GTW (Gross Trailer Weight) or the total mass of your trailer and your TW (Tongue Weight) or the amount of weight resting directly on the hitch.
Considerations When Shopping for a Ford Hitch
- Five Weight Classes of Hitch:There are five weight classes of hitch categorized according to the GTW and the TW capabilities of any given vehicle. These include:
- Class 1:2,000 pounds GTW and 200 pounds TW. All vehicles, from compact cars to full-sized cars and pickup trucks can use this receiver hitch type.
- Class 2:3,500 pounds GTW and 300 pounds TW. Only mid-sized cars, minivans and SUVs, and full-sized cars and pickup trucks can use this receiver hitch type.
- Class 3:3,500-6,000 punds GTW and 350-600 pounds TW. Only mid-sized cars, minivans and SUVs, and full-sized cars and pickup trucks can use this receiver hitch type with weight distribution hitch.
- Class 4-5:6,000-18,000 pounds GTW and 600-1,800 pounds TW. Only full-sized cars and pickup trucks can use this receiver hitch type with weight distribution hitch.
- Heavy Duty Hitches:Class 1-5 receiver hitches can only pull light boats and trailers at most. In order to deal with industrial-grade usage for the biggest loads, you need heavy duty hitches that place the hitching point over the rear axle, in the truck bed.
- Gooseneck Hitches:This heavy duty hitch subtype possesses trailer balls like standard hitches. However, the ball mounts are placed in the middle of the truck bed instead, making it capable of carrying large trailers and campers. It has a capacity of up to 30,000 pounds GTW and 6,000 pounds TW. You can also do tighter turns with huge loads in tow with a gooseneck hitch compared to standard hitches because of their forward pivot point.
- Fifth Wheel Hitches:The fifth wheel or 5th wheel hitch resembles semi-truck heavy duty hitches. Like goosenecks, they also possess a high weight capacity of 16,000-30,000 pounds GTW and 5,000 pounds TW due to a bed-mounted design. However, they 're best used for hauling cars and big campers due to their increased stability and easy maneuverability. They also offer a unique pivoting design that adjusts and absorbs to bumps or changing road conditions, so your towing experience is much smoother.
- Weight Distributing Hitches:Also known as weight carrying hitches, this hitch variant that 's used along with the higher class receiver hitches are capable of carrying the trailer 's tongue weight by the receiver and the ball, resulting in better weight distribution. More to the point, the heavier TW of receiver hitches tend to cause an uneven and stable ride by lifting the front end up and pulling your tow vehicle 's rear end down, requiring a load-equalizing hitch.
The Bottom Line
When shopping for the right hitch for you, there are numerous factors that you need to take into consideration, particularly in terms of your vehicle 's GTW and TW as well as the couple of types of heavy duty hitches you might need if you require industrial-grade or commercial grade hauling action. You should also make sure you got the right hitch type purchased since your towing rig makes it hard enough to drive and maneuver your vehicle when carrying a heavy load from behind it.