Choosing the Right Trailer Hitch

December 2nd, 2016 by

Hitch and TrailerYou’ve got a Chevy truck or sport utility vehicle and you’ve got big plans to pull a trailer or a boat. The only problem? What trailer hitch will fit your vehicle, meet your towing needs, and work out best for you? That’s a question that we can answer here at Chevrolet of Homewood. We’re got the right genuine General Motors parts and accessories to fit your vehicle, and our parts team can help you figure out what hitch will work best for your needs.

Which Trailer Hitch Do You Need?

When it comes to towing, the right equipment is essential. For both safety and security, you want the right hitch for the job, whatever that may be. Let’s take a look at how you can find the perfect hitch for your vehicle:

  • Find Gross Trailer Weight: The total mass of the trailer including all fluids and cargo is the first piece of info you need to choose the right hitch.
  • Trailer Tongue Weight: The weight that’s applied to the hitch ball by the trailer is also important to know. This can be calculated with the trailer on level ground with the wheels chocked.
  • Vehicle Towing Capacity: Check out your vehicle’s manufacturer’s manual in order to find out how much you’re capable of towing.

With all that information, you can calculate the kind of hitch you need. Generally, you need a class 1 hitch for small loads, under 2,000 pounds, a class 2 hitch for loads up to 3,500 pounds, a class 3 hitch for loads up to 6,000 pounds, and a class 4 or class 5 hitch for anything higher. There are also gooseneck and fifth wheel style hitches for super heavy loads, but those will only work with suitable pickups.

Get Your Chevy Parts and Accessories at Chevrolet of Homewood

We’re happy to help you find the right hitch for your needs. You can also order parts online now and pick them up when they arrive. We’re located at 18066 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL, so stop by to learn more or contact us online now to ask any questions about your towing and hitch parts and accessories.

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