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An air hitch is a device used to secure a load to a vehicle. It is typically used in conjunction with a trailer hitch and helps to keep the load from shifting during transport. Air hitches are also sometimes used to secure loads on trucks or other vehicles that do not have a trailer hitch.

Several different types of air hitches are available on the market, and they vary in terms of their capabilities and features. Some air hitches are designed for specific types of trailers, while others can be used with any kind of trailer. Additionally, some air hitches come with built-in security features, such as locks or chains, that help to prevent the device from being tampered with or removed.

This article will explain the many kinds of hitches and how they function. We’ll also explain why a 5th wheel is preferable to a receiver hitch.

Types of Hitches

Since different cars have different capacities for towing, there are many types of hitches. The towing capacity of a vehicle is the maximum load that can be pulled without causing structural damage or excessive wear on the engine.

There are three main types of hitches:

  •  Receiver hitches
  • 5th wheel hitches
  • Gooseneck hitches

Receiver Hitch

receiver hitch

The most common type of hitch is the receiver hitch. A receiver hitch is a type of trailer hitch that is designed to be mounted on the frame of a vehicle. Receiver hitches use a ball mount to secure the trailer to the vehicle and are typically used for towing smaller trailers, such as car trailers or utility trailers.

Receiver hitches are relatively easy to install and compatible with a wide range of vehicles. However, they typically have lower towing capacities than 5th wheel hitches. Additionally, receiver hitches can be more difficult to use when backing up, as the trailer tends to swing away from the vehicle.

5th Wheel Hitch

5th wheel hitch

A 5th wheel hitch is a type of trailer hitch that is typically used for towing larger trailers, such as RVs or campers. 5th wheel hitches are designed to be mounted in the bed of a pickup truck, and they use a kingpin connection to secure the trailer to the vehicle.

5th wheel hitches are generally considered the most stable and secure type of hitch and offer the highest towing capacity. However, they can be more difficult to install than other types of hitches and may not be compatible with all vehicles.

Gooseneck Hitch

gooseneck hitch

A gooseneck hitch is a type of trailer hitch that uses a kingpin connection to secure the trailer to the vehicle. Gooseneck hitches are typically used for towing larger trailers, such as RVs or campers. 

Gooseneck hitches offer high stability and security, but they can be more difficult to install than other types of hitches. Additionally, gooseneck hitches are not compatible with all vehicles.

Why Choose a 5th Wheel?

5th wheel hitches offer several advantages over receiver hitches, including:

1. Higher towing capacity 

5th wheel hitches have a higher towing capacity than receiver hitches, making them ideal for towing larger trailers, such as RVs or campers.

2. Greater stability

5th wheel hitches provide greater stability than receiver hitches, making them less likely to sway during transport.

3. Easier to back up

5th wheel hitches are typically easier to back up than receiver hitches, as the trailer will tend to follow the vehicle’s path.

4. More secure

5th wheel hitches are more difficult for thieves to remove, making them more secure than receiver hitches.

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Enjoy A Smooth Ride

AirSafe Hitches is the leading provider of air hitches in the United States and Canada. We offer a complete line of AIRSAFE™ Hitches (5th Wheels, Goosenecks, and Receivers) from Air Hitch Technology.

Our air hitches are designed to provide a smooth ride, regardless of the road conditions. For more information about our products and services, contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.