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Receiver Hitches

A receiver hitch is a common type of trailer hitch that provides a convenient way to tow trailers and attach accessories to a vehicle. Here are the key points about receiver hitches:

  1. Design and Purpose:
    • A receiver hitch is a metal component that attaches to the frame of a vehicle.
    • It features an open receiver tube where various hitch accessories can be connected.
    • The primary purpose of a receiver hitch is to provide a tow point for attaching trailers, bike racks, cargo carriers, and other towing equipment.
  1. Classes of Receiver Hitches:
    • Receiver hitches are divided into five classes, each with different towing capacities and receiver tube sizes:
      • Class 1: Suitable for cars and crossovers, with a 1-1/4-inch receiver tube and a capacity of up to 2,000 lbs.
      • Class 2: Used for cars, crossovers, and minivans, also with a 1-1/4-inch receiver tube, but a higher capacity of up to 3,500 lbs.
      • Class 3: Commonly found on crossovers, vans, SUVs, and trucks, featuring a 2-inch receiver tube and a capacity of up to 8,000 lbs (up to 12,000 lbs with weight distribution).
      • Class 4: Designed for trucks and SUVs, with a 2-inch receiver tube and a capacity of up to 10,000 lbs (up to 12,000 lbs with weight distribution).
      • Class 5 (Xtra Duty): Used in heavy-duty trucks and SUVs, with a 2-inch receiver tube and a capacity of 16,000 to 17,000 lbs.
      • Class 5 (Commercial Duty): Found on dually and chassis cab trucks, featuring a 2-1/2-inch receiver tube and a capacity of 18,000 to 20,000 lbs.
  1. Receiver Sizes:
    • There are four standard receiver hitch sizes: 1-1/4″, 2″, 2-1/2″, and 3″.
    • The hitch size refers to the inside dimensions of the receiver tube.
    • Using a standard hitch size allows for more versatile towing options without the need for adapters or modifications.
  1. Selecting the Right Hitch:
    • When choosing a receiver hitch, consider your vehicle’s towing needs, the type of trailer or accessory you’ll be using, and the weight ratings.
    • Remember that not all five hitch classes are available for every vehicle.

In summary, a receiver hitch is a versatile and widely used towing solution that allows you to connect various accessories and trailers to your vehicle safely and efficiently.

Benefits of the Air Receiver Hitch

The Receiver Hitch is ideal for both heavy-duty and moderate towing. They designed the tow hitches to provide both safety and comfort during the ride. Some of the benefits of using our trailer hitch receivers include:

Air Receiver Hitches Are Ideal For All Trailer Types

The air trailer hitch receivers can pull any type of trailer, including: travel trailer, horse trailer, cargo trailer, equipment trailer, government trailer, homeland security trailer, boat trailer, concession trailer, race car trailer, and more. The receiver hitches will improve the ride by over 90%. Whether you pull your trailer with a car, SUV, pickup truck, semi-truck, bus, motor coach, or any other type of tow vehicle you will benefit from our Receiver Air Hitch!