Car Hitches

You want a ride that can haul heavy cargo? Then an SUV, a station wagon, or a pickup truck would be a good choice. But if you want to use any of that to be able to transport, say, a couple of horses or a big group's camping gear for a whole summer, well, sorry but you just can't-not without a reliable hitch assembly and trailer.

See, no matter how big and spacious your rig's truck bed or compartment is, you simply won't be able to fit huge bulks of cargo in it. And unless you're willing to trade your ride in for a farm tractor or circus animal carrier, your best bet would be to get a trailer and a car hitch or trailer coupler. Some SUVs and pickups already come installed with hitches for pulling a variety of loads. Smaller vehicles like sedans and coupes, however, usually don't come with hitches because of their size and weight. However, that doesn't mean you can't install trailer couplers on them. As long as the weight of the load you want your ride to tow is still within your vehicle's engine capacity, then there should be no problem with using a trailer with your ride.

Now, when it comes to types of hitchs, there are at least five that are most often used: the receiver, front mount receiver, gooseneck, flat-faced, and fifth wheel. Receiver hitches are installed at the rear and serve as the anchor point for the trailer. They're used with a coupler ball, ball mount, clip, and locking pin. Front mount receivers, on the other hand, are simply the opposite of the receiver type. Instead of at the rear, they're installed at the front of the vehicle where they can serve as a mount for a snow plow or a couple of bicycles, for example, in case the trailer's already packed.

Flat-faced hitches are probably the simplest-looking among all hitch types. These are used with sturdy flat-faced bumpers and ball shanks. And as for the gooseneck and fifth wheel couplers, well, they're quite the same in function and installation. They're both often used in pickup trucks for towing travel trailers, they're both mounted onto the pickup bed to better distribute the trailer's weight on the tow vehicle's frame, and they both allow the driver to make tight turns on corners. Their only difference is in their designs. The gooseneck has a protruding ball that is accommodated by a trailer's gooseneck coupler, while the fifth wheel has a circular or horseshoe-shaped plate that accommodates a pin from the trailer.

As each automobile has unique properties, the challenge in choosing a hitch is actually in getting one that's tough enough to last a long time carrying loads. But that's not much of a challenge anymore now that you're already at Parts Train. Here, we have a complete line of classes 1 to 5 hitches made by trusted companies, so you're sure to get one that's perfect for your ride.