Trailer Hitches for All Types of Vehicles

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Selecting and installing the right hitch is important. Our experts can install and wire class 1, 2, and 3 hitches. Do you drive a sedan, truck, or SUV? When we install a trailer hitch, we select the appropriate hitch for your vehicle's towing capabilities.

Trailer Hitch Options

  • Class One - Suitable for Compact, Full-Size Cars & Crossovers - Up to 2,000 lbs.
  • Class Two - Suitable for Full-Size Cars, Crossovers, Minivans, 1/4 Ton Trucks and 1/4 Ton Trucks - Up to 3,500 lbs.
  • Class Three - Suitable for Crossovers, Minivans, SUVs & Trucks - 3,500 lbs. - 12,000 lbs.

The receiver hitch you need will be based on towing capacity. The hitch class required will depend on what you will be towing.

Whether you're hauling trailers, bikes, boats, cargo carriers, or another vehicle, Cary Moving will make sure you get the right tow hitch set up for your vehicle and cargo.

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All trailer hitches sold and installed at Cary Moving come with the option of a lifetime warranty plan guaranteed to replace your hitch with no limitation for any damage, including collision, corrosion, accidental overload, jackknifing, and vehicle theft. You will look far and wide to find that benefits at any other moving companies in Raleigh, etc.

A wiring service plan is also available. This covers repair and replacement of any damage to your wiring setup for up to two years. For more information, give us a call.

What You Need to Know about Towing

Trailer Hitch Types

Many different types of hitches can be used for towing. The most common are receiver hitches.

There are four main weight classes for receiver hitches that are defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE):

  • Class I — rated to 2,000 pounds (907 kg)
  • Class II — rated to 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg)
  • Class III — rated to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg)
  • Class IV — rated to 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg)

Trailer Hitch Components

Hitches for Trailers

The way you connect your vehicle to the trailer you are towing is with a trailer hitch or toe hitch.  The hitch is bolted to your vehicle.

Trailer Hitch Types

Tow Hitch

Sometimes called a tow hitch. a trailer hitch most often means the receiver hitch, but it could refer to a gooseneck hitch or a 5th wheel hitch. It is devised to tow no more than a specific weight and for a designated purpose.

Receiver Hitch

A receiver hitch is bolted underneath a vehicle in the back and is able to receive an accessory such as a ball mount. It is made to pull up to a to defined weight limit and has a design that is specific for particular vehicle types. Each will be included in one of the five classes of hitches. It is so common that it is usually called a trailer hitch.

Hitch Receiver Sizes

What is called the size of the hitch indicates the dimension of the inside of the receiver hitch.  The most common sizes are 1 1/4" or 2" or 2 ½ or 3".

Ball Hitch

A receiver hitch component that hooks up a trailer to a towing vehicle is called a ball mount or ball hitch. A ball mount commonly has a trailer ball attached to it. Ball mounts that are considered loaded often have their trailer ball welded on it.

Trailer Ball

The trailer connects to your vehicle with a trailer ball. A ball composed of metal threaded into the hitch body is what makes for smooth travel over bumps, up hills, and around corners.

The hitch assembly may allow you to change to balls of various sizes to fit each trailer coupler.

A nut along with a washer is included if it is not already welded.

Hitch Pin

The small L shaped rod that can be inserted into the receiver tube on the hitch keeps a ball mount shaft held securely. There is normally a spring steel hitch clip that slides in a hole in the hitch pine to retain it.

Hitch Lock

A hitch pin operated by a key, called a hitch lock, adds reassurance and security for your hitch connection. It is like a hitch pin, but it has a padlock with a key that protects against theft if you have to leave the trailer unattended.

Trailer Coupler

Working together with a trailer ball, a trailer coupler hooks your vehicle up a trailer. It latches the front of the trailer onto the trailer ball.

Trailer couplers are typical sizes to accommodate the trailer ball’s size, but some are adjustable to a achieve a connection that is more secure.

Safety Chain

To make sure the trailer is never separated from the vehicle while it is being towed, a strong piece of chain is employed to avoid complete disconnection. It is affixed to the tongue of the trailer and hooks to the trailer hitch on the vehicle.

Wiring Harness
Wiring at the back of a vehicle that allows its electrical system to connect to a trailer is called a wiring harness. It provides an electrical connection for the trailer’s brake and tail lights from the wiring on the towing vehicle. Auxiliary power can also be accessed.
Tow Vehicle

Anything used to pull a trailer, such as a truck, SUV or car is called a tow vehicle. Each tow vehicle will have a weight capacities. The component with the lowest rating is what should determine the weight maximum that can be towed.

Trailer

An unpowered vehicle that is pulled by a powered vehicle is called a trailer. Utility, cargo, flatbed, and auto/motorcycle trailers are some examples. Trailers also have weight capacities.

Required Trailer Equipment

Properly working tail lights, safety chains, and a suitable trailer coupler are compulsory. If a trailer weighs at least 3,000 pounds, it must have brakes.

Ratchet straps and other equipment may be required for safety purposes to keep cargo tied down.

Each type of trailer hitch has a unique purpose and coupling style, as well as its own set of capacities and sizes.