Class I Trailer Hitches:
- Are the lightest-duty hitches available.
- They typically have a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. of gross trailer weight and the tongue weight is usually 10% of towing capacity, so 200 lbs. in this case.
- Ideal for a variety of small trailers such as single-axle utility trailers and recreational vehicle trailers that are used to haul dirt bikes, ATVs, canoes, kayaks and more.
- Can be used for hitch-mounted cargo carriers and bike racks – making it a very useful addition to cars with limited cargo space.
- They have an opening of 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″.
- Typically they are mounted on smaller cars, coupes, minivans and some smaller crossover vehicles.
- They are available with round tube or square tube frames.
- Available from all major hitch manufacturers like Curt, Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite.
These setups are only as strong as their weakest link. Never exceed the lowest weight capacity of any towing component! The vehicle, hitch, drawbar, ball and trailer all have weight capacities and specifications that are important to note and adhere to.
Torque when using your hitch for bikes is also important to consider – as every foot out from the hitch you extend, you cut your weight capacity in half! You need to calculate the weight of the bike rack as well as the bikes themselves and be sure to keep the heaviest ones as close to the back of the vehicle as possible.