Class II Trailer Hitches:
- Are the made for lighter-duty towing.
- They typically have a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. of gross trailer weight and the tongue weight is usually 10% of towing capacity, so 350 lbs. in this case.
- An excellent choice for most passenger vehicles, including full-size sedans, minivans and crossover SUVs.
- They can be used to tow smaller size trailers such as single-axle utility trailers, small boat trailers, pop-up campers and some recreational vehicle trailers.
- 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″.
- 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.