Class III Trailer Hitches:
- Are the most common hitches available.
- 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, but the capacity can range up to 8,000 lbs!
- Ideal for towing most standard size trailers, including utility trailers, boat trailers, campers, single-horse livestock trailers and trailers designed to haul ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles and other similar recreational vehicles.
- Can be used for hitch-mounted cargo carriers and bike racks – making it a very useful addition to vehicles with limited cargo space.
- They have an opening of 2″ x 2″.
- Typically they are mounted on mid to full-size pickup trucks, SUVs and some crossovers.
- They are available with round tube or square tube frames.
- Compatible with a weight distribution hitch, which increases the overall capacity for towing. The gross trailer weight capacity increases to 12,000 lbs. and the tongue weight capacity to 1,200 lbs.
- 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.