What is a Class 3 Trailer Hitch

Friday, September 25, 2020

Do you know what a class 3 trailer hitch is? You might see trailer hitches listed for class 3 all over our website or other places online. Class 3 trailer hitches are one of our most popular and versatile models of trailer hitches for buyers. Do you know the differences between trailer hitch classes? Maybe you’re unsure whether a trailer hitch you see online is a good fit for your vehicle? Read on and you can learn the benefits of owning a class 3 trailer hitch for yourself.

Understanding The Different Types of Hitch Classes

Trailer hitches come in a variety of different styles, each with its own unique purpose. There are five different types of regular-duty, receiver-type hitches, and each is given a class I (or one) through V (or five). The class assigned to each hitch is usually determined by the thickness of the steel that was used to make the hitch.


When looking at hitch classes there are two important things to keep in mind. The first is the hitch’s load capacity. The higher a hitch’s class, the stronger it is. Class I hitches can usually tow up to 2,000 pounds while class V goes up to 12,000 pounds. The second important distinction of a hitch’s class is its intended use. Class IV hitches and above are ideal for heavy-duty hauling jobs while the lower hitch classes (I-III) are ideal for everyday use with cars, crossovers, and minivans. Class IV hitches are usually only found on heavy-duty pickups that are specially designed to tow large amounts of weight. Trailers for use with class V hitches usually come with special five-wheel designs to distribute weight evenly. Different classes of trailer hitches have differently sized receiver openings as well. The class I hitch receiver opens are smaller, around 1-1/4 inch, while trailers for bigger vehicles tend to have larger receiver openings and are around 2-1/2 inches.


So What About Class 3 Trailer Hitches?

So where do class 3 hitches fall on this spectrum? The class 3 is perfect for larger trailers and is usually found on crossovers, vans, SUVs, and full-sized pickup trucks. Class 3 hitches have a towing capacity between 3,500 to 8,000 lbs and a tongue weight capacity between 350 and 800 lbs. The square receiver openings of these class 3 receiver hitches are usually around 2 inches. Not all class 3 hitches are created equal, however. The amount of weight each hitch can carry and distribute depends on the hitch’s specifications, so always check each specific hitch for more information before buying. If you’re using a class 3 receiver hitch, you should know that having a higher class drawbar won’t increase your hitch’s towing capacity. To distribute weight, you should always use a specialized weight distributing hitch.

Class 3 hitches attach to your vehicle’s frame. They operate in a way that’s similar to class 1 and class 2 hitches but are designed for use with larger vehicles than the lower hitch classes. You can use your class 3 hitch to tow a variety of different large items, like boats, campers, and trailers. You can also use them to mount a cargo carrier or bike rack. These hitches are a great storage solution when you’re on a trip, whether it’s a quick hop to the park or a weekend getaway.


How Do I Know If I Class 3 Hitch Is For Me?

Towing capacity is incredibly important for a trailer hitch! You should always check the weight of what you want to carry before buying a hitch. You should also keep in mind that not all 5 classes of hitches are available for each vehicle type. For example, you can’t use a class 1 hitch with a truck or SUV. A class 3 receiver hitch is ideal for use with larger trailers, including those used with crossovers, SUVs, and full-sized pickup trucks. Be sure to find the right hitch size! Using a more standard hitch size will let you attach a variety of different towing accessories without needing to modify it.


So now that you understand a little more about class 3 trailer hitches, be sure to check out some of the trailer hitch models we have available.