Frequently Asked Questions
Which Class Hitch do I Need?
This depends on what vehicle you have and what your vehicle is capable of towing. To figure this out, consult your owners manual or consult the dealership. If you have something specific in mind to tow, this will also factor in to what is needed.
What hitch drop do I Need? &
How are Drop Hitches Measured?
Here are the steps needed to find out what drop you need:
1. Measure from the ground to the top of your hitch (The top of the square tube)
2. Measure from the ground to the top of the trailer coupler. Make sure the trailer is level first.
3. Subtract the height of the hitch ball from The trailer measurement. Most balls range from 2.5" to 3"
4. The difference between the two measurements tells you what drop or rise you need. Example: If step 1 is 24", Step 2 is 23", Step 3 has a 3" ball 23"-3"=20"), then Step 4 would be 24"-20"=4". This means you need a 4" drop
If the measurements were reversed and the Step 3 measurement was larger that the Step 1 measurement, then you would need a rise, not a drop
What are Hitch Classes?
There are 5 classes of Hitches. These classes are determined mainly by your vehicle and your towing capacity. Consult your owner's manual to see what your towing capacity is.
Class 1 - up to 2,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight
Class 2 - up to 3,500 lbs Gross Trailer Weight
Class 3 - up to 6,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight
Class 4 - up to 10,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight
Class 5 - up to 12,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight
Curt also has some hitches that are Class 5 Xtra Duty and Commercial Duty as well. These can tow up to 17,000 lbs and 20,000 lbs.