Choosing a Hitch for Your Custom Made Trailer

choosing a hitch for your custom made trailer

There are more trailers on the road today than ever before, and for good reason. Whether you own a construction company or landscaping business or have a garage full of weekend toys, owning custom made enclosed trailers is very useful. You’ve probably spent hours researching the most suitable trailer for your needs and looking for the best deal. You’ve carefully considered your fittings and finishes, but have you ever stopped to think about how that trailer is attached to your vehicle? Probably not.

The hitch attaching your trailer to your vehicle is a vital piece of equipment and something you do need to think about when you buy a trailer. There are a wide variety of hitches out there that make towing almost any kind of trailer safe and reliable, you just need to choose the right one.

Types of Hitches

The most common type of hitch it the rear receiver hitch, a simple square receiver that can be mounted directly to the frame of the vehicle. It comes in various sizes and weight ratings. Another simple hitch is the bumper hitch that attaches directly to the bumper of a vehicle. This type of hitch is useful for light loads but, due to how it attaches to the vehicle, it can’t carry much weight.

If you are looking for a heavy duty hitch for your trailer, then you should consider the following;

The Fifth Wheel Hitch

This is a heavy-duty hitch that mounts into the bed of a truck, right over or just forward of the rear axle. These hitches can be used to tow almost anything, big or small. They are favoured by people hauling larger loads, like campers and car trailers, and can tow up to 24,000 lbs. A fifth wheel hitch has a pivot capability that allows it to absorb the impact of bumps and it moves easily with the contours of the road.

The Gooseneck Hitch

These are similar to fifth wheel hitches and they are mounted in a similar location on your vehicle, over or forward of the rear axle, but they are less intrusive than a fifth wheel hitch. Gooseneck hitches are designed to give you full use of your truck bed when you’re not towing something. These hitches are usually rated for up to 30,000 lbs, making them ideal for commercial and industrial use like towing large flatbeds or livestock and car trailers.

The Pintle Hitch

Pintle hitches are very common in the construction industry and can be mounted on large farm vehicles and commercial trucks.  A pintle hitch uses a ring-to-hook or ball configuration for a secure mount that’s ideal for use on rough terrain and can tow a trailer with a gross weight of anything from 10,000 to 60,000 lbs. The hitch usually resembles a hook that can be closed around a lunette ring that is mounted on the trailer. The pintle can either be mounted directly to the frame of a large commercial truck or it can be attached to a mount that slides into the receiver of a hitch. These hitches can be a little noisy, especially on rough terrain, but their weight rating is high.

Towing can be dangerous so before you tow anything, always double check your weight ratings and never overload your trailer. Every time you use your trailer, make sure it is properly hitched, check all the major components and ensure that everything is in good working order. Taking a few extra minutes to do this will mean that you and your trailer are safe on the road.

Regardless of what type of hitch you choose or what you are towing, it is important to have your tow hitch professionally fitted by a reputable trailer company like McFarlane’s. Not only will we fit your tow hitch correctly, but we will also give you great advice and make sure you choose the right tow hitch for your custom made enclosed trailer.