Let's Get Hitched: How to Choose a Hitch for Your Truck
Trucks were built for hitching, towing and hauling. However, before you get started, you need to select the right hitching and towing equipment for your truck. Diesel engines are particularly well suited to hauling, but you still need to make sure they're used properly if you want to avoid any potential damage.
Getting the Right Hitches for the Right Trucks
When selecting a hitch, you should be first concerned with the towing weight of your truck. Every truck has a maximum towing weight, and the hitch that you choose should not have a maximum weight that exceeds this. Otherwise, it could be too easy to overload your vehicle when hauling. Ideally, you want your hitch to be anywhere from 400 to 500 pounds lighter than the maximum so that you have a bit of leeway. Remember that a load can exert more force on a vehicle than its own weight, even if diesel engines do have greater torque.
Additionally, you need to look at the type of vehicle you have and how the hitch will connect. Not all hitch connections are the same, even on trucks. The setting in and on top of the bumper is going to differ based on make and model. This may impact the type of hitch you're going to get.
Selecting the Right Hitch Type
Weight-carrying hitches. These hitches are designed to carry lightweight and maneuverable trailers. They are called weight-carrying because they rest the weight of the trailer on top of the hitch. There are multiple types of weight carrying hitches including fixed drawbar and removable drawbar.
Weight distributing hitches. These hitches are better for heavier loads. This type of hitch is going to distribute the weight of the load over the trailer's axle rather than the hitch, thereby reducing strain on the vehicle, its engine and its tires.
Additionally, there are special types of hitches for different purposes. Front mount hitches are usually specifically designed to be used with boats, for instance. Different types of hitches will also have different connectors, which will often control how the hitch connects, how convenient and easy it is to use and how durable it is.
Being able to haul and tow are two of the major reasons people get trucks and diesel engines. If you're still wondering about the right type of hitch to use to your truck, you can take a look at some great options at the Cambridge Truck showroom. Cambridge Truck is committed to offering only the best in high-performance diesel engines and accessories. Contact us at Cambridge Truck today to start hauling!