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A Ram Truck expert goes through the various classes of trailer hitches, what they mean, and how to pick with class that makes the most sense for what you are towing.
Dave: I'm Dave Snyder from Ram Trucks. And in this video, we're going to talk a little bit about trailer hitch receiver classes. What they mean and how to pick the right system for your needs. Hitch receivers are divided into different classes which range from a class one to a class five receiver.
A class one receiver is typically rated at two thousand pounds of towing capacity and will have a square opening measuring an inch and a quarter by an inch and a quarter. A class 2 receiver also has a square inch and a quarter receiver opening but typically is rated to about 3500 pounds of towing. A class three receiver has a square opening measuring two inches by two inches and has a maximum towing capacity also around twelve thousand pounds. A class four receiver also has the same two inch opening but has an even higher trailer rating of fourteen thousand pounds. The class 5 receiver has a square opening of two and a half inches by two and a half inches and their rated somewhere between seventeen thousand and twenty three thousand pounds.
Both of these Ram trucks here today come with a class five receivers standard and also come
with an adapter If you're existing hitch happens to use a two inch by two inch opening. Now with larger trailers, weight distribution hitches are highly recommended.
A weight distribution system helps balance or distribute the trailer weight between the truck and the trailer for optimal vehicle dynamics. On a system without weight distribution much of the applied trailer weight is actually being carried by the rear axle of the truck.
With a weight distribution system some of that weight is transferred to the front axle which creates a better more balanced handling vehicle.
It's important to note the size of the opening and towing capability ratings vary by manufacturer. So, make sure you check the specific capability ratings of the system you choose. Also make sure never to exceed the capability limits of either the receiver or the tow vehicle. And for more information on this go to RamTrucks.com.