You've got your diesel truck, and now you're ready to start towing.
Well, sort of.
The only thing standing between your diesel truck and your first tow job is choosing the right hitch.
Given the large selection of hitches available in the market, figuring out which hitch would work best for your truck can understandably be tricky. Fortunately, we've compiled a guide on choosing the best trailer hitch you'll be happy with.
Let's get started!
Choosing the Best Trailer Hitch: Determine How Much Weight Your Vehicle Can Carry
The amount of weight your vehicle can accommodate is a major factor in determining what hitch to select.
With a diesel pickup truck that is full size, you'll likely need a hitch from class 3, class 4 or class 5.
Class 3 features hitches can accommodate between 3,500 and 12,000 pounds gross trailer weight (GTW). Meanwhile, class 4 features hitches that can pull between 8,000 and 14,000 pounds GTW.
Finally, class 5 features hitches that can pull between 16,000 and 20,000 pounds GTW.
Class 3 to 5 hitches work with half-ton, three-quarter and one-ton trucks. Your owner's manual can tell you how much weight your diesel truck is designed to pull and thus what trailer and hitch are the best options for you.
Hitches for Weight Distribution
If you plan to pull a trailer that is 3,500 pounds-plus, it might be in your best interest to also purchase a weight distribution hitch.
These types of hitches are receiver hitch attachments that level out trailers and vehicles by distributing the tongues' weight across the vehicles' axles. These hitches might also boost the trailer hitches' overall GTW capacity.
These types of hitches today will work with most receiver hitches from classes 3 to 5.
Gooseneck or Fifth Wheel Hitch
For certain applications, the type of hitch you choose might already be determined for you due to the kind of trailer you'll be towing.
Specifically, if you're using a fifth wheel trailer, you'll need a fifth wheel hitch. This is also true for gooseneck trailers, which have to be pulled with gooseneck hitches or gooseneck hitch adapters connected to fifth wheel base rails.
Note that even when you're using these types of specialized hitches, you'll still have to consider your towing system's, trailer's and vehicle's weight capacities. Fifth wheel hitches can pull between 16,000 and 25,000 pounds. Meanwhile, gooseneck hitches can usually pull as many as 30,000 pounds.
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