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How to Choose the Right Trailer Hitch for your Jeep

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So you’ve finally gotten the Jeep you’ve always wanted, and now you are ready to plan your outdoor adventures. But first you want the right trailer hitch so you can tow anything you need to make your adventures more spectacular. There are a number of hitch types from which to choose. They vary not only in design, but also in tongue weight and overall towing capacity. Hitches are rated from Class I to Class V. A class I hitch has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and between 200 and 250 pounds in tongue weight. A Class V hitch can tow up to 25,000 pounds.

There are round, square, receiver, weight distribution, 5th Wheel and Gooseneck hitches. The way you plan to use you Jeep will determine which type is right for you. It’s very important to consider the vehicle’s towing capacity, gross trailer weight and trailer tongue weight before you decide. Make sure the trailer hitch you choose is compatible with your vehicle. Unless you have experience and the skills and tools necessary, it is usually best to have your trailer hitch installed by an expert. This can eliminate potential problems and make the towing experience safer and easier. To see how easy it is to love a Jeep, test drive one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

When choosing a trailer hitch, it’s usually a good idea to choose one which offers excess capacity without exceeding your Jeep’s towing capacity. If you buy more jet skis or motorcycles, get a larger boat or for some other reason your towing needs increase, you won’t have to spend more money to replace the trailer hitch you already have with a heavier one. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with towing a lighter trailer using a heavier hitch.

Make sure to do your due diligence when you are deciding on which trailer hitch to buy. As part of your research, be sure to talk to a trailer hitch dealer and ask them about the designs they have available. The trailer hitch dealer can also tell you which type of hitch is compatible with your Jeep and tell you which one is right for your vehicle. There are some hitches that are designed to be unobtrusive and hidden under the bumper of the SUV. Others are made so they can be more prominently placed and cannot be hidden because of your vehicle’s undercladding. Hitches can also vary in style, finish, quality and color. Choose the one that best suits your aesthetic and functional needs. To find the best one for your needs, check out the Jeep parts and accessories at your local Jeep dealer.

There are many different types of hitches made by a variety of manufacturers that have several different features. Curt hitches are among the most popular. Many Jeep owners like them because of the well-fitting, vehicle-specific designs they offer, as well as their powder coat rust-resistant finishes. If you want the low-profile look, you may like a Hidden Hitch receiver hitch. It features removable drawbars which can help to make the hitch almost invisible when it’s not being used.

Whichever trailer hitch you choose for your Jeep be sure to use it safely.

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