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Trailer Hitch Guide

You need a trailer hitch to connect your truck and your trailer, but different trailer/truck combinations have different hitch requirements. Do you know what kind of hitch you need? Are you having trouble with your hitch?

In this article, you’ll learn what you need to know about trailer hitches: what you should consider when purchasing a trailer hitch, as well as what you need to know before installing the hitch. You’ll also learn where you can buy trailer hitches in Arkansas.

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Trailer Hitches, Receive Hitches, and Tow Hitches

The trailer hitch is the core part of your trailer-truck connection. It goes on the truck and is then connected to the ball mount.

Though people often use the terms trailer hitch, receive hitch, and tow hitch interchangeably, there are important differences. You should only call it a receiver hitch if it bolts to your truck’s underside. Tow hitch is generally used as a synonym for both trailer hitches and receive hitches.

Though this is the most common type of trailer hitch, it’s far from the only one. Gooseneck hitches and 5th wheel hitches are also common.

What Kind of Trailer Hitch Should You Buy?

The most important thing to remember is this: trailer hitches are not interchangeable. You need to get a hitch that’s designed for the trailer you’re using. As well, you need to get one that can handle more weight than the maximum load you’ll be carrying.

You should always go by the lowest maximum weight allowed by a component in your truck/trailer combination, so even if you don’t know what you’ll be carrying, you’ll have a good idea of the maximum weight your trailer hitch should be able to handle.

When in doubt, it’s worth talking to the seller of your trailer to determine what kind of hitch you need. Alternatively, you can also find information on the manufacturer’s website for both your vehicle and the hitch(es) you’re interested in.

Installing Your Trailer Hitch

Once you have your hitch, you need to install it to the vehicle. Different trailer hitches need to be installed differently, which means you’ll need to consult the manufacturer’s manual in order to determine the exact installation process. For the most part, you should only need common tools: ratchets, sockets, and a torque wrench.

If you’re working with a trailer that need tools you don’t have, you should be able to get installation help at a trailer dealership.

Looking for Trailer Parts in Arkansas?

At Silver Moon Trailers, we offer more than just trailers: we also offer a variety of parts and accessories, which can help ensure you’re safely transporting whatever you need to across large distances.

If you have any questions about your trailer or you’re simply looking to get a good deal, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our trailer experts will be happy to assist you. You can call us at (870) 330-9133 or email us at silvermoontrailers@gmail.com. Alternately, you can visit us in person at 1802 Commerce Drive. Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401.