Class 3 Hitch Rating
August 15th, 2014
  By Les Narum
  Customer Service Representative at

Hi All
Les here today from reesehitches  to talk about Class 3 Hitch Rating.  My fellow specialist Bert and I answer more than 100 calls a day about everything trailer hitch related.  A lot of people have questions about Class 3 hitches so I thought we’d spend a little time on this topic today.

This is a mid-range weight load hitch, good for towing a little bigger boat or a mid-size camper.  Here are some details that will help you determine if this will fit your specific needs.
Class 3 hitches are rated for weight carrying and also weight distributing, depending on the vehicle and hitch specs.  Not all Class 3 hitches are rated to do both.  If you’re not sure what’s best for your vehicle you can start by looking at our handy hitch search tool 

Class 3 hitches that are used as weight carrying are rated up to 6000 lbs. of gross trailer weight with a maximum trailer tongue weight of 600 lbs. 

Class 3 hitches that are used for weight distributing can handle up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight and a maximum trailer tongue weight of 1,000 lbs.  This requires the use of a weight distribution system.  You can get more information on weight distribution systems here 

Class 3’s usually have a 2” receiver, so keep that  in mind when you’re looking at ball mounts for this hitch.  Also, this hitch class attaches only to the vehicle frame.

Remember to always choose a hitch rating that exceeds the maximum load you intend to trailer.  Also, if you are driving long distances with loads in this weight capacity, you may want to consider a transmission cooler.  A good transmission cooler will pay for itself by lengthening the life of your transmission.

Still have a few questions?  Give us a call.  Bert and I are here and ready to give you a hand with questions about Class 3 Hitch Rating, related questions, or just about anything towing related.

Happy Trailering!
Les Narum - Customer Service Specialist