By Les Narum
Customer Service Representative at ReeseHitches.com
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.
Les Narum - Customer Service Specialist