By Bert Camp
Customer Service Representative at ReeseHitches.com
Good day fellow trailering enthusiasts. I’m Bert Camp, one of the trailer hitch specialists here at Reese Hitches. Today we’re going to talk about a hitch system called a Pintle Hitch. We get a lot of questions about how this system works and under what conditions it would be a good choice to use so let’s jump right into it.
This hitch style would more typically be used for carrying loads over 8,000 lbs and/or on rough terrain. The pintle style hitch is a more secure closure method. This hitch is used a lot on farms, in the military and for anyone hauling big trailer loads.
A pintle hitch comes in two different styles. The pintle hook and the pintle combination. This link here
would be a good example of both styles
Pintle Hook Lunette Ring
The pintle hook is a claw or pincer type of device that clamps through a lunette ring mounted on the tongue of a trailer. A pintle hook and lunette right makes a more secure coupling when used on rough terrain compared to a ball-type trailer hitch. The pintle hook is easier to hook up but some would say that they have a tendency to bounce around just a bit.
Combination Pintle Hook
The pintle combo, also called the combination pintle hook, is also very popular because it allow you to tow trailers with a lunette ring or trailers with a conventional coupler using the hitch ball. Combination pintle hooks are available with a 1-7/8”, 2” or 2-5/16” hitch ball.
Mounting Plate Pintle Bolt Kit
A few additional items are needed to get this system up and running on your vehicle. If you’re using a pintle hook with a 2 inch or 2-1/2 inch receiver hitch, you’ll need a mounting plate
. The shank will slide into your hitch receiver and the pintle hook will mount to the face of the plate. The bolts needed to mount the pintle hook to the plate are sold separately so be sure to pick up the bolt kit. If you need replacement parts for your pintle hook like a pin and chain or replacement ball, you can check these items out here
. Be sure to select the right size and weight capacity to fit your needs.
Here are the installation instructions for one of our most popular models that you might find helpful
Like all towing components these parts are designed to be safe to use within their specific weight capacity range. Be sure you know the weight of the loads you intend to trailer and buy the appropriate size to accommodate the largest load.
Still have some questions? Give us a call and we can answer most any question you have related to Pintle hitches and accessories. You can reach us at 877-509-0719
All the best-