Understanding Trailer Hitch Classes and Weight Limits

What Hitch Do I Need to Tow My Boat?

If you have recently purchased a boat, trailer, watercraft, flatbed trailer, or anything else that requires being towed to get around, you may be wondering what type of hitch you’ll need. This guide from Serra Toyota of Decatur is going to break down the different trailer hitch classes to help guide you towards the hitch that is right for you and your boat, RV, or trailer. Keep reading for all you need to know about hitch classes and weight limits.


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Hitch Classes and Weight Limits

Different towable items require different hitches depending on their weight and size. Each of the different trailer hitch classes has a different weight limit to help you tow safely. Keep in mind that the weight limit is the maximum amount of weight the hitch can handle and you should try to stay under the maximum limit. Below we have listed each of the different hitch classes and how much weight they can handle.

Class I Hitch – 2,000 pounds or less

Common items include:

Bike rack

Small utility trailer

Mobility scooter

Class II Hitch – 3,500 pounds or less

Common items include:

Popup Camper trailer

Small boat

Two ATVs

Class III Hitch – 8,000 pounds or less

Common items include:

Small horse trailer

Towable camping trailer

Snowmobile

Class IV Hitch – 12,000 pounds or less

Common items include:

Fully-loaded camper

Large travel trailer

Large boat

Class V Hitch – 20,000 pounds or less

Common items include:

Large toy hauler

Multi-car trailer

Equipment hauler

2019 Toyota Sequoia towing trailer


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If you are in the market for a new trailer-ready vehicle then stop by our online inventory to view our full lineup of fully-capable SUVs and trucks. If you have any questions about the towing power of our vehicles, contact a member of the Serra Toyota of Decatur sales team today.