In addition to roof rack systems, you can also carry your gear with rack systems that mount to a Trailer Hitch. But the first step would be to have a Trailer Hitch installed onto your vehicle. Fortunately there are Trailer Hitches available for most vehicles.
With a Trailer Hitch installed, you then have a choice of adding a hitch bike rack, hitch ski rack (requires bike rack), hitch cargo box, or hitch cargo basket. These rack systems slide into the receiver hole in the Trailer Hitch and are held in place with a bolt or cotter pin. Or add the appropriate towing drawbar, ball and wiring harness to allow you to tow trailers, campers, boats, etc.
Trailer Hitches are typically bolted to the chassis of the vehicle. Trailer Hitches are categorized by their load capacity into a few common classes: I, II, III, IV, and V.
The opening of the receiver-type hitches are usually 1.25" or 2" square, but some Class IV or V are available in 2.5" square. Below is a list of each class' weight range (WC stands for Weight Carrying, meaning a basic ball mount and coupler. The WD ratings are higher, and those limits require the use of a Weight Distributing ball mount.)
- Class I is for loads up to 2,000 lbs WC
- Class II is for loads up to 3,500 lbs WC
- Class III is for loads up to 6,000 lbs WC / 10,000 lbs WD
- Class IV is for loads 6,000-10,000 lbs WC / 10,000-12,000 lbs WD
- Class V is for loads up to 18,000 lbs WC / 18,000 lbs WD
Here is a video overview of trailer hitches and hitch rack products:
Try the Curt Hitch Finder (as shown in the video) to find a Trailer Hitch that's right for your vehicle.
Rack Attack is North America's premier hitch installation service provider with 10 full service locations to serve you better. Having performed thousands of hitch installations on a wide variety of vehicles, no other retailer can offer our high level of experience or give you the confidence that the installation will be done right.
Please call to book an appointment at any of our 10 locations across North America. Installation time for a standard hitch is about 2 hours. Our locations offer all the top Class I, Class II, and Class III hitch receiver brands including Curt, Hidden Hitch, and Valley. Not to mention we do complete wiring installations as well. For those hard to fit scenarios, Ask A Technician and our friendly staff will help you find a solution that works for your vehicle.
After you've found a Trailer Hitch solution for your vehicle, you can add a hitch rack to carry all your gear. Check out these Thule Hitch Bike Carriers, Yakima Hitch Bike Carriers, Yakima Trailers, and Yakima Trailer Accessories.
Check out the links below to see some of our Trailer Hitch installations:
- Trailer Hitch Installation Boston
- Trailer Hitch Installation Coquitlam
- Trailer Hitch Installation Denver
- Trailer Hitch Installation Golden
- Trailer Hitch Installation Minneapolis
- Trailer Hitch Installation Mississauga
- Trailer Hitch Installation Portland
- Trailer Hitch Installation Portland - SE
- Trailer Hitch Installation Toronto
- Trailer Hitch Installation Vancouver