Towing Hitches

Understanding the different classes of hitches is a critical step in selecting the proper components for your towing setup. Selecting the right class of towing hitch will make sure you have a secure and safe towing experience. Here we have given an overview of the different types and classes of towing hitches for your convenience and to help you make an informed hitch selection.


This load chart shows at a glance the load carrying capacity for the various classes or types of towing hitches.

Class I Hitch: 2,000 lbs. GTW

Class I Hitches are the lightest type of trailer hitch and are rated up to 2,000 lbs. GTW and 200 lbs. maximum tongue weight. They are made to handle light-duty hauling equipment. The Class I hitch is often available in a draw-bar type architecture or step bumper type hitch. Some hitch under this weight category also comes with a crossbar and a 1 inch to 1-1/2 inch square tube receiver, or a small 2''x 5/8'' receiver. A Class I Hitch is usually used on smaller cars, SUVs and minivans to carry bike racks, camping equipment and other light-duty cargo.

Class I Hitches are available from the following manufacturers:

Draw-Tite |  Hidden Hitch

Class II Hitch: 3,500 lbs. GTW

Class II Trailer Hitch is manufactured to carry loads up to 3,500 lbs. and features a 300 lbs. tongue weight. The Class II weight category can carry small to medium equipment such as camper, boat, snowmobile, and boat trailers. Class II Hitches are specifically made for larger cars, SUVs and full –size trucks.

Class II Hitches are available from the following manufacturers:

Draw-Tite |  Hidden Hitch

Class III Hitch: 3,500-5,000 lbs. GTW | Class IV Hitch: 5,000-14,000 lbs. GTW

Class III and Class IV hitches are generally known as the average hitch type for Towing. These weight classes can accommodate up to 5,000 lbs. Gross Towing Weight (GTW) for Class III and 10,000 GTW for Class IV with a tongue weight of 500 lbs. for the former and 1,000 to 1,200 lbs. for the latter. Class III is perfect for mid-size trucks while their Class IV counterpart is suitable for full size trucks and vans.

Class III/IV Hitches are available from the following manufacturers:

Draw-Tite |  Hidden Hitch |  Reese

Class V Hitch: 18,000 lbs. GTW

Class V Trailer Hitch is typically a weight distributing hitch and can carry an extreme load greater than 10,000 GTW. With its 1,200 lbs. tongue weight, the Class V Trailer Hitch is a must have for trucks that performs heavy duty hauling. The Class V hitch has a 2-1/2'' receiver with a ¾ inch pinhole. Class V Trailer Hitches are usually used in Towing a car or horse trailer and even campers or large boats.

Class V Hitches are available from the following manufacturers:

Draw-Tite |  Reese |  B&W

Gooseneck Hitch: 25,000-30,000 lbs. GTW

The Gooseneck Hitch is created to be used in large trucks and borrows some features from the Fifth Wheel Hitch. A gooseneck hitch is composed of a hitch ball and coupler compared to the Fifth Wheel Hitch's kingpin. Towing livestock and horse trailers are perfect when using the Gooseneck Hitch. Goosenecks are available in different set up; there are above and below the bed configurations that both lessen the obstruction on the pickup's bed thus making full use of truck's rear when not Towing.

Gooseneck Hitches are available from the following manufacturers:

B&W |  Reese

Fifth Wheel Hitch: Up to 24,000 lbs. GTW

Fifth Wheel Hitch is used to carry heavy trailers and uses a kingpin that acts as the connector between the fifth wheel and the trailer. This kind of Towing equipment can carry much greater load compared to a typical trailer hitch. The Fifth Wheel Hitch attaches to the bed of the truck unlike other trailer hitch that attaches to the rear bumper. When installed, the trailer weight is pressed down to the truck's bed. With this feature, it is possible for the Fifth Wheel Hitch to carry large and heavy loads.

Fifth Wheel Hitches are available from the following manufacturers:

B&W |  Reese


Since it's first launch in 1946, Draw-Tite has been considered a driving force in trailer hitch design and equipment engineering.

B&W Trailer Hitches

B&W 5th Wheel Hitches are proudly made in the USA with impeccable attention to detail throughout the manufacturing process.


Functionally and economically speaking, Reese towing components are ideal for whatever towing situations you may encounter.

Hidden Hitch

Hidden Hitch products are fully-welded for optimized strength and durability and rated up to 10,000 pounds load capacity. $25 Rebate when Purchasing Hitch and Tube Cover!


Hopkins Hoppy Tee Connectors connect your trailer wiring to your vehicle's wiring system without cutting or splicing. Hopkins Towing Solutions is regarded as the industry leader in electrical towing components.

Monster Hooks

Monster Hook tow hooks make using the largest of recovery straps easy. No more fighting with the strap trying to fit a D-ring or shackle.

Shock Strap

Check out these Shock Straps. Keep your atv's and other stuff in your truck bed securely fastened with Shock Straps.


Tekonsha offers brake controllers that aide in smooth, secure trailer braking. Tekonsha brake controllers are the best choice for intuitive brake operation.


TeleSwivel® hitches adjust to reach the trailer making connecting to a trailer shorter, safer, and easier by making it an easy, one-man job.

Tow Ready

Tow Ready utilizes innovative and advanced equipment and has the most experience in the market to meet the standards of tow vehicles.

Titan Fuel Tanks

Titan tanks offer diesel truck drivers the flexibility to increase fuel capacity, reducing the frequency of trips to the pump. Titan tanks are lightweight, easy to install, and less expensive to ship.

Air Lift

You'll be hard-pressed to find a better company when upgrading your suspension to handle your towing needs. Remotely adjust your suspension to suit your load.

Super Springs

SuperSprings increase load capacity, maintains or enhances handling and makes towing much easier. EASY TO FIT! No suspension knowledge required.

Ball Mounts

Hitch ball mounts at 4 Wheel Online present various configurations that ideally suit any purpose. Get awesome deals on high quality hitch ball mounts at the lowest prices.

Hitch Balls

We offer a full line of trailer hitch balls for every towing setup. From standard to exchangeable hitch balls, pintle and gooseneck hitch balls, we are offering these top quality towing products at the lowest price.

Brake Control

Dependable brake control is essential for safety while towing. Brake controllers help to slow the load to keep you one the road and safe.

Wiring Kits

Trailer wiring kits link the tow vehicle to trailer. Some of these kits require no splicing or cutting that degrades the wiring system, to ensure that your lights are fully functional and safe.

4 Wheel Online provides essential towing components for both commercial and private customers, everything from hitches and goosenecks to fifth-wheels and wiring kits. Accessorize your towing to have it perform exactly how you want, at prices that fit any wallet, with authentic quality that you can rely on. The towing brand names that 4 Wheel Online provides are the most sought-after industry leaders, so you can expect high quality components at absolute rock-bottom prices. Shopping for towing components at 4 Wheel Online makes building your towing kit less complicated and more convenient since everything you need is here, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Searching for quality and versatility in towing components? Towing components such as towing hitches, towing mounts, towing receivers and fifth wheel hitches are the answer to whatever towing application you require. These are "must-buy" towing components for the driver who values safety, functionality and ease of use.

Among others, safety has always been a primary consideration when towing wide or heavy loads. Now, those loads can be negotiated with not only tough towing components, but also with parts that wont compromise the aesthetics of your truck. Hidden hitches are available to keep your truck looking tight, and a large selection of tube caps and covers will keep your towing rig looking 'finished' when not in use.

Don't overlook the necessity of upgrading your suspension package if you plan on doing a lot of hauling of large or heavy loads. Our towing supplies are tough and affordable but wont serve their best function if your suspension package is not up to the task. 4 Wheel Online has the most comprehensive suspension selection to help you to secure a long-lasting high-quality towing setup that will never let you down.
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