Q9) What types of trailer hitches are available?
There are many types of hitches used on trucks, vans, SUV's, and
Frame mounted receiver hitch: For use with pull type
trailers, this hitch provides a stable platform for many types of pull
trailers. It is mounted to the frame of the tow vehicle. This is the
most popular type of hitch and is a safe system if used properly.
Bumper hitch: For use with pull type trailers, this hitch
is mounted to the bumper of the tow vehicle and rated for a certain
weight. Some of these hitches are rated to 10,000 lbs. Most bumper
hitches are factory hitches and are not rated high enough to tow most larger two
or three horse pull type trailers.
Equalizer hitch: Used with a frame mounted receiver hitch,
this is a torsion system. It spreads out the downward forces to equalize
them between the tow vehicle and the trailer. Because each tow vehicle and
trailer is different, be sure to check with a trusted expert when selecting a
hitch system for your vehicle.
Sway bars are part of the equalizer system. These help
augment the equalizer system for more stability. For larger trailers,
there are additional sway or friction bars that are appropriate for a particular
Additional resources include:
Air Ride Hitch, Inc.
The B & W Turnover Ball System
Trailer Saver Air Ride 5th Wheel
Kiefer Built, Inc.
P.O. Box 88
Kanawha, Iowa 50447
Toll Free: 1-888-2KIEFER (1-888-254-3337)
P.O. Box 499
Waupaca, WI 54981
Feather Lite Trailers
Information for these and other trailer/tow vehicle questions is courtesy
Mr. Ray Reimann
Horseman Trailer Sales
W5712 Hwy JJ
Appleton, WI 54913