How Does a Trailer Hitch Work?
In any towing situation, attention needs to be paid to safety and functionality. Regulations require that vehicles are equipped correctly so they do not exceed maximum recommended limits.
The trailer hitch is designed to be securely fastened to the towing vehicle and provide significant support for the trailer or caravan. Each hitch is designed to be vehicle specific, and they are generally divided into five classes based on the capacity they can handle. Each class is categorized according to the size of the rear opening, into which is fitted the shank of the ball mount. In turn, the towing ball is fitted to the ball mount and the tongue of the caravan or trailer is then fed into the ball so that it articulates as necessary and can be pulled in various road conditions.
The trailer hitch is also categorized according to the maximum weight it can safely pull, but it’s important to remember that whereas a different class of hitch may physically attach to a vehicle, it does not mean that that vehicle can necessarily handle the maximum recommended weight of the hitch itself.