Suppose you’re new to bumper towing or looking to upgrade your hitch. In either case, it’s important to have a basic understanding of hitch components and which one will best meet your broad trailering needs. Joey Nelson of Joe’s Garage explains the most common hitch types, ranging from standard receiver hitches with a short drop and single ball to adjustable receivers that offer multiple ball sizes and hitch positions.
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Just as no two trucks or trailers are the same, Joe is a big proponent of multi-ball adjustable hitches for quick on the fly adjustments — they match ball size and allow you to level your trailer. Additionally, Nelson discusses hitch shank size, shank hole considerations, and how to keep trailer hitches in good working order. Whichever product you go with, make sure your truck, hitch and trailer fall within the tongue and overall trailer weight specifications. Doing so will ensure you’re towing safely and legally.