Showing posts with label receiver hitches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label receiver hitches. Show all posts

Friday, March 8, 2013

Selecting a Receiver Hitch

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There’s no ifs, ands, or buts, about it, receiver hitches are a must-have item if you plan on using your truck for hauling or towing. Whether it’s just a small trailer or a much larger item you plan on transporting, you need a receiver hitch in order to get your cargo from point A to point B safely and securely. Fortunately, you don’t have to look long and hard for the right hitch. Auto Truck Depot is proud to offer the widest possible range of products; it’s just up to you to browse through the diverse selection and choose the option that’s right for you.

You should, of course, pay attention to your vehicle and its specific make and model. Not all receiver hitches will work with all automobiles. Furthermore, all hitches are not designed to work with all trailers and other devices, so you’ll have to make sure everything is compatible all around. If you have any questions about compatibility, you can easily find the answers you need by searching online or asking a friendly Depot representative.

In addition to considering compatibility, you also have to think about capacity. Some hitches are designed to stand up to the challenge of large loads, while others can only carry cargo below a certain weight. Definitely know the size of your load and make sure your hitch can handle it. Not doing so could lead to cargo damage or loss or even to an accident while on the road. Finally, make sure you handle the installation process correctly. A faulty installation can also lead to big trouble, so unless you know for sure that you are capable of installing the hitch properly, you’ll want to leave the job up to a professional.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Receiver Hitches for RV Owners

There's nothing like the freedom of hitting the open road in an RV. Of course, for longer trips, it's usually a wise decision to haul a car, to have something smaller to drive around in at your destination locations. However, you can't simply chain up a car to your RV and expect good results. It takes properly installed receiver hitches to allow RV owners to safely haul their cars or SUVs during long road trips.

What is a receiver hitch?

Without going too much into the complexities of trailer and vehicle hitches, a receiver hitch is one that attaches directly to the frame of the towing vehicle. And since the hitch is installed in such a secure manner, it is capable of giving RV owners the hauling capacity they need to safely tow their cars.

What to Look for in a Receiver Hitch

At Auto Truck Depot, we regularly work with all types of folks who need receiver hitches – from RV owners to people who haul livestock. Here are the key features we tell people to look for:

    Hitches with a one-piece design for easier installations.
    Hitches that can be custom fit to different types of vehicles.
    Hitches with enough towing capacity to handle your towing needs.

Of course, we also tell people to purchase the best looking hitches, as you don't want a hitch that's going to detract from your vehicle's appearance. Contact us at Auto Truck Depot, or check out our website at, if you have any questions about the right type of receiver hitch for your vehicle. And if you need your hitch professionally installed, we can certainly have our professional technicians install your hitch for you.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Receiver Hitches: What are They and Why Do I Need One?

Receiver hitches are but one of the many types of hitches we sell here at Auto Truck Depot.  A hitch is just a piece of equipment that enables you to attach a trailer or object to your truck or vehicle.  There are ball hitches, gooseneck hitches, weight distribution hitches, fifth wheel hitches, ball hitches, and receiver hitches.  A receiver hitch is a type of hitch that contains a “receptacle” that can accommodate an insert, such as a ball mount or bike rack.
Receiver for a hitch. Factory installed on a 2...Image via Wikipedia
We don’t sell a phenomenal amount of receiver hitches at Auto Truck Depot because the types of customers we see daily usually have large trailer needs for which receiver hitches just aren’t suitable.  We do get, however, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts who come in to purchase a receiver hitch for their larger bike racks or smaller trailers.  A receiver hitch would be well suited for someone who wishes to attach a smaller trailer to their vehicle to haul their four-wheeler or jet-ski.  It would not be suited for someone who want to hook up a horse trailer and so that they can drive their 18 hands high Shire horse to a show.  It would also not be suitable for someone who wants to haul a camper behind their vehicle.  However, it would be suitable to put on an RV for the purpose of hauling your Honda Civic behind it.

Receiver hitches –even the industrial duty ones, top out at about 15,000 pounds loaded weight—that’s the trailer weight, fuel weight, and cargo weight.  Usually, people will purchase a receiver hitch when they are looking to haul something that is less than 10,000 pounds.  Beyond that most folks upgrade to a fifth wheel, gooseneck, or other type of weight distribution hitch.  It’s just safer that way.  But if you aren’t intending to haul a herd of steer or a yacht behind your truck then you can absolutely get away with purchasing receiver hitches.
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