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Pulling up on the link at the rear releases the knuckle allowing uncoupling. In North America the vehicle attachment is known as the trailer hitch. Receiver-type hitches consist of a portion that mounts to the frame of the vehicle that has a rearward-facing opening that accepts removable ball mounts, hitch bike racks, cargo carriers, or other hitch mounted accessories. Fixed-drawbar hitches are typically built as one piece, have an integrated hole for the trailer ball, and are generally not compatible with aftermarket hitch accessories.
Trailer hitch classes[ edit ] A trailer hitch typically bolts to the chassis of the vehicle. The trailer tongue North America or coupling outside North America slips over a tow ball attached to or integral with the hitch. Receiver tube sizes[ edit ] Receiver tubes come in various sizes depending on the load they carry and the country of operation. Receiver-type hitches use removable ball mounts, whereas the fixed-drawbar-type hitches have integrated ball mounts.
The ball mount must match the SAE hitch class. The ballmount for a receiver-type hitch is a square bar that fits into a receiver attached to the vehicle. Removable ball mounts are offered with varying rise or drop to accommodate variations in the height of the vehicle and trailer to provide for level towing. In order to tow safely the correct combination of vehicle and trailer must be combined with correct loading horizontally and vertically on the tow ball.
Advice should be taken see references to avoid problems. Outside North America, the vehicle mounting for the tow ball is called the tow bracket. The mounting points for all recent passenger vehicles are defined by the vehicle manufacturer and the tow-bracket manufacturer must use these mount points and prove the efficacy of their bracket for each vehicle by a full rig-based fatigue test.
Truck variants[ edit ] Additionally, some pickup trucks come equipped with one to three mounting holes placed in the center area of the rear bumper to accommodate the mounting of trailer tow balls.
The ones on the extreme left or right are often used by drivers in rural areas who tow wide farm equipment on two-lane roads. The far side mounting allows for the item trailer, etc. Caution must be taken when using the bumper of a pickup truck for towing rather than using a frame mounted receiver hitch, as the bumper does not provide for as much strength and therefore is generally used to tow lighter loads.
Weight ratings for both bumper-mounted and frame-mounted receiver hitches can be found on bumper of pickup trucks for bumper-mounted tow balls and on the receiver hitch for frame-mounted receiver hitches. Many pickup trucks without frame-mounted receiver hitches often use the rear bumper, especially if the pickup truck is a light duty model. For flat deck and pickup trucks towing 10,to,pound 4. These are used for agriculture, industry, and large recreational trailers.
Front trailer hitches are also widely used on pickup trucks and full size SUVs for multiple purpose. It also allows a driver to temporarily maneuver a trailer with better visibility into any convenient place. Front trailer hitches are mounted directly to the frame of a vehicle to ensure a reliable connection. Front hitches are typically equipped with standard size receiver tubes to accommodate a variety of hitch mount equipment.
A tow hook mounted on the rear of a vehicle A trailer coupled i. There are two main categories of ISO tow ball: the flange fitting and the swan-neck which has an extended neck fitting into the tow-bracket. Swan-neck tow balls are often removable to avoid the inconvenience of a tow ball protruding from the vehicle when not required.
Some manufacturers are introducing retractable tow balls as an option. In Sweden, around 2. Trailer tow hitch[ edit ] Weight-distributing hitch[ edit ] A weight-distributing hitch is a "load leveling" hitch. It can help reduce trailer sway and hop. Trailer hop can jerk the tow vehicle. Trailer sway is sometimes called "fish tailing". At high speeds, trailer sway can become dangerous. Tow vehicles often have square receiver sockets to accept weight distributing hitches.
Pintle hook and lunette ring[ edit ] A pintle hook top and lunette ring bottom , used in towing applications by the military A lunette ring is a type of trailer hitch that works in combination with a pintle hook on the tow vehicle. A pintle hook and lunette ring makes a more secure coupling, desirable on rough terrain, compared to ball-type trailer hitches. It is commonly seen in towing applications in agriculture, industry and the military. The clearance between the lunette and pintle allows for more relative motion between the trailer and tow vehicle than a ball coupling does.
This becomes a tradeoff between a more secure coupling and a more comfortable towing experience.
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