Frequently Asked Questions

Some of Our Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use the Gen-Y Hitch for multiple applications at the same time?

A: The answer to this question is yes, as long as the total cargo weight equals less than GVWR or the hitch weight rating (whichever is lowest).

Q: Where do I find what my GVWR is?

A: The GVWR is stated in the owners manual of the tow vehicle. If not contact your local dealer.

Q: Do all ball mounts have the same rating?

A: No! All ball mounts must be clearly marked for specific weight ratings. Therefore, ball mounts must be stamped with weight rating, ball size, and the manufacturer name in order to be compliant with SAE-J684 Weight Testing Requirements.

Q: How do I know what class hitch I need for my vehicle?

A:  Hitch classification depends on what is being towed and what tow vehicle is being used. Refer to the chart below.

Class Details

Class IV Hitches

  • Designed for trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles 2″ x 2″ receiver hitch opening
  • Rated up to 12,000 lbs GTW and 1,000 TW
  • Works with all Class III and IV accessories
  • Class I and Class II (1-1/4″) hitch accessories can be used in a Class IV hitch with use of a reducer sleeve.
  • Whereas Class IV hitch balls require a 2″ diameter shank

Class V Hitches

  • Specially designed to handle heavy duty towing with trucks or vans to tow larger trailers
  • 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ receiver hitch opening
  • With a weight distribution system you can handle up to 18,000 lbs with 1,800 lbs of tongue weight
  • Customers can use any class III or IV accessory with a reducer sleeve.

The most Frequently asked Question;

What Size Drop Hitch Do You Need?

One of the most frequently asked questions is, how do I know what size drop hitch I need for my vehicle? This is typically the BIG question and can vary depending on your trailer. Ideally, a trailer should ride behind the tow vehicle as level as possible while towing. First of all, measure the distance from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler and from the ground to the inside top of your hitch opening, making sure that both truck and trailer are sitting level when measuring. The difference between to 2 measurements and this is consequently the approximate drop or rise that you will need.

Since you may not be sure of your trailer height, you can follow these instructions. Again, measure from the ground to the top of the tow vehicle’s hitch opening and subtract that from 16″ since the average height for most trailers is 15″-17″ off the ground. Thus you will have the drop size you will need for most trailers on the market and will ensure the correct ride height in order for all axles of the trailer to stay in equal contact with the road at all times.  Example, your vehicle measures 21.5″, then go with a 5″ drop.

In conclusion, the following chart will help you better determine what size hitch is right for you. It is best to take all vehicle hitch measurements on a level surface from the ground to the top of the vehicle’s receiver hitch.

Vehicle Hitch Height: Drop Hitch Size Needed:
20-22 Inches 6 Inch Drop Hitch
23-25 Inches 9 Inch Drop Hitch
26-28 Inches 12 Inch Drop Hitch
29-31 Inches 15 Inch Drop Hitch
32-34 Inches 18 Inch Drop Hitch
35-37 Inches 21 Inch Drop Hitch

Questions are often asked about different measurements on all of our products. Below are the measurements for most products and should help answer any questions you may have on that.

2″ Shank Adjustable Drop Hitch 10K & 16K

2" Shank Adjustable Drop Hitch (10K & 16K) Specs

2.5″ Shank Adjustable Drop Hitch 21K & 32K

2.5" Shank Adjustable Drop Hitch (21K & 32K) Specs

2″ Torsion Hitch 16K

2" Shank, 16K Adjustable Torsion Drop Hitch Specs

2.5″ Torsion Hitch 21K

2.5" Shank, 21K Adjustable Torsion Drop Hitch Specs

1400 Series

2" Shank, 16K Adjustable Torsion Hitch Specs