Hitch classification depends on what is being towed and what tow vehicle is being used.
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 the two measurements is 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 center of the tow vehicle’s hitch opening and subtract that from 14″ 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. For example, your vehicle measures 21.5″, then go with a 5″ drop.
Refer to the chart below.
|Vehicle Hitch Height:||Drop Hitch Size Needed:|
|20-22 Inches||5 or 6 Inch Drop Hitch|
|23-25 Inches||7.5 or 9 Inch Drop Hitch|
|26-28 Inches||10 or 12 Inch Drop Hitch|
|29-31 Inches||12.5 or 15 Inch Drop Hitch|
|32-34 Inches||17.5 or 18 Inch Drop Hitch|
|35-37 Inches||20 or 21 Inch Drop Hitch|
Yes, you can use the Gen-Y Hitch for multiple applications as long as the total cargo weight is less than GVWR or the hitch weight rating (whichever is lowest).
The GVWR is stated in the owners manual of the tow vehicle. If not contact your local dealer.
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.
The following information pertains to Gen-Y 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
The following information pertains to Gen-Y 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.