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MSE Hickman has hitches, and you can learn all about them and find the ideal towing equipment at The more you understand about the equipment and capabilities, the better choice you can make. There are laws and restrictions to consider as you tow from state to state, and weight-carrying capacities to think about. Not all vehicles can tow all classes of trailer and hitch. You should always refer to your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the towing capacity. Choose a hitch that is strong enough to handle the maximum anticipated total weight of the trailer without exceeding the towing capacity of the vehicle. The trailer tongue load should be kept at 10% of the loaded trailer weight for deadweight trailer hitches, and at 12% for weight-distributing – sometimes called equalizing – trailer hitches.

You might also consider beneficial vehicle modifications such as weight distribution hitch, sway bars, or stiffer springs if you are planning on heavy or long-distance towing. Your trailer’s springs, axels, tires and chassis were designed to handle a certain and specific maximum load. You do not want to push the limits and risk losing your trailer or your cargo!

Using your trailer hitch safely starts with good weight distribution. For optimum handling the trailer must be properly loaded and balanced. You will get the best handling by keeping the center of gravity low. Always keep in mind some basic safety tips. Check to be sure the trailer ball (as applicable) on your tow vehicle matches the coupler on your trailer, and is properly fastened to the tow vehicle. If you have a receiver type hitch, make sure that the insert – the bar the ball attaches to – is secured safely with a retaining pin and that it has a locking clevis pin on it.

Safety chains are required by law, and should be crossed under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Never attach the chains to the bumper or allow them to drag on the ground, and always leave enough slack in the chain for easy turning. Consider a sway control device to reduce the lateral movements of the trailer, but don’t use this if you have a class 1 or 2 hitch, or if you have surge brakes. Be careful to select the right hitch ball. The number one factor in making the ideal choice will be the hitch ball’s gross trailer weight rating. The mounting platform must be at least 3/8 thick, with the hole diameter no more than 1/16 larger than the thread shank. And remember to check the nut and lock washer to make certain they are securely fastened¦every single time that you tow!

MSE Hickman can assist you in finding the appropriate hitch and other towing equipment. If you need ball mounts, couplers, bumper hitches, hitch pins and locks, receiver hitches¦it’s our expertise that will make it easy to match your needs to the correct equipment. Our website is loaded with information on products that give long service and great value. You need to have a heightened sense of awareness when towing, and solid confidence in the equipment, so let us guide you with a great selection of towing products. Browse our website, or give us a call. We’ll give you the best advice, service and value so you can be on the road, safely towing.