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Hitch Ratings For Towing U-Haul Trailers

August 25, 2015


Hitch Ratings For Towing U-Haul Trailers

U-Haul Dealer provides U-Haul Rental Trailers & Towing Supplies in Montgomery, Alabama.

Our U-Haul Services are available in the Montgomery River Region and Central Alabama. We’re conveniently located near Maxwell AFB and Interstates I-85 and I-65.

Trailer Hitches & Towing

Your vehicle may already be equipped with a Trailer Hitch (also known as “Tow Hitch” or “Tow Bar”), but do you know your Hitch System Rating?

Prior to leasing a U-Haul Trailer, you’ll need to know your Hitch System Rating for your specific vehicle.

Watch this short video (transcript below) and learn how to determine the 3 Hitch Ratings needed by U-Haul to help you select the proper Trailer Rental.

Knowing your Hitch Rating is essential if you’re reserving a U-Haul Trailer over the phone or online, and it’s simpler than you think!


3 Hitch Ratings You Need to Know

Today, I’m going to show you how to locate on your Hitch System on your vehicle the 3 different Hitch Ratings that you’re going to need to provide to U-Haul at some point if you’re going to end up towing a U-Haul Trailer.

Now, if you’re going to make your reservation at a U-Haul Location, then they’ll do all of this for you.

But if you’re going to try to make you’re reservation online or over the phone, it will be very helpful to know this information because you’re going to be asked for this information.

So, grab a pen and paper and crawl under this Toyota Corolla that we use here at the Tech Center for trailer testing and I’ll show you how to find these ratings on your car.

This sounds really complicated, but it’s pretty easy.

Tip: “Your hitch system is only as strong as its lowest-rated component.” – U-Haul.com

Hitch Rating

The first rating we’re going to look for is called the Hitch Rating.

Most people assume, and rightly so, that this whole business under here is your hitch.

Technically, the only part that’s referred to as your hitch is this frame that’s attached to the framework of your car. When someone asks you for your Hitch Rating, that’s what they’re looking for.

The way to find that, whether it’s on a little Toyota Corolla or on a big Ford F-250, it’s going to be on a sticker on the Hitch assembly. You’ll notice that it says “Hitch Capacity” on top of a decal in big letters so you’ll know you’re looking at the right sticker.

This particular one reads, “2,000 lbs max gross weight”. It also reads, in even smaller print, that “this capacity is for a Weight Carrying Hitch“.

That’s a key term.

You want to make sure when you’re getting your rating, you’re using it in the Weight Carrying Condition.

Some of these hitches will have two ratings, one would be for weight distributing, and one would be for weight carrying.

It’s not really important what the difference between the two is for this discussion, but at U-Haul, we’re only concerned about Weight Carrying Capacity. For this one, it’s 2,000 lbs.

That’s the 1st number to write down!

Ball Mount Rating

The second rating is for your Ball Mount.

The Ball Mount is also called the “Draw Bar”.

The Draw Bar is what goes into the Receiver Tube. This one we bought at U-Haul, yours may or may not have a decal like this. If you read these bullet points on the sticker here, it says it has a 3,500 lb Gross Weight Rating.

That’s pretty simple, it’ll be somewhere on the sticker on the drawbar or etched or stamped in the metal itself.

If you don’t see it on the sticker or etched on the metal itself, then it’s probably underneath the sticker so tear it off, or whatever you have to do, because it’s very important information and you’ve got to have it.

That’s the 2nd number you need to write down!

Hitch Ball Rating

The last one is also pretty easy.

It’s the Ball Rating (or Hitch Ball Rating). The Hitch Ball Rating is usually in one of two places. It’s usually on top of the ball itself.

This one says 5,000 lbs. That’s the rating for the hitch ball. If it’s either too scuffed up to read or not located on the top, it might be somewhere along the base of the Hitch Ball.

And that’s the 3rd number you write down!

If you’ve got those 3, then you should be ready to go.

When you have that information and you get on the phone with a U-Haul Representative, they can then go over with you every single possible Towing Option to help you accomplish whatever you need to get done.

Thanks a lot, have good trip, and good luck!” End Transcript