How to Select the Correct Hitch Size for Your Trailer

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  Gross Trailer Weight
GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT
The hitch has to be able to handle the weight of your trailer including aftermarket options like air conditioners and awnings, and also cargo - things like your trailer hitch, propane, ATVs, water, food, clothes, insect repellent, toilet paper, etc. Weighing your trailer after all of your equipment has been loaded into it gives you the Gross Trailer Weight.

  Tongue Weight
TONGUE WEIGHT
The hitch must be large enough to handle the load created by transferring or "distributing" weight that would be carried by the rear axle of the tow vehicle if you were not using a weight distribution hitch.

  Weight of cargo loaded behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle
WEIGHT OF CARGO LOADED BEHIND THE REAR AXLE OF YOUR TOW VEHICLE
This is the weight of the cargo you will be hauling in your tow vehicle behind the rear axle (in the truck bed, cargo area, or back seats). Think of things you might carry like firewood, ATVs, motorcycles, camping gear, and maybe even passengers if you tow with an SUV.

I could not believe the difference. What was usually a "sit on the edge of your seat with both hands locked to the wheel" situation with a terrible tension headache at the end; became a relaxed, easy trip.

~ Glenn D. (Wisconsin)