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Do various hitches have a different towing capacity?

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Trailer hitches have different towing capacities and are divided into ratings ranging from class I to class V. Hitches within a particular class have the same towing weight capacity and typically the same receiver opening, although class II can sometimes vary.

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The weight rating of the hitch should be greater than the load being towed to ensure safe hauling. Hitches are rated on their gross trailer weight. Class I is rated up to 2000 pounds, class II up to 3500 pounds, class III up to 10,000 pounds, class IV up to 14,000 pounds and class V up to 17,000 pounds.

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