What Are the Different Types of Trailer Hitches?

Trailer hitches are the fixtures that mount to a car or truck in order to use it to tow a trailer. Generally people purchase them in order to convert their car into one that can haul a trailer or item, or to replace the hitch on the back of a truck that may have broken or worn down over time. A hitch is not only useful, but necessary to properly tow any vehicle, as they are designed to handle the strength and pressure of a hauled item.

Trailer hitches come in a variety of different types and classifications. For several manual labor occupations, there are specialty hitches designed to meet the needs of the workplace. While a standard trailer hitch will suit the needs of most people, it's a good idea to understand what is available in the marketplace. We will also discuss different manufacturer's and models in order to help you in making an informed buying decision.


Easily the most widely used hitch available, the standard model is designed for trailers, bikes, cargo, and any other standard towing need. Before making a purchase you still need to choose one that will tow the weight that you need it to tow, as well as one that has the size receiver you need for the item, but generally the standard variety will meet the needs of most (if not all) individuals.

Fifth Wheel Hitch

Used primarily by businesses that require a heavy tow load, these models are designed to have incredible towing capacity, able to withstand considerable weight. It also installs directly into a truck bed rather than on the back of a car, and can carry as much as 30,000 lbs.

Front Mount Hitch

There are also hitches that are designed to go on the front of your truck. These can be useful for lowering boats, though most front mount varieties are designed to carry much smaller items, such as a bike or a tire or other items that do not have much weight.

Gooseneck Hitch

Yet another style used for extremely heavy loads, the gooseneck is very similar to the fifth wheel hitch, except that it is designed to allow for greater cargo space in the truck bed, as well as more stability in certain cases.

Specialty Hitch

It is possible to get specialty hitches in order to suit your specific needs. For example, some people prefer that the hitch itself be hidden from view. While some of these models can be purchased off the shelf, (like the one pictured here) others can be custom made to be part of the vehicle itself.


Whether you drive a Harley, Suzuki, Yamaha or Honda, in order to take your bike with you on a long trip, tow a cargo trailer or camping trailer behind your motorcycle you need the right type of hitch to do the job.

There are a variety of different types of trailer hitches. The standard is the most common, and most useful in almost every scenario, but the other types may come into play depending on your needs. Whether you're looking for a certain brand like Reese, Valley, Blue Ox, used models, accessories like locks or looking for installation instructions we've got you covered. Please check back often as we update our site regularly.

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