How to Outfit for Towing
It might sound like an easy question to answer — how do I set my truck or SUV up to tow? — but it depends on two things:
- What type of hitch you need
- How much you need to tow
Some drivers will be able to tow what they need right after they drive off thanks to the Ram 1500 towing capacity and their standard features. If you need to tow more than the standard — or your vehicle doesn’t include a hitch — you might need more.
Determine Your Hitch
You’re going to need 5 things to setup a receiver hitch and be ready to tow around Chatham:
- Trailer Hitch Receiver: This attaches under the vehicle and features a receiver opening that’s either 1.25 x 1.25 or 2 x 2 inches. Heavy-duty towing might warrant a 2.5 x 2.5 inches. The receiver mounts to the vehicle frame, usually where holes already exist.
- Ball Mount: Sometimes called the “drawbar,” the ball mount slides into the trailer hitch and offers a platform to secure your trailer ball.
- Pin and Clip: It looks simple, but a pin and clip — also called a locking hitch pin — is what holds everything together, keeping the ball mount inside the trailer hitch receiver opening. Locking models offer increased security.
- Trailer Hitch Ball: Ranging from just under to just over 2 inches in diameter, the hitch ball sits on the ball mount and offers an attachment point for the trailer — if you have multiple trailers, be sure to have a hitch ball that fits each.
- Wiring Harness: The trailer will often block the lights on the back of your truck, and a wiring harness will forward your brake and reverse light signals to the trailer. Depending on your vehicle, you may need to splice the wires, but many trucks come standard with a port you can plug into.
Of course, a receiver hitch is just one option. You may be able to tow more by outfitting your Ram 3500 with:
- Pintle Hitches
- Weight Distribution Hitches
- Gooseneck Hitches
- Fifth Wheel Hitches
Learn More with the Towing Experts at Green Dodge
For the average driver looking to hookup their Dodge Journey to pull a trailer, the receiver hitch will get the job done. For everyone else, we encourage you to contact us and speak with our parts experts about how to best outfit your truck for towing — whether it’s working around Rochester or taking the camper out of Decatur for a break from the everyday. Knowing the vehicle weight laws in your area is essential when driving a heavy-duty truck. Get started by understanding what GVWR means.