Hitch / Towing

 

A Draw-Tite Towing System may include the following items:

  • Hitch: The mechanism that is typically mounted to the rear of a vehicle under the bumper.
  • Ball Mount: The item that is inserted into the Hitch for towing.
  • Hitch Ball: The item that is fastened to the Ball Mount, which the trailer connects too.
  • Hitch Accessory: Accessories that fit the Hitch or secure the Ball Mount to the Hitch.
  • Brake Control: The item that controls the braking of the trailer.
  • Electrical: Items that connected the electronics between the vehicle and trailer.
  • Weight Distributing: A device that levels out the weight between the vehicle and trailer.
  • Fifth Wheel: A Hitch that mounts in the truck bed which pulls Fifth Wheel trailers.
  • Gooseneck: A Hitch that mounts in the truck bed which pulls Gooseneck trailers.
  • Vehicle Accessory: Accessories that help in towing your trailer.
  • Cargo Management: Accessories that hold and manage your cargo.
  • Trailer Accessory: Accessories for trailers
  • Tools & Misc: Install tools and miscellaneous towing items

    Hitches
    The Hitch is the mechanism that is typically mounted to the rear of a vehicle under the bumper. There are five classes of Hitches for towing trailers. Each class is designed for a specific trailer weight range. When selecting the appropriate hitch make sure the weight rating of the hitch is greater than the loaded weight of the trailer that will be towed. The tow vehicle capacity for weight carrying and hitch attachment will vary and will sometimes dictate the class of hitch that can be used. As you will see below under each class, always consult your owner’s manual for vehicle rating.

    Class I
    Class I hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 2000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 200 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 1-1/4″ square receiver opening. The use of a drawbar and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. Some hitches in this class may attach to the vehicle bumper or trunk pan. Most other Class I hitches attach to the vehicle frame. Always consult your owner’s manual for vehicle rating.

    Class II
    Class II hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 3500 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 300 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 1-1/4″ square receiver opening. The use of a drawbar and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. Class II hitches normally attach to the vehicle frame and or bumper. Always consult your owner’s manual for vehicle rating.

    Class III
    Class III hitches are weight carrying (WC) and also are weight distributing (WD) hitches depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications. Not all Class III hitches are rated to be both. The hitch specifications will alert you to a hitch that is not weight distributing. Class III hitches used as weight carrying is rated up to 5000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 500 lbs. Hitches that are used for weight distributing are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1000 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 2″ square receiver opening. The use of a ball mount and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. To use the weight distribution side of the hitch a weight distribution system is required. Class III hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. Always consult your owner’s manual for vehicle rating.

    Class IV
    Class IV hitches is very similar to Class III hitches except for the weight ratings. Class IV hitches are weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitches depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications. Not all Class IV hitches are rated to be both. The hitch specifications will alert you to a hitch that is not weight distributing. Class IV hitches used as weight carrying is rated up to 12,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1200 lbs. Hitches that are used for weight distributing are rated up to 15,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1500 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 2″ square receiver opening. The use of a ball mount and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required for weight carrying. To use the weight distribution side of the hitch a weight distribution system is required. Class IV hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. Always consult your owner’s manual for vehicle rating.

    Class V
    Class V hitches is very similar to Class III & IV hitches except for the weight ratings. This style of hitch uses a 2-1/2″ square receiver opening. Class V hitches are weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitches. Class V hitches used as weight carrying is rated up to 13,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1300 lbs. Hitches that are used for weight distributing are rated up to 17,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1700 lbs. The use of a ball mount and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. To use the weight distribution side of the hitch a weight distribution system is required. Class V hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. Always consult your owner’s manual for vehicle rating.

     

  • B and W Trailer Hitch, Inc

     

    Turnover Ball GooseNeck

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    • 30,000 lb GTW / 7,500 lb VTW
    • #1 Hitch in America
    • Convert from a hitch to a level bed in seconds
    • Meets all OEM fastening requirements
    • Precise fit and installation for all full-sized trucks
    • Bolts to existing holes in the frame with no drilling or welding
    • Installs under the bed with no bed removal
    • Requires only a 4″ hole in the bed
    • Gives you the rugged versatility you want
    • Seven towing accessories to accommodate all your needs
    • Powder coated for a durable and long lasting finish
    • Limited Lifetime Warranty
    • All components manufactured in the U.S.A.
    Round vs. Square?

     

    One of your competitors uses a pin in a groove, allowing the ball to rotate within the receiver. Is this an advantage?
    Why didn’t I think of that?

     

    In 1991, we designed and patented a truly innovative solution to the gooseneck dilemma; how to get the ball out of the bed when not towing a trailer. The solution was simple and ingenious. A 4″ hole is cut in the bed to accomodate the ball and the mounting system is beneath the bed, bolted to the frame. A spring-loaded handle is attached to a 5/8″ steel locking pin that goes through the ball. When you’re using the hitch, the handle allows you to retract the pin and stow the ball, upside-down, in the same receiver. The design was quickly accepted as a great improvement to the welded-in-ball and fold-down plates used at the time.

     

    All that, and you don’t have to drill through the frame. Genius.

     

    We have designed a Turnover Ball for every full-sized truck on the market so there is a model that fits your truck exactly. We do this so that installing the hitch requires the least amount of modifications to the truck frame… modifications that could void the manufacturer’s warranty. From the cross members and center section , to the sideplates and socket top , each part of our hitch is designed with you in mind. Even our safety chain brackets are installed specifically for your truck.

     

    You can trust the Turnover Ball… it’s time tested.

     

    The Turnover Ball has been professionally tested and is rated to 30,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) and 7,500 lbs Vertical Tongue Weight (VTW). But even more important to us is the fact that the Turnover Ball is time tested. Customers have been hauling their precious cargo with the Turnover Ball for over fifteen years, and it has an impeccable safety record. It’s easy to see why; we’re committed to quality! All components are made at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas. Because we’re so confident in the Turnover Ball, we offer a lifetime limited warranty

    Companion 5th Wheel Hitch ( for use with B&W turnover system)

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    Companion vs. Gooseneck-to-RV Adapter




    Ever use your truck when you’re not towing? We thought you did!

     

    True to our original concept of designing hitches that allow truck owners to ‘use’ their truck when not towing, our engineers tackled the 5th Wheel RV Hitch design. Most conventional 5th Wheel Hitches use an ‘in-the-bed’ rail system for fastening the hitch to the truck, but these rails prove to be unwieldy. The Companion is actually an ‘accessory’ to the Turnover Ball Gooseneck Hitch and utilizes the Turnover Ball as the ‘mounting system’. Therefore, just like the Turnover Ball, the only hole required in the truck is the 4″ round hole, and users can easily remove the hitch from the bed .

     

    Companion Assembly: in ten minutes!

     

    The Companion comes in two boxes, one with the base and one with the coupler. To assemble the Companion, two upright arms are attached with 8 bolts, and one post is attached with two U-bolts. The Companion can be assembled in about 10 minutes.

     

    The mounting kit that the Companion uses is the Turnover Ball system. The underbed mounting system is truck specific and installs with no drilling, welding, or bed removal in about an hour. The Companion should not be mounted using any other mounting method.

     

    To view an application chart for the Companion mounting kit, click here.

     

    A ride you will thank us for.

     

    Aside from safety, probably the most important benefit a hitch can provide is a great ride. When our engineers were designing the Companion, a major emphasis was on providing the smoothest ride available. If you’ve ever pulled a 5th Wheel trailer with another hitch, you know how stopping and starting can nearly give you whiplash! That’s because traditional latching systems don’t match the kingpin tightly. Our hitch was engineered with locking jaws that perfectly fit the king-pin meaning that there are no sloppy starts and stops. In addition, the coupler of the Companion sits on arms that are coated with polyurethane bushings . This means that where other hitches give you metal on metal contact, the Companion gives you a cushioned, quiet ride. Finally, instead of just front-to-back cushion, the Companion features a built-in shock absorber that allows gentle side-to-side movement without the slamming. This is a ride you deserve to experience!

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