To achieve proper towing, you need to have the right equipment for the job. The hitch extensions is a piece of towing equipment that some vehicles can't tow without. A hitch extension is allows for additional clearance beyond a bumper, and are used to prevent collisions during turns.
Hitch extensions are mandatory for some types of towing, but they do have one large disadvantage, they towing capacity is reduced by 50 percent. When selecting a trailer hitch, you will need to compensate for this reduced towing capacity and pick a trailer hitch that will suite your towing needs. Hitch extensions are available in several lengths and will fit on a variety of hitch sizes.
Selecting the Proper Hitch Extension
When selecting the proper hitch extension, you'll need to first know the size of the hitch. Hitch extenders are made for 1-1/4", 2" and 2-1/2" hitch receiver tubes. Once you know the size of the hitch receiver tube, you can figure the amount of clearance your vehicle needs when making turns. Extenders come in several different lengths from 6" to 48." Some extenders even feature steps for easier access to vehicle and trailer. Extenders cost under $75 and are an absolute must when it comes to towing some vehicles. If you have a question whether you need and extension, contact a local trailer retailer.
Safety Tips for Towing
Prior to any towing job, it is very important to check that all hardware is properly secured and in good condition. Check that mirrors and towing lights are working properly. Absolutely never exceed the towing capacity recommended for the vehicle and hitch. Allow plenty of time and room for braking and use caution when making turns or changing lanes. When braking, you may need to downshift. It is best to keep clear of uneven terrain and never drive at high speeds. It is best to avoid quick movements of the steering wheel which can cause the trailer to sway. When hauling anything, always drive with caution and give yourself plenty of time to reach the destination.
Hitch extensions may be necessary for some vehicles to give additional bumper clearance. Extensions are offered in varying lengths and for several different sizes of receiver tubes. Remember to consult your vehicle and trailer owner's manual before doing any type of towing. Most importantly use caution and common sense.