Reese HD Class III/IV hitch increases capacity by 50-percent
Standard Class III hitches have a Gross Trailer Weight capacity of 10,000 pounds and a maximum tongue-weight rating of just 10% of GTW (1000 pounds). That’s not strong enough to handle the on-the-ball towing capacity of 2001-present Chevrolet and GMC HD pickups.
Reese, a division of Cequent TowingProducts, has addressed that issue and have created a new standard for supported tongue weight in CLass III/IV receivers, raising the capacity to 15% of GTW (1,500 pounds) – a 50% improvement.
“Our products are used in a variety of recreational areas. The increase in tongue weight ratings will give them 50% more capacity to work with,” explains Paul Caruso, Vice President/General Manager of Towing Products and New Business Development. “This improvement also ensures that users of our products enjoy a reliable and trouble-free towing experience.”
“Our Reese brand will now more closely align with real-world towing and weight carrying conditions,” says Caruso, pointing out that both the trailer industry and owner usage patterns have trended towards heavier towing and increased tongue loads.
The new hitch, product number 44563 on www.Reeseprod.com. Similar towing performance improvements have been made in the Draw-Tite and Hidden-Hitch brand hitches.
**It’s important to note, a hitch’s towing capacity is usually limited to the vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. A tow vehicle’s maximum towing capacity is normally found in the Owner’s Manual.