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.
**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.