Reese, heavy duty Class III/IV hitch design allows

Reese Increases Tongue Weight Ratings by 50%

Capacity boosted 50%, from 10% to 15% of GTW

PLYMOUTH, MI – Hitch owners who’ve found themselves running out of tongue weight capacity before trailer capacity have been heard. Cequent Performance Products is announcing all new Reese brand receiver hitches, class III and above, will carry an increased capability for tongue weight ratings. The increased capacity will also be extended to select existing receiver hitches. This is an important improvement to weight-carrying products.

The math is straightforward: A previous class III hitch with a Gross Trailer Weight capacity of 10,000 pounds would have a tongue weight rating of just 10% of GTW (1000 pounds). The Reese improvements have created a new standard for supported tongue weight, 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.

This announcement is made with the first hitch application achieving the boost in capacity already available. It is a hitch designed for Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up trucks for model years 2001 to 2011. It is product number 44563 on

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.

The Reese brand was introduced in 1952. Its focus on product development and superior engineering has led to many improvements that have spread industry-wide, earning the brand a reputation as a market leader among manufacturers and consumers alike. Such Pioneering Performance and dedication to innovation make Reese a strong part of the Cequent Performance Products line-up of leading brands. Visit for more information.