Towing a trailer for the first time can be a harrowing experience. There are a lot of things to do: check the tires, lights, safety chains and coupler connections — and more. And that all needs to be done before you begin driving. Here at Full Throttle Parts, we can get you all the towing parts & accessories you need to make the trip safe and comfortable.
To get you started we have compiled a short list of towing parts & accessories to help you with the journey.
A trailer hitch is the primary connector between a tow vehicle and trailer. It is the structural component that bolts onto the vehicle and provides a coupling point to hook up a trailer. When you think trailer hitch, you might picture what is actually referred to as a ball mount.
Hitch Balls & Mounts
A tow ball is a crucial part of a tow hitch system, and it's immediately obvious where the name comes from – it's the metal ball that sticks out and upward from the hitch bracket and this is where the trailer coupler gets linked up to. ... Finally, tow balls can be easily removed if not in use and reinstalled as needed.
5th Wheel Hitches
The fifth-wheel hitch is a U shaped hitch coupling that fits in the back of the tow vehicle—usually, a pickup truck—and connects with the trailer. ... It's a similar design to the type of hitch that a semi-truck uses. This means it's a very safe and sturdy hitch. It is one that can be used for large and heavy loads.
Gooseneck hitches are ball hitches that are installed within the bed of a truck. These are usually used to pull industrial and horse trailers. Fifth wheel hitches are larger hitches with hinged plates that sit in the bed of their tow truck.
Hitch Cargo Carriers
A hitch-mounted cargo carrier is one of the most practical solutions for extra carrying capacity. That's when cargo carriers are extremely handy, expanding your cargo capacity without impacting the actual interior space of your vehicle.
Hitch Electrical & Wiring
The trailer hitch will allow you to tow a trailer but you will need a separate wiring harness to power the lights on the trailer. The most common harness is a 4-way flat. This is what you will find on small trailers that do not have electric brakes but do have brake lights, running lights, and turn signals.