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post #1 of 3 Old 12-30-2010, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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TJ hitch Class 2 vs. 5

I just replaced my Class 2 hitch with a Class 5 hitch and was really surprised at how they are built. My only reason to upgrade was to go from a 1.25" to 2" so I could use it for recovery. Both hitches were rated for 3,500lbs/350lbs tongue which is still over the TJ limit so that doesn't really matter.

I first thought it was odd that the Class 5 (V) hitch was only rated at 3,500 as it is considered "Extra-Heavy Duty" and normally around 12,000 lbs.

Then I saw that my class 2 hitch had 6 mounting locations and the class 5 only has 4, not too mention much beefier side supports. The receiver itself also has a plate top and bottom of it, whereas the class 5 only has one on top. The hitches are all the same thickness too.

I would have to say the class 2 hitch is MUCH stronger then the class 5 I replaced it with, but unfortunately I couldn't use it for recovery. I guess I will just have to hope the new one is strong enough, I might weld on extensions on both side so it has 2 bolts on each side like the class 2 did.







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From U-Hauls web site

V-5 A minimum testing/rating system of trailer hitches established by the Trailer Hitch Manufacturers Association.

That is still a class 2 hitch, not a class 5.

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Never thought of that before, thanks for finding it. It would be a class 3 then, a hitch with a 2" receiver is at least a class 3.

I guess it doesn't really matter, it's still over the tow rating of the Jeep.

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