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Best RV Hitch Options


Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your RV, camper or fifth wheel. We'll be taking a look at three frame mount options and three bumper mount options. The three frame mount options that we have are the Ultra Fab, part number UF35-946403. Then we have the CURT, part number C13702 and then we have the CURT, part number 13703. For our bumper mount options, first one's going to be the CURT, part number E-100. Second is going to be our Swagman and that's part number S64025, and then finally, we have an Ultra Fab, part number UF35-946402. The first thing to do is to determine what category you fall into.

If you're towing a vehicle, a large trailer, a boat trailer or an accessory with a large amount of tongue weight, you'll need one of the frame mounted hitches that can be used for towing. You will not be able to use the Ultra Fab hitch for towing, so you'll need one of the CURT frame mounted hitches. If you're looking for something easy to install, towing a light duty trailer or using a light duty accessory, such as a bike rack, then a bumper mounted hitch is for you. Let's go ahead and go over our frame mounted hitches first. All of them are Class III and they all feature a 2 inch by 2 inch opening. The Ultra Fab is going to work with your box, C channel or I beam frames and it will work with frame widths between 47 1/8 to 77 inches.

For our first CURT hitch, it too is going to work with your box, C channel and I beam frames. However, just keep in mind that if you are mounting it to an I bean, you'll need to have an extra wide flange. It is going to work with frame widths between 18 and 51 inches. For our second CURT hitch, it also is going to work with your box, C channel and I beam frames, with frame widths between 22 and 72 inches. On our Ultra Fab, our receiver tube extends 5 inches beyond our cross tube.

On our first CURT here, it extends 6 1/4. Then, finally on our second CURT, it extends 8 1/4. When it comes to installation, our Ultra Fab must be welded in place. For our two CURT hitches you will have to drill into your frame and drill into the cross tube to get your hardware in. They all feature a 5/8 hitch pin hole for securing your ball mounts and accessories. A hitch pin and clip is not included but you can pick one up right here at etrailer.com, part number PC3. When carrying non-trailer loads, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier, CURT requires a stabilization strap for the second CURT hitch option.

That's part number 18050. For our safety chains, they all have a plate-style design. For our Ultra Fabs, they come in at an angle. Our two CURT hitches have welded on plates that secure to the bottom of the receiver. When it comes to weight ratings, the Ultra Fab has a 350 pound max. tongue weight. For our first CURT hitch, it has a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight and a 500 pound tongue weight. Then, finally, for our second CURT hitch, it has a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight and a 350 tongue weight. Our first CURT hitch here is the only one rated for weight distribution. That's a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight and a 600 pound max. tongue weight. Your choice in trailer hitch may depend on your frame width but we'll go ahead and sum these up for you. When it comes to weight capacity, our first CURT hitch, part number C13702, takes it because not only does it have the highest weight rating, it can also be used with weight distribution. When it comes to ease of installation, the two CURT hitches take it because you don't have to weld them in place. With it's longer receiver tube, our second CURT hitch, part number 13703, gives us the best clearance. When it comes to recreational use, our first CURT hitch takes it. You won't have any issues towing that boat trailer and our large tongue weight means we can use high capacity cargo carriers. Our bumper mounted hitches all feature a 2 inch by 2 inch opening with a 5/8 hitch pin hole, but that's where their similarities end. First off, the Swagman hitch is not rated for towing or use with a cargo carrier. You'll want to limit your use to bike racks or other lighter weight accessories, and it has a maximum load capacity of 200 pounds. Our other two, the CURT and the Ultra Fab are rated for towing but you'll want to keep it light duty. The Ultra Fab is rated with a 3,500 pound max. gross trailer weight and a 350 tongue weight. The CURT is also rated with a 3.500 pound gross trailer weight and a 350 pound tongue weight. For all of our bumper mounted hitches, it's very important that we do not exceed our RV bumper's weight rating and you can find that information located in your owner's manual. When it comes to safety chains, our Swagman doesn't have any because it's not rated for towing. For our Ultra Fab, it has the welded on loop-style underneath here. For our CURT, it has the plate-style on the sides. When it comes to insulation, the Swagman mounts on top of your 4 inch by 4 inch bumper with the included hardware. The Ultra Fab mounts to your 4 inch by 4 inch bumper with the included U-bolts and can be mounted underneath or on top, depending on your use. Finally, our CURT installs around our 4 inch by 4 inch bumper with the included bolts, it always sits underneath your bumper. A few other features here, our Swagman does have an anti-rattle bolt and that's going to help reduce any play or rattle that we might have within our accessories. For our CURT hitch, you'll need to use the same stabilization strap that you would for your frame mounted CURT hitch. In summary, for our bumper hitches, the Ultra Fab and the CURT hitch offer the best weight capacity. When it comes to towing, our CURT and our Ultra Fab win again because the Swagman cannot be used for towing. When it comes to recreational use, the Ultra Fab wins because you can still tow small trailers and you can use bike racks or cargo carriers without the need for a strap, and finally, one thing to keep in mind for all of our hitches, you'll want to be sure and check with your state law before towing anything behind your fifth wheel or camper. That's going to complete our look at the best hitch options for your fifth wheel, RV or camper.


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