When you are transporting horses in Kentucky, you need a capable truck that can safely tow such a heavy weight. Plus, you should use the right hitch to properly secure your horse trailer to your GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck. Should you opt for a gooseneck or fifth-wheel towing hookup? Here is a look at both types of hitches you can use for transporting horses around Louisville, Kentucky.
Before you reach for any hitch, you need to review some crucial information first. Calculate the weights of your trailer, horses, gear, and towing hookup. You need to check how much your truck can tow (check the owner’s manual) and the type of trailer you are using.
Both gooseneck and fifth-wheel hitches are categorized into different “weight classes.” This is another number you must factor into your calculations to make sure you are not exceeding your truck’s maximum towing capacity.
Also consider whether a passenger will be riding in the trailer. That’s because you always should opt for a fifth-wheel hitch if a passenger is riding in a trailer, camper, or RV.
Bigger pickup trucks with hefty towing capacities typically have a gooseneck hitch. The tow vehicle has an integrated heavy-duty ball that a gooseneck trailer attaches to. According to Equisearch.com, “The ball connects through the vehicle’s bed to the hitch itself, which is connected to the tow vehicle’s chassis.”
Instead of a heavy-duty ball like the gooseneck hitch needs, a fifth-wheel hitch uses a hinged plate and pin for connection. Be aware of the pin weight rating when using a fifth-wheel hitch, as that’s an important number. When properly equipped, tractor trailers are able to move freight with a fifth-wheel hitch.
Figuring out what hitch to use to transport your horses can be complicated. We at Champion Chevrolet Buick GMC can help you figure out the proper method to tow with your GM truck.
Before you tow with your truck, be sure to get a towing inspection from the service technicians at Champion Chevrolet Buick GMC or visit us to check out the trucks for sale in our inventory if you need a model with more towing strength.