Originally Posted by whiterhino
That kinda scares me. Long time reliable companies like Reese & Drawtite consider 2.5 to be the proper size for class V and a smaller company says we can handle the same loads with a 2". That means they are running with a lower safety factor.
So I end up saving a hundred bucks to haul my several thousand dollar trailer/ rig/ personal property? Not worth the risk in my book.
Is there an industry standard set up by the NHSTA? (or whatever it's called)
This is a bit old, but....
Hitches for towing are submitted to testing, you can't just build one willy-nilly (which is why aftermarket bumpers never have tow ratings on them).
Have you ever taken a close look at a pintle hook? They have a little pin that holds it closed.
Or a semi-trailer? Slightly larger version of a fifth-wheel.... Kinda scary to pull 40,000 pounds with that.....
Hitch ratings also depend on the vehicle they are installed on. A Class IV hitch on one vehicle may have a lower capacity than a Class IV hitch installed on another vehicle.
This "smaller company" was founded in the 1960's making hitchballs for the other "larger companies". In the 1980's they started making their own hitches, so it's not like their the "new kid".