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What Do I Need To Tow A Trailer

Written by hitchweb Team
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 — 2 Comments

The diagram below represents the basic components needed for towing a basic trailer behind a vehicle and where they are located. As well as where you would install your 5th Wheel Hitch and Gooseneck Hitch if you were towing with that type of trailer.  

What I need to tow a trailer

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5th Wheel Hitch: A hitch with a king pin receiver that mounts inside the bed of a pickup or flatbed truck.  The hitch connects with the king pin on the fifth wheel trailer.  Used for Heavy Duty towing applications.

Trailer Ball: the connection from the trailer hitch to the trailer.  Fits into the coupler on the trailer's frame.

Ball Mount: A removable platform that slides into the receiver opening of a trailer hitch and fastens with a pin and clip. The trailer ball is fastened to the flat part of the platform.  Also referred to as a 'drawbar'

Brake Control: Interface between tow vehicle and the electric brakes on the trailer.  Can be inertia activated or based on time delay from activation of vehicle brakes.  Necessary for the use of electric trailer brakes.

Breakaway Kit: Designed to bring trailers safely to a stop by activating the electric brakes should a trailer disconnect from the tow vehicle during transit.

Trailer Coupler: A trailer coupler is the forward most part of a trailer that envelops and secures to the tow vehicle hitch ball. Couplers can be removed and replaced on the trailer.

Vehicle Electrical Plugs: (Also known as T-Connector) A wiring component used to power the trailer lights from the towing vehicle.  This component server the same purpose as a converter / power converter / hardwire kit, but does not require splicing into the towing vehicle's wiring. Instead, it uses plugs installed on the vehicle from factory.  T-connectors are application sensitive.

Gooseneck Hitch: A hitch with a heavy duty trailer ball that mounts inside the bed of a pickup or flatbed truck.  The ball connects with a gooseneck coupler mounted on the front of a trailer.

Front Receiver: A steel tubular shaft designed to bolt to the FRONT of a towing vehicle.  Front receivers are application sensitive.

Trailer Hitch: Rear Trailer hitches are divided up into different classes based on weight carrying capacities.  Trailer hitches are vehicle application sensitive.

If you have any questions or need help looking up an item for your vehicle or trailer, please contact the team via LIVE CHAT, Email, Or call 800-300-4067.

Posted in Towing 101


Hitchweb Team
Monday, October 16, 2017
Hello, the trailer hitch options for your 2016 Hyundai Tucson are listed here: The wiring is listed here:
Monday, October 16, 2017
Hello. I have a 2016 Hyundai Tucson AWD and was wondering how much would a complete trailer hitch kit come to. And is it easy to install? Especially the relay wiring. Thks
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