With several options to choose from, choosing the right pintle hitch for your lunette ring can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for.
Do you think you need a pintle pintle hitch alone, or a pintle hitch and ball combination? Depends on what you want to do, and what your work trailer allows you to do.
Luckily, our service technicians at Camco Wheel & Axle have the lowdown about which pintle hitch would be best for you and your trailer, and we want to share that information with you.
A Little Refresher
We briefly discussed the pintle hitch a little over a month ago when we highlighted its counterpart, the lunette ring, at length, but if you need a refresher, a pintle hitch is the is the hook that is mounted to your work truck and connects to the lunette ring, which is mounted to your work trailer.
A pintle hitch is used mostly for heavy-duty type of towing jobs that mainly travel on rough, off-road terrain. Because of this, it is mounted to trailers via a mounting plate, offering maximum sturdiness for the heaviest of jobs. Just make sure your work vehicle can handle one because pintle hitches can haul a lot of weight.
The Value of Pintle Hitches
A pintle hitch comes in a variety of shapes and designs, all serving different purposes.
In essence, when it comes to towing, the pintle hitch acts as a pivot point between your vehicle and trailer, allowing a greater range of motion compared to a ball coupler. They also have a few mechanical uses like with boat rudders and door hinges.
Once locked snugly on to a hitch ball, ball hitches don’t offer the same amount of range of motion, either vertically or horizontally, that a pintle hitch does. That is why pintle hitches are best for off-roading.
But where pintle hitches truly shines is in how much more weight they can handle when compared to traditional ball hitches. Take, for example, the fact that some pintle hitches have a 60,000 gross trailer weight (GTW) capacity. That is nearly three times the weight capacity compared to top of the line ball hitches.
Pintle hitches are perfect for hauling heavy cargo – like a boat – but it isn’t uncommon to see these types of hitches used in construction sites, military bases, industrial areas, or in hauling agricultural equipment.
Camco Wheel & Axle has the utility trailer parts and accessories you need to get the job done.
Does your fleet need pintle hitches for tougher jobs in the construction, military, industrial, or agricultural fields? Contact us today at (956) 781-4800 to find out what we have available.