Trailer Hitch Accessory Buyer's Guide

Hitched! Up your rig’s functionality with these great hitch accessories

Trevor ReedMay 19, 2014
A quick way to improve the functionality of your truck is by putting the trailer hitch to work. By adding various types of equipment to your rig, you can expand the utility, improve the safety, and increase the security. Here are some accessories you can easily add to make your truck even more practical.

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Keyed Up
The Receiver Lock by Bolt is designed to open using your truck’s ignition key. This means you’ll never waste time searching for another key, and you won’t have to waste space on your key ring. The Bolt Receiver Lock is weatherproof, fits 2- and 2½-inch receivers, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Bolt Lock
(877) 251-8798
www.boltlock.com

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Lockdown
The DT-ALBM by Diversi-Tech is a self-locking hitch that doesn’t require separate locking pins. The hitch is made from solid billet aluminum, and the key used to lock the hitch into your receiver also locks the adjustable height with as much as a 10-inch drop. The Diversi-Tech DT-ALBM hitch has an anti-rattle design that uses spring-loaded stainless steel balls to keep it secure inside the receiver, and the trailer balls can be reversed and tucked under the truck when not in use.
Diversi-Tech
(877) 523-9103
www.diversi-tech.net

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Haulin’
The Carpod cargo carrier allows you to expand the hauling capacity of your truck with 450 pounds of holding power. The hitch-mounted cargo holder has 22-inch-tall sidewalls that provide 13¼ cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough room to hold 10 bundles of firewood. The sides of the Carpod fold down, making it just 5¼ inches tall for ease of storage, and you can order an optional locking top lid to secure all your extra cargo.
Carpod
(818) 395-8676
www.carpodrack.com

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Drop It
The Alumistinger line of solid-aluminum ball mounts by Andersen Hitches allows you to drop your trailer mounting height anywhere from 2 to 10 inches. The mounts can also be used in the rise position and are made from solid-bar 6061 T6 aluminum that will never rust, chip, or peel. The Alumistinger is rated to handle 8,000 pounds GVWR and 800 pounds of tongue weight, meets SAE J684 and V5 standards, and is made in the USA.
Andersen Hitches
(800) 635-6106
www.andersenhitches.com

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Step Up
The Work Step by Hidden Hitch can give you a leg up on your work by providing a sturdy platform when you need one. The step is powdercoated in black and has integrated non-slip strips. The Hidden Hitch Work Step comes with a limited one-year warranty and fits both Class III and IV receivers.
Hidden Hitch
(800) 632-3290
www.hiddenhitch.com

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Hideaway
The Hitch Hermit lets you store a hitch under your bumper so you don’t have to keep it in the cab or bed of your truck. It provides a flush mount and allows you to lock your hitch out of the way when it’s not in use. The Hitch Hermit is built to last with powdercoated U.S. steel and comes with galvanized mounting cables.
Hitch Hermit
(352) 799-1111
www.hitchhermit.com

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Show Off
The Hitch Demon is a hitch-mounted micro projector that allows you to display images and photos on the tailgate of your truck. It’s enabled with Wi-Fi so you can use the remote control to operate the projector from inside the cabin of your truck. The Hitch Demon also has an app so you can use a smartphone to start or stop an image slideshow and control the brightness of the projection.
Hitch Demon
www.hitchdemon.com

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Mount Up
The Hitch Tire Carrier by Draw-Tite allows you to carry an extra spare tire wherever your truck takes you. A variety of wheel types and sizes can be mounted to the carrier thanks to a universal bolt pattern. The Draw-Tite Hitch Tire Carrier is powdercoated in black and comes with a limited one-year warranty.
Draw-Tite
(800) 632-3290
www.draw-tite.com

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Lift Off
The Hydraulic Hitch Mounted Pickup Truck Crane by MaxxTow provides 1,000 pounds of lifting power right where you need it. The crane has a full knockdown design for compact storage and portability so it can easily be moved to different work sites. The MaxxTow Hydraulic Hitch Mounted Pickup Truck Crane can lift items up to 84 inches off the ground, swivels 360 degrees, and has adjustable legs for use with different receiver heights.
MaxxTow
(855) 629-9869
www.maxworks.us

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Personal Touch
The Premium Special Alloy Trailer Hitch Plug by Morgan Design Group can be customized with your company logo or brand. The plug is made from billet aluminum and has a high polish finish. The Morgan Design Group Premium Special Alloy Trailer Hitch plug can be custom-ordered and is made in the USA.
Morgan Design Group
(630) 887-1700
www.mdgglobal.com

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Be Flexible
The McHitch Uniglide Trailer Coupling employs a U-joint to give you a secure link to your trailer along with a smooth and silent ride. The coupler is designed to provide the extreme articulation needed for towing off-road without sacrificing on-road driveability. The McHitch Uniglide Trailer Coupling system is compatible with all trailers and is made in Australia.
McHitch
02 6351 2533 (Australia)
www.mchitch.com.au
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Drive-In
The RTA Hitch Rack System by Pro Series is designed for transporting heavy wheeled items such as wheelchairs, mobility scooters, mowers, snowblowers, and generators. It has a 300-pound capacity and a built-in ramp that locks vertically during transport. The Pro Series RTA Hitch Rack System fits 2-inch receivers, has a load area of 48x32 inches, and includes a Silent Hitch Pin for rattle-free performance.
Pro Series
(800) 632-3290
www.proseriestowing.com

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Bed Time
The Cargo Carrier by Cari-Mor is a hitch- mounted platform that extends your pickup bed beyond the lowered tailgate. The carrier provides up to 3 feet of extra bed length and has removable guardrails. The Cari-Mor Cargo Carrier folds up when not in use and includes lights and a license plate holder for safety and DOT compliance.
Cari-Mor
(315) 714-3456
www.cari-mor.com

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Carry On
The Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier by Rola is a large cargo platform that can also be equipped to carry bicycles securely. The carrier has a capacity of up to 600 pounds and the load area measures 56x23 inches. The Rola Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier is powder- coated in black, includes a way to relocate your license plate, and can be ordered with a fully functional lighting system.
Rola
www.rolaproducts.com

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Pin Placement
The Easy Mount Electrical Bracket by Curt fits around your hitch receiver and provides a solid relocation point for the trailer wiring pin socket. The secure mounting points on the steel body require no drilling or clamps. The Curt Easy Mount Electrical Bracket holds your wiring inside a steel frame instead of plastic and keeps it easily accessible when a trailer is connected.
Curt
(877) 287-8634
www.curtmfg.com

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Stand Out
The Elephant Stand Swivel Hitch adds a large swing-out platform step to your truck that’s capable of holding up to 600 pounds. The step has an integrated trailer hitch and a ball mount that’s rated to handle trailer weights up to 6,000 pounds. The Elephant Stand weighs just 28 pounds, and when it’s not tucked under your truck’s bed, the 16x9.5-inch platform swivels out far enough so you can use it to step up into your truck bed while the tailgate is down.
Elephant Stand
(651) 271-5062
www.elephantstand.com

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Get Hooked
The Big Haas recovery hook by Spyder Industries is a gigantic tow hook that gives your truck a unique look. The hook fits into a standard hitch and is powdercoated in a Stealth Black semigloss fine-texture finish. The Big Haas recovery hook is available in both regular and extra large sizes to match the look of your diesel project.
Spyder Industries
(877) 665-6705
www.spyderindustries.com

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Put ’Em Up
The Rack Stash is designed to make storing your bike racks and other hitch-mounted devices easy. The system allows you to mount your 2-inch hitch accessories on the wall by simply sliding them into this wall-mounted receiver. The Rack Stash keeps your equipment off the ground, maximizing the free space in your garage, and it also has slots for holding two ball hitches.
Rack Stash
www.rackstash.com

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Moto Hitch
The AMC-600-2 by Rage Powersports allows you to carry two motorcycles while keeping your truck’s bed free for cargo. The carrier is constructed of aluminum, has integrated tie-down loops, and boasts a powdercoated steel main hitch tube for added support. The Rage Powersports AMC-600-2 includes an aluminum loading ramp that is secured to the carrier during travel, and it has a reverse anti-tilt device for extra stability.
Rage Powersports
(800) 851-6396
www.ragepowersports.com

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Lifesaver
The Weigh Safe trailer hitch has a built-in scale to make sure your hitch is not overloaded, which could lead to a towing disaster. The tongue weight scale is operated by hydraulic fluid that’s compressed when a trailer is connected to the hitch. The Weigh Safe has anti-rattle features built in and is available as a standard hitch or in a height-adjustable version.
Weigh Safe
(801) 820-7020
www.weigh-safe.com

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Swing Set
The FullSwing by Yakima is a hitch-mounted bike carrier that swings out to give you full access to your cargo area. The carrier has padded arms with soft cradles to prevent damage and built-in cable locks to prevent theft. The Yakima FullSwing holds up to four bikes, uses a tool-free Speedknob for mounting to the hitch, and it even has a built-in bottle opener for your after-ride refreshments.
Yakima
(888) 925-4621
www.yakima.com

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Triple Threat
The Adjustable Tri Ball Mount by Pro Series provides three different ball mount sizes along with a step pad. The included mounts are a 17⁄8 ball rated to handle 2,000 pounds GVWR, a 2-inch ball rated at 10,000 pounds, and a 25⁄8-inch ball rated at 14,000 pounds. The Pro Series Adjustable Tri Ball Mount is powdercoated in black, height adjustable, and comes with a limited one-year warranty.
Pro Series
(800) 632-3290
www.proseries.com

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Float Your Boat
The Goalpost 997 by Thule allows you to carry your canoe, kayak, paddleboard, sailboard, or even a longboard without taking up any room in your pickup bed. The mast telescopes to adjust to any truck cab height and has an antisway design for stable transport. The Thule Goalpost 997 is made of steel with a durable plastic coating, fits 2-inch receivers, and comes with two load straps to keep your watersports equipment in place.
Thule
www.thule.com

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Baller Status
The Interchangeable Hitch Ball by Tow Ready allows you to quickly and securely switch trailer balls depending on your needs. There is no need for tools to change hitch ball sizes to either 17⁄8-inch, 2-inch, or 25⁄8-inch. The Tow Ready Interchangeable Hitch Ball uses a durable heat-treated shank and is rated at capacities up to 8,000 pounds.
Tow Ready
www.towready.com

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