Trailer hitch adapters are great because they do just that: adapt. You can use them with a 2 inch hitch accessory with a 1 ¼ inch receiver. Even better, trailer hitch adapters can also be used with hitch-mounted bike racks and cargo carriers that are designed for a 2 inch receiver hitch. Keep in mind, you still must use cargo support straps to prevent your cargo from moving around or creating strain on your trailer hitch. Fortunately, using a trailer hitch adapter is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Continue below to learn the 3 simplest steps to using a trailer hitch adapter, as well as a lifesaving tip that will protect you in the case that your trailer hitch fails you on the road.
A Vital Warning Before You Begin
Never use a hitch-mounted carrier lift with a trailer hitch adapter. Furthermore, when using a trailer hitch adapter, be sure to use a cargo support system, such as straps, to prevent movement of your load, as well as decrease extra stress on the adapter. Additionally, you much check your receiver hitch tongue weight rating before setting up. You want your tongue weight rating to be greater than your combined cargo weight. A review of gross vehicle weight ratings will help you calculate your numbers.
Now Let’s Put That Trailer Hitch Adapter to Good USE!
Okay, now before using your trailer hitch adapter, check again to be sure that the receiver hitch tongue weight is higher than the weight of your cargo, including the weight of your towing vehicle. Now that you have that ready to go, let’s put that hitch adapter to good use!
First, take your trailer hitch adapter and insert it inside your towing vehicle’s hitch receiver. Then secure it with your pin and clip.
Second, put on your 2 inch hitch accessory, and then safely secure it with another pin and clip set.
Third, further secure your hitch accessory by adding on a set of quality cargo support straps.
While Using Your Trailer Hitch Adapter…
On and off the road, be sure to routinely inspect and adjust your trailer hitch adapter as needed. This improves the setup’s safety, security, and overall performance. If you are ever in a jam while out on the road, do not try to “rig up” your trailer hitch or adapter to “just get you home.” Not only is this incredibly dangerous to you and your cargo, but it is also a danger to other drivers on the road. Instead, contact a 24 hour roadside assistance tow truck for emergency response service. They have the fleet, gear, and resources to ensure your trailer and towing vehicle are safe to hit the road again.
Who to Trust for 24 Hour Roadside Assistance and Emergency Towing in Indiana
If your towing vehicle breaks down while hauling a camper or RV in Central Indiana, call Zore’s Towing at 317-247-8484 for 24 hour roadside assistance and emergency towing. Our friendly staff is waiting by the phones, ready to help you get back on the road, safe and sound. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, so you can always count on us. Request a free estimate, today.