?PLYMOUTH, MI – Cequent Performance Products’ Draw-Tite brand continues to lead the industry with more than 64 years of experience by announcing new standards for tongue weight ratings on all new receiver hitches, class III and above. This new standard will also be extended to selected existing products. Specifically, the company has dramatically improved its receiver hitch tongue weight capacity by 50%. This is an important improvement to weight carrying products.
By way of example, a previous class III hitch with a Gross Trailer Weight capacity of 6,000 pounds would have a tongue weight rating of just 10% of GTW (600 pounds). Draw-Tite’s engineering improvements have created a new standard for supported tongue weight, raising the capacity to 15% of GTW (900 pounds), a 50% improvement.
“Many people hit the tongue limit of 10% of Gross Trailer Weight before the gross trailer weight limit is reached,” explains Paul Caruso, Vice President/General Manager of Towing Products and New Business Development. “Giving them 50% more tongue weight to work with lets them utilize the full capacity of their trailer. This improvement ensures that users of our products enjoy a reliable and trouble-free towing experience.”
Caruso points out that both the trailer industry and owner usage patterns have trended towards heavier towing and increased tongue loads. “Draw-Tite is continuing to undertake industry-leading actions to more closely align our products with real-world towing conditions. We’re not interested in making products that barely achieve published standards which may or may not reflect actual use. We believe that our leadership will once again drive the industry in a positive direction towards an improved user experience.”
???The first hitch application achieving the boost in capacity is a hitch designed for Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up trucks for model years 2001 to 2011. It is product number 75521 on www.Draw-Tite.com, and is available now.
The first Draw-Tite hitch was invented in 1946 by Bill Whichello, an avid recreational vehicle enthusiast. Decades later, millions of Draw-Tite hitches on the road are testament to Draw-Tite’s reputation as North America’s Favorite Hitch. Today, Cequent Performance Products manufactures more than 750 different Draw-Tite trailer hitches and accessories for almost 4000 vehicle applications. Visit www.Draw-Tite.com for more information.
Nikki is a writer and editor for Do It Yourself RV, RV LIFE, and Camper Report. She is based on the Oregon Coast and has traveled all over the Pacific Northwest.