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electronically shifted transfer case

Here is a Link that explains the the electronically shifted transfer case provides two mode positions:
• Two-wheel drive high range (2WD).
• Four-wheel drive high range (4WD LOCK).

Dodge Nitro: Four-wheel drive operation - Starting and operating - Dodge Nitro Owner's Manual

I did find a used switch for $20.00 that could help determine that your switch is O.K. HERE Otherwise I really don't have an answer for your issue. Sorry & Good Luck.

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With an automatic transmission, the MP 140 single-speed transfer case is used in Nitro's new Full- Time FourWheel Drive System. It provides convenient full-time four-wheel drive operation and functions seamlessly with Nitro's standard Traction Control and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) features to provide enhanced traction and stability on low-traction surfaces. The MP designation refers to Magna Powertrain, the successor to New Venture Gear.

The MP140 single-speed transfer case provides the following benefits:
Convenient operation: No shift lever or driver interaction required. Smooth operation and vehicle stability under all conditions because torque is constantly being shared among all wheels. Traction to maintain forward motion under most conditions through 48 front/52 rear percent torque distribution. Enhanced traction and stability provided by the Traction Control and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) working in tandem with full-time four-wheel-drive. Traction Control and ESP provide resistance to any wheel that is slipping to allow additional torque transfer to wheels with traction. Robust design and sealing for reliability. No maintenance required.
Full-time 4-wheel drive distributes torque to all wheels under normal driving conditions. The transfer case uses an open (unlocked) center differential to divide engine torque nearly evenly between the front and rear axles - 48 percent to the front axle and 52 percent to the rear axle. The open differential allows the front and rear drive shafts to rotate at different speeds to account for front and rear wheels traveling different distances when turning. Because the drive shafts can rotate at different speeds, the vehicle can remain in full-time 4-wheel drive mode continuously - even on dry pavement - without threat of damage to the drive train. The standardequipment ESP, which combines ABS, Traction Control, and Electronic Roll Mitigation, enhances traction by modulating torque among all wheels as necessary - providing resistance to any wheel that is slipping while allowing torque to flow to the wheels with traction.

Available with both manual and automatic transmissions, the MP143 single-speed, part-time transfer case is used in Nitro's new Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive System. Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes are electronically controlled via a switch in the center console. Either mode can be selected at any time. The MP143 transfer case works with standard-equipment Traction Control and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) features to provide enhanced traction and stability on low-traction surfaces.
Two operating positions: 2WD and 4Lock controlled via a switch in the center console. For temporary conditions that require extra traction such as snow or mud, the part-time 4Lock mode locks the main shaft and drive sprocket hub, making the front and rear wheels rotate in unison and offering maximum traction. Enhanced traction and stability provided by Traction Control and ESP working in tandem with part-time four-wheel-drive. Traction Control and ESP provide resistance to any wheel that is slipping to allow additional torque transfer to wheels with traction. Robust design and sealing for reliability. Maintenance free.

In 2WD mode, the front axle and driveshaft turn freely while power is sent to the rear axle and wheels. In 4Lock mode, the front and rear wheels rotate in unison, resulting in remarkable traction. Because this is a parttime system, it locks the front and rear drive shafts together. Therefore, it can only be used on slippery or loose surfaces like ice, gravel, or rugged terrain. The standard-equipment ESP, which combines ABS, Traction Control, and Electronic Roll Mitigation, enhances traction by modulating torque among all wheels as necessary - providing resistance to any wheel that is slipping while allowing torque to flow to the wheels with traction.
The MP143 transfer case also has an analog shift actuator mounted on the rear of the transfer case that communicates with the switch through the CAN-bus network.

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Best Trailer Hitch Covers

Top 10 Best Trailer Hitch Covers
An inexpensive way to get a little bit more out of your truck's trailer hitch.

Aug 10, 2018

A trailer hitch cover may be something that you’ve never even considered buying for your vehicle.

But while some trailer hitch covers serve as a cosmetic upgrade only, there are others that can give your vehicle some added usability. Some double as a third brake light, while some others give your trailer hitch a triple ball hitch mount for different hitch sizes.

We’re going to go over some of our preferred hitch mounts on the market today to give you a good idea of the different types of products that are out there. We’ll cover cosmetic trailer hitch covers and practical ones as well, hopefully helping to start your trailer hitch search on the right foot.

Editor's Pick: Connor Tri Ball Hitch

The Connor Tri Ball Hitch is a high-quality tri-ball hitch that will make sure you never have to wonder where you left your different tow hitch balls.

In addition to offering three different tow hitch balls on the same hitch insert, the Connor Tri Ball Hitch also includes a tow hook.

The three hitch balls have different tow ratings of 2,000 lbs., 6,000 lbs. and 10,000 lbs. The hook capacity, meanwhile, is 10,000 lbs.

This tri-ball trailer hitch is bound to be well-made and sturdy, making a good option to cover up the hole in your hitch.

Pros/Tri ball hitch with hook giving you multiple uses

Cons/May stick out a bit far for some users

Bottom Line/A great hitch cover for the person that misplaces their different tow hooks and hitch balls

MaxxHaul Trailer Hitch Cover With LED Brake Light

This trailer hitch cover from MaxxHaul also doubles as an LED brake light.

Why spend $20 or even $30 on a purely cosmetic trailer hitch cover when you can get this hitch cover for even less that will also ensure the person behind you really knows you’ve stepped on the brakes. The light consists of 12 singular LED lights that are very bright and will last much longer than a standard brake light might.

This hitch cover will fit your standard 2×2 hitch cover and includes a hitch pin.

Pros/Doubles as a brake light, inexpensive

Cons/Power chord may not be long enough for some applications

Bottom Line/A decent quality and inexpensive trailer hitch cover that doubles as a brake light

Curt Manufacturing Rubber Hitch Tube Cover

This hitch cover from Curt Manufacturing is as simple as it gets.

Consisting of just a plain black rubber cover, this very cheap hitch cover will go unnoticed as it covers up the hole in your trailer hitch. A cover such as this can prevent dirt, dust and debris from entering your hitch tube.

It will also fit snugly into your hitch tube so you don’t have to fiddle with it or worry about it falling out as you drive.

Pros/Inexpensive, Simple design

Cons/Perhaps a bit too plain for some consumers

Bottom Line/A no-frills hitch cover that comes in at under $5

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Bully Chrome Series Heavy-Duty Truck SUV LED Hitch Step

This hitch-mounted step from Bully is a useful little device that will keep your hitch tube covered up when it’s not helping you haul.

Not only does it double as a step that will help you access your truck’s bed, it comes with integrated LED lights that will light up when you hit the brakes.

The step is 19-inches wide and 3.75-inches in diameter. The included adapter also means it will fit 2-inch and 1-1/4-inch hitch receivers.

With a durable design, this step will support even the heaviest of users and will last over time. It’s also relatively inexpensive.

Pros/Useful step, Integrated LED brake light, Adapter included

Cons/May be a bit bulky for some buyers' tastes

Bottom Line/A very useful way to cover up your hitch tube when it's not in use

BougeRV Trailer Hitch Tube Cover Plug Cap

This BougeRV trailer hitch cover is similar to the product from Curt above, with one added advantage.

This hitch cover includes a bracket that mounts over top of your hitch tube. That means you don’t have to take the cap completely off and risk losing it. Just flip the cap open when you need to use the hitch, hitch up your trailer and you’ll be on your way.

BougeRV makes versions of this product for 1 1/4- inch and 2-inch hitch tubes, so just make sure you’re buying the right size. It’s a bit pricier than the simple cap from Curt, but at under $10, it’s still extremely affordable.

Pros/Bracket means you'll never lose it, Inexpensive

Cons/Design a bit bland

Bottom Line/If you tend to lose things, this is the trailer cap for you!

HitchSafe HS7000 Key Vault

This rather interesting product from KeyVault allows you to cover up your hitch tube and gives you a convenient and safe place to keep a key.

With a secure metal construction, built-in code combination and a heavy-duty rubber dust cover, this hitch cover can safely hide a key, cards and other valuables while your off doing outdoor activities or when you’re camping. How many times have you thought “my car keys are a real pain”? This is your solution!

This hitch cover also comes with a hitch pin and a dust cover. The dust cover is important, as it covers up the key code so passersby don’t know about your little secret storage compartment.

Pros/Doubles as a convenient hitch lock box, Sturdy design with included dust cover and hitch pin

Cons/Some users may not be comfortable using such a lock box

Bottom Line/A convenient way to cover up your hitch tube - especially if you hate bringing your keys with you

Rhino USA Shackle Hitch Receiver

This hitch receiver from Rhino will keep your trailer tube covered up when you’re not towing but will still give you a useful hitch to use should you need it.

The American-made hook has a 31,418 lb max strength, so you’ll be able to pull just about anything using it. It is also offered with a lifetime warranty, so you know that it will last and that you’ll get a replacement or your money back on the off chance that it doesn’t.

Such a product could be of particular interest to off-roaders who may need to recover a vehicle from a ditch or when it gets stuck in mud or snow.

Just because your trailer hitch tube isn’t being used doesn’t mean it can’t be useful!

Pros/Doubles as a very strong tow hook, Lifetime guarantee, American made

Cons/More expensive than a simple cosmetic hitch tube cover

Bottom Line/A useful product to cover up your hitch tube that's also extremely durable

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LFParts Blank Black Trailer Metal Hitch Tube Cover

This hitch tube cover from LFParts is a dirt and dust cover that will be more durable than the cheaper plastic covers that are on the market today.

In addition to the metal construction being a bit more durable than plastic, this hitch tube cover also looks better than a plastic one, in our opinion.

While still inexpensive, the metal cover is obviously a bit more expensive than the plastic covers.

Again, you should ensure you are buying the properly sized cover when shopping for a metal hitch tube cover such as this, as some are for 2-inch hitch tubes and others for 1 1/4-inch tubes.

Pros/Simple design, sturdy metal construction, Inexpensive

Cons/More money than a plastic hitch tube cover

Bottom Line/An inexpensive way to cover up your hitch tube that does away with the plastic

TGL Hitch Step

This hitch step from TGL is another hitch tube cover that doubles as a step.

But while the hitch step above from Bully we mentioned above has a curved design, this TGL step is a bit flatter and thus more sturdy to stand on.

It doesn’t double as a LED brake light like the Bully step, but has its own advantages such as a non-slip surface design and a durable powder coated finish that will prevent rust.

Like other large metal hitch covers, this step could also provide your vehicle with extra crash protection in the event of a rear-end collision – although we hope you don’t ever get to test that out.

If you want a hitch cover that doubles as a step, this could just be the exact product you’re looking for.

Pros/Doubles as a step, Heavy and sturdy construction

Cons/Does not double as an LED brake light like other steps

Bottom Line/A heavy, durable and useful step that gives you easy access to your truck bed while covering up your hitch tube

Pilot CR402 Propeller Hitch Cover

Our final entry on this list comes from Bully, who has developed this cute propeller hitch.

This propeller hitch spins as your car or truck drives down the road. If you typically tow a boat with your hitch, this is a perfect way to let everyone know how when you’re not towing it around! It looks just like a boat prop.

While it has no secondary use, this propeller is fun to look at and will protect your hitch tube from dirt, rust and other corrosion when it’s not in use. At just over $10, it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to cover up your hitch tube.

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Prevent trailer sway with a weight distribution hitch.

Top 10 Best Weight Distributing Hitches and Why You Need Them

Sep 06, 2018

Do you want to buy a large trailer to tow with your truck or SUV? You’ll probably need a Class 3, 4 or 5 hitch, then, which means you’ll also need a good weight distributing hitch.

A weight distributing hitch, which is also referred to as a trailer equalizer, helps to distribute the downward force from heavy trailers across a larger, more even plane. It’s important for this downward force, referred to as tongue weight, to be distributed across the vehicle’s axles and the trailer’s axles, as it can put too much weight on the rear of your vehicle. This is not only bad for your truck or SUV, but can contribute to vehicle control problems and also break your trailer receiver hitch.

A weight distributing hitch can help keep you safe while out on the road and towing, so you’ll definitely want to read up on them before making your purchase. Luckily for you, we’re going to go over some of the best weight distributing hitches on sale in this post. Afterward, we’ll also touch on the different types of weight distributing hitches available today, what sets them apart and which are best for which applications.

Editor's Choice: Andersen Hitches No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch

The No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch from Andersen Hitches is one of the best weight distribution hitches on sale today.

This weight distribution hitch differs from others that are of the round bar and trunnion bar type. It features chains and a damper in place of spring bars, which not only remedies trailer sway but also any trailer bouncing you may experience. You can also easily tighten or loosen the chains and damper with a nut.

Andersen Hitches’ design is lightweight, coming in at under 60 lbs, is easy to install and promises to provide a smooth and extremely quiet ride as you tow. It’s rated at 14,000 lbs GTWR when using a 2″ rack, and 16,000 lbs GTWR when using a 2 1/2″ rack. Andersen Hitches also offers a lifetime warranty on the hitch so you can buy with confidence.

While a bit pricier than other similar weight distribution hitches, this hitch has a superior design that makes it one of the best weight distribution hitches on sale today.

Pros/Unique design ensures quiet and smooth operation, Lifetime warranty, Made in the USA

Cons/On the expensive side

Bottom Line/Buy right or buy twice. This hitch is pricey, but is one of the best weight distribution hitches on sale today.

EAZ LIFT 1,000 lbs Elite Bent Bar Weight Distributing Hitch

This weight distributing hitch from Eaz Lift is of the round bar type and is inexpensive for what you’re getting.

With a 10,000 lb GTWR rating and a 1,000 lb tongue weight rating, this budget-friendly weight distributing hitch should prove to be plenty strong for many consumers. It should work as desired, as long as you don’t travel on rough or bumpy roads frequently. That’s because round bar type weight distribution hitches aren’t as good at mitigating noise and trailer sway and bounce as Andersen or trunnion bar type kits. What it lacks in refinement it makes up for in price, however.

If your trailer isn’t too heavy and the roads around you are smoothly paved, the Eaz Lift 1,000 lbs weight distributing hitch is an inexpensive option that we’d confidently recommend. It’s also available in tongue weight ratings of 600 lbs, 800 lbs, 1200 lbs and 1400 lbs.

Pros/Inexpensive, Variety of tongue ratings, 5 year warranty

Cons/Does not mitigate sway and bounce as much as other similar products

Bottom Line/A solid, inexpensive weight distributing hitch that we'd confidently recommend

Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch

The Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch is a trunnion bar type weight distribution hitch available in a wide variety of tongue weight and gross trailer weight ratings. It is also available in a variety of sizes, making it an appropriate choice no matter the height of your hitch receiver.

The Equal-i-zer hitch will work with almost all bumper-pull trailers and trailers with hydraulic surge brakes. The product comes complete, although it does not come with a hitch ball, so you’ll have to purchase your own separately if you don’t already have the appropriate type.

Users report this weight distributing hitch is easy to install, works very well to mitigate sway and is ideal for those who are towing very long trailers. The only downside here is the price – it’s a bit more expensive than a comparable round ball type weight distributing hitch and more than an Andersen style one as well.

Pros/High quality, Great for long trailers, Variety of weight ratings and sizes available

Cons/A more expensive weight distributing hitch

Bottom Line/This expensive weight distributing hitch justifies its pricetag with ideal on-road performance

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Husky Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Bolt-Together Ball Mount/Shank Assembly

This round bar type weight distribution hitch from Husky has a 1,200 lb max tongue rating and 12,000 GTWR, making it good for those with heavier trailers or RVs to tow.

The hitch also features 8 inches total of height adjustment, making it flexible between trailer sizes and types. Like many other weight distribution hitches, though, a trailer ball is not included in this package, so you’ll have to purchase your own if you don’t already have one of the right size.

Husky promises this weight distribution hitch is easy to install and simple to use. Some users weren’t happy with the flimsy packaging the hitch came in, but otherwise, this should prove to be a solid weight distribution hitch for the truck or SUV owner who doesn’t want to break the bank. We’d consider this a good entry-level weight distribution hitch.

Pros/Inexpensive, Easy to install and use, Heavy duty weight rating

Cons/Flimsy packaging, Not as well-built as some more expensive weight distribution hitches

Bottom Line/An affordable and heavy duty weight distributing hitch

Pro Series Complete Weight Distribution Kit

The Pro Series Complete Weight Distribution Kit comes with everything you’ll need to use a weight distributing hitch on your truck or SUV, including a hitch ball.

This round bar type weight distributor hitch has a 1,000 lb tongue weight and 10,000 GTWR, so it will be able to handle most trailers and RVs that consumers may find themselvesvles towing frequently. The manufacturer also offers a 10-year warranty with the kit, although it should prove to be durable as long as you take proper are of it.

Installing and using this kit is straightforward, but if you’re confused at any point, you can always refer to the included instructions or an online video for guidance. Users report that this hitch is also very heavy and a bit noisy when towing.

Pros/Heavy duty weight rating, Inexpensive, Includes hitch ball

Cons/Very heavy, a bit noisy when towing

Bottom Line/A solid, well-priced weight distributing hitch that's made in the USA

Fastway e2 2-Point Sway Control Round Bar Hitch

This round bar type weight distribution hitch from Fastway comes in a variety of GTWR and tongue weight ratings. None of them come with a hitch ball, however, so you’ll have to get your own if you opt for this product.

Like other weight distributing hitches, this product will mitigate sway and distirbute your trailer’s weight across the vehicle and trailer axles. It comes with a 10-year warranty as well.

Users say this weight distributing hitch is easy to use, easy to install and well made. It also provides good sway control, so you can tow confidently even with very heavy trailers.

One downside to this hitch is that it may be a bit noisy once it’s been used for a little while. Grease, such as WD-40, can sometimes help to reduce the amount of noise your weight-distributing hitch makes.

Pros/Very affordable, Well made, Easy to use

Cons/A bit noisy when in use, Does not include hitch ball

Bottom Line/It's nothing fancy, but this is still a solid, affordable weight distributing hitch

Husky Center Line TS with Spring Bars

This weight distribution hitch kit from Husky has a very high tongue weight rating of 1,200 lbs and a GTWR of 12,000 lbs.

The manufacturer claims this round bar hitch is quieter than many other similar kits on sale today, so you won’t be bothered by squeaking as you drive along. It also comes with a trailer ball hitch and all other hardware you’ll need to install it. This product is also well-priced for its heavy-duty weight ratings and comes with easy-to-follow instructions for installation.

One common downside that users of this product report is the weight. Due to the product’s heaviness, it can be difficult to maneuver when installing it or moving it around when it’s not attached to your vehicle.

Pros/Well priced, Good quaity, High weight rating

Cons/Very heavy

Bottom Line/A very heavy yet high-quality trailer weight distribution kit

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Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch

This could be the most well-priced weight distribution hitches on sale today.

With a palatable pricetag and a 1,000 lb tongue weight rating, this is an affordable weight distributor kit that is perfect for the buyer on a budget.

This is certainly not a lightweight product, but what it lacks in lightness it makes up for in construction. It’s extremely heavy, users report, although perhaps not as well-made as other more expensive products.

This weight distribution hitch also only comes with a three-year warranty, whereas more expensive products will be backed for up to 10 years or for life.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money and don’t mind a heavier, noisier hitch, this could be the ideal product for you.

Pros/Very inexpensive, High 1,000 lb tongue rate

Cons/Short warranty, Very heavy, Average quality

Bottom Line/One of the least expensive weight distributing hitches on sale

Camco Weight Distribution Hitch

The Camco Weight Distribution Hitch is a round bar type weight distribution kit with a 1,000 lb tongue weight and 10,000 lb GTWR.

This kit comes with everything you’ll need to put the hitch on your truck, including a hitch ball.

While the construction of this product is of good quality, some users say it’s hard to install due to the vague instructions. If you are going to install it yourself, you may want to research online for more detailed installation instructions or a how-to video.

This hitch is on the pricey side. It’s far from the best deal on this list, but should work as advertised nonetheless.

Pros/Good-looking design, Heavy duty construction, High tongue weight rating

Cons/Vague instructions, Expensive

Bottom Line/An expensive yet well made weight distribution hitch

Blue Ox Weight Distributing Hitch

The Blue Ox Weight Distributing Hitch is an extremely heavy duty hitch with a 1,500 lb tongue weight rating and a 15,000 lb GTWR.

This kit will prevent trailer sway and ensure your truck or SUV retains a soft, smooth ride even when towing heavy trailers. The manufacturer claims it’s near-silent when in motion and comes with a pre-adjusted head so it’s ready to use out of the box.

If you’re serious about towing, this is an ideal weight distributing hitch. Some users say the sway bar chains are hard to adjust, however you don’t have to take them off when you are reversing your vehicle like some other weight distributors.

While very pricey, this weight distributing hitch is a high-quality product that’s aimed at the user who tows heavy trailers frequently.

Pros/Very heavy duty, Well made, Includes everything you'll need


Bottom Line/A very heavy duty, well made weight distributing hitch that's priced accordingly

How Does a Weight Distributing Hitch Work?

A weight distributing hitch spreads the weight of a trailer across a larger plane.

A trailer without a weight distributing hitch will focus all of its weight onto a small surface area (the hitch ball). This can cause the rear end of your truck or SUV to sag, which may make it susceptible to trailer sway and bounce and reduce your ability to remain in control of the vehicle when traveling along.

A weight distributing hitch is specially designed to spread the weight of your trailer to a larger surface area, reducing rear end sag and helping to keep the trailer even and in line with your vehicle. They can also help with cornering stability when towing when directing the weight of the trailer to one side of the vehicle.
What Are the Different Types of Weight Distributing Hitches?

As we mentioned above, there are three types of weight distributing hitch: round bar, trunnion bar and Andersen.

Round Bar Hitches: a round bar weight distribution hitch uses round-shaped sway bars that attach to the bottom of the trailer ball mount and assembly. They don’t deal with bumps and potholes as well as an Andersen style kit, but will work just fine for most applications.

Trunnion Bar Hitches: a trunnion bar kit is nearly the same as a round bar kit, except the sway bars are square in shape and don’t require a clip to be fastened to the receiver. They are more difficult to adjust the height of the head on than a round bar kit, but provide more ground clearance than round bar type kits.

Andersen Hitches: Instead of using a sway bar, an Andersen style hitch uses dampers and chains to help reduce and mitigate trailer sway and bouncing. A but is also used to tighten the chains and dampers so you don’t have to mess around with chains. This hitch design helps to reduce trailer bounce in addition to sway.

We’d focus less on the type of hitch when shopping and more on the tongue weight rating and GTWR. As long as your weight distributing hitch has the correct weight rating for the trailer you are towing and fits your receiver properly, you should be good to go.
What Weight Rating Will I Need?

There are two different weight ratings used when talking weight distributing hitches: tongue weight and gross trailer weight.

The tongue weight of a trailer is how much downward force it enacts on your vehicle when it’s hitched up. The gross trailer weight rating (GTWR) is how much the trailer weighs in its entirety.

Having too much tongue weight is obviously bad, but having too little tongue weight can also cause trailer sway problems. Ideally, you’ll want your tongue weight to be 10 to 15 percent of your GTWR so you’re left with trailer that sits evenly with your vehicle. If your trailer weighs 10,000 lbs, you’ll want to have a tongue weight rating of around 1,000 lbs, for example.

Having the proper weight rated hitch is the most important aspect of shipping for a weight distributing hitch.

Our Final Verdict

If you’re still unsure which weight distributing hitch is ideal for you and your vehicle, here are three of our favorites.

Best Overall Hitch: The Andersen Hitches No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch is the best overall weight distribution hitch for most consumers, in our opinion. It prevents trailer sway and trailer bounce, is relatively inexpensive while still being high quality. It’s also extremely heavy duty, with up to 16,000 lbs GTWR and comes with a good manufacturer’s warranty. It’s hard to go wrong with this product, in our opinion.

Best Budget Hitch: The best budget option here is the Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch, in our opinion. It comes in at under $200 and still retains a good degree of durability and usability. If you don’t want to break the bank but still want to avoid low-quality products, this is a great middle ground.

Best Heavy Duty Hitch: While the Andersen hitch is also good for heavy duty applications, the Blue Ox heavy duty hitch is designed for heavy-duty trailering as well. With a heavy duty construction, a tongue rating of 1,500 lbs and a GTWR of 15,000 lbs, this weight distributing hitch is ready to tow even the heaviest of trailers.

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Best Dodge Nitro Hitch Options

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13334 Class III Hitch - Dodge Nitro by Curt (Trailer Hitch)

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Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2012 Dodge Nitro. On top here we're going to have our Draw-Tite hitch, and right below that we're going to have our CURT. Now on our Nitro itself we do have the Draw-Tite installed. As you can see, that crosstube's going to be hidden right behind the bumper and all we're really going to see is that receiver tube sticking out and giving it a nice clean, finished OEM look.Since we saw the Draw-Tite on our Nitro and it is going to be concealed and all we're really going to see is this plate and then the receiver tube opening sticking out, whereas with the CURT, right about here where we can see it sloping up towards the sides, this is going to be visible and we are going to see that round tube going across along with the receiver tube sticking out.Now the way we're going to mount our accessories on our hitches is they're going to use a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now they're not included in either one of our kits here but you can pick one up on our website using part number PC3.Now if you noticed, the Draw-Tite's going to have a second hole towards the back of the receiver tube opening here. That's going to be for the j-pin stabilization device.

That's going to be nice because it's going to apply pressure to that accessory on the inside and it's going to keep it from rattling around and making noise when we're driving down the road.As far as weight capacity goes, our CURT is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. It is designed to work with weight distribution systems. That will bump up the tongue weight up to 500 pounds and the gross trailer weight up to 5,000 pounds. The Draw-Tite is going to have quite a bit more weight rating to it. It's going to start out with a 500 pound tongue weight along with a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating.

It also is designed to work with weight distribution systems. That's going to jump your tongue weight up to 600 pounds and the gross trailer weight up to 6,000 pounds. Now with all of that in mind, you want to make sure that you double check your vehicle's owner's manual and you never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.Another feature of the Draw-Tite hitch that you're really going to appreciate is it's going to have that built-in bracket for any kind of electrical wiring like we have on our Nitro here. Now the safety chain loops on our hitches are going to be a lot different from each other. The Draw-Tite here, it's going to have a loop style.

It's going to be like a welded stock steel welded to the bottom of the receiver tube opening. As you can see, it's going to just be slightly offset from that hitch pin. We're not going to have to worry about interfering with any kind of locking device. We're going to have plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off.The CURT, however, is going to have a plate style. It's just going to have an oval hole cut in the bottom of that plate welded to the bottom of the receiver tube opening and crosstube.

We're going to have enough room to get most size hooks on or off, but keep in mind if you have somewhat of a smaller hook it is going to be rather difficult trying to come from the side because it is also right in line with that hitch pin. If you are using a locking device, that may interfere and it may be a little bit more difficult to get those hooks in place.Both of our hitches are Class 3, which means they're going to give us that 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, and both of them are going to have a reinforced collar, the Draw-Tite, having more of a rounded look to it, and the CURT having more of a flush cut on the end. Since they are both Class 3 and they're both going to ha

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How to Hook Up to a Conventional Trailer

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Brant Combs, head of Ram Heavy Duty and J.D. Schmid from Big Tex Trailers walk you through the safe and secure way to hook up a conventional trailer to your Ram truck.

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2009 Dodge Nitro Trailer Hitch Installation

Jun 3, 2020

This video covers the trailer hitch installation for Curt 13334 on a 2009 Dodge Nitro. Learn how to install your receiver on your 2009 Dodge Nitro from a U-Haul installation professional. With a few tools and our step-by-step instructions, you can complete the installation of Curt 13334. To purchase this trailer hitch and other towing accessories for your 2009 Dodge Nitro, visit ABOUT U-HAUL Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 21,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 now offers customers access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the self-service options on their Internet-connected mobile devices. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to more than 150,000 trucks, 112,000 trailers, and 40,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 581,000 rooms and more than 51 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S.

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2008 Dodge Nitro Trailer Wiring Harness Installation

Jun 4, 2020

This video covers the wiring harness installation for Curt 56334 on a 2008 Dodge Nitro. Learn how to install the trailer wiring on your 2008 Dodge Nitro from a U-Haul installation professional. With a few tools and our step-by-step instructions you can complete the installation of Curt 56334. To purchase this wiring harness and other towing accessories for your 2008 Dodge Nitro, visit

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Dealer is going to install an axillary trans cooler for $300, which will then be covered in the wrap / drive-line warranty. Also that should do the trick for towing. Quite honestly there isn't that much additional in the tow package. I've been towing stuff for 25 years and never heard of the need for a power steering cooler? The extra large Radiator is nice, but not a necessity.

Dealer is going to install an axillary trans cooler for $300, which will then be covered in the wrap / drive-line warranty. Also that should do the trick for towing. Quite honestly there isn't that much additional in the tow package. I've been towing stuff for 25 years and never heard of the need for a power steering cooler? The extra large Radiator is nice, but not a necessity.
Have fun with your Nitro and that extra warranty on that Dealer Installed trans cooler is a plus I did not know was available. I though the tow package might also include HD shocks too, but I may be wrong. Again thanks for your post since it may benefit another proud Nitro owner with similar concerns and questions. Enjoy the snow!

Just an FYI I went on the Dodge web site and found the trailer tow group includes the following if factory installed:
* Heavy-duty engine and power steering coolers
* Class III hitch receiver
* Full-size spare tire
* Trailer tow wiring harness
* Class III weight-distributing trailer hitch.

Cooling units are on truck

OK how about this, I have my dealer order the auxiliary Trans cooler, when he gets it out of the box it ends up Chrysler sent the wrong part. So my dealer on a hunch plugs in my Vin # to the mopar system and low and behold there result came back with my Nitro having the trans cooler option on it. So they call and tell me that and save me $300. The service guy was stunned when I told him that the trans cooler was not listed on the sticker.

So today I gotta see it for myself so I go underneath the truck and sure enough there's this big ass trans cooler in front of the radiator. I followed the lines to be sure and they go right to the transmission. Then I spot another cooler, which turns out to be the Power Steering cooler. I tried to see if it also had the oil cooler but couldn't see up in there and not really sure what I was looking for.

So I'm not sure what happened, is it possible dodge built the truck with the Tow package, then realized it wasn't ordered with one and just didn't put a hitch & harness on it and sent it on it's way and didn't list on sticker.

Very weird, but to my advantage.

Nice to hear from someone that "lucked out" and was not short changed. Don't know why your vehicle had these coolers factory installed w/o the hitch. Maybe you had the Police Nitro HD Package installed by mistake! Just kidding, but all Police Vehicles do have all these coolers as standard equipment.

Jun 8, 2018

I was reading the owners manual and I couldn't figure out the towing.

I bought an sxt on Saturday and the towing chart in the owners manual says that the 3.7L tows 2000 lbs the 3.7L with cooler tows 3500 and their was some stuff about 5000 lbs that I can't remember. I don't have the towing package.

My question is. If I install a trailer hitch, how much will I be able to safely tow?

Hey there, not sure if this helps..I have the 3.7L 4x4 nitro the 210 hp model and i have a old 17ft larson boat around 2500lbs..It towes it just fine, power wise but it's a bit bouncy so that may help u out a bit..

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I always buy/order (last 3 SUVs) vehicles with the trailer towing packages and never pull anything! I know it is a great value to have this option factory installed and always felt that any subsequent owner would view it as a plus. When you figure adding on all these options after the fact the cost may be prohibitive. Years ago just pulling a race car trailer required adding a AT cooler & rear shocks to my El Camino. What does the Owners Manual say about towing? (w/o package)

I see that Chrysler sells:
Transmission Cooler

Regular Price: $ 158.00
On Sale For: $132.00

Description: Greatly extends the life of the transmission by reducing high temperatures associated with off-road or heavy-duty operations. Recommended for heavy-duty trailer towing.

LINK: Affordable Parts and Accessories wholesale to the public.

nuffer I think this addition would be well worth the investment and Good Luck and enjoy your new Nitro!

Hi Guys, I'm looking for some advice.

I have an o8 nitro, when I went shopping I was originally looking for one with a tow package because I was going to haul snowmobiles etc, most everything under 2000#.

My dealer gave me a sweet deal on a gorgeous Nitro with 24C , sun & wheels, and a few other things, but no tow package. Anyway he thru in the hitch & harness as part of the deal. I thought that would work based on what I planned on towing.

Well.... I am looking at a 50% off deal on a atv/landscape trailer. It a great trailer and I hate to pass on it. The trailer weighs 900# and GVW 2900. When I do tow stuff over 2000# it wouldn't be for great distances. Do you think if I have dealer installed Trans cooler put on it will cover me. I have done this before on other vehicles and never had any issues. Not sure why you would need a power steering cooler.

I read that I could tow a 2007 4x4 Nitro behind my RV, I went to the dealership and they told me, "No, you need the Jeep Liberty 4x4, the Nitro's do not tow"

Any help please!!!

dont they have the same 4X4 ??
jeep liberty and dodge nitro are pretty much the same car i think.

I was also under the impression that the Nitro with a 3.7 and the Liberty were basically the same. I can tell you that the R/T is a whole different story.

Where can you find the towing specs for SLT's that come with the Trailer Tow Package?


So, at first, I read that the towing capacity would be 5000 lbs. for both the 4.0 or the 3.7 with the auto. Now the dodge site says 5000 for the RT with the Class III hitch, and the 'Nitro can tow trailers up to 3500 pounds with the addition of Class II weight-carrying trailer hitch'. Does that mean the Class III hitch will not be an availble option for the Nitros with the 3.7 and automatic?

By the way, did anyone notice we lost an MPG for the 4x4? The dodge website used to list mileage at 18/24, now 17/24 for the 3.7 4x4. I wonder what real life mileage will turn out to be; I want to trade a Durango to get better mileage, but if the mileage keeps slipping down as it gets closer to release, I don't know if it will be worth taking the trade hit...

Towing is 3500 with the Class II hitch. The class II is what gets installed on the SLT. If you want Class III hitch on the NON RT model, go after market, but be prepared to void warranty.
Look at it this way...
210 HP = SLT = 3500 towing = Class II hitch
255 HP = RT = 5000 towing = Class III hitch


The Jeep Liberty I drive with the same 3.7 engine, auto trans, gets me 18.1 MPG average on the trip computer. I would expect the Nitro to be about the same... 20 to 23 on highway... 15 to 17 in the city...

i got 18.8 mixed driving with my SXT auto

oh an no computer BS it was hand calculated

I'm sure that 18.8 wasn't anywhere near washington dc roads...

Also, are you saying you don't trust the EVIC? If it says you're getting 35mpg it must be true... haha

Hey all,

I got into a discussion about the Nitro R/T with the towing kit for towing a SPEC Miata to races. With a 5000lb towing capacity, a light 900lb 16' aluminum trailer and a 2000-2400lb Miata, do you think the Nitro R/T would hold up?

Has anyone towed anything yet?


Anyone towing with a Nitro yet? I'd like to hear about your experience.

I have a 98 Dakota I tow a 4000 ski boat on a tandem axle trailer with surge brakes. The Dakota GVWR is 6000 lbs with a 5.2 liter that has 230 horse & 300 ft/lbs of torque. Will a Nitro (GVWR of 4000 lb) with the 210 horse & 235 ft/lbs of torque really pull this boat safely? I know the Nitro is rated for 5000 lbs but it doesn't seem like towing a 5000 lb trailer with a 4000 lb truck is very wise. Maybe with a tandem axle & trailer brakes it can be done though. Anyone ever do it?

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom Destroyed During Transit

September 4, 2020

A costly lesson in how important it is to properly tow a vehicle.
If you cringed at the sight of that beautifully restored 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 429 laying battered on its roof, you're really going to hate this one. Back in 2016, a Swiss buyer purchased this stunning 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III from a classic car dealership in the Netherlands, and just minutes after leaving, the car had been destroyed in a terrible crash while being transported.

According to the original story from, the Rolls-Royce was being towed by its new owner with a Range Rover and a brand-new, double-axle car trailer, and the crash happened at just 35 mph. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the accident, but despite everything apparently being done as safe as possible, the classic car, tow vehicle and trailer were all severely damaged.

Without knowing what caused the crash, the article guesses that the Range Rover's active air suspension may have had something to do with the crash. Although the SUV isn't shown in any of these pictures, a more likely explanation is that the trailer may have been too small and/or the tongue weight was too loaded. The Phantom III is a heavy car and the massive 7.3-liter V12 added even more to the tongue weight, which when not properly distributed can cause excessive swaying even at lower speeds.

Now, we're not saying that you need to hire a professional transport company every time you haul a car, but we probably would have chosen to do so for such a rare vintage car; if nothing else, this Rolls-Royce should have at least been transported in a closed carrier. When hauling yourself, always make sure to check the maintenance of the trailer and tow vehicle and never tow more than the vehicle is rated for, and when trusting your vehicle in the hands of a transport company, be sure to do your research first checking online ratings and ensuring the company has experienced drivers with proper equipment and up-to-date insurance.


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The Best Trailer Hitch Locks
The money spent on a trailer lock will be a lot less than the cost to replace a whole trailer if it gets stolen.

By Jason Siu Aug 24, 2021

Best Hitch and Trailer Locks

If you own a trailer, the first accessory you want to invest in is a quality trailer hitch lock. Unfortunately, trailers are often sought out by thieves since they’re relatively straightforward to steal and easy to sell once stolen. In addition, stolen trailers have a low rate of being recovered. Even if they are found, there’s a good chance all the stuff stored inside is gone. A trailer lock is a small investment that could potentially save you a lot of headache and heartache down the road. After all, the money spent on a trailer lock will be less than the cost to replace a whole trailer.

There are several different types of trailer hitch locks available and in this article, we’ll take a look at the most popular, bestselling and cost-efficient products. We’ll also go into detail about why you need a trailer lock, what to look for when shopping for one, and how to choose the right one for your needs.

For more information on the best trailer hitch locks, refer to our table of contents.

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1. Editor's Pick: AMPLOCK Trailer Coupler Lock (U-BRP2516)

amplock coupler lock u-brp2516
Designed to fit specific couplers with trailer balls measuring 2-15/16 inches is this coupler lock from AMPLOCK. It comes from a family-owned company that focuses on manufacturing high quality trailer locks adjusted to each trailer coupler. This specific recommendation features a patented mechanism with a two-step locking system. The location of the cylinder lock makes it difficult for thieves to access, while the swivel design helps prevent vehicle traction when locked.
It’s a heavy duty lock constructed from stainless steel and ducted cast iron, resistant to torch cutting and liquid nitrogen. The company says the finish on this lock is resistant to corrosion and rust in all climates. It’s straightforward to use with a push-and-lock cylinder lock, allowing you to quickly lock up your hitch or trailer so you can get going on your way. Most importantly, each customer gets a unique key so you don’t have to worry about duplicates floating out there in the world.
Just keep in mind that this lock is molded to fit specific couplers, so contact AMPLOCK if you have any questions on whether or not this hitch trailer lock will work for you.
  • Pros/Custom fit for specific trailer couplers, comprehensive locking system, unique keys, swivel design, heavy duty construction
  • Cons/Not a universal design, price
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Promoted Product: CURT Universal Tri-Ball Trailer Coupler Lock
CURT Universal Tri-Ball Trailer Coupler Lock
CURT’s Universal Tri-Ball Trailer Coupler Lock is designed for convenience and adaptability. It features three high-strength glass-filled orange polymer balls, fitting 1 7/8”, 2”, and 2 5/16” couplers. One ball is locked inside your coupler, with the other two protruding as a bright orange deterrent to any thief looking for an easier target. Engineered break points ensure that if leverage is applied to the protruding balls, the locking ball will break off inside your coupler, leaving the trailer still secured and the thief looking for other ideas.
The key-operated coupler lock is also designed for adaptability, fitting 1” to 3” coupler spans. All components are wired together, preventing that annoyance of finding half your lock when you’re packing up.
  • Pros/Hitch lock can be used while the trailer is attached, securing both against theft when parked and accidental release in towing.
  • Cons/If you have multiple trailers to secure at once, you’ll still need multiple locks, if you hope to secure them all at the same time.
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2. Runner-Up: Trimax UMAX100 Premium Universal Solid Hardened Steel Trailer Lock
trimax umax100 premium universal trailer lock

An even heavier duty option from Trimax is the company’s UMAX100 universal coupler lock. Like the UMAX50, the UMAX100 features a 9/16-inch shackle and offers 360 degrees of solid hardened steel with a patented dual purpose coupler lock. Designed to fit most couplers from 1 7/8 inch to 2 5/16 inch, the UMAX100 takes protection to a new level with a ballistic grade nylon housing that can absorb hammer blows, while also giving it protection against harsh weather conditions.
The nylon housing also incorporates a keyhole cover to keep out dirt and grime. This coupler lock features a type A key, which is a spring loaded, seven-pin high security key. This helps resists attempted drill outs.
Trimax offers a lifetime warranty on all their products.
  • Pros/Heavy duty coupler, hardened steel, dual purpose coupler lock, ballistic grade nylon housing with keyhold cover, type A key
  • Cons/Price, fits loosely on some applications
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3. Master Lock Receiver Lock (2866DATSC)
master lock swivel head receiver lock

Designed for vehicles, trailers, and RV hitch locks, this Master Lock receiver lock fits 1/2-inch and 5/8-inch receivers. The 1/2-inch pin is rated for Class I/II 3,500-pound load, while the 5/8-inch pin is good for Class III/IV 10,000-pound load. The usable length of the receiver pin is 2.75 inches.
The receiver lock features a convenient push-to-lock mechanism, so you simply have to push the lock body onto the pin and remove the key. It has a durable design with a weather tough seal and watertight cap which helps provide protection from moisture and dirt. The four-pin cylinder prevents lock picking, while the keyway is constructed with brass to make it resistant against corrosion.
There is also a patented, stainless steel swivel head that rotates 360 degrees for easy access. This is a padlock-style hitch lock that is used in place of the standard pin and clip to prevent theft.
  • Pros/Includes 1/2- and 5/8-inch pins, supports Class I-IV hitches, push-to-lock mechanism, weather seal and watertight cap, four-pin cylinder, swivel head, lifetime warranty
  • Cons/Users report of corrosion, easily bent or broken keys
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4. Trimax Premium Key Receiver Lock (T-3BLACK)
trimax t-3black premium key receiver lock

Manufactured from high quality, forged hardened steel is Trimax’s premium key receiver lock. This product features a rugged black epoxy powdercoat and comes with an o-ring seal and watertight cap to help keep out dirt and corrosion. Trimax says the lock cannot “pop” open, nor can it be false locked. It’s easy-to-use with a 1/4 turn locking and unlocking the head.
The 5/8-inch pin fits all Class III, IV, and V receiver hitches and fits up to a 2.75-inch span. This is a type A key, which makes it a spring-loaded, seven-pin high security key. It is resistant to attempted drill outs and will not bend or break.
  • Pros/Forged hardened steel, watertight cap, fits Class III-V receiver hitches, type A key
  • Cons/Rubber cover is flimsy and can fall off, some users report rust issues
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5. Reese Towpower Universal Coupler Lock (72783)
reese towpower universal coupler lock

This premium lock comes from Reese Towpower and is a universal coupler lock measuring 9 inches by 9 inches by 3 inches. It’s manufactured with an aluminum body and heavy duty steel lock bar, designed to be a universal fit with a ratchet design with 11 locking positions. It can be used on 1 7/8-, 2-, and 2 5/16-inch couplers. The durable bright yellow finish acts as a theft-deterrent, while the premium lock resists picking, prying, and drill outs.
If you have never heard of the Reese brand, the company was originally founded in 1952 and has since become a household name in the heavy duty towing industry, as well as a market leader in automotive and recreational product solutions.
  • Pros/Heavy duty steel lock bar, universal fit, bright yellow finish
  • Cons/Aluminum body construction instead of full hardened steel, users report of easily broken keys
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6. Cocoweb C-Lock Heavy Duty Locking Hitch Pin
cocoweb c-lock heavy duty locking hitch pin

Cocoweb’s C-Lock heavy duty hitch pin comes in 1/2- and 5/8-inch sizing. The 1/2- and 5/8-inch pins are available in silver, while the 5/8-inch pin features a black finish. This locking hitch pin has a standard design, featuring a weatherproof cap that protects the keyhole by keeping out water and grime as well as keeping the lock free of rust. No drilling or mounting is required to use this locking hitch pin, simply slide it in, lock it, and you’re ready to go.
The pin fits Class I, II, III, and IV hitches with a max outer width of 2.75 inches and comes with two unique laser cut keys. Cocoweb does caution to verify the dimensions of your hitch, as these locking pins do not fit all vehicle models.
The solid steel lock is a total of six-inches long and has a barbell locking mechanism designed to make the lock fit more snugly and securely.
  • Pros/Includes 1/2- and 5/8-inch pins, weatherproof cap, supports Class I-IV hitches, barbell locking mechanism
  • Cons/Users report of rust issues, doesn't fit factory Toyota hitches
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7. Trimax UMAX50 Premium Die-Cast Dual Purpose Coupler Lock
trimax umax50 universal die cast dual purpose coupler lock

Designed as a “one size fits all,” Trimax offers a premium die-cast coupler lock with a dual ratchet lock system. The exclusive design provides 360 degrees of hardened steel protection with a rust-proof hammer tone epoxy finish. The UMAX50 can be used with 1 7/8-, 2-, to 2 5/15-inch couplers and features a keyhole cover that slides up to keep out dirt and grime.
This product costs is a bit more than some of the competition but it comes with a full lifetime guarantee.
  • Pros/Hardened steel protection, hammer tone epoxy finish, universal coupler design, keyhole cover, lifetime guarantee
  • Cons/Reports of rust, stuck keys, seized locks
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8. Master Lock Trailer Lock
master lock trailer hitch lock

This trailer lock from Master Lock is designed to fit most trailer couplers, ranging from 1 7/8 inch to 2 5/16 inch. It features an advanced mechanism that provides resistance to picking and prying and comes with a limited lifetime warranty for peace of mind. This product is “keyed alike,” which means they all use the same key. So if a thief has access to the key, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to easily unlock this trailer lock. The benefit to “keyed alike” products is that one key will unlock all your Master Lock locks, but it’s a strange price to pay for convenience.
This trailer lock is a solid, heavy duty product that is well built and durable. So long as a potential thief doesn’t have access to a key, it’s one of the toughest locks to break off.
  • Pros/Solid construction, limited lifetime warranty
  • Cons/Keyed alike, loose fit on some applications
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9. Connor Trailer Hitch/Receiver Lock
connor black and nickel swivel head receiver lock

Another option from Connor Trailer is this hitch lock, that comes with both 1/2- and 5/8-inch pins. Like the other Connor Trailer product on this list, these pins feature a black nickel finish and are designed to work with all Class I/II 1 1/4 inch by 1 1/4 inch hitches, Class III/IV/V 2 inch by 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch receivers. The smaller pin is capable of towing up to 3,500 gross trailer weight (GTW), while the long pin supports up to 20,000 GTW. The small pin has 2 7/8 inch of usable length, while the long pin offers 3 1/2 inch of usable length.
These pins have the same push-to-lock feature as the other Connor Trailer product, which also allows you to take out the key after unlocking. It has a 360-degree locking head for convenience, along with an all-weather rubber cap to provide extra protection against corrosion and grime in extreme weather conditions.
Manufactured from heavy duty solid steel, these pins offer superior strength to go with its durable black nickel finish.
  • Pros/Includes both 1/2- and 5/8-inch pins, supports Class I-V hitches, push-to-lock, 360-degree lcoking head, all-weather rubber cap, solid steel construction
  • Cons/Users report it's susceptible to corrosion and rust
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10. Tow Ready GorillaGuard Coupler Lock
tow ready gorilla guard coupler lock

For a more affordable option, take a look at the Tow Ready GorillaGuard coupler. This product is designed to shield the lock from tampering devices and fits most 2-inch couplers. According to the company, this coupler will only work on coupler widths (including lip) with a diameter of 3 13/16 inches or smaller, while the height of the coupler lip cannot exceed 5/16 inch.
This is a surround lock that is keyed unique, which means you don’t have to worry about a thief potentially having the same key. It is designed to protect unattended trailers, but it also tow ready.
The Tow Ready GorillaGuard comes with two keys and a one-year limited warranty.

  • Pros/Price, keyed unique
  • Cons/Limited fitments, one-year limited warranty

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Read More Top 10 Best Trailer Hitch Covers
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What is a Hitch or Trailer Lock?
As their name suggests, a hitch or trailer lock is designed to keep your trailer from getting stolen. A hitch lock is a product that keeps your trailer hitch and receiver together, with the lock preventing someone from lifting the receiver. This ensures that a thief isn’t able to unhitch the trailer unless the lock is off.
A trailer lock, also known as a coupler lock, keeps your trailer safe when it’s unhitched from your vehicle. Without a coupler lock, someone can simply drive up to your trailer, hitch it, and drive off. These locks fit over the coupler on the trailer’s tongue, preventing someone from hooking up their vehicle and driving off.
Essentially, a hitch or trailer lock plays the role of an insurance policy. Without one of these locks, a savvy thief can drive off with your trailer in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. Unfortunately there is no such thing as a lock that will completely prevent a thief from stealing your property if they want it badly enough and have the time to break off the lock. But locks do serve as a deterrent and some may cause enough of a struggle that the thief gives up.

What to Look for When Shopping for a Hitch or Trailer Lock
Before you start shopping, you’ll need to determine your hitch class if you’re shopping for a hitch lock. Hitches range from Class I to Class V, and not all hitch locks will support up to Class V hitches. Generally, most trailer locks are either 1/2- or 5/8-inch pins and you’ll need to make sure the lock works with your hitch before purchasing. Generally, Class II hitches use 1/2-inch pins, while Class III to Class V hitches use 5/8-inch pins.
When shopping for a hitch or trailer lock, you’ll want to pay close attention to the material it’s constructed from. You will ideally want to purchase a product made from high quality steel, or even hardened steel. Softer metals like aluminum may be lightweight, but they’re easy to damage, allowing a thief to simply take a hammer to your lock.
The next important factor is seeing whether the lock uses a unique key, or if the key design is shared across an entire product’s lineup. Naturally you will want a product that is uniquely keyed, so you don’t have to worry about a thief potentially having a key to your lock.
Depending on where you live and your weather conditions, make sure you invest into a lock that can withstand harsh weather conditions. Some products will corrode and rust quicker than others, potentially causing the lock to seize up. Check user reviews if you live in an area that sees snow or rain, as a rusted keyhole will cause you many headaches. At the very least, make sure you purchase a product that has a weatherproof cap for the keyhole.
If you’re purchasing a trailer or coupler lock, make sure it fits your exact application. Although many products are advertised as being universal, some may not work with certain trailers or hitches. Check user reviews or contact the manufacturer to confirm a particular product works with your specific application.
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