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Old 05-08-2019, 09:43 AM
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Class I hitch experience?

I understand the weight ratings and don't plan to go over it, but what's everyone's experience with Class I hitch strength?

I've always had big trucks with Class III hitches, and have always considered Class I hitches puny and for pulling nothing larger than a bike rack or motorcycle trailer.
My trailer is maybe 900 lbs, and while I have 2 Honda Rancher ATVs, I'll probably just be limited to pulling one at a time which is fine for where I go to stay under 1,500 lbs, but even that I feel like a Class I hitch is just going to snap off.

Has anyone ever had a Class I hitch break?
What about pulling the car out of a stuck shallow ditch on the side of the road in an emergency situation? Is it going to explode on me?
I'm tempted to just get the Draw-Tite Class III instead, but don't love the look of it.
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I bought a Triton UAT864 all aluminum trailer to haul my Can-Am 1000r around during hunting season last year. Went all aluminum for the weight savings. It only weighs 375 lb.

To tell the truth, I was on edge for the first 100 miles or so (it was dark by the time I left the NYC metro area), but once I got used to the load and stopped pulling over to check/recheck the tie-down job I did, I almost forgot it was there. This my first ATV and I was kind of paranoid driving up by myself, especially when the temps dropped and I hit a few patches of ice.

I have less than 1000 miles on it now and do see any issues with hitch itself.

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Thanks! That makes me feel better. I figure my ATV and trailer is right at 1,500 lbs wet, and hauling mulch and yard stuff every now and then can't be more than 1,200 lbs, and then my 2-bike carrier should be fine.
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FYI Curt Mfg. replied to my inquiry about a Class II hitch with...
"At this time we are in the engineering phase of a hitch for the 2019 RDX. At this time we do not know what class it will be. Please check back periodically for updates."
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