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Trailer Hitches – Not Just for Towing Trailers

Kuat Hitch Bike Rack

BY James D.

Once upon a time, a receiver hitch was really only needed if you planned on doing one thing – towing a trailer. Reserved for tradesmen and experienced outdoor adventurers, the intimidating art of towing had by-and-large been left to trained professionals and those willing to invest the time and effort to learn how.

Fortunately, times have a way of changing, and a receiver hitch is no longer just something that’s used to hook up a trailer for towing. Receiver hitches can be used to facilitate a multitude of activities by expanding your vehicles’ capabilities and functionality. No matter what you drive, you can outfit your vehicle with a high-quality hitch, like a CURT Trailer Hitch or Draw-Tite Receiver Hitch, along with an ever-growing number of hitch accessories. Two of the most popular alternative tow hitch uses are for equipping hitch mounted bike racks and hitch cargo carriers. With these handy add-ons, you can instantly transform nearly any vehicle into a capable, travel-ready adventure mobile.

Kuat Hitch Mount Bike Rack
Thule Vertex Bike Rack

By mounting directly to your receiver hitch, hitch mount bike racks save you the difficulty of having to hoist your bikes on and off your vehicles’ roof. Instead, they’re easily accessible when you reach your destination, right there on the back of your car. And when you’re exhausted after a long day of riding, you only have to lift your bike a few feet off the ground instead of all the way to the roof! Many feature a swing-away design, leaving you full access to your trunk or hatch without having to unmount the rack.

Hitch cargo carriers are an ideal solution for long road trips or when you need the occasional increased cargo capacity around town. As an added benefit, they’re more aerodynamic than a roof mounted cargo box so your fuel mileage won’t take such a hit. Cargo carriers from popular brands such as Yakima or Thule will bolt directly to a Curt, Reese or Draw-Tite hitch that’s designed specifically for your year, make and model.

Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier
Party Kings Swing N Smoke Grill

Class I and Class II trailer hitches for cars are the ideal solution to your travel and recreational needs, covering everything from hitch mounted barbeque grills to trailering a small boat for a weekend away to your favorite secret fishing hole.

AutoAnything features a constantly expanding selection of hitch mounted accessories, and we always have the hardware to back them up. You don’t need to drive an F-150 to justify a receiver hitch anymore. With our comprehensive selection of vehicle-specific hitches for cars, SUV’s and crossovers, you can be sure no matter what you drive that you’ll find a match for your lifestyle. And of course, we still offer the largest online selection of heavy-duty Class III, Class IV and Class V hitches along with front-mount receivers, gooseneck hitches and fifth wheel hitches. You can also find everything else you need to get you on the road safely, from hitch pins, ball mounts, and trailer wiring to hitch steps, adapters and hitch covers.

Check out our entire online selection here, or call our Customer Service Team to ensure you find the right fit for your ride. And with our One Year, Lower-Price Guarantee you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality names at the lowest price!