Best 2014 Chrysler Town and Country Hitch Options

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Best 2014 Chrysler Town and Country Hitch Options

Today on our 2014 Chrysler Town & Country we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options. On the top we have a class three CURT, part number 13364. The second here, we have a class three Draw-Tite, part number 75579. Third one here, we have a class two Draw-Tite, part number 36455. Finally, on the bottom we have a CURT class two, part number C12264. Now the difference between our class three hitches here, the CURT will stick out a little bit further as far as where the receiver sticks out from the bumper, so it will be easier to access than the Draw-Tite here. The Draw-Tite will stick in about an inch more inside the bumper area.

If you have some hitch-mounted accessories, you may want to keep that in mind. For bumper clearance, CURT will be a little bit easier for that. However, the Draw-Tite hitch here, you may notice there's two holes on it. We have our standard 5/8" diameter hitch pinhole, and then we have a j-pin stabilization device hole. What a j-pin stabilization device is, if your hitch-mounted accessories such as your bike rack or your cargo carrier doesn't have a device built into it already to eliminate the shake and play inside the receiver, the j-pin stabilization device will eliminate that.

We have those available separately on our website if you need to purchase one. Now the Draw-Tite hitch, since it is a little bit more recessed, if you're just going to be using it occasionally, the Draw-Tite's the way to go for the class three since it's more hidden than the other option of the CURT. If you want something that's going to be easy to use for an accessory, you need some more clearance, the CURT's the way to go there. Now for the class two hitches here, the CURT's going to stick out a little bit further than the Draw-Tite ones again. Both these hitches have our standard 1-1/4" opening. They utilize a 1/2" diameter hitch pinhole inside of the 5/8 that the class threes use with their 2" opening. The CURT here, we have a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating and a 400 pound tongue weight rating.

If you we're to step up to a weight distribution setup on your trailer, the weight capacity increases to 5,000 pounds and the max tongue weight rating increases to 500 pounds. Obviously you'll want to consult with your owners manual of your vehicle to see what it's rated with for all of the hitches to make sure that you don't exceed the capacity of the vehicle even if the hitch is rated for a higher mount. Now the Draw-Tite here has a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating and a 400 pound max tongue weight rating. Again, like the CURT, if you we're to step up to weight distribution, it steps up to 5,000 pounds max gross trailer weight rating and 500 pound max tongue weight rating. The class two Draw-Tite here has a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating and a 300 pound max tongue weight rating. Weight distribution is not able to be used with this particular hitch.

Now the class two CURT here on the bottom has a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating and a 350 pound max tongue weight rating. Again, since this is a class two, we cannot use weight distribution on this particular hitch. Now for all of our hitches here, they all utilize the basic same design of a loop for our safety chain hooks. All about the same, the only difference being is the size on the CURT class two on the bottom, it's a little bit smaller diameter. If you have a smaller hook opening, it will go in easier on this versus the other three hitches. But every single safety chain out there, for the most part, should fit out with a single problem on any of the hitches here. Now the two CURT hitches we have here, the top one and the bottom one here, they recommend that you use a stabilization strap if you're using the hitch for a non-towing application such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. The two Draw-Tites that we have here in the middle, you don't have to use one of those. The stabilization strap is available separately on our website. If it was up to me, and I'm purchasing a hitch for my vehicle, I would want to go for a class three here versus a class two on the bottom just because it opens up more options as far as hitch-mounted accessories go. As far as the bike racks or the cargo carriers, there are a lot more options available for 2" receivers than an 1-1/4" receiver. Also, you have the higher weight capacity for towing a trailer. As far as the two class threes that we have here go, myself, I'd probably be more inclined to go for the Draw-Tite just because it is a little bit more recessed and it does have the j-pin stabilization hole here in the front so it would make it a little bit easier to take that shake, play, and rattle that could be annoying in the receiver or the accessories that you're using, you don't have to listen to it while you're going down the road. Another reason why I like the Draw-Tite a little bit more over the CURT is because you don't have to use the stabilization strap. Now if you already have a lot of 1-1/4" accessories and you would like to purchase a class two hitch over a class three hitch, personally I think I would go for the Draw-Tite here, again, because it is a little bit more recessed, and you don't have to worry about having the stabilization strap again like you would on the CURT for a non-trailer application. That completes our look at the most popular hitch options on the Chrysler Town & Country.

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