How much weight can a 1 1/4 hitch hold?

How much weight can a 1 1 4 hitch hold

How much weight can a 1 1/4 hitch hold?

The Class 1 trailer hitches can be used for small crossovers and passenger cars. These hitches have a 1-1/4"x 1-1/4" receiver tube opening, or a fixed tongue that allows you to mount a trailerball directly instead of using a ball mount. The majority of class 1 hitches can tow trailers upto 2,000 lbs.
How much weight can a 1 1 4 hitch hold

1-1/4 to 2-inch Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter is recommended for use with a 2-inch Cargo Carrier


The following carrier is from Harbor Freight Tools: Description of Haulmaster 92655 Fits your 2-hitch receiver. Would you recommend or discourage the use of a 1.25-2 adapter with this hitch.

Expert Reply:

An adapter that allows for 2 inch accessories to be used in 1-1/4-inch trailer hitch receivers is not recommended. The adapter puts the carrier closer to the rear of the vehicle than the hitch. This creates additional torque that Class I hitches are not designed for.
All 1-1/4 inch to 2 inches hitch adapters reduce the hitch or vehicle tongue-weight capacity by 50%. A class one hitch is therefore only capable of supporting 100 pounds or less tongue weight.

The extension can also cause the carrier's drag when it is navigating through steep driveways or deep dips. This could result in damage to the carrier, contents, hitch, or vehicle frame. You can find a detailed article about hitch adapters at link.

For these reasons, I recommend using accessories designed to fit in a Class 1 hitch like the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch. For a cargo carrier we have 3 choices, see link, The one I recommend is the Curt Cargo Carrier 20x48 For 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitches, because it has a raised shank that creates more clearance at the back of the vehicle.

Use 2 Inch Accessories with 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hook


How can you convert a 2" receiver to a 1 3/4 inch receiver?

Expert Reply

An adapter is needed to connect a 2" accessory, such as a bike rack or ball mount to a 1-1/4-inch receiver. There are a variety of adapters from 1-1/4 inches to 2 inches available. We recommend the Brophy #HTAD or #HT5R which also offers 5 inches of rise.
This will fit into your vehicle's 1-1/4" receiver to create a 2 inch receiver to install the accessory. Keep in mind that any hitch adapter will reduce your trailer hitch's tongue weight by 50%. The adapter will reduce the tongue weight of a hitch with a 200-pound tongue capacity to make it 100-pounds lighter.

I would be delighted to hear more information about your needs and make recommendations.

Trailer Hitch Extension or Adapter for a Factory 1-1/2 Inch Hitch on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek


Subaru 2014 Crosstrek. Factory installed hitch. Receiver is 1 1/4. I purchased an extension ranging in length from 1 1/4 inch to 2 inches. The adapter that I purchased doesn't fit the receiver, which is 1 1/4 inches. It seems like I will need a smaller one. Is that a valid assumption?

Expert Reply

If you just need to extend the 1-1/4 inch receiver out then you can use extender. If you do need to go from a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch. Keep in mind, however, that an adapter or extender can reduce the trailer hitch's tongue weight by 50%.

Trailer Hitch Recommendation: To Tow a 1,300 Pound Utility trailer with a 2004 Honda Element


A 6 x 10 trailer loaded with about 1300 lbs may be possible. Is this enough to get the job done? Two bolts are attached to the spare tire well. This makes me nervous.

Expert Reply

The Draw-Tite trailer hitch has a capacity of 2,000 pounds. This rating is based on the connection points to the vehicle and the testing done by manufacturer. This hitch can support 1,300 pounds at its connection points.
Support blocks are required for the bolts in the spare tire well. They distribute the weight over a larger area than what they are attached to the vehicle.

To give you peace of mind, I recommend that you get a stronger trailer hitch for your 2004 Honda Element. The Class III hitch, bolts to the frame in 4 places and to the tow loop. The hitch can support 3,500 pounds, but it will limit the vehicle's towing capacity as per the owners manual. You will find the installation instructions here.

If you decide to go with the Class III trailer hitch, I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit. The kit includes 2 ball mounts, 2 balls and a clip and hitch pin. You will also find links to help you install the wiring. This video was taken on a similar vehicle. Installation will be the same on your Element.

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