Frequently Asked Questions
The average vehicle has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. Because of this, you don’t necessarily need a half-ton pickup truck for a day on the water; many sedans, smaller SUVs and trucks are capable of towing fishing boats.
Elkhart Hitch Shop staff can help you determine the correct pairing for your boat-towing needs.
Always stay within your weight limits. If your vehicle indicates a maximum capacity of 7,000 lbs., do not exceed 7,000 lbs. Always use properly rated towing components.
If you’re not comfortable with assessing your towing system, regardless of manufacturer or point of purchase, Elkhart Hitch Shop staff can provide an assessment.
Typically, hitches are good for a five-year span. Most hitches have a limited lifetime warranty (rust is usually not covered) and are often interchangeable between vehicle models of different years. If properly cared for, it’s not uncommon for hitches to last up to 10 years or more.
People seeking a tow car should consider a vehicle with a manual transmission and appropriate tow capacity, which should be listed in the owner’s manual.
If the vehicle doesn’t have an owner’s manual, dinghy tow guides available online can help users determine their vehicle’s capabilities and specs.