- 1 Best Tow Hooks for Hitch Receivers
- 2 Shopping for a Hitch Mounted Tow Hook
- 2.1 What are tow hooks made of?
- 2.2 What is the hook for on a hitch?
- 2.3 Why would you want to attach a tow hook to your Civic or other import?
- 2.4 Why are tow hooks off-center?
- 2.5 What is a tow eye?
- 2.6 What are the rings on the back of cars?
- 2.7 What is the hole in my bumper?
- 2.8 How long should a tow strap be?
- 2.9 What is Rated Capacity?
- 2.10 What is Work Load Limit?
Best Tow Hooks for Hitch Receivers
1. CURT 45500 Forged Tow Hook
This forged tow hook is equipped with a 2″ x 2″ shaft to fit virtually any standard 2″ receiver. The stem is secured with a hitch pin (sold separately). The hooks are protected with a durable black powder coating to resist rain, dirt, snow, road salt, and corrosion to ensure durability. The hook shank is rounded for easy installation. It can also be used to pull in the field on another vehicle or a stump.
This 2″ towing hook is easy to tow in the field. Reliable Durability. The towing hooks are made of forged high-strength steel to provide maximum strength. To attach this tow bar to your vehicle, insert a pin into the vehicle’s 2″ tow bar receptacle. It’s effortless.
2. MAXXHAUL 70248 Forged Tow Hook
MAXXHAUL 70248 Forged Tow Hook is designed for tow straps without hook ends. Made of forged steel with a durable powder coat finish that resists rust and corrosion. This hook has a smooth outer surface and weighs 9.78 pounds.
It fits standard 2″ x 2″ hook receivers and is ideal for general towing applications and vehicle recovery.
It’s perfect for use on vehicles and ATVs. Rugged and ideal for attaching and detaching commercial vehicle chains and belts.
3. Towever 84180 Tri-Ball Mount with Tow Hook
This tri-ball trailer hitch fits Class III/IV 2″ hitch receivers such as Curt, Rola, Yakima, Inno, Draw-Tite, Blue Ox, Hidden Hitch, Thule, Tulga, and U-Haul.
Three chrome toe balls and durable toe strap hitches in 1-7/8″, 2″ and 2-5/16
Up to a tongue weight of 200 pounds and a total towing weight of 2,000 pounds for 1-7/8-inch hitch ball 600 pounds tongue weight and 6,000 pounds total towing weight for 2-inch hitch ball; 1,000 pounds tongue weight and 10,000 pounds for 2-5/16-inch hitch ball 10,000 lb gross towing weight and 10,000 lb gross towing weight for trailer hitches, configuration for trucks, vans, and tractors with a standard 2″ hitch receiver or drawbar.
7-1/2 inch long hollow handle and 12 inches in total length for this tow ball assembly
Use a 5/8″ hitch pin or lock. (Not included.)
4. Horizon Global Tow Haul Hook
Trailer shackle hooks allow you to tow up to 10,000 pounds full to pull the ATV out of the mud, haul the truck to the body shop or take your RV to camp. This D-ring receiver hook is made from solid steel and is powder-coated to protect it from rain, mud, snow, and dirt.
The trailer hitch has a spring-loaded carabiner safety latch with a wide opening that allows more room for towing cables and straps to be attached and instantly repositioned in a safe position. This unit easily attaches to most trucks, cars, and SUVs and provides ample towing power.
5. HiTow Multiple Ball Mount Tri-Ball with Tow Hook
Fits class III/IV, 2 square inch receiver hitch tube, 7-1/2″ usable length, 12″ overall length, uses 5/8″ pin or hitch lock (NOT INCLUDED)
Adaptability to three different types of hitches and trailers: 1-7/8″, 2″ and 2-5/16″ and a hook will cover all usage;
Heavy-duty hitch, ball/tongue capacity: 2,000/200 lbs. 6,000/600 lbs. hook capacity 10,000 lbs; tow hook capacity 10,000/1,000 lbs.
Black powder coat finish provides strong, durable conditions, resists dust and corrosion, adds extra durability;
High strength steel by robotic welding for extra strength provides excellent ease of assembly, high-quality hardware accessories, all of which make this adjustable towbar more durable.
Shopping for a Hitch Mounted Tow Hook
Towing hooks are available in different models, types, and sizes, depending on the application. They are used for vehicle recovery and can be attached to tow chains, towing belts, and trailer hitch receivers.
Towing hooks have two main functions: distributing the pulling force to the vehicle’s chassis and helping keep the towing chain, tow strap, or recovery strap in place.
Don’t damage your equipment by towing a friend or pulling a new toy. Even the most formidable off-roader will break down from time to time. From slippery mud to dirt roads, getting your car or truck stuck can happen to anyone. A hitch with a tow hook is an excellent solution that doesn’t require extra space. Good towing hooks and quality towing straps can help prevent damage to one or both vehicles while pulling.
When purchasing a quality towing hook, choosing a hook in the right strength/weight class is important and connected to the recovery system.
Do you need a traditional hook or a D-ring? For example, you may need a tow hook with a threaded shank to screw into your vehicle. On the other hand, you may need a hook that fits the receiver on the truck’s body.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that U.S. vehicles have four attachment points on the U.S. vehicle’s chassis to secure the straps if needed. If you have a vehicle without a tow hook, you can have it professionally welded to the frame.
For this reason, it is important, whenever possible, to use a set of towing hooks specially designed for your vehicle.
What are tow hooks made of?
Tow hooks are made of one-piece, forged solid steel. This solid steel. It is constructed to provide reliable recovery and towing.
What is the hook for on a hitch?
Hooks also called towing hooks, are mounted on the front or rear bumper. Chains, cables, or ropes are attached to these hooks to pull the driver out of the mud or tow another vehicle. These can be used for a wide range of vehicles and are often supplied with factory-fitted hooks.
Why would you want to attach a tow hook to your Civic or other import?
These tow hooks or rings serve a useful purpose as they are used for racing. It provides a secure and quick connection to get the car back on the track. For many Civic or other import cars, it’s mostly for visual purposes and sees minimal action. But, just like loud mufflers, fancy rims, racing stripes, or racing decals, some people think the hook or ring makes their car look cool.
Why are tow hooks off-center?
A typical unibody vehicle (monocoque vehicle) does not have a rigid cross member at the front in case of a collision for safety reasons (a collision zone is required). Therefore, the towing hooks must be located in front of these longer parts of the vehicle frame (on both sides of the vehicle). That is the reason that they are offset.
What is a tow eye?
Towing eyelet covers are thermoplastic plates attached to the bumper cover to cover the frame’s necessary attachment points.
What are the rings on the back of cars?
While many vehicles can use a conventional curved towing hook that is open on one side, some use a D-ring to ensure a more secure fit of the towing strap.
What is the hole in my bumper?
A small cap or cover hides a welded-on nut that is part of the bumper bracket. Yours may be removed, and that is likely the hole you are seeing. That nut acts as the attachment point for a towing eye provided by the automaker. This towing eyelet is usually found stored along with the car jack.
How long should a tow strap be?
If you don’t want to break the law, make sure your tow rope is no longer than 15 feet. The tow rope can be as short as you wish, but it should be long enough to give the vehicle you are towing enough time to react and stop.
What is Rated Capacity?
Rated Capacity is also commonly referred to as Break Strength. This is the average breaking force of a product. It is important to note that the product has to be new, then the breaking force is obtained under ideal and controlled conditions and is being tested by a qualified technician.
What is Work Load Limit?
Sometimes referred to as WLL or SWL, this is the maximum load capacity that must be applied when pulling in a straight line under any condition. These limit guidelines are dictated by general environmental conditions and cannot consider extremely high or low temperatures or prolonged immersion in water or chemical solutions. Do not exceed the working load limits of the equipment.