Truck Towing Parts and Equipment
Tow Like A Pro
From ATVs and JetSkis to landscaping equipment and lumber, you've got to tow your oversized cargo. Some trucks and SUVs are sold with towing hitches already installed, but many drivers opt to upgrade their factory towing hitches to improve the towing experience. If it's your first time towing, you can trust that NAPA AUTO PARTS will get you started with all the right parts and accessories. Check out our wide selection of trailer hitches from trusted brands like Curt, SAF Holland, Draw-Tite and REESE.
NAPA AUTO PARTS has all the gear to make your truck or SUV the ideal towing vehicle. A lot depends on the cargo you're hauling. Utility trailers are perfect for work equipment, furniture or yard waste. Car trailers and boat trailers are specialized for those specific vehicles, and toy haulers can do double duty, towing your ATV or motorcycle by day and unfolding into a cozy home away from home by night.
It's best to start with the kind of trailer hitch you need. The trailer hitch attaches to the chassis of your heavy-duty GMC truck or Toyota 4-Runner SUV, and allows the trailer to swivel safely as you drive. There are several types of trailer hitches:
- Receiver hitches
- Fifth wheel hitches
- Bumper-mounted hitches
- Front-mounted hitches
- Gooseneck hitches
- Pintle hitches
Rear receiver hitches are the most common trailer hitch, and its design consists of a square-shaped receiver tube for mounting a variety of towing accessories. When they're not in use, attach a fun, expressive trailer hitch neck cover that fits in the receiver tube opening. Receiver hitches come in weight classes 1-5, so be sure you check the gross weight of your trailer first. When it comes to camper trailers, a fifth-wheel rig is the most heavy-duty option you can get. The fifth wheel is a robust type of hitch that is installed to a truck bed.
Bumper-mounted hitches mount to the bumper, and can tow smaller loads be sure to check their specific towing capacity. Front-mounted hitches allow you to carry smaller loads on the front of your truck or SUV. With the increased visibility, this is a good option for getting boats in and out of the water or parking a trailer safely. Gooseneck hitches accommodate a tighter turning radius, and mount to the bed of Ram Promaster 3500 pickup truck the same way a fifth wheel hitch does. Pintle hitches use a large hook attached to the towing vehicle called a pintle, and a ring attachment on the trailer called a lunette.
Hauling awkward loads will require tie down options to keep your cargo secure. Depending on your load, you can go with cargo straps, bungee cords, ropes, chains and cables. Before towing larger cargo, it's a good idea to install cargo bars, chain anchors, cargo coil racks and anti-shift friction mats in your trailer to minimize movement during transportation.
You've Got Safety In Tow
Towing trailers need many of the same things that a car or truck does to be ready for the road: functioning lights, good tires and reliable suspension systems ensure you can haul a load safely. NAPA AUTO PARTS offers several trailer suspension parts like spindles, axles, axle-equalizing kits, shock absorbers, U-bolt kits and leaf spring hangers. We also carry trailer wheels and tires, LED towing lights and light wiring harnesses.
The formidable size and weight of trailers need equally strong stopping power. You can find trailer braking systems and parts like brake drums, drum and hub assemblies, shoe kits and caliper rebuild kits. Visibility is crucial in towing, so select from our towing mirror replacements and extenders. If you're a AAA Member, you get exclusive discounts and rewards when you shop with NAPA!