What is included with my hitch?
All bolt-on hitches include mounting bolts and stiffening braces. Hitches designed for receiver tubes include a pin and keeper.
What information do I need to ensure that I am buying the appropriate hitch?
Before selecting a hitch, it is important to know the following information:
• Gross trailer weight
• Tongue weight
• Vehicle's maximum towing capacity
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is the weight of the trailer completely loaded. To determine GTW, weigh the loaded trailer on a vehicle scale.
Tongue Weight (TW) is the downward force exerted on the vehicle's maximum towing capacity, which is determined by the manufacturer and can be found in the owner's manual.
Why should I purchase a cushion hitch instead of a spring loaded hitch?
Spring loaded hitches, unlike cushion hitches, are built to a pre-determined load. When that load is insufficient or exceeded, the spring does not function properly. They either do not work at all or they bottom out. In the initial stages of compression, Schuck Cushion Hitches will cushion the lightest of loads, but in the final stages of compression, we will feather our loads in excess of 600 bushels or 40,000 lbs.
What are the advantages of using a cushion hitch?
• Reduces Wear on Vehicle's Entire Drive Train
• Increases Vehicle's Overall Performance through Reduction of Load Shock
• Reduces Driver Fatigue
Schuck Cushion Hitches are engineered to absorb minor or major tongue thrust shocks from towing loads off of the road or on the highway. The innovative design of each hitch contains injection-molded urethane cushions to absorb end thrust shock and high-density polyurethane bearings to increase tongue loads. There is no metal-to-metal contact, which translates into a smoother and quieter ride. This unique design is built for years of service and is virtually maintenance-free.
What are the advantages of using a swivel cushion hitch?
You can save time and effort by eliminating the frustrating job of backing into an exact position for hookup. Our telescoping swivel cushion tongue extends out a full 7" beyond the "tow" position and swivels 60 degrees laterally (or 12" left to right) for fast, easy hook-ups to your towing trailer. When the towing member is hooked up to the swivel hitch, simply back up the tow vehicle to engage the self-adjusting cam latch. That's all there is to it. The positive cam latch system is rattle-free and provides secure automatic latching. Please note dimensions before ordering.
What kind of warranty do Schuck Cushion Hitches have?
Schuck Cushion Hitches have a one-year warranty from the date of purchase on parts and workmanship. The warranty does not cover shipping charges.
Which accessories do I need with my hitch?
Once the correct trailer hitch is selected, towing accessories complete the towing package. We offer a complete line of accessories.
How do I prevent trailer sway?
One of the main causes of trailer sway is not having a large enough percentage of trailer tongue weight compared to gross trailer weight. Usually tongue weight is 10% to 15% of the trailer's gross weight. To help prevent the trailer from swaying back and forth, a few things can be done. Try placing heavier cargo in the front of the trailer, ahead of the trailer's axle. Also center the cargo left-to-right and use tie-downs to keep the load from sliding.
Trailer Sway can lead to a loss of vehicle control. When starting out with a new load on a trailer, make sure it will not sway by gradually increasing your speed in intervals until highway speed is reached. If the trailer does begin to sway, try adjusting the cargo and equipment accordingly and then repeat the test. If repositioning the load and equipment did not help reduce the sway, a sway control may be needed.
What suggestions do you have for safe towing?
The addition of a trailer adds weight and length to the tow vehicle. More weight means more time to speed up and more importantly, slow down. Overall handling is also affected. When towing, allow for extra time when switching lanes, stopping, and passing other vehicles. To assist in slowing down, many people use an electric trailer brake controller. The extra length can cause problems on turns. Because the trailer does not follow the exact path as the vehicle on turns, remember to swing out wider when traveling around bends and corners.
Do you have any suggestions for improving gas mileage when towing?
To conserve fuel when towing, travel at moderate speeds. Faster speeds increase wind resistance, reduce gas mileage, and place added strain on the vehicle and trailer. When traveling over large hills or down gravel roads, use a lower gear to ease transmission and engine operation. Shifting out of overdrive and into a lower gear may also improve vehicle gas mileage.
How long do my cushions and bearings last?
The urethane cushions and polyurethane bearings tend to last about eight to 10 years depending on use.
How will I know it is time to replace my cushion and bearings?
You will feel slop in your tongue when it is time to replace the cushion and bearings. Schuck offers a complete line of rebuild kits to extend the life of your hitch. All components in our cushion trailer hitches are easily accessible and replaceable.