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Choosing Hitch Hooks and Anchors

There's a wide variety of hitch hooks and anchors available for your vehicle. Some hooks are custom-fitted specifically for that make and model, and typically "bolt-on" somewhere to the grill guard or frame. Other hooks are "universal fit", which means they can be adapted to any vehicle. However, that usually requires some modifications first, like drilling or removing the bumper. In any case, it's important to make sure that the hooks you buy are compatible with your particular vehicle.

When buying tow hooks, you'll want to look at its rated capacity - the load each product can take before it fails. Different tow hooks range from decorative ones that can support hundreds of pounds to the super-duty hitch hooks that can tow tons. Simply make sure your vehicle can actually pull that much, and that you have the proper tow straps or chains to get the job done.

Hitch anchors come in all shapes and sizes as well. They are designed to be inserted into the stake pockets of your truck bed walls, or they can be bolted in or welded on. You may want to consider anchors that fold out of the stake pocket, as they may not get in the way as much and might have a better aesthetic [source: Curt Manufacturing].

In the next section, we'll examine how these hitch accessories are installed on two popular towing vehicles: a Jeep and a pickup truck.