We don't know how many times we've seen guys towing more than their trailer hitch is rated for. In fact, we've done it ourselves more than we'd like to admit. And obviously, most trailer hitches are built with so much overkill in mind that they have not been failing on people, or else it would be a big issue in the truck industry. But if you're towing more than your hitch is rated for, then you're pressing your luck and leaving yourself open for a nasty fine from any law enforcement agency. One of our work associates went down about a year ago for towing a trailer through Beverly Hills, California, rated for more weight than the hitch he was dragging it with. It wasn't at all a safety issue because the trailer was completely unloaded, but our friend still found himself with a ticket because, technically, that trailer should legally never have been hooked up to a hitch without the same or greater weight rating.
For our Project STD F-350 Super Duty, we decided to get a hitch that would keep us legal while not hanging too low and hindering our off-road ability. We checked out Valley Industries' selection of hitches and other towing equipment to figure out what was right for our truck. We ended up going with a Class IV receiver hitch and Super Duty solid forged ball mount to keep our trailer legal and under control.