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How to choose the best hitch cover guideHow to choose the best hitch cover guide

How to Choose the Best Hitch Cover for Your Truck

Trucks are excellent for living an active lifestyle and for towing, hauling cargo and navigating rough terrain, however, the receiver hitch is often left empty when not towing or utilizing the hitch on the rear of your truck, leaving the hitch receiver tube open and exposed.

An exposed hitch on the rear of the truck can become a nuisance if left uncovered — it can attract dirt, mud and water which can lead to rust, and an empty hitch can also be an eyesore as if something is missing.

This is where a truck hitch cover comes into play. Below, we'll discuss the benefits of purchasing a truck hitch cover and how it can protect your vehicle and enhance its appearance.

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Rubber CURT Hitch Cover Installed in ReceiverRubber CURT Hitch Cover Installed in Receiver

Benefits of Using a Hitch Cover

1. A Hitch Cover Protects Your Investment

One of the largest benefits of a truck hitch cover is that it protects from the elements and prevents your receiver hitch from rusting. Without a cover, rain, snow and debris can accumulate in the hitch and encourage rust and corrosion over time. By using a hitch cover, you can keep your hitch clean and dry, which will extend its lifespan.

It's not just about the appearances either — rust and corrosion can also weaken the hitch's structural integrity, which can be dangerous when hauling heavy loads. A corroded hitch can fail when you least expect it, leading to an accident on the road.

By using a hitch cover, you can protect your vehicle and ensure that your hitch remains in excellent condition.

Orange and black CURT hitch cover with capOrange and black CURT hitch cover with cap

2. They Enhance Appearance & Add Personality

A hitch cover can also enhance the appearance of your truck's rear end. With a wide range of hitch covers available in the market, you can choose one that complements your truck's color and design. For example, if you have a black truck, you can choose a CURT hitch cover with a matte finish that matches your vehicle's color.

Hitch covers come in a variety of designs, including logos of sports teams, national flags and even truck manufacturer logos. By choosing a hitch cover that reflects your interests, you can add a personal touch to your truck and make it stand out from the crowd.

Installing friction-fit hitch cover on receiver tubeInstalling friction-fit hitch cover on receiver tube

3. They Add Protection & Provide Utility

There are a variety of styles of hitch covers and some of them can provide protection to your hitch or truck. Many skid-plate style hitch cover accessories exist that prevent your hitch receiver from dragging across rough surfaces when navigating steep inclines on job sites or off-roading.

Other options include an extra step for the rear of your vehicle, which can help you to step up onto the bumper or into the truck bed. You could even use your hitch for a license plate mount, perfect for those who want to add a personalized, custom license plate or relocate their standard license plate.

CURT hitch cover for receiver tubeCURT hitch cover for receiver tube

4. Hitch Covers are Easy to Install

One of the best things about truck hitch covers is that they are very simple to install. Most covers are designed to fit standard hitch sizes, which means that you don't need any special tools to install them. You can simply slide the cover into the hitch and secure it in place using the hitch pin or a hitch lock.

Hitch covers are also easy to remove when you need to use your hitch. Simply unlock the cover and slide it off the hitch, and you're ready to use the hitch for towing or hauling.

5. Hitch Covers are Affordable

Finally, truck hitch covers are affordable accessories that offer great value for money. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other truck accessories, and you can find high-quality covers for as little as $20. Even if you're on a tight budget, you can still afford to buy a hitch cover and enjoy its benefits.

How to Select the Best Hitch Cover

Choosing the best hitch cover is relatively simple: start by making sure you know the size of the receiver hitch you have, keeping in mind what style you prefer and the type of material you would like.

CURT offers hitch covers in various sizes and materials. From 1-1/4", 2" and 2-1/2" sizes and constructed with rubber, plastic or steel in a variety of colors and finishes that suit your preferences, CURT has the hitch covers you need to keep you protected.

Be sure to research the different types of hitch cover styles before making a purchase.

Overall, hitch covers are durable and help your receiver last for years with proper care and maintenance. You don't have to replace them frequently, which means that you save money in the long run, and they can add personalized style and function to your truck while preventing corrosion.