Alternative Tow Hitch Uses

Multiple uses for your tow hitch.
Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Is your boat in winter storage? Haul snow skis! Yakima

So, you bought the big SUV and paid for the towing package. Your rig can now tow your boat, your snowmobiles, your PWC and your RV. But most of the time, it’s sitting there empty.

Surely, you’ve seen others carrying bikes or cargo with their hitches; maybe you do too. But what else can you do with that 2-inch square hole? Here’s a dozen-plus cool uses for your tow-vehicle hitch.

Ski Carrier
Forget bikes, pop in a ski/snowboard carrier and head to the slopes. Why put them on the roof where they’re hard to reach? Here’s a good start: $219;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Picnic Table EZ Hitch Tailgate Table

Picnic Table
What a super-cool accessory for picnicking, tailgating or camping. Plug it in, go to the game, and unfold it for an instant party. $190;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Hitch Step Weathertech

Hitch Step
For the vertically challenged, this plug-in hitch step can help with loading luggage, or even washing the roof of your SUV or truck. $60;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Canoe/Kayak Carrier Darby Industries

Canoe/Kayak Carrier
When you’re not boating, grab your kayaks and head to the backwaters for some relaxing sightseeing. Carry them with your hitch by using a hitch extender, like the Darby Extend-A-Truck. Tip: Protect your roof with foam cushioning, and don’t forget to attach a red flag to the ends to alert following motorists to your rig’s extended length. $130;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Barbecue Grill Party King Grills

Barbecue Grill
Party King Grills MVP-5412, a gas grill for family cookouts on your tailgate at the marina or launch ramp (well, near the launch ramp), is a great tailgating accessory. $830;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Tool Accessories Wilton Tools

Tool Accessories
If your vehicle doubles as a work truck, you’ll need one of these:
— Toolbox Carrier, $73;
— Vise, $150;
— Hoist, $265;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Safe FJM Security Products

When you’re not towing, you can lock small valuables (keys, etc.) inside your receiver, secured and covered from the elements and prying hands. $60;


Bike Carrier
If you have nice bikes, spend some coin on a solid rack that’s stable, handles the bikes’ weight, and is fully lockable. We admire the Saris 4-Bike Bike Porter. $370;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Rest and Relaxation Hammaka Hammocks

Rest and Relaxation
Hitch-mounted hammock chairs, like those from Hammaka, store inside your truck bed and deploy quickly for some roadside rest or while waiting for your always-late fishing buddy to arrive. $293;

Salt/Sand Spreader
Winter driving means slipping and sliding. With a Saltdogg SUV Tailgate Salt Spreader in your hitch, you can make your driveway safer. $500;

Alternative Tow Hitch Uses
Front-Mounted Hitches and Accessories Meyer Products

Front-Mounted Hitches and Accessories

For the ultimate in versatility, a front-mounted hitch gives you and your tow vehicle an easier way to move your boat or other trailers (it’s much easier to “front” them around than back them up). A front hitch also gives you another receiver to mount accessories. Front-mounted hitches are available online or at any hitch retailer. You can check for your vehicle’s fit at Here are a few front-mounted hitch toys:

Fishing Rod/Cooler Rack
Popular in seaside communities, these are often locally manufactured from aluminum to resist saltwater corrosion. The Anglers Fish-N-Mate 6 Rod Holder is available at major retailers. $190;

While not a professional’s plow, a hitch-mounted blade like the Meyer Home Plow 23150 will get the job done for a smaller driveway or access road. $1,350;

Winch Mount
For off-roading or just to have handy in case you need to pull someone, or yourself, out of a ditch, these winch plates offer a near universal fit. $93;