21 Unique Hitch Covers for Your Truck or SUV

Empty tow hitch receivers can accumulate dirt and corrosion, which makes them difficult to use in the future. To prevent damage – and to take an opportunity to express yourself with your car – consider a hitch cover. These devices make good gifts for car guys, or even a gift for a new driver. Below find our favorite unique hitch cover options that blend style and functionality.

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What is a hitch cover?

A hitch cover is a pretty straighforward device: a metal cap or post that occupies your empty hitch when you aren't towing anything. While they aren't strictly necessary, they can save you some hassle later on.

As you drive, dirt and water get kicked up onto the back of your car, including your hitch receiver tube. It doesn't take long for this to build up inside the frame, which could theoretically unevenly narrow the tube opening and make it difficult for your hitch receiver to fit properly. In areas of the country with high salt use in the winter, it could also lead to corrosion.

While you could leave your hitch receiver in at all times, this poses something of a hazard as it sticks out from your vehicle. Particularly in parking lots, you run the risk of backing it into other cars, or, more likely, someone else running into it when your car is parked. It doesn't happen a lot, but better to switch to a hitch cover when you don't need to use your hitch to be on the safe side.

How to Install a Hitch Cover

Installation of a hitch cover is easy. First, determine which style of cover you have. There are two main types:

Rubber hitch covers, like the Curt 22272. These just pop into the end of the hitch, and they're usually dirt cheap. They're also the least secure, so they could fall off in time. You can also get them with a strap, if you want.

Post-mounted hitch covers, like the Tulga Fifth Wheel Co Steel Hitch Cover. These require you to use a hitch pin and clip, as you would with your hitch receiver. You'll also need to ensure that the holes line up properly with the tube so you can insert the hitch pin.

Some post hitch covers don't require the pin, like the Graphics and More Happy Camper with Campfire Tow Hitch Cover, which has a built-in plastic clip function so you can just pop it in.

Once you have it attached, you should be good to go. If you've opted for a lighted cover, like the Bosswell Chevy LED Hitch Cover, you'll need to connect it to the power cable of your hitch so it will light up.

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