Tow, hitch, couplings, chains, and trailer products are regulated for safety and durability. Element's testing experts support your quality program with materials and product testing to the standards that matter to you.

Element metallurgy, materials, and product experts evaluate a wide range of products associated with towing and trailers, as well as other automotive parts and components. We can help you measure the strength, safety, and durability performances of the following products, materials, and assemblies.

Your towing and trailer product testing lab 

Element experts provide:

  • Receiver Hitch testing
  • Coupling testing
  • Hitch Ball testing
  • Winches
  • Pintle Hooks / Mounts / Eyes
  • Tongue Jacks
  • Safety Chains
  • Fifth Wheels
  • Trailer Tow Bar Eye
  • Tow bars 
  • D-Rings
  • Gooseneck Hitches
  • Kingpins and Cotter Pins
  • Locks and Padlocks
  • more . . .
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Standards

Standards for towing and hitch products

Element towing product test lab experts conduct hitch and tow testing to a range of standards, including:

  • ASTM B117, "Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus"
  • ASTM F883, "Standard Performance Specification for Padlocks"
  • SAE J684, "Trailer Couplings, Hitches, and Safety Chains--Automotive Type"
  • SAE J839, "Passenger Car Side Door Latch Systems "
  • SAE J847, "Trailer Tow Bar Eye and Pintle Hook/Coupler Performance"
  • VESC-5, "Minimum Requirements for Motor Vehicle Connecting Devices and Towing Methods"
  • VESC-19, "Performance Requirements for Fifth Wheel Vehicle Connecting Devices and Towing Methods"
  • Many others . . .

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