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O.K., the ones at the parts stores are almost always class IV, which would get you up to 12,000# weight carrying, or 15,000# with a weight distributing hitch system.
A class V is rated up to 12k weight carrying and 17k weight distributing, but the hitch rating could be lower depending on the truck it's made for-
In your case, it appears that you are putting this on your '02 Dodge Ram, which means that the class IV and class V have identical ratings for your application. This is due to mounting restrictions on each individual vehicle. As the hitch receiver is changed for each vehicle application, so does the rating. I would go with the class IV hitch for a few reasons- There is no increased towing capability with the class V for your truck, the V's are a lot more money, and most places don't carry class V accessories like drawbars on the shelf.
What is the GVWR on the trailer? You may be exceeding the rating of the trailer. Because you are limited in the amount you can bumper pull because of the truck design and not power, you may want to look into a fifth wheel or gooseneck setup if you tow close to the max. rating of a bumper pull regularly. Also, a fiver or GN is a much safer comination to tow in general.
But like I pointed out, a class IV for your truck is good to 12k WC and 14k WD, so you would be good with the trailer you have as long as you don't exceed 14k and you're not exceeding the GVWR of the trailer.
If I have your truck wrong, let me know- I'll find the specs for whatever you've got............