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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 6190 lb GVWR 27 Foot Camper Towed By 2007 Ford Expedition
  • Assuming that the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your camper PLUS the weight of any gear (or people) stowed in the cargo area of the Expedition behind the rear axle is between 550 and 750 lbs, the Pro Series # PS49902 would work for you. This system includes one friction sway unit, but for trailers longer than 25 feet we recommend adding an addition unit for the other side of the trailer frame, part # 83660. A friction sway unit is what I would refer to as an 'entry level' uni
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  • Replacing OEM Brake Controller With # 90885 Tekonsha Prodigy
  • Ford had some issues with the OE brake controller on the 2005-6 Super Duty trucks. Bypassing the OE controller and installing an aftermarket model like the # 90885 Tekonsha Prodigy is a common procedure. We actually have a help article that addresses this, to see it click the provided link. The aftermarket controller would install under the dash, and you'd simply leave the OEM unit in place, so you won't have a hole in your dash. The aftermarket controller would use the # 3065-P wiring adapt
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  • Availability of Hitch Extender with 800 lb Tongue Weight Capacity
  • The problem with using a hitch extender is that because it moves the tongue load further rearward from the receiver opening, using an extender will LOWER the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by 50 percent. If the hitch on your truck has a 500, 600 or even a 1000 lb tongue weight capacity (check sticker on hitch), cutting that in half by using the extender will leave you with insufficient capacity to tow your travel trailer. Even if your hitch had a high enough tongue weight capacity, unfortu
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Toyota Highlander
  • There is a trunk mounted bike rack that will fit your 2011 Toyota Highlander, but the Yakima KingJoe Pro 3 part # Y02625 that you referenced will not. The Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier for Vehicles w/ Spoilers # HRF2 is confirmed to fit your vehicle and would work well for you with its factory spoiler. Check out the review video I attached for this rack. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in p
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2013 Toyota Tacoma w/ Factory Tow Package
  • The correct brake controller connector should be located at the top of the kick panel to the left of the emergency brake pedal. The connector should be white in color, like the one shown at about the :30 second mark in the video I've linked you to. One end of the # 3040-P would plug into the connector under the dash, the other end would plug into the brake controller. Is it possible you found the wrong connector? The connector from the glove box is likely the factory provided brake controller
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1995 Geo Tracker 2 Door
  • All of the base plate kits available for your 1995 Geo Tracker will require drilling to install. The Roadmaster Base Plates # 118-1 is no exception. The drilling isn't anything major though and wouldn't be too big of an issue as long as you have access to a drill. There are several other components needed to flat tow a vehicle. When choosing a tow bar, you will need one that is compatible with standard base plates. I recommend the Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar, part # RM-501. I have included
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Mini Cooper S Hatchback
  • There are trunk mounted bike racks that are confirmed to fit your 2013 Mini Cooper S Hatch (see attached link), but the Thule Raceway part # TH9001 that you referenced is not one of them. The best rack for vehicles with spoiler would be the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier for Vehicles w/ Spoilers # HRF2 as it avoids all contact with spoilers. Check out the review video I attached. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you ma
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  • Is Frame Hole Enlargement Required to Install a Hitch on the 2011 Nissan Juke
  • Yes, all year Nissan Jukes (including your 2011) the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24892 is confirmed to fit will require you to enlarge the hole in the frame for installation. A die-grinder would work best for this. Good luck with the install, it shouldn't be too difficult. Email me back though and let me know how it goes.
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  • Does the Trailer Spare Tire Carrier # DL22145 Fit 13-15 in Diameter Rims or Tires
  • The Extra Offset Trailer Spare Tire Carrier by Dutton-Lainson # DL22145 that you referenced can fit 13-15 inch RIMS, so it should work fine with your 15 inch wheel that has a tire diameter of 22 inches. As long as your rim has 5 lug holes (it should have a 5 lug bolt pattern) it should work well for you.
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  • Typical Axle Ratings Based on Axle Diameter
  • Typically 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 inch diameter axles have 1,000-1,200 lb capacities. Since your axles are smaller than that I can only assume slightly less than 1,000 lbs. On some trailers there will be a plate or sticker that will list the trailer capacities. Since your motorcycle is right at 900 lbs I would be hesitant to put it on that trailer. Here's a breakdown on typical axle weight ratings based on axle diameter: 1,000-lb - 2,000-lb Axles: 1-1/2" - 1-3/4" diameter 3,500-lb Axles: 2-3/8"
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  • Will the Magnaflow Cat-Back part # MF15123 Cause Issues with the MDS Of a 2012 Dodge Challenger
  • I think the dealer you are dealing with is trying to get out of fixing the real problem of your car. The MDS or fuel saver mode on your car is not based on back pressure or the EGR valve, it is based on engine load, throttle position and speed. From the research I've done the MDS systems on these cars is kind of notorious for behaving strangely. Also, there are a ton of other Challenger owners out there with aftermarket cat-back systems that did not cause any problems with the MDS system so I
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  • Will the Yakima BasketCase Cargo Carrier # Y07012-32H fit a 2011 Toyota 4Runner OEM Crossbars
  • Yes, the Yakima BasketCase Cargo Carrier # Y07012-32H that you referenced will fit the factory crossbars of your 2011 Toyota 4Runner, but you will also have to get the Universal MightyMounts for Yakima Roof Mounted Accessories # Y03590. I attached review videos for both products for you to check out.
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  • Can Roof of 2014 VW Passat Carry Bikes
  • According to my contacts at Thule, their AeroBlade roof rack which consists of the # THARB53 crossbars, the # TH480R foot pack and the # THKIT1669 vehicle specific fit kit has a 110 lb weight capacity. If the actual capacity of your vehicle roof is lower, you will be limited to whichever stated capacity is lowest. Your vehicle roof should be able to accommodate the weight of the rack and a bike and rack. Your vehicle owner's manual or VW dealer should be able to provide you with the roof cap
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  • How to Determine Replacement Hubs for a Trailer Based on Spindle Dimensions
  • If you cannot find the bearing number, we can still recommend the correct hub if you supply us with some precise measurements of the bearing and seal surface of your spindle. Check out the picture I attached that shows what portion of the spindle needs to be measured. The other dimensions on the picture I attached would also be helpful to know to determine what bearings and seals you have.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ
  • Those are weldnut plates with 14 inches of wire behind them. These are used to provide a nut for a bolt that threads through the base plate kit and then through the frame. The nut plate gets inserted into the frame and gets aligned so that the installation bolt that secures the base plate kit to the frame has something to tighten onto. I attached the installation instructions for this base plate kit to give you more installation info. There are several other components needed to flat tow your
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  • Would the Buffalo Tools Electric Car Jack part # BTEJ212 Have Enough Capacity for a Chevy Equinox
  • Yes, although your Chevy Equinox weighs more than 2,000 lbs (the capacity for the jack) the Buffalo Tools Electric Car Jack part # BTEJ212 that you referenced would not be lifting the entire weight of your vehicle, only at most half so it should work fine for you.
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  • Mounting Hole Dimensions for the Ultra-Fab Universal Access Door # UF48-979010
  • I attached a picture that shows all the mounting hole dimensions of the Ultra-Fab Universal Access Door # UF48-979010. It looks like it should work for you since you said you need the corner holes to be more than 6 inches apart.
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  • Installing Oil Cooler in 2004 Ford Escape to Maximize Towing Capacity
  • I did some online research, and from what I read, it seems that the 2004 Escape will already have a transmission cooler if it's equipped with an automatic transmission. I saw several references that stated the Ford 'Tow Package' for that vehicle included the hitch, trailer wiring and an oil cooler. As a first step, I'd confirm that your Escape has the tranny cooler. Look for a smaller heat exchanger (radiator) mounted directly behind the front grille of the vehicle, that's probably about 12 t
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  • Spare Tire Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 35 inch Tall Tire
  • I have a spare tire mounted bike rack recommendation that will work on the 35 inch tall spare of your vehicle, but the Thule Spare Me part # TH963PRO won't work on tires taller than 32 inches. You should check out the Yakima SpareTime 2 Bike Rack part # Y02598. This rack can go on tire up to a 315 series width or 12.5 inch width. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may
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  • Draw Tite Hitch Recommendation for a 1995 Nissan Altima
  • There is a Draw Tite hitch that will fit your 1995 Nissan Altima, but the part # 24796 that you referenced is designed to fit newer models and would not work for you. You would want the Draw-Tite hitch part # 24690. To complete your towing setup you may also be interested in the following products. Trailer wiring part # 119178KIT to provide a 4-way Ball mount part # 3593 1-7/8 inch hitch ball part # 19256 2 inch hitch ball part # 19258
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  • How Would the Propane Bottle Rack # 1801 Mount to the Front Wall of a Gooseneck Trailer
  • That would take a little imagination and fabrication to pull off. To mount the Propane Bottle Rack # 1801 on a vertical wall you basically will need to have a qualified welder fab up a mounting bracket for the bottom of the # 1801 to attach to. There's no specific instructions on how to do this, but if you contacted a qualified trailer fabricator in your area I am sure they would be able to help you find a way to do this safely.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Running Lights on a 2011 Kia Sedona
  • It sounds like the problem is on the trailer side of the wiring equation since your running lights seem to work on your boat trailer, but to be sure you should test the running light of the 4-way with a circuit tester like our part # 3808. Check out the video I attached that shows how to do this. Its pretty easy, you would basically just need to turn on the running lights of your 2011 Kia Sedona and then test the pin on your 4-way that has a brown wire run to it for voltage. If its there then th
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  • Hitch and 2 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Honda Civic Coupe
  • A good choice for a hitch on your 2012 Honda Civic Coupe would be the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24763. This rack has a 200 lb tongue weight capacity for a bike rack and bikes, would me mainly out of sight (see pic to see how visible it would be), and would be totally possible for you to install by yourself as long as you have basic mechanical skills and tools. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this hitch for you to check out also. For a bike rack to carry two bikes th
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  • Availability of a Flush Mounted 2-1/2 inch Diameter GLO Light Led Trailer Light
  • The Optronics GloLight # MCL157RB that you referenced is designed to be recess mounted with the Recess Flange # A57GB. While it wouldn't quite be as flush mounted as the Optronics GLOLight LED Stop/Turn/Tail Light # STL101RFMB that you also have it would look pretty good on your trailer. For a very similar 2-1/2 inch LED light that is designed to be flush mounted check out the # MC57RB. For a flush mounted grommet you would want part # A55GB.
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  • Replacement Trailer Fender Recommendation for a Yacht Brand Double PWC Trailer
  • After looking up your trailer it looks like the closest fender to what originally came on your trailer would be the Fulton Single Axle Trailer Fender part # F008573. If you wanted the black version you would want part # F008583 or silver part # F008593.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2005 Ford F250 Short Bed for Towing a 96 inch Width Trailer
  • There is a formula that will tell you if you have enough clearance to make a 90 degree turn with your truck and a gooseneck trailer that is 96 inches wide. (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from the gooseneck ball to the truck cab B = Offset used, like if you used a Offset Extension Ball # 19308 C = Width of the nose of the trailer divided by 2. On your truck I was able to determine that you would have a distance of 35 inches from the gooseneck ball to the truck cab so that would be
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  • How to Pick Out the Correct Rated Jack for a Trailer
  • The capacity for our jacks based on how much tongue weight your trailer will see. For example the Pro Series Snap-Ring Swivel Marine Jack # PSEJ10000101 has a capacity of 1,000 lbs. If you trailer has less tongue weight than 1,000 lbs this jack would work well for you. If you are unsure of your tongue weight check out the FAQ article I attached determining tongue weight.
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  • 4 Wire Flat to 5 Wire Flat Adapter Recommendation for Towing a Trailer with Surge Brakes
  • You are totally on the right track. The Adapter 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter # 20036 that you referenced would be the correct part to use to convert your 4-way to a 5-way to activate the reverse lockout solenoid of your trailer with surge brakes. You would install it exactly like how you described by locating your reverse light circuit and then using the included quick-splice connector to tap the blue wire from the # 20036 into it. Your pictures did make it through also and than
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  • Spare Tire Mount Recommendation with Extra Offset
  • I believe I have a solution for you, but I am going to need you to verify your bolt pattern since the only bolt patter it wouldn't fit is 5 on 4-3/4. I attached an FAQ on determining bolt patterns for you to check out also. Check out the MaxxTow Spare Tire Carrier part # MT70214. This has a distance from where it would attach to your frame to the surface that your wheel would attach to of 6 inches and has a rise of 4-1/2 inches from center of the trailer frame attachment point to the center of t
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  • How Do I Keep the Pro Series Trunnion Style Weight Distribution Snap-Up Brackets From Moving
  • In order to keep the Snap-Up Brackets in place on the Pro Series Trunnion Style Weight Distribution Kit, # 49587, you could start out by tightening the set screw until it comes in contact with the frame and then tighten it an additional 1/4 turn with a wrench. Be careful not to over tighten. The best option would be to bolt the Snap-Up Bracket directly to the trailer's frame.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F-150 Short Bed
  • For a 5th wheel trailer hitch that, when removed, leaves a clean bed in your 2014 Ford F-150 short bed you can use the B and W installation kit # BWGNRK1104-5W with slider Companion 5th wheel trailer hitch # BWRVK3400-5W. The slider provides 12 inches of travel for clearance when making tight turns. To determine if the slider hitch will provide enough clearance you will have to take some measurements. Once installed the centerline of the hitch will be approximately 45-1/8 inches forward from
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution for 4400 lb Trailer Towed by 2014 Ford Explorer
  • For best performance, before you choose a system you really should determine the exact fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer. To this figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of your Explorer. Those two weights added together will equal the total tongue weight (TTW) of your trailer. This is the figure you use to choose a system. Ideally, the TTW of your set up will fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the system you choose. If
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  • Will Putco Chrome Mirror Overlays 401702 Fit a 2012 or 2013 Kia Sorento
  • Yes the 2011-2014 does indicate 2011, 2013, 2013, and 2014 model years for the Kia Sorento.
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  • LED Display of Curt TriFlex # C51140 Brake Controller Remains Illuminated When Vehicle is Shut Off
  • Because it's connected to a constant 12-volt power source, the LED you mention will remain illuminated after the vehicle is shut off. This is normal, and does not indicate a problem of any kind. After 15 or so minutes of inactivity, the brake controller goes into a 'sleep' mode, and will reactivate next time the brake pedal is pressed. The LED only draws a few milliamps of power, which would only drain the battery if the vehicle sat unused for months. You could certainly unplug the controller
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  • Is Fascia Trimming Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch 13322 on a 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • On some years that Curt trailer hitch # 13322 fits, there may be some trimming of the rear fascia for the hitch to fit properly. It is not necessary on all models but you will only know once you go to install the hitch. The area that would need to be trimmed would be at the bottom center of the rear fascia. It is an area that is 6-1/2 inches across and 3 inches tall measured from the bottom of the fascia. On the 2012 though it does not appear that trimming is required. I have included a pictu
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  • Disc Trailer Brakes that are ABS Compatible
  • I spoke with my contact at Kodiak and for the Kodiak disc brakes from 7,000 pounds and up are ABS compatible. They have the holes drilled in the calipers for the sensors. That would include 8k kit # K2HR858XLD. They are set up to be compatible but do not come with parts to tie into a vehicle ABS system.
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  • Is Bearing Protector with Disc Brake Kit a Fit on EZ Lube Axle and How Should Calipers Mount
  • For the grease zerk on your spindles you will not want to remove them. Instead you will want to use a standard grease cap with the rubber plug at the end # RG04-040 in place of the Kodiak bearing protectors. Alternating 9 oclock and 3 oclock on the front and rear axles on the same side is fine. Everything would be nice and even that way (braking performance included). Or placing the front axle both sides at 9 oclock and the rear both at 3 oclock would also work. Sometimes due to mounting rest
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  • 5th Wheel Tailgate and Bed Rail Protectors for a 2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • The Husky 5th wheel tail gate, # HL15130-38, is a fit for the 2014 Ford F-250. I have linked the installation instructions for you. It includes a backup camera relocation kit. For bed rail protectors, I have linked the options for your truck. However, there are no flat ones available at this time.
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  • Estimated Professional Installation Time for B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on 1998 Dodge Ram 2500
  • First, B and W gooseneck hitch # BWGNRC800 is just the hitch. You will also need an installation kit that fits your 1998 Dodge Ram 2500. For the installation kit and the hitch together use # BWGNRK1394. When we install gooseneck trailer hitches here we take the whole day because we also film the installation. A professional with experience who was not being filmed would probably take 3 to 6 hours. I have included a link to the instructions for you. What you can do is run it by an installer an
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  • Will Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier # HRF2 Fit a 2014 Subaru Forester with Spoiler
  • The unique Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier # HRF2 is a superb option for vehicles like your Forester that have a spoiler. Its specialized design avoids placing any stress on the spoiler, which is of course not designed to bear any weight. The # HRF2 does not include locks but we offer Dead Bolt cable lock # CAB-10 to secure your bikes to the rack. We also offer passive security straps to deter theft of the rack itself, including # Y02623 from Yakima and # TH533 from Thule. If y
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  • Replacement Mounting Kit for Westin Bull Bar on a 1999 Ford F-150 XLT 2-Wheel Drive
  • The Westin Bull Bars for the 1999 Ford F-150 is going to be # 32-0245 or # 32-0240. For either one the replacement mounting hardware is # 32-024PK. The Bull Bars are not actually universal. There are a few different designs to better match the contours of the vehicle it is going on.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier For 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser To Carry Diggler Scooter
  • I may have a solution for you. You may want to take a look at a hitch mounted cargo carrier like the Draw-Tite Carrier, part # 6501. This carrier fits in a 2 inch hitch receiver like you said is on your 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser and measures 60 inches long by 20 inches wide. The distance from your hitch pin hole to the platform can be adjusted from 6 to 11 inches, and this carrier has a 3 inch rise in the shank giving you a bit more ground clearance. You could then use an adapter bar like the Bi
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  • Weight Distribution System for 2013 Dutchmen Kodiak Weighing 3910 lbs
  • To choose the correct weight distribution system for your needs, you will first need to determine the total tongue weight (TTW) of your set-up. The TTW is the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight of any gear stowed in the truck bed behind the rear axle. Ideally, the TTW of your trailer would fall pretty close to the center of the effective weight range for the weight distribution system you choose. I've linked to an article that explains how to find the ton
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  • What is the Difference Between Curt Ball Mounts 45014 and 45024
  • Ball mounts including Curt ball mounts # C45024 and # C45014 are given their rating based on how they are tested and which applications they are made for. Other than that and the capacity they are pretty much the same.
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  • Will the Reese 5th Wheel Hitch # RP30143 Drop Right Into the Factory Pucks on a 2013 Ford F350 SRW
  • Yes, the Reese Elite Series Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch, # RP30143, will drop right into the factory pucks on your 2013 Ford F350 SRW. Although it is a fit for your short box truck, this is a standard hitch and many people experience clearance difficulty when making turns unless the towed fifth wheel has a Sidewinder pinbox. If you plan on towing a fifth wheel trailer with a standard pinbox, I would recommend the Reese Elite Series Fifth Wheel Hitch With Slider, # RP30144, which also drops righ
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  • Will the Thule Passage Trunk Mount Bike Rack Fit a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • I checked with Thule and they do list the Passage 3 trunk mount bike rack # TH911XT as a fit for your 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. I have linked a video review of this rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical mens bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # TH982XT. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without the
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  • Are Radial Trailer Tires Better than Bias Ply Trailer Tires for a Travel Trailer
  • Steel and aluminum trailer wheels of the same size and bolt pattern will have the same rating. One is not better than the other in that regard. Aluminum is superior for corrosion resistance but tend to be more expensive. The D is not a size indication but a load range indication. Any given tire will usually have more than one load range option in the same size. The deeper the letter in the alphabet the higher the weight capacity. However higher capacity wheels and tires do not increase the a
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  • What is the Warranty on the MaxxTow Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier 70106
  • If you look in the Specs section for MaxxTow trailer hitch mount cargo carrier # MT70106, the warranty information is the last bullet. It has a 90-day warranty. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1997 Jeep Wrangler Behind a Motor Home with a Sterling Tow Bar
  • For Roadmaster base plates, # 1424-1, the only restrictions are that they fit a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with either a U-channel or double tube bumper factory bumpers and they will not fit right hand drive/steering models. The lift should not have an affect on the installation. You may just need an adapter to keep the tow bar as level as possible. I have linked them for you. In addition to the base plates and the tow bar you already have (which should have a 6-Way electrical cable and safety cables
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  • Dimensions of Brophy Ball Mount # BH40 from Pinhole to Edge of Ball Mount
  • I spoke with my contact at Brophy and she told me the measurement from the center of the pinhole to the nearest edge of the ball mount opposite the hitch ball hole is 2-1/2 inches. I have included a diagram that shows the requested dimensions.
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  • How to Choose a Ball Mount for a 2014 Acura RDX with Class III Trailer Hitch
  • Since you have a Class III trailer hitch on your 2014 Acura RDX you can use any compatible ball mount that will allow you to tow the trailer level. Or if towing different trailers, an adjustable ball mount is the way to go. I have included a link to an article that explains how to measure to find the right rise or drop ball mount needed to tow a trailer level. The standard ball mount that we recommend for Class III hitches on the 2014 RDX is # 2753. It has a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. If
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  • Hand-Crank Winch Options for Boat Trailer and 18-Foot Javelin Bass Boat with 115HP Outboard
  • If you prefer the simplicity of a hand-crank winch over the complexity of a powered type (and many do) then your best option to reduce your cranking effort (and back stress) when pulling your 18-ft Javelin bass boat onto your trailer is a 2-speed hand crank winch. Winches are one of those categories of product where more is definitely better, so I suggest you go for the highest rated winch available. Even though you may not require its full capacity for your particular boat, using a winch wel
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  • Factory Tow Package on 2006 GMC Sierra Not Getting Power To Brake Controller
  • It is possible that the power wire that feeds the brake controller has not been connected at the power distribution box under the hood. If you look at the brake controller installation help article I've linked to, you can see how the wiring connections are finalized. This usually applies to vehicles that are NOT equipped with the factory 7-way trailer connector at the rear bumper. We have seen vehicles equipped with the 7-way that don't have the connections made, so it's worth checking. If t
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  • Is Connecting Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness to Battery Required on a 2013 Nissan Murano
  • On the Tow Ready trailer wiring harness # 118481 you do need a direct connection to the battery. There may be other 12 volt power sources but the harness is not tested with or rated for use with these other locations. Also by connecting to the fuse panel this person has lost that level of isolation between the trailer wiring and the vehicle wiring. There are different ways in which a power wire can be ran to the battery. Running the wire under the vehicle is one method it is the quickest. The
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  • Need to Locate Stoplight Switch Wire on 2013 Chevrolet Express Van When Installing Brake Controller
  • The correct wire that you will need when installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, # 90195, on your 2013 Chevrolet Express Van is actually located behind the passenger side dash. This is the location of the Body Control Module (BCM) on the Express Van. In order to access the BCM, you will need to remove the lower section of the dash on the passenger side of the vehicle. You will need the light blue with white stripe wire that is coming out of the brown connector. Before ma
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  • Which Brake Assemblies for 2002 Vintage 28 Ft Enclosed Trailer
  • The numbers you provided don't correspond with any brake assemblies we offer, so I did a Google search on them and found no results. To find the correct brake assembly, you'll need to know the inside diameter and depth of the brake drum. You'll need the capacity of the axle, and you'll also need to match up the bolt pattern of the brake assembly to that of the brake mounting flange welded on to the axle. For instance, the # 23-106-09 brake assembly fits a 12 inch diameter by 2 inch deep br
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  • Recommendation for a Boat Trailer Winch and Wireless Remote
  • I did a little research and found that a 20-foot Grady Overnighter (depending on model) comes in at about 3000 pounds. Assuming the engine weighs 400 pounds, that gives us a total weight of about 3400 pounds. When winching your boat onto a trailer, a common ratio for determining your winch load capacity is 2 to 1. For example, a 7000 pound boat would require a 3500 pound winch. The Superwinch GP3000 General Purpose Utility Trailer Winch # 1330200, with its rated line pull of 3000 pounds, w
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  • Is There an Under-Dash Brake Controller Connection Port on the 2005 Mazda B3000 DS Pickup
  • An under-dash quick-connect brake controller port is not offered by Mazda on their smaller pickups, so your brake controller will require a hard wire installation. You will use the # ETBC7 brake controller installation kit that you referenced. A video and article on installing this kit are included for you. If your truck does not already have a 4-pole flat trailer connector at the rear bumper you will also need a wiring harness to provide one. I recommend Curt plug-in harness # C55325 since t
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  • After Installing New Hubs, Do You Have to Break Them In
  • There is no break-in procedure needed for the Trailer Hub Assembly, # 84545BX. Just pack the bearings and hub with grease and you are ready to go. I have included a video which may be of help to you.
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  • Availabililty of Billet Grille for 2009 Toyota Tundra
  • If you click the link I provided, you can see many grilles available for your Tundra. The Putco Shadow Billet Grille, part # P71162 most closely resembles the photo you provided.
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  • Comparing the Yakima MegaWarrior and Thule MOAB Cargo Baskets for a 2005 Toyota 4Runner
  • Both the Thule MOAB, # TH690XT, and the Yakima MegaWarrior, # Y07080, are direct fits to the factory crossbars on your 2005 Toyota 4Runner. The MegaWarrior is a little larger overall at 52 inches long, 48 inches wide, and 6-1/2 inches tall. The MOAB measures 50-1/2 inches long, 40-3/4 inches wide, and 7-1/4 inches tall. In my opinion the MOAB is the better looking basket. The MegaWarrior though is a little shorter which would cut down a little on drag and wind noise. The MOAB has a higher
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  • Replacement Mounting Hardware for the Yakima BasketCase
  • For the Yakima BaseketCase roof mount cargo basket, # Y07012, the correct replacement mounting hardware is # Y8810135. The other hardware you mentioned, # Y8870039, is designed for a different Yakima basket, the LoadWarrior.
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  • What are the Functions of the Wires for Bargman Double Tail Light # 47-85-615
  • On tail light # 47-85-615, the black wires going to each light are brake lights/turn signals. The green wire is tail lights, and the white wires are grounds. I have included a picture and you can see to the light of the wires at the back of the light the functions for each are listed. It would install with a standard combined wiring set up on a trailer.
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  • Roof Rack And Cargo Carrier For 2001 Ford Excursion
  • We do offer a roof rack system that will fit your 2001 Ford Excursion with the factory side rails. I recommend the Yakima roof rack that has 58 inch round crossbars. When ordering this roof rack system you will need to order part # Y00409, part # Y00221, and part # Y00214. We currently do not offer any roof baskets that have open ends as you are describing. The largest roof basket i can recommend is the Surco Safari Rack 5.0 Rooftop Cargo Basket, part # SPS65100-Y400. This basket is very larg
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  • Wiring Stop Tail and Turn Signal Lights on a Motorcycle with Separate Turn Signals and Brake Lights
  • So it sounds like on the motorcycle you have working turn signals, brake lights, and tail lights. So you just need the proper converter to go from the separate signals to combined. You can use converter # RM-732. This is a non-powered converter that will take the separate brake and turn signals and combine them. You would attach the bike brake light wire to the red wire on the harness. Attach the motorcycle left turn signal wire to the harness yellow wire. Connect motorcycle right turn signal
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  • Wiring Stop Tail and Turn Signal Lights on a Motorcycle with Separate Turn Signals and Brake Lights
  • So it sounds like on the motorcycle you have working turn signals, brake lights, and tail lights. So you just need the proper converter to go from the separate signals to combined. You can use converter # RM-732. This is a non-powered converter that will take the separate brake and turn signals and combine them. You would attach the bike brake light wire to the red wire on the harness. Attach the motorcycle left turn signal wire to the harness yellow wire. Connect motorcycle right turn signal
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  • What is the Finish on Kenda Loadstar ST175/80D13 Tire with 13-Inch Galvanized Wheel # AM3S130
  • The tire/wheel you referenced, Kenda Loadstar ST175/80D13 Tire with 13-Inch Galvanized Wheel, part # AM3S130, has a galvanized finish. This wheel is dipped in a 860-degree solution of molten zinc to provide a degree of corrosion resistance. This zinc coating reacts with oxygen and carbon dioxide to form zinc carbonate. This is the usually dull grey surface material you have seen on galvanized buckets. Dexstar does offer a silver-color powder coat finish on some of their rims, such as on # AM2
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  • No Power On Trailer Wiring Harness Installed on a 2012 Jeep Liberty
  • To determine if wiring harness # 118554 is the problem, you will want to test it. With the trailer disconnected you will need to use a circuit tester such as # 3808 to test the pins on the 4-Way end of the wiring harness while someone sits in the 2012 Liberty and runs through each light function. If there is no power on the harness at the 4-Way then you can make sure that 1) the fuse is installed in the power wire, 2) the power wire is connected to the positive battery terminal, 3) the ground
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  • Towing Mirror Recommendation For 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
  • For your 2007 Nissan Pathfinder we currently do not offer any custom slip-on towing mirrors, but I may have a solution for you. I recommend the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, part # KS3891. This mirror clips to the edge of your factory mirror and can adjust to fit mirrors that have varying thicknesses. It will fit most mirrors from 4-1/2 to 11-1/2 inches tall. Since these are sold individually, if you need mirrors for the driver side and the passenger side, you will need to order a quanti
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  • Can Wheel Cradles be Loosened to Steal Bikes from Thule Doubletrack Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • A would-be thief, given enough time and determination, could steel a bike from just about any rack, including the Thule Doubletrack, # TH990XT. I have not had a customer complain to me about this though. I can see how that might be possible though it would be difficult. You could stop that from happening, however unlikely, by using a cable lock, # CAB-10.
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  • Where are the Trailer Turn Signal Fuses Located on a 2002 Chevy Silverado
  • On your 2002 Chevy Silverado 1500 the trailer tow package fuses are located under the hood in the under hood fuse panel. The trailer turn signal fuses are located right below the fuse extractor and are labeled TRL R TRN and TRL L TRN. I was able to find this information on page 6-82 of the vehicle owners manual.
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  • Availability of Bike Rack that Fits 2014 Honda Pilot and 2011 Chevy Tahoe
  • In order to install a trunk mount rack on the Tahoe, the top mounting hooks would attach directly to the glass, which could damage the vehicle. The Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top model, part # HRF2 is a fit for both vehicles. The unique way the rack sits on the vehicle spreads the weight out over more area, so all the weight isn't being applied to the same spot on the vehicle. If you will be carrying women's bikes or bikes with sharply angled top tubes, a frame adapter bar like part # HRBA-P
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  • Custom Fit Towing Mirrors for a 2002 Ford F-150 Super Crew XLT with Half Chrome Mirrors
  • Since the mirrors on your 2002 Ford F-150 Super Crew XLT have that half-chrome portion you could use Longview towing mirrors # CTM2300. I have included a picture showing the mirror on the same type mirror that you have. The side mirrors that have the chrome trim tend to be a little wider than the standard mirrors and the K Source towing mirrors # KS81600 are not likely to fit.
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  • What Kind of Gains Can I Expect from Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner in my 2001 F150
  • If it is more power you want, installing the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 will provide up to 27 additional horsepower and an increase of 32 foot pounds of torque. In addition, the programmer will have the incidental effect of improving throttle response. The tuner connects to your OBD-II port and allows you to make a variety of performance adjustments including tunes for increased power or fuel economy, change to the stock speed limit setting, recalibration of the speedometer
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  • Will the Rear Swinging Door Still Open on 2010 Toyota RAV4 When Using Sport Rider 4-Bike Carrier
  • I went out to our warehouse to take a few measurements of the bike carrier. Once mounted in the hitch, the bracket for the tilt feature is approximately 7-1/2 inches from the edge of the hitch receiver and stands 6-1/4 inches above the shank. The housing for the adjustable frame hooks is 17 inches away from the receiver and 11-1/4 inches above the shank. These measurements were taken with the carrier in the ready to load position. When measuring your vehicle, you will need the distance from
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  • Roof Rack and Truck Bed Bike Carrier Options for 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche with Bare Roof
  • You have many options in roof racks for your 2004 Chevy Avalanche with bare roof including systems from Yakima, Thule and Rhino-Rack. You have a choice of basic round and square crossbar racks and also quieter aerodynamic types such as the Thule AeroBlade and Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbars. All can be seen using the link provided. Among the more cost-effective options is the Yakima system with round bars consisting of parts # Y00409, # Y00709 and # Y00124. This rack is a good choice for use
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  • How Does Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness Install on a 2006 Ford Freestyle
  • We have not yet had the chance to install Tow Ready trailer wiring harness # 118395 on a Ford Freestyle. However we do have 2 videos showing installation on 2 other vehicles that this harness fits: a 2007 Ford Five Hundred and a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I have included the links to the videos for you. Installation on your 2006 Ford Freestyle will be similar. I have also included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Will a Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack Fit a Base Model 2014 Subaru Forester
  • As long as your 2014 Subaru Forester has the factory side rails that run front to back you can install the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack, # TH7502-TH7502. I have included a link to a video showing installation of the rack on a 2013 Forester. Installation on a 2014 would be the same. If your Forester does not have the side rails that run front to back then to add an AeroBlade Edge roof rack you will need to use crossbars and feet # TH7602-TH7602 and Podium foot pack # THKIT3079. I have linked
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  • Do I need an Adapter with Rise for a Platform-Style Bike Rack on Honda Fit with DrawTite Hitch
  • I have a similar rack to the one you referenced that is a fit for your 2013 Honda Fit and your Class I Draw-Tite Sportframe hitch and will not require a hitch adapter. I recommend the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier with Integrated Cable Lock for 1-1/4 inch Hitches # TH917XTR. This rack tilts down for easy rear-of-vehicle access. A few measurements: The rack measures 18 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest bike-carrier rail. It measures 3-1/2 inches from t
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  • Dimensions Of Replacement Gears For Fulton F2 Jacks
  • I went to our warehouse and pulled this Replacement Gear Kit for Fulton F2 Jacks, part # F500314 and took a couple of measurements for you. The two gears are identical and measure .60 inches thick and 1.31 inches diameter. The kit also includes the washers and pins needed when replacing the gears on your Fulton F2 jack.
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  • How High Off the Ground Can MaxxTow Wheelchair Carrier # MT70106 Be and Still Make Ramp Contact
  • The ramp on the MaxxTow # MT70106 Wheelchair Carrier has a hinge design that allows a very wide range of motion. It can easily make a nearly 45-degree angle which would certainly accommodate a carrier height off the ground of 16-inches while still maintaining ramp-to-ground contact. The 2-inch hitches offered for your 2008 Honda CR-V are all rated as Class III hitches and have tongue weight capacities of either 525-lbs or 350-lbs. I suggest you check the safety/warning sticker on your hitch t
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  • Recommended Roof Rack Options for 2008 BMW 1 Series
  • The Thule Sidearm bike rack you mentioned, part # TH594XT includes everything shown in the photos on the product description page, but the roof rack is sold separately. The rack you need with depend on the body style of your vehicle. If you have a 2 or 3 door, I'd recommend a Thule AeroBlade system. The rack would be assembled using the following parts: 43 inch Aero bars # THARB43 Foot pack, # TH460R Vehicle specific fit kit, # THKIT3028 Thule doesn't offer a rack system for the 5 do
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  • Weight Capacity of Draw-Tite Sportframe Class I Hitch # 24878 on 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback
  • The hitches offered for your 2012 Chevy Sonic Hatchback are all 1-1/4-inch size Class I light-duty hitches. This class of hitch is rated for up to 200-lbs tongue weight (tongue weight is the downward force on a hitch). A Class I hitch can carry 2 bikes maximum. You will just want to ensure that the combined weight of your two bikes plus the weight of the carrier does not exceed the hitch's 200-lb capacity, or the vehicle's. You can check your owners manual on this. You also want to verify th
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  • Recommendation for Mirror Extensions on a 2009 Ford Escape
  • I recommend the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, # KS3891, when towing with your 2009 Ford Escape. Fits most mirrors 4-1/2 inch to 11-1/2 inch tall and uses a ratcheting system for mounting. These extra large towing mirrors will mount to either of your factory mirrors. I have attached a video for you. The suction cup mounted mirror extensions are no longer available.
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  • How To Measure Tire Wheel
  • The width of a rim is measured from the inside bead of the rim. I have attached a photo and have noted where the measurement is taken. The Dexstar Vintage Steel Wheel, part # AM20208 measures 4-1/2 inches wide at the points I have noted on the photo. I have attached a helpful video for you that explains where measurements are taken on wheels.
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  • Hitch-Mount 2-Bike Carrier Recommendation for 2008 Jeep Patriot
  • Your 2008 Jeep Patriot can be equipped with either a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch or a 2-inch Class III type. For reference the link provided will let you see all hitches we offer for your vehicle. The rack from Thule that you reviewed, their Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier # TH990XT, fits both sizes of hitch and includes locks for both the rack itself and your bikes. I have linked a video showing use of this excellent carrier on a Jeep Liberty. There is one simple measurement you
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  • Mounting Hardware For Westin Sportsman Grille Guard For 1997 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup Truck
  • The mounting kit that works for the Westin Sportsman Grille Guard, part # 45-0080 for your 1997 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup truck is part # 40-008PK. This kit will also be the hardware kit to use for the powdrer coated Sportsman Grille part # 40-0085.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Installation kit Recommendation for a 2005 Nissan Titan
  • If your 2005 Nissan Titan has a 6-1/2 foot bed then yes, the Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit # HT31395-686 that you referenced would be the correct kit for your vehicle and would be compatible with the Valley hitch you have. If you have a 5-1/2 foot bed you would want the RP30035-405 and would need to look into a Sidewinder pin box so that you would have enough clearance to make 90 degree turns. I attached an FAQ on Sidewinders for you to check out that shows how they work and ho
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  • Can Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole Trailer Connector # 30717 be Used to Charge Camper Battery
  • Yes, you could use the Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole Vehicle End Trailer Connector # 30717 to plug in to your 4-way and charge your camper battery, but you are going to need to run the black wire of the # 30717 through a circuit breaker like part # PK54540 to the positive post of your vehicle battery. You would want to use 10 gauge wire like our part # 10-1-1 that is sold by the foot.
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  • Where do the Wires of a Draw Tite Activator Run to Install in a Vehicle
  • There are 4 wires coming out of the back of the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller part 5500. You are correct in that the red wire runs to the positive side of the vehicle battery through a circuit breaker. The white wire runs to the negative side of the battery. The blue wire runs to the brake output circuit of the trailer connector at the rear of your vehicle and the red wire runs to the brake light switch on your brake pedal that only sees voltage when the brakes are applied. You woul
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  • How to Determine Bolt Pattern for a Trailer Wheel Replacement
  • It sounds like the new 12 inch wheel and tire combo you have is designed to fit a different bolt pattern hub than what your trailer currently has. The bolt pattern of a wheel tells us the number of lugs (or bolt holes) and the diameter of the circle the lugs sit on. For example, a 5 on 4-1/2" bolt pattern lets us know we need a wheel with 5 lugs that are spaced out evenly on a circle that has a 4-1/2" diameter. Most likely your trailer either has a 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern or it has a 5 on
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  • Wiring a Trailer Mounted Winch to a Trailer Battery and Vehicle Battery
  • I have just what you will need. I have linked an FAQ article that explains the various ways to wire a winch. You will need the second half of the page titled Option 2: Wiring the Winch to a Separate, Trailer-Mounted Battery. I have also included a picture that shows how it would all go together. You will need wire like # 10-1-1 sold in 1 foot increments, and a 40 amp circuit breaker # PK54540. You will wire it all up like in the picture. Please note that a vehicle battery and the wiring wi
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  • Would the Bargman LED Upgrade kit part # 47-59-012 work on an Optronics Light part # MC32AB
  • The Bargman LED Upgrade kit part # 47-59-012 that you referenced will work on a 2x4 inch Optronics light like part # MC32AB. I went an pulled both of these parts from our warehouse to test for compatibility and it worked just fine.
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  • Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Audi Q5
  • As long as you have a hitch on your vehicle like the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 the most popular bike rack we carry with other owners of 2011 Audi Q5s is the Thule Apex 4 Bike Carrier # TH9025. This is a very nice rack loaded with features including anti-sway cradles, tilting mast, locking anti-rattle hitch pin and locking cable. I think this would be an excellent choice for you to carry 4 bikes on your vehicle. Check out the demo video I attached for this rack as well. If you plan on carrying
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  • Replacement Swivel for Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar
  • The swivel portion of the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, # BX7365, is part of the shank assembly. The shank assembly needed is # BX84-0052. It also fits the Aladdin tow bars. The swivel portion is not available by itself. If you need the part that goes between the shank and the arms of the tow bar you would need # BX84-0142.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Chevy Silverado to Install Reese Hitch
  • Yes, the correct fifth wheel installation kit for your 2013 Chevy Silverado is the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation kit part # RP50066-58. This install kit is also compatible with your Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30047. I attached an install video for the rail kit for you to check out also.
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  • Best Way to Carry a Cargo Carrier and a Bike Rack on a Vehicle with a Class III Hitch
  • The issue that you would run into when using a hitch mounted cargo carrier and hitch bike rack is that once the bikes are mounted on the bike rack, they would hang down to the cargo carrier and prevent you from being able to put anything on the cargo carrier. The most cost effective solution is to put the cargo on the roof. A cargo bag like # Y07188 will fit with or without a roof rack and it has 13 cubic feet of space. Just make sure to determine the capacity of the roof and do not exceed it
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  • Can Balls be Swapped Out/Replaced on Diversi-Tech Ball Mounts DTALBM7025
  • The balls that come with the adjustable ball mount # DTALBM7025 are fixed in their assembly. If you need all three common ball sizes (1-7/8, 2, and 2-5/16) then you can use ball mount # DTALBM7000-3S which includes all 3. It has the same 10 inch drop/11 inch rise measurements as the ball mount you were looking at. It will also provide better ground clearance since none of the other balls will be hanging down like on the other ball mount. On ball mount # DTSTBM7000-2S, you can swap out the
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  • Can Two 8 Foot Long Tandem Bikes be Carried at the Back of an RV
  • First, a 250 cm bike by my calculations is over 8 feet wide. Depending on the RV the bikes could overhang the RV and cause clearance issues with other vehicles so you will want to be very cautious about that. If the RV has a 4 inch to 4-1/2 inch continuously welded steel bumper that is rated for carrying the weight of the bikes it is possible that you could use bike rack # S80605 to hold the tandem bikes. This is a 2-bike version of the rack you referenced. The bumper would also have to be lo
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  • How Does Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness Install on a 2007 to 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • The Tow Ready trailer wiring harness # 118518 has a few different parts that install in different places. The wiring from the front is not actually connected to the wiring at the rear because it is already ran from the factory. I have included link to a video showing installation and to the instructions. The part of the harness that plugs into the front of the vehicle will plug into a factory connector that is under or to the side of the battery. The factory wiring from that point to the back
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