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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F350 with a 2-1/2 inch Hitch
  • I have a solution for you that will allow you to use a weight distribution system with your 2011 Ford F350 that has a 2-1/2 inch Class V hitch. All you need is a shank designed for a 2-1/2 inch hitch like the part # RP54977, with that you could use the Reese Weight Distribution system part # RP66022 like you referenced. This system would be perfect since it comes without a shank and is compatible with the # RP54977. I attached an FAQ on weight distribution systems plus an install...
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  • Where is the Brake Controller Install Port on a 2014 Ford F150
  • This adapter # 22292 plugs into the built-in connector beneath your vehicle's dashboard. To access this connector, first locate the instrument cluster finish panel in the center of you dash, near the driver's side. Carefully pry the panel out and undo the locking tabs to remove the panel. Plug the adaptor into the mating connector in the large gray housing behind the panel. See the picture I attached. I also attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well. For...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution with Sway Control for a 2012 Ford F-150 FX4
  • The suspension enhancement is best used for loads carried in the vehicle/truck bed and weight distribution is the better option for sag caused by towing a trailer. If these are used together the two systems can work against each other and you wouldn't get the full benefits of either. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 1992 Ford F-150
  • Depending on the type bumper you have on your 1992 Ford F-150, we have a hitch that will work for you. If you have a deep drop bumper on your truck, I recommend the Curt Class lll Hitch, part # C13099. This hitch has a 2 inch receiver opening. If your F-150 has a standard bumper installed, I recommend the Curt Hitch, part # C15300. This is also a Class lll hitch, and has a 2 inch receiver opening. The hitch you referenced, part # 87115, is not designed to fit your truck. The...
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  • Functions Of Red And Black Wire For Brake Controller Harness On 2001 Ford F-250
  • For your 2001 Ford F-150,and the plug and play harness, part # HM47715, red wire is the input from the brake switch telling the control you are stepping on the brake pedal, and the black wire is supplying 12 volt power to the brake controller.
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  • Is Drawbar # DT40563 Compatible with 2006 Ford Escape Limited
  • Your 2006 Ford Escape will use either a Class II or a Class III trailer hitch. When towing with a Class II trailer hitch, you will want a Class II drawbar with a 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver like # 36051. For a hitch ball with a 2" diameter use # 19258. For a 1-7/8" diameter use # 19256. The ball mount determines the ball shank diameter and ball shank length. Check out the FAQ article I have included about choosing the correct hitch ball. For a Class III trailer hitch you will want a...
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  • Replacement Lock Assembly for Yakima Space Cadet Cargo Box
  • The best option for your Sapce Cadet cargo box's lock is to remove the key fragment yourself or take the lock to a locksmith to do so. Yakima may not have replacement lock housings for your Space Cadet cargo box depending on its age. My technical contact there advised that the best outcome is to find a way to remove the key fragment without damaging the housing itself. The internal lock core can likely be replaced but the outer housing may no longer be available so care should be taken...
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  • Recommended Parts Needed For Flat-Towing 2012 Ford Focus With Automatic Transmission
  • The base plates I recommend for your 2012 Ford Focus are part # 524430-1. These are only able to be used on models that are NOT STs and that DO NOT have adaptive cruise control. Adaptive Cruise Control systems use a radar or laser sensor mounted in the front of vehicle that automatically adjusts cruise control to slow down when it detects a vehicle ahead and accelerate again to preset speed when traffic allows. These feature the EZ Twistlock system that make the brackets nearly invisible...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation For 2011 Ford Escape
  • I spoke with Ford and they told me that there would be no problem adding a transmission cooler to your 2011 Ford Escape. You will want to check your owner's manual on recreational towing for any restrictions. The Tech told me the only restrictions might be the space that a cooler needs, but that is always the case when considering a transmission cooler on a vehicle. For your Escape, I recommend the Derale Transmission Cooler, part # D13502. This measures 11 inches Wide x 7-1/4 inches...
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  • Malfunction of Sensors and Display in Hopkins Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002
  • Thank you for your purchase last March of the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera and Hitch Aligner System # HM50002. This product is covered by a one-year limited warranty from Hopkins, but before you proceed for warranty service, you might try some quick checks. The system's sensors can rotate vertically, so make sure they are correctly oriented so that they can detect objects to the rear of the vehicle. Also, the display unit has two modes, Hitch and Everyday, and only in Hitch...
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  • Will the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel # HT31326-31196 fit in Reese Rails
  • Yes, the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel # HT31326-31196 that you referenced is designed to fit industry standard fifth wheel rails like the Reese Rail Kit part # RP50082-58 that you have installed in your 2009 Ford F250 so it would work well for you. For a gooseneck adapter to fit in the Reese rails of your truck I would recommend the part # 49080. My brother in law has this in his truck and it has been working well for years. I attached a couple review videos for you to check...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Edge
  • It would appear as if the Replacement OEM Wiring Harness part # C56110 that you referenced would work on your 2013 Ford Edge since you have what looks like the correct port for it. By the way, thanks for the picture. What you can do to verify that the plug is active is use a circuit tester like our part # 3808 and test the different pins you see for voltage when the brakes/blinkers/running lights are on. If the pins carry voltage with the use of your taillight functions then the # C56110...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-Way and Brake Controller in a 2013 Ford E250 Van
  • Since you referenced the Curt Harness part # C56020 it would appear as if your 2013 Ford E250 does not have any trailer wiring present at the rear of the vehicle currently. To start you will need to install this harness. Next you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For that you will need the Brake Controller Installation Kit part # ETBC7. This comes with everything to make the conversion plus everything needed to install a brake controller. Check out the install video and installation...
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  • Solution for Bypassing a Factory Trailer Wiring Harness on a 1997 Ford F-150
  • If all you need is a 4-way and are tired of messing with the headache of tracking down wiring problems a simple solution would be to install the part # 118344 on your 1997 Ford F-150. This will simply install in-line with your truck's taillights and will provide you with a 4-way. I also attached an FAQ article on troubleshooting 4-way installs for you to check out.
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  • Reducing Chucking While Towing 2015 Grand Design Reflections Fifth Wheel for 2013 Ford F-150
  • To reduce the amount of chucking that you are experiencing when towing your 2015 Grand Design Reflections Fifth Wheel with a gooseneck adapter, I recommend installing a fifth wheel hitch on your 2013 Ford F-150. If your F-150 has a 6-1/2 ft bed, I recommend the Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider, # C16521, and the Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, # C16120, for an 8 ft bed. Both options are cushioned hitches that provide additional shock absorption between the truck and...
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  • Is Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 a Fit for 2014 Ford Escape Carrying 2 Bikes
  • The Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack, # Y02624, is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Ford Escape. The KingJoe Pro is designed to hold 2 bikes. The KingJoe Pro 2 comes with all the parts you will need to transport 2 bikes. However, if you are carrying women's or children's bikes you will want to use bike adapter bar # Y02531, which is sold separately. You may also be interested in a steel-reinforced security strap like # Y02623, which is also sold separately. This strap povides an economical...
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  • Adding a New 4-Way and 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 1996 Ford F-250
  • To add a new 4-Way to your 1996 Ford F-250 you will need wiring harness # 118316. I have linked a video to the right showing how it installs. It does not sound like the truck came with a factory 7-Way to begin with. In order to install one you will need # 37185. This will actually mean that you do not need the bracket # 54-77-074. Instead you will use the bracket that comes with # 37185. Once installed you will have both a 4-Way and a 7-Way at the back of the truck. You could use the...
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  • Why Does Driver Side LED Trailer Tail Light 271575 Cost More than the Matching Passenger Side
  • The driver side trailer tail light # 271575 has an additional function, the license plate light. So it and the right side, # 271574, are not the same. I have included a picture that shows the license plate light at the bottom of the driver side light.
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  • Is Modification to a 2001 Ford F-350 Dually Required to Install a B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • B&W gooseneck trailer hitch # BWGNRK1384 fits Ram trucks but not your 2001 Ford F-350 dually. For your truck you can use # BWGNRK1108. There is no drilling into the frame required to install this hitch but you will need to drill the hole in the truck bed for the gooseneck ball. I have included a link to the installation instructions to the right and a video showing installation for you. You will notice that there is not really any modification needed to install the hitch, even on a dually. To...
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  • Reese Custom 5th Wheel Install Kit Rail Placement on a 2014 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • When using 5th wheel trailer hitch installation kit # RP50073-58 on a 2014 Ford F-250 sort bed, measure from the rear edge of the bed (not the tailgate) forward 54-3/16 inches. This is where the rear edge of the front rail will be. I have included a link to the installation instructions to the right that show this.
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  • Will K-Source Custom Towing Mirrors # KS81810 Fit the Mirrors on a 2011 Ford F150 Platinum
  • I spoke with my contact at K-Source and the Custom Towing Mirrors, # KS81810, will fit on your 2011 Ford F150 Platinum but the LED turn signals may be partially obstructed.
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  • Can a 1997 Ford F-150 4x4 with 4.6 Liter Motor Tow a 5,000 Pound Trailer
  • A 5,000 pound trailer should not be a problem for your 1997 Ford F-150 4x4 with the 4.6 liter motor. Based on some of the information I could find on the truck it does have more than enough capacity for this trailer. But to be sure you will need to consult the vehicle owners manual because there are several possible configurations of the truck and each has a different towing capacity. Whether or not you need weight distribution will depend on a couple of things. First, if the gross trailer...
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  • Will MaxxTow Wheelchair Carrier Work On 2010 Ford F-150 Supercrew Lariat
  • The MaxxTow Wheelchair Carrier, part # MT70106, would be a good option to carry behind your 2010 Ford F-150 Supercrew. If you need cargo straps to secure the grill or mower when hauling them, I recommend the CargoBuckle Mini G3 Retractable Ratchet Straps w S-Hooks, part # IMF103745-86. These straps measure 1 inch by 6 ft long and have a safe working load limit of 466 lbs. they feature a ratcheting mechanism that makes it easy to tighten and maintain tension on the straps. Each package...
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  • What Wire Gauge Needed for 12V Trailer Power Feed
  • A 12V trailer power circuit will typically be wired with 12-gauge wire, part # 12-1-1, but certainly there is no harm in using heavier 10-gauge wire # 10-1-1. If one tow vehicle is longer than another, our installers may opt to use the heavier gauge wiring than they would for a physically shorter vehicle. When in doubt you can always use 10-gauge.
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  • Cover Recommendation for Hitch Prep Package of a 2015 Ford F250
  • Sounds like you are looking for the Replacement Puck Plug Covers # 58199. These are the plugs designed specifically to fit the pucks of the Ford fifth wheel hitch prep package you have on your 2015 Ford F250. These are sold in pairs so you will need to order a quantity of 2.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford Windstar
  • You might try using a different web browser. Chrome, IE, or Firefox etc. can render videos differently. I attached the video to the right, hopefully it works for you now. For a hitch for your 2001 Ford Windstar the # 75055 that you referenced would be a great choice. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118366. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • Brake Controller Says No Trailer Connected with Trailer Connected to 2010 Ford F-250
  • The trailer lights and the trailer brakes are on separate circuits and one does not affect the other so there is some other reason why the brake controller on your 2010 Ford F-250 is not sensing the trailer. If it is a factory brake controller, we do not have a lot of experience with those but it could be a dirty or corroded trailer connector on either the truck side 7-Way or the trailer side 7-Way. This is also a potential problem for aftermarket brake controllers. There are some...
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Ball for a 2015 Ford F-350 with Factory Gooseneck/5th Wheel Prep Package
  • The correct gooseneck ball kit for your brand new 2015 Ford F-350 with the factory prep package is # RP30137. It includes the actual 2-5/16 inch ball, safety chain loops, a rubber cover to cover the ball hole when the ball isn't being used, and a storage bag. If you want the ball by itself it is # RP19311. We have one physical location in Missouri but we can ship products to Denver fast so you can place your order with confidence. To get an accurate idea of shipping time you are welcome...
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  • Front Hitch Availability for Forest River Georgetown 306s RV Built on 2002 Ford F-53 Chassis
  • For your 2003 Forest River Georgetown RV that is built on the 2002 Ford F-53 chassis we do not offer any front-mount hitch receivers. I did review photos of the RV to see if it has an exposed rear bumper that would allow use of a spare carrier such as the Ultra-Fab Folding Spare Tire Carrier # UF15-954730, but its bumper appears to have a full cover. If your towed vehicle has a 2 X 2 rear trailer hitch you might consider the Curt Trailer Hitch Mounted Spare Tire Carrier # C31006 which...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Focus ST
  • The bike rack I always recommend for vehicles with large spoilers is the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier for Vehicles w/ Spoilers # HRF2. This trunk rack is designed to work on vehicles with large spoilers and attaches without contacting any portion of the spoiler. It has also been confirmed to fit your 2014 Ford Focus. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's...
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  • 7-Way Adapter Recommendation for a 2004 Ford Expedition Towing Surge Brake Trailer with Lockout
  • All you need is the 4-way to 7-way adapter part # 37185. Now to activate your reverse light solenoid you have on your trailer with surge brakes all you will need to do is connect the purple wire of this harness to the reverse light circuit of your 2004 Ford Expedition. To find the right wire you will want to use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test the wires of the reverse light harness. Once you find the circuit that has current when the reverse lights get turned on you will attach...
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  • Recommendations for 6-Inch Oval Tail, Turn and Brake Tail Lights for a Headache Rack
  • I recommend Optronics clear LED back up trailer light # BUL12CFB as it's a certified back up light function. For stop, turn and tail lights use # STL78RB which is also 6-1/2 inch by 2-1/4 inch (lens measurements). For # STL78RB the wiring is: red is turn signal and brake, black is the tail light and white is ground wire. Both have sealed, waterproof housings and lens units. Both options will keep the trailer lights size identical including sealed, waterproof, corrosion resistant...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2014 Ford F-350 Short Bed with OEM 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • Since your 2014 Ford F-350 short bed has the OEM prep package and the in-bed wiring, the only thing left you will need is a hitch. If you want a hitch that fits directly in that OEM prep package then you can use Reese Elite slider # RP30144. Otherwise you will have to use an adapter, # RP30156. This will allow you to use a slider hitch that fits in standard above the bed rails such as # RP30870.
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  • Installing Rail Mounted Fifth Wheel Hitch on 2014 Ford F350 Equipped with OEM 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • If you have the OEM fifth wheel prep package in your 2014 Ford F350, with the 4 mounting pucks in the truck bed, you'd need an adapter, part # RP30156. The adapter mounts to the pucks in the truck bed, and the Reese # RP30870 fifth wheel hitch would mount to the industry-standard fifth wheel rails provided by the adapter. I've provided some photos for you that shows how the adapter mounts to the pucks and the fifth wheel hitch mounts to the adapter. If by 'factory wiring' you're speaking...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Ford Taurus Wagon
  • I checked with Thule and the Thule Raceway part # TH9001XT has been confirmed to fit your 2002 Ford Taurus. The upper arms of this will not put that much pressure on your back window. Most of the weight from the bikes and the rack will be on the upper straps and the lower arm of the rack so you should be fine. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2015 Ford F-350 with Factory 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • I will start out by saying that the best trucks for towing 5th wheel trailers are 1-ton long beds. As far as capacity you might want to upgrade to a different trailer in the future so if you have a hitch with a high enough capacity now then you wouldn't have to worry about that later. You could split the different between 16k and 20k and go with an 18k, # RP30142. Or go with a higher capacity but less expensive 20k model such as # C16530-16017 or # BWRVK3300. All of these hitches are...
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  • Factory Trailer Wiring Harness Does Not Work on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • If your 2008 came with the factory tow package but not the relays then the dealer should furnish those and maybe just charge labor to install them. But that is up to the dealer. Using a replacement harness # 118251 would not help because you would still need the relays and any fuses to make it active, just like on the factory harness. The other option is to install a wiring harness for models that do not have the factory tow package, # 118551. It plugs in line with the vehicle tail...
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  • Measurement of Atwood AB-72 5th Wheel Trailer Pin Box
  • I have included a picture showing the relevant measurements of the Atwood AB-72 5th wheel trailer pin box # AT75690. I have also included a link to the right to our help article about measuring pin boxes that includes a chart near the end giving he measurements of many pin boxes including the AB-72. This pin box is meant to replace a worn or damaged AB-72 pin box and should not be used in place of any other pin box.
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  • Does the Curt Bracket Kit part # C16448 Come with Rails
  • The Curt Bracket Kit part # C16448 that you referenced does not come with any rails at all. For a set of rails to go along with this kit you would want the part # C16204. This rail kit is compatible with Reese hitches as well as Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Valley and Husky.
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2012 Ford E-350 Van with Standard Bumper
  • We offer several classes of trailer hitch for the 2012 Ford E-350 van with standard bumper and all can be seen on the link provided. Draw-Tite offers two Class IV and V hitches, parts # 41906 and # 41945, that offer, respectively, 1000-lbs and 1500-lbs of tongue weight capacity. Both are confirmed by my contact at Draw-Tite to fit the 2012 Ford E-350 van with standard bumper. Both hitches have a 2-inch receiver tube that will sit below the top of the frame rails a distance of approximately...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel To Gooseneck Adapter For 2013 Ford F-150 With 6-1/2 Ft Bed
  • If you decide to change over to a gooseneck system on your 2013 Ford F-150, there may be a couple of issues. With a 6-1/2 ft bed on your truck, if you use a gooseneck adapter like the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, part # CAB-C5G, you run the risk of hitting your cab when executing turns. You will also want to check with the trailer manufacturer to see if there are any warranty issues when installing adapters on the trailer. Using an adapter would then require...
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  • Wall-Mount Cargo Control Products for Use Inside 7 X 12 Enclosed Trailer
  • We offer a range of trailer cargo control products including the versatile Erickson E-Track # E19146 for vertical applications that you referenced. These can be used with any of the E-Track strap products shown on the link at right, including the 12-foot ratcheting strap # EM59136. Other available accessories include spare tire mounts like # RA-16HST from RackEm.
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 Installation Harness for Motor Home
  • You can use Tekonsha Pigtail Wiring Harness # 7894 for your secondary brake controller installation in your motor home. The harness has the 4-wire pigtail leads you'll need to hard-wire into your motor home's wiring and it includes the necessary butt connectors. It is 34-inches overall in length. An install video is linked at right. If you need only a short harness without connectors you can use 12-inch harness # 20127. If you need an extra mounting pocket for the Prodigy you can use # 7686.
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  • Truck Bed Side Rail Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F150 that Doesn't Require Drilling
  • I have a solution for you, but the Westin Truck Bed Side Rails part # 50-2000 are a universal fit item that is designed to fit as many vehicles as possible and will require drilling with some vehicles but not all. Since this is a universal item I do not have any specific fit info for your vehicle to know if drilling would be required. I do have some solutions that do not require drilling though. If you have a 6-1/2 foot bed without a flareside you would want # P59823, with flareside...
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  • Can a Tow Bar be Higher at the Motor Home than at the Vehicle when Flat Towing
  • There is a bit of vertical tolerance as far as vertical positioning on a tow bar. Three inches higher or lower (at the toad) is acceptable for the Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar # BX4325. Take a look at page 3 of the instructions I have linked to the right. Ideally though you would want it to be as level as possible. To compensate for the differences in height you can use an adapter. I have included a link to the adapters you could use. They are available in many different rises or drops.
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  • Recommended Roof Rack to Carry 2 Kayaks on 2014 Ford Focus
  • We carry many roof rack and kayak carrier options for your 2014 Ford Focus. The roof rack that I recommend is the Yakima Q Tower roof rack that includes two 58 inch crossbars, # Y00409, the Q5 Q Clips, # Y00605, the Q83 Q Clips, # Y00683, and the Q Tower Feet, # Y00124. This will provide you with two crossbars to mount your kayak carrier to. You can mount your kayak directly to the crossbars, but to prevent scratching your kayak, I recommend using kayak carriers like the Yakima...
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  • 5th Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2008 F450 Western Hauler
  • I can't recommend you modify the rails of a fifth wheel installation kit for your 2008 Ford F-450. However, this is a rail kit that has rails that are slightly shorter that is confirmed to fit your vehicle. The Reese Rail kit part # RP30035 has rails that are 41.8 inches in length. It's not much shorter than 43, but hopefully it would be enough.
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  • Length of the Cable in the Universal Wiring Harness # HM40985
  • The length of the cable included with the Universal Wiring Harness # HM40985 is 4 feet.
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  • Offset of Andersen Ultimate Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Adapter # AM3225
  • The Andersen Ultimate Gooseneck to Fifth Wheel Adapter, # AM3225, actually moves the hitch ball 5-1/4 inches further away from the cab of the truck. As referenced in the video from Andersen that you mentioned, the 9 inches that they come up with is calculated from the original hitch ball location to where the king pin will connect to the king pin coupler block. 9 inches is the distance when the trailer is directly in line with the truck and should not be confused with the pivot point...
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  • Installation Instructions For Hopkins 4-Pole To 7-Pole And 4-Pole Adapter On 2002 Ford F-150
  • I have attached a couple of helpful articles that explains how to attach your Hopkins Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, part # 37185. I have also attached a drawing that shows where the wires need to be run from the adapter you can check out. As the attached video shows, you may have a harness on the driver side up along the frame rail you can splice the blue wire and the black wire into the wires on the vehicle. For additional blue wire if needed, I recommend part # 10-1-1,...
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  • Comparing Thule Doubletrack 2 # TH990XT and Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Platform-Style Hitch Racks
  • A hitch-mount bike rack is a great option for your 2014 Ford Escape Titanium Edition as this type will avoid the stresses on its sheet metal that can be imparted by the trunk-mount variety of bike rack. Hitch racks place the weight burden of the rack and bikes not on the vehicle's metalwork but instead on its frame, its strongest part. Both the Thule Doubletrack 2 # TH990XT and Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 Platform-Style hitch racks feature 2-bike capacity and a limited lifetime warranty....
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  • Can Husky 26,000 Fifth Wheel Hitch Work With 20k Reese Rails On 2012 Ford F-350
  • If you have standard rails installed for your 20K Reese fifth wheel hitch on your 2012 Ford F-350 with the 8 ft bed, you can attach the 26,000 lb hitch like the Husky Silver Series 5th Wheel Hitch, part # HT31318-31325. You will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the towing weight capacity for your truck. I spoke with my contact at Reese and they told me that their bed rails are limited to 22,000 lbs. It would not be necessary to...
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  • Truck Roof Rack to Match Height of TracRac Cap Rack # TA29200 on 2006 Ford F-150 Super Crew
  • My contact at Thule, who makes both roof racks to fit your truck and the TracRac CapRac Ladder Rack system # TA29200 that you referenced, advised that they have not tested together roof racks and the TracRac ladder rack in terms of mounting height. So they are not able to confirm which if any of their truck cab roof racks would be the exact same height as the CapRac load bars when installed on the cap on your 2006 F-150 Super Crew cab. Another option that may interest you is to install...
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  • Can Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier # DTA944-968-924 be used on 2012 Ford F-150 Crew Cab
  • As long as your 2012 Ford F-150 Crew Cab is equipped with a 2 inch hitch and has a bare roof, you shouldn't have any problems hauling a 15 foot kayak using the Darby Extend-A-Truck Kayak Carrier with Hitch Mounted Load Extender and Single-Bar Roof Rack, # DTA944-968-924. The universal-fit, round crossbar mounts to your vehicle's bare roof to support your canoe or kayak and is adjustable from 45 to 60 inches. Please keep in mind the roof capacity of your F-150 when loading any cargo....
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  • Troubleshooting Non-Functioning 7-Way on Motorhome
  • Since your wiring was accidentally pulled out of the motor home socket, and since you have already checked your fuses and relays, it could be that the socket itself or its connector was damaged. We do offer a replacement 7-way for the F-450 SD and that is part # 20119 from TowReady. This OEM replacement harness installs using a round U.S. Car connector and provides both 4-pole and 7-way connection points.
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  • Troubleshooting Non-Functioning 7-Way on Motorhome
  • Since your wiring was accidentally pulled out of the motor home socket, and since you have already checked your fuses and relays, it could be that the socket itself or its connector was damaged. We do offer a replacement 7-way for the F-450 SD and that is part # 20119 from TowReady. This OEM replacement harness installs using a round U.S. Car connector and provides both 4-pole and 7-way connection points.
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  • Mileage Gains with Superchips Flashpaq Performance Tuner # SU1842 in 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4
  • Mileage gains from using a performance tuner like the Superchips Flashpaq # SU1842 in your 2003 Ford Expedition with 5.4-liter engine can range from 10-15% according to my contact at Superchips. This is a best-case scenario. Do please note that there are a number of factors affecting fuel economy, from the condition and type of tires to the overall condition of the engine, so Superchips cannot guarantee these specific results. My technical contact there advised that many customers have...
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  • Can Edge Evolution Programmer # EP15051 Be Used With Volant Cold Air Intake
  • The Edge Evolution Programmer # EP15051 for the 2004 Ford F-150 is intended for retuning engines that are in their original stock condition with known settings and characteristics. Addition of an aftermarket cold air intake could potentially cause the MAF (mass air flow sensor) to deliver incorrect oxygen level readings and result in a too-lean condition. Edge does offer tuners that can accommodate most aftermarket cold air intakes. My contact at Edge said their Edge Evolution CS Programmer...
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  • Availability of 4800-lb Trailer Axle to Match the # PR4 Double-Eye Trailer Spring
  • The reason we do not offer axles with a higher capacity than the 3500-lb units is shipping weight. Above the 3500-lb capacity it becomes impractical to ship axles. This is why we offer replacement springs such as # PR4 and other components for heavier axles like your 4800-lb unit but not the axle itself.
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  • Installing Brake Controller Adapter On 2003 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
  • The installation of the P3 brake controller, part # 90195, should be a simple job with the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P on your 2003 Ford F-150 truck. With the brake controller harness under the dash on your F-150, the adapter makes the installation very simple and allows you to be able to remove your brake controller any time you want.
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  • Need to Replace Damaged Anti-Rattle Bolt on Newer SwingDaddy Bike Rack
  • I spoke with my contact at Yakima and if you have the Yakima SwingDaddy 4-Bike Rack, # Y02464, you will need the Replacement Swing Arm Assembly, # Y8890312. The bolt is not sold separately.
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  • Fit of Putco # P230921W360 Replacement Dome Light Bulbs on 2002 Ford Excursion
  • The Putco PURE Premium 921 Wedge LED bulbs you referenced, part # P230921W360 are the correct replacement bulbs for your 2002 Ford Excursion dome light. I have confirmed this for you with Putco.
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  • What Is Inside Length And Thread Pitch Of Rhino-Rack J-Bolt For Spare Tire Carrier
  • I have attached a photo of the Rhino-Rack Spare Tire Carrier J-Bolt, part # RJBS. As noted on the photo, the J-Bolt is an M12, and measures 8 inches total length, and 7-9/16 inches from the inside bottom of the J-curve to the end of the threads. This has a 1.75 thread pitch.
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  • Weight of Hidden Hitch Class I Receiver Hitch # 60870
  • The hitch as shipped weighs about 26 lbs, but the hitch minus the sipping box and packaging weighs right at 20 lbs. If you'll be towing with the hitch, you'll also need the following equipment if you don't already have it: Trailer Wiring Harness, part # 119178KIT 1-7/8 Inch Trailer Ball, part # 19256 2 Inch Trailer Ball, part # 19258 Before attempting to tow with your Focus, please consult the owner's manual for its towing capacity.
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  • Fit of SuperSprings # SSR-102-47 Helper Springs on 2006 Ford F350 DRW
  • I spoke with my SuperSprings representative, who confirms that the SumoSprings Custom Helper Spring Kit you referenced, part # SSR-102-47 will fit a 2006 Ford F350 DRW 4x4. Please keep in mind that this SumoSpring kit won't increase the capacity of your truck, and is meant to be used on suspensions that are in good repair. If you'd care to see the install instructions, feel free to click the provided link.
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  • Fit of Curt # 33055 and Draw-Tite # 65001 Front Mounted Receivers on 2000 Ford E350 Cutaway Chassis
  • I spoke with my contacts at Curt and Draw-Tite. I was told that the Curt # 33055 and the Draw-Tite # 65001 are compatible with Van cutaway chassis that have OEM front sway bars. Any other front end stabilizers available in the aftermarket can possibly interfere. Since I don't know exactly what the nature of your sway bar or stabilizer is, neither I nor my contacts with the hitch manufacturers would be able to give you a simple "It'll fit" or "It won't fit" answer. I'd advise you closely...
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  • Recommended Air Suspension And Fifth Wheel For 2013 Ford F-150 With Short Bed
  • When you go to install a fifth wheel on the 2013 Ford F-150, you will need to install a Sidewinder to replace the pin box on the trailer. The 5-1/2 ft bed is too short for a normal slider hitch, and you could damage the cab when executing turns. If you want to send me the make and model of the pin box on the trailer I will be glad to make a recommendation for the Sidewinder that will work for you. Since the brackets for a fifth wheel hitch will use the outside frame on the truck, they...
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  • How To Extend the Wiring Harness of the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller
  • All it would take to extend the Hopkins Plug-in Simple Brake Controller harness # HM47715 so that it would be long enough for you to install the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller part # HM47297 would be 4 equal lengths of 10 gauge wire. If you have a Hopkins harness already with the correct gauge wire you could also use that, but splicing in additional wire would be the easiest method. I attached an install video that shows this brake controller installed on a very similar 2001 Ford...
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  • How to Install an Aftermarket Brake Controller in a 2014 Chevy Silverado with Integrated Controller
  • You will have to uninstall the factory integrated brake controller of your 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 before you can install the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 that you referenced. This controller is designed to work on electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brakes. To see exactly how to do this check out the FAQ article I attached to the right that details the process.
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  • Air Lift Air Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2010 Ford F-150
  • For your 2010 Ford F150 4WD you would want the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs # AL59568 that you referenced. This would be a great system to provide you with additional rear suspension support when towing your gooseneck trailer. I attached an install video for this system for you to check out as well.
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  • Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for a Boat and Trailer that Weigh 2,200 lbs
  • A 6,000 lb capacity actuator like the part # T4745700 would work great with your boat and trailer that weighs a total of 2,200 lbs. This is a multi-fit coupler that should work with virtually any hitch ball size. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Lexus IS 350
  • For your 2015 Lexus IS 350 you would want the Curt Hitch part # C11389 that you referenced. For a ball mount you would want part # C45521, 1-7/8 inch ball part # 19256, 2 inch ball # 19258.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2006 Ford E350 Cutaway
  • For a rear mounted hitch for your 2006 Ford E350 I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # 14055. I attached an install video for you to check out to the right. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56020. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. If you were looking for a front mounted hitch instead you would want the part # 33055.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Chevy Cruze
  • If you have a gas engine in your 2015 Chevy Cruze you would want the Curt Hitch part # C11282, if you have a diesel engine you would want the part # C11371. For a ball mount you would want the part # C45522, 1-7/8 inch ball part # 19256, 2 inch ball # 19258. If you are looking for a bike rack the Swagman XTC2 part # S64670 is a great option. It's one of our most popular racks and has been reviewed very well.
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  • Surge Brake Actuator Recommendations Based on Trailer Weights
  • The Titan Trailer Coupler part # T4745700 that you referenced has a 600 lb tongue weight rating and a 6,000 lb trailer weight rating. If your trailer weighs less than both of those figures this coupler would work great for you. If you need a 7k capacity I would go with the part # T47154007K, 8k capacity part # 83010. I also attached a page that has all of the surge brake actuators we offer. On the left of the page you will see all of the different capacity actuators we offer for you...
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  • Performance Difference between Edge EP85150 and Edge EP15051 on a 2008 Ford F150
  • From a power point of view there is no difference between the Edge Programmer part # EP15051 and the # EP85150. They both will load the same tune files on your 2008 Ford F150.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Ford Focus
  • Yes, the hitches for the sedan 2004 Ford Focus will also fit the hatchback models. For example, the Hidden Hitch part # 60870 that you referenced will fit either model. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 18252. For a hitch ball you would part # 19256 for 1-7/8 inch ball or part # 19258 for 2 inch ball.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Escape
  • Removing the heatshield to install a hitch is a fairly common requirement. You would not see any water retention or anything like that. With that being said, I would go with the Hidden Hitch part # 87627. This is a Class III hitch that would give you more capacity and would be compatible with more hitch accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers than a Class II like the part # 36529. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118566. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer...
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  • Wire and Breaker Recommendation to Complete 12 volt Power Circuit on a 2006 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt Universal Wiring Kit for Trailer Brake Controllers # C51500 that you referenced comes with all the wiring to install a brake controller, but if you want to complete the 12 volt power circuit on the 7-way you will need to also purchase a 40 amp breaker like part # 9510 and then 10 gauge wire part # 10-1-1. The # 10-1-1 is sold by the food so you would need to order a quantity of how many feet you would need. I would order longer than you think you will need just to be safe.
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  • Compatibility of Husky Silver Series # HT31326-31314 Hitch with 5th Wheel with 14.5K GVWR
  • If the 5th wheel camper you're purchasing has a 14.5K GVWR, it means that the maximum allowable weight of the trailer cannot exceed 14,500 lbs. This is well below the 16,000 lb capacity of the Husky # HT31326-31314 Silver Series 5th Wheel hitch, so you can use it with no worries. There's really no 'rule of thumb', just be sure that the capacity of the hitch exceeds the GVWR of the 5th wheel. The # HT31412-686 is a custom install bracket kit that requires some drilling into the truck...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Ford Fusion
  • I checked online at Ford and the owners manual for the 2015 Ford Fusion indicates a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity if it has a 2.0 liter motor. If you have any other motor then you will not be able to tow a 1,700 pound trailer. The Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24897 has a 2,000 pound capacity so it can handle the trailer. For a ball mount use # 3594 in the rise position only. And you mentioned that you need a 2 inch ball so you can use # 19258. And for trailer wiring I checked...
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  • Hitch Ball for the Bumper on a 1999 Ford F-150 XL Sport 4x4
  • The most common shank length for a 1 inch diameter ball hole, which is likely what is on the bumper for your 1999 Ford F-150, is 2-1/8 inches. But if you wanted to be safe you could go with a longer one. A shank length of 2-1/8 or 2-1/4 though should be just what you need. I have included a link to the hitch ball main page to the right so you can view the different balls we carry.
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  • Recommended Tow Bar Lighting Kit for 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • Roadmaster Diode Tow Bar Wiring Kit # RM-154 is recommended for flat towing your 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Installation is shown in the linked video on a 2010 Focus. You also have the option of using a simpler magnetic light kit such as # MT70097 from MaxxTow, which completely avoids the need to alter the vehicle's wiring.
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  • 15 Inch Trailer Wheel with 5 on 4-3/4 Bolt Pattern
  • At this time we do not have a wheel that has the 5 on 4-3/4 bolt pattern with a 3-1/2 inch pilot hole diameter. We have one with a 3.19 inch diameter, # WHI156-5475WS, but not a 3-1/2 inch version. The pilot hole would only matter if 1) the wheels secure to the hub using bolts instead of lug nuts or 2) if the pilot hole of the new wheel is the same or larger than the old wheels AND the wheel secures to the hub using lug nuts. For a 7.00-15 the only option we have is # AM10414.
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  • Best Towing Programmer Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F150 with 5.4 liter
  • For your 2008 Ford F150 with a 5.4 liter engine you would want the Edge Evolution CS Programmer part # EP85150. This is a great programmer that will give you a very nice boost of horsepower and torque to help you with towing that will also increase fuel mileage. You will want to run a higher octane fuel if you run a higher tune level than stock as the spark timing will be advanced to the point where low octane fuel will cause spark knock. A minimum octane of 91 is required for the higher...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Lights After Installing Hopkins Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole # 37185
  • You will want to test the Escape's 4-pole wiring, that connects to the Hopkins Adapter # 37185, to determine if the vehicle is properly sending the lighting signals to the adapter. Use a circuit tester like # 40376 on each of the wires on the vehicle's 4-pole harness. Ground your tester to the exposed pin for the white ground wire. The yellow wire should carry left turn and stop light signals; the green wire should carry right turn and stop light signals; the brown wire should carry a running...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 E350 RV
  • The only hitch that is going to work for a 2004 Ford E-450 RV cutaway model is a multi-fit motor home hitch like # 13703. Measure the outside to outside frame distance. If it is 22 to 72 inches wide you can use this hitch. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view.
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  • Are Rubber Chain Adjusters Required with the Titan Tire Chains part # TC2828CAM
  • No, rubber tire chain adjusters are not needed with the Titan Tire Chains part # TC2828CAM. These chains come with cam tighteners.
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  • Installation Instructions for Installing a Diode Kit for Tow Bar Wiring
  • Sounds like you are trying to use a diode kit like the Roadmaster Diode kit part # RM-154 to install tow bar wiring on a vehicle with separate function taillights. Running the wiring kit to the front turn signal of the tow vehicle wouldn't work because it would only cause the front blinkers to illuminate. This would be pointless since it's the back lights you want to illuminate. The diodes of this kit prevent backfeeding, so the front lights would illuminate but not the back. To see...
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  • Roadmaster High-Low Adapter Recommendation to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler
  • Provided that your 2003 Jeep Wrangler has the stock double tube bumper you would use Blue Ox base plates # BX1120 for use with your Aladdin tow bar, # BX4325. The tab height once installed on a stock Jeep is 15 inches from the ground to the centers of the tabs that attach to the tow bar. The tabs install directly beneath the stock bumper. You would likely need a high low adapter with a rise of around 3 inches, such as # BX88235, to get in the tow bar's range. If you do the measurements...
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  • Troubleshooting Factory Trailer Wiring on a 2011 Lincoln MKX, No Blinkers
  • Sounds like you have a blown fuse or relay under the hood of your 2011 Lincoln MKX. Grab your owners manual and look up the fuse box legend. There should be a section that has tow package wiring. Check and replace those fuses as necessary. It also would be a good idea to check out the wiring of your trailer. There might be shorts on the turn signal circuits that caused the fuse to blow.
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  • Camper Tie Downs for a 2015 Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4x4
  • The camper tie downs you referenced, # TLC2214A, are designed for various GM trucks and will not fit your 2015 Ford F-350. But not to worry because we have options for your truck as well. I have included a link to them for you to the right. You will need to use the drop down menu (Select Vehicle Style) near the top of that page to select the version of the truck you have to see the available options. Front and rear tie-downs are listed together.
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  • Will Using Suspension Enhancement Increase the Towing Capacity of a 2009 Ford Ranger Sport
  • Not true. The capacity of the truck is set by several factors and you would need to change/upgrade several components in order to be able to tow more than what the truck is currently rated for. The rear axle, suspension, tires and wheels, running gear, transmission, motor, and possibly other things such as the frame would all have to be upgraded. Adding suspension enhancement will provide a better, more level ride but will not increase the towing capacity of your 2009 Ford Ranger. Since...
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  • Recommendation For Carrying Motorcycle With 2012 Ford Taurus
  • We do offer trailer hitches that are designed to fit your 2012 Ford Taurus. In my research, I found that the 2012 Taurus is rated to be able to handle approximately 100 lbs tongue weight. With the weight of your motorcycle and the Rage Carrier, part # AMC400 combined it would far exceed the tongue weight capacity of your Taurus, but I may have a solution for you. I recommend the Draw-Tite Class Trailer Hitch, part # 75670. This is a class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening....
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  • Install Tips for Installing a Curt Hitch and Trailer Wiring Harness on a 2014 Ford Taurus
  • Thanks you for the positive feedback and the helpful tips on installing the Curt Hitch part # 13552 and Curt Wiring Harness part # C56093 on your 2014 Ford Taurus.
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  • How to Determine if a 2007 Ford F-150 has the Heavy Duty Payload Package
  • First, if your truck is an FX2 then Firestone kit # F2350 will not fit. To determine if your 2007 Ford F-150 has the heavy duty payload package you would need to have a Ford dealer run the VIN and they can tell you how it is equipped. If you do need the spacers use # F2366. They are designed for vehicles with a 2 inch lift.
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch and 5th Wheel Adapter Plate for a 2011 Ford F-350 Regular Cab Dually
  • Valley has basically closed up shop. This happened a couple of years ago. It will be very difficult to find the installation kit to fit any vehicle, including your 2011 Ford F-350. The Valley website doesn't even work anymore. But I can set you up with a similar set of products. For a gooseneck hitch you can use Curt gooseneck hitch # C612-645. Then you could use X-5 adapter, # C16210. This is the same type of set up just using Curt products instead of Valley.
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2011 Ford F-150
  • You should not need to locate any loose wires to install a brake controller on your 2011 Ford F-150. Your truck should have come with a trailer connector of some kind, either a 4-Way flat or a 7-Way. In either case you would just need to use the appropriate wiring harness for the truck and controller that you use. For example if you used the P2, # 90885, then you would need wiring harness # 22292. I have linked a video to the right showing where the harness installs for you.
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  • Is Different Octane Gas Needed when Using an Edge Programmer on a 2008 Ford F-150 5.4L
  • When using a programmer such as the Edge tuner # EP15051 there are specific octane levels needed depending on which setting you are using. The higher performance settings require higher octane. Using the wrong octane will not damage the tuner but will affect how the truck runs in a given tune. Programmers have the ability to return the truck to stock which is what you would do if you wanted to remove the tuner or if you were taking the truck in for service at a dealer. I have linked...
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  • Distance Between Mounting Holes on the Curt Hitch # C15303
  • The distance between the mounting holes from left to right on the Curt Trailer Hitch part # C15303 is 32-3/8 inches measured on bolt hole center. This hitch is designed to fit the following vehicles: 2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 Standard Bed models 1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Standard Bed models 2004 - 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Series Standard Bed models 2000 - 2003 Ford F-150 Stepside models 1997 - 1999 Ford F-150 and F-250 Light Duty Stepside models 2004...
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