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How To Tow a Trailer

Today we are going to review the components needed to pull a trailer. Basically, this video is designed for somebody who just decided they have a need for a trailer, so we will cover all the components in the most basic form, so you know exactly how to update your vehicle. What we are going to do is start from the truck and work our way back to the trailer. First off, we are going to show you the hitch itself. All vehicles require a hitch to pull a trailer. What this device does is makes an attaching point on the frame of the vehicle, or body components, and transmits the forces from the trailer to this one point here. This point here is the receiver part. Consequently this hitch is called a receiver hitch because this hitch can receive a draw bar, or also called a ball mount. It is held in place by this pin which we just ed, and this clip holds it in place. There are more fancier pins, like locking pins, but that is the basic thing you need right there to get the job done. 1:12


Trailer Hitch Classes and Weight Capacity Comparison

Today we're going to cover a common question, what does class I, II, and III mean and what does it mean to my vehicle. We're going to go through them all and show you what the differences are, some are subtle and some are rather apparent. Basically, we'll make it easier for you. We're going to start off with this example here which is a class I hitch. Class I means this hitch is good for trailers up to 2000 pounds. What we're going to show you over here is the sticker which shows the different weights and capacities involved. We'll show you what those mean. As you can see by the sticker here, were going to show you some notes on it, these stickers will apply to any class hitch that you come across. Once you figure out what this means, you're home free. Starting here at max gross trailer weight which shows 2000 pounds.


Cleaning Weld Nuts for Trailer Hitch Installation

Okay as you can see here on the drivers side, our weld nut has a lot of corrosion built up in there. And when we try to install our 10 millimeter bolt is not wanting to start at all, in fact it almost seems like the bolt is too big for the weld nut. It is a common misconception, again when the weld nuts got a lot of build up in there.


Lowering Exhaust Example for Trailer Hitch Installation

The first step to do is to lower the exhaust and we will do that by taking off the rubber hangers on the front and back, and there is one hidden in the back.


Class III Trailer Hitch and Weight Capacities Review

Traditionally a class III receiver hitch is good for trailers up to 5000 pounds and 500 pounds tongue weight. There are a few different variances from that, well show you that here in a second. Again were going to start with the stickers and show you the differences, as you can see here the max gross trailer weight is 5000 pounds as we discussed. The tongue weight looks to be 500 pounds, again about 10percent of your trailer weight. On the other side of the class III you will see a sticker for weight distribution. That is a specification when you use a device that goes in between the truck and the trailer that takes up the tongue weight. What it does is distributes the weight between the truck and the trailer and allows you to carry a heavier weight. As far as a class III hitch is concerned, that increases the rating the hitch can handle.


Class II Trailer Hitch and Weight Capacities Review

Now well move on to a class II receiver hitch. Well cover the weights on the sticker and cover a couple of differences on the receiver tube itself. You see here it says weight carrying ballmount that means the ballmount going into the receiver and the ball, that is what that means. You see here where it says weight distribution that is a separate device that allows you to carry heavier weights, that does not really apply to class II receiver hitches. Again by itself on the hitch its rated for 3500 pounds, that is the total weight. The tongue weight is listed at 300 pounds. On the details of the Class II hitch, there is not too many details on it compared to a class one. Basically all class II hitches have this ring that goes around the end of the tube. This is so at a quick glance you are working with a class II.


Class I Trailer Hitch and Weight Capacities Review

Were going to start off with this example here which is a class I hitch. Class I means this hitch is good for trailers up to 2000 pounds. What were going to show you over here is the sticker which shows the different weights and capacities involved. Well show you what those mean. As you can see by the sticker here, were going to show you some notes on it, these stickers will apply to any class hitch that you come across. Once you figure out what this means, you are home free. Starting here at max gross trailer weight which shows 2000 pounds. So that means the total weight you can pull with your trailer, for example if your load on your trailer is 500 pounds, you have 1500 pounds of weight to put on it so it remains at a safe capacity for this hitch. Moving on to this next number which is max gross tongue weight, it shows 200 pounds there.


How To Clean Weld Nuts

A common problem that we run into with a lot of our vehicles that have existing weld nuts in the bottom of the frame is that when you go to try to put a bolt in them you have an excessive amount of road grime or rust built up in there and when you go to put your bolt inside the weld nuts you find not only does it not want to thread but it also appears that the bolt is too big for the weld nut. The first thing that typically comes to mind is that the bolts that I received are too big and 99.9 percent of the time this is not the case. What we have actually got here is an excessive amount of rust and debris built up in the weld nuts that are preventing the bolt from starting. We are going to show you how to get those thoroughly cleaned out so that we can not only get our bolt started but to get it threaded completely into the weld nut. 00:41


How to Make a Thread Tap

Today we are going to show you a cheat. In some cases you are going to have a hitch that uses threaded holes in the bottom of the frame. Those holes are going to be probably corroded up within a few years of the vehicle being on the road with dirt, grime, salt corrosion, you name it is probably in there inside the fine thread. What you want to do is clean out the threads probably with an existing hitch bolt if it is lightly corroded and you can probably work it in and out a few times and do that. 00:20


Drilling a Spare Tire Pan for a Trailer Hitch Installation

What we will do next is tighten this down just enough to snug it to hold it in place, and then we will see where to drill or holes out using the hitch as a template. We will use the hitch as a template to drill or holes, so we will just use a drill and let the hitch do the work for us, we will punch right through this thin metal with a half-inch bit.


Lowering Exhaust Hangers

Alright we will get started by lowering the exhaust. These rubber hangers here will need lubricant sprayed on them to make it easier to get them off. Before we lower the exhaust we are actually going to put a safety strap underneath here so we can control the exhaust as we lower it. See how we can control it.


Handle Nut Demonstration

Today we are going to show you the proper operation of a handle nut. Basically, a lot of hitch installs will use this type of device here. You can manipulate this handle any way you want to, to run this nut into an area that has a tight fit. You can bend this at will, basically. Just take it like this and bend it, and then put another hook into it, and make a handle like that. And you can thread it into the frame, where you can actually run your bolt through the bottom of it. All right, and now we will go ahead actually and install this handle nut on a typical application.


Drilling to Enlarge a Frame Hole for Hitch Install

On this hitch we have to enlarge this hole to a half-inch and there is one on the opposite side we have to do the same thing with.


Weld Nut Removal and Replacement Review

So you are in the middle of doing your hitch installation and you are in the process of taking out one of your existing factory bolts. In the process you find that the bolt is not coming out due to the fact that the weld nut inside the frame has broken. We are just going to go ahead and show you a couple of things you can do to not only get the bolt out of the way but to also go ahead and continue on to be able to put your hitch in position without the weld nut welded inside the frame. The first thing that we obviously need to do is go ahead and get the bolt out of here. There are a couple of different ways you can do this. You can take a chisel, is you have one large and strong enough to do so, and possible grind the head of the bolt off. Or you can actually take a torch and torch it off. And that is actually what we are going to do on this application here. I am going to try to get most or as much of the head of the bolt off as I can. And we will take and push the remaining section of the bolt-weld nut combination up inside the frame. 0:49


FAQ Trailer Hitch Exhaust Rattle

Today on our 2010 Lincoln MKX were going to address the exhaust rattle issue. There are a couple of reasons for occasional contact between hitch and exhaust. One, the manufacturers have loose tolerances from mounting the hangers that suspend exhaust systems. Final placement of the exhaust can vary slightly from vehicle to vehicle. The flexibility of rubber isolator connecting exhaust hanger to the vehicle frame allows for more movement of the exhaust system relative to other vehicle components. An isolator can also stretch over time.




Trailer Hitch Videos




Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Dodge Journey - Curt

Today on this 2014 Dodge Journey, we're going to install part number C12335. This is a Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, class 2. With the hitch installed, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper here, comes out to about 2-1/2". From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is about 14-1/4". All right, let's go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. Our first step to make things a little bit easier to install our hitch, is go ahead an get your spare tire out of the way.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Kia Sorento - Curt

Today on our 2015 Kia Sorento, we'll be installing the Curt two inch receiver tube hitch part number C13152. First we'll go ahead and show you what the hitch looks like installed. Next we'll give you a couple of measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole the outermost edge of the bumpers 4 3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13 inches. We'll now go ahead with the installation. Now to begin our install we'll first need to lower and remove the spare tire.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Hyundai Veloster - Curt

Today on our 2012 Hyundai Veloster, we'll be installing the CURT hitch, part number C11254. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's 4 and a quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground, is 9 and a quarter inches. We'll now go ahead with the installation. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out the attachment points. We'll have a total of 4 attachment points, 2 on each side.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Subaru Forester - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2014 Subaru Forester, we'll be installing Hidden Hitch 1-1/4 inch receiver tube hitch part number 90228. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 7 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 inches. We'll now go ahead with the installation. Now to begin our install, we'll go ahead and note that this vehicle has a single rear exhaust system.


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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler
  • The correct hitch for your 2015 Jeep Wrangler would be the Curt Hitch part # 13432. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. 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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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Buick Enclave
  • The hitch you would want for your 2015 Buick Enclave is the Curt Hitch part # 13424. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56202. 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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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Chevy Silverado 6-1/2 ft Bed
  • For a hitch for your 2015 Chevy Silverado with a 6-1/2 ft bed you would want the Curt Hitch part # C13175. 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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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes on a 2010 Toyota Prius
  • There are ways to transport 4 bikes with your 2010 Toyota Prius, but the only trailer hitches available for your vehicle are Class I and as you mentioned, they have a 2 bike limit. You can use a hitch mount bike rack like the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack, # S64670, to carry two bikes, and I recommend carrying the other two bikes on the roof. I have attached a demonstration video of the XTC-2 on a Prius for you to check out. This is one of the top bike racks we carry for Class I trailer hitches. The...
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  • Tips on How to Choose a Trailer Hitch for a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • The biggest factor to consider when choosing a trailer hitch for your 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe is the towing capacity of the vehicle and of the hitch. You can determine your vehicle's towing capacity by checking the owners manual or with your local GM dealer. Once you verify the towing capacity of your Tahoe, you will want to choose a hitch that can handle either the maximum towing capacity of the vehicle or the maximum weight that you intend to tow if it is less that the capacity of the...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I'd recommend the Curt Class III hitch you've already looked at, part # C13100. As you can see in the linked installation instructions and the install video I've also linked to, the installation will be pretty simple, with no drilling required. I've also linked you to some hitch install tips. If there was a specific portion of the install you're not understanding, please let me know and I'll do my best to help. If you were planning on towing with your hitch, you might also need the...
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  • Fit List for the Valley Class III Trailer Hitch # V82180
  • The trailer hitch you have is the Valley Class III Trailer Hitch, part # V82180. This hitch was designed to fit the Dodge Caravan, Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country from 1996 to 2007. From years 2004 to 2007, it will only fit models without the Stow & Go Seats. It will also fit the Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager from 1996 to 1999 and the Chrysler Voyager from 2001 to 2003.
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  • How to Transport 4 Bikes on a 2013 Ford Focus With a Class I Hitch
  • Thank you for your recent hitch purchase from etrailer. The hitch # 60290 you selected, a 1-1/4-inch light-duty Class I type from Hidden Hitch, is the only type offered for your 2013 Ford Focus, and you are correct that such a hitch can safely transport only 2 bikes at a time, even if the bike rack itself can hold more. In order to transport 4 bikes on this vehicle you will need to find an alternative location for the 3rd and 4th bikes. A roof rack will give you the additional 2-bike...
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  • Installing Receiver Hitch on 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
  • You are correct, installing the Curt Class II Receiver Hitch, # C12107, on your 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid would require you to trim the heat shield and plastic underbody panel. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch also offer a custom fit hitch for your Avalon but according to the notes, installation would still require the trimming. I have attached the installation instructions for the Draw-Tite Hitch, # 36540, and the Hidden Hitch, # 90031, for you to take a look at.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2006 Honda CR-V
  • I have a solution for you, but the Reese Hitch part # 33041 that you referenced is not confirmed to fit your 2006 Honda CR-V so I cannot recommend it for you. You would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87578. This is confirmed to fit your vehicle and would work well for you. Check out the install video I attached as well. For trailer wiring you would want the Tow Ready Harness part # 118336. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2014 Nissan Frontier SL w/ Towing Bumper
  • If your Frontier doesn't already have a 4-pole trailer connector, it should be lacking the necessary relays that activate the factory tow package. You'll need the 4-pole connector plus the relays and jumper, part # 118525. If you click the provided link, you can see an install video showing the wiring being installed on a 2012 Frontier. The procedure for your vehicle should be similar.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • Yes, the Curt Hitch part # C13169 is the correct hitch for your 2015 Toyota Highlander. We checked with Curt to confirm this. Also, the reviews and comments on this hitch will apply for your vehicle as well. The 2014 and 2015 Highlanders are the same generation. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56217. I attached an install video for you to check out. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For your 2015 Ford Explorer you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87720. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 119147KIT. 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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  • Weight of Curt Class II Trailer Hitch Part # C12036
  • Minus the packaging, the Curt Class II hitch you asked about weighs just less than 35 lbs. If you click the provided link, you can see a video showing the hitch being installed.
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  • Parts Needed to Tow 2 Seadoos with a 2012 Ford Focus
  • My advice would be to bring sunscreen and have a good time! Based on the weight of your trailer and Seadoos you should be fine to use the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24872 on your 2012 Ford Focus to make the trip. You will need a few other components if you don't have them already. You will need trailer wiring for your vehicle, for that I would recommend the part # C56140 if you have a hatchback or part # C56138 if you have a sedan. For a ball mount you would want the part # 3593, for...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Acura MDX
  • The Curt Hitch part # 13354 is the correct hitch for your 2007 Acura MDX. The best way I could recommend you get this would be to hit the add to cart button and order it from us! I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56038. 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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  • Will a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk have Same Towing Capacity with or without Factory Tow Package
  • What you will want to do is check an owners manual for a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The corporate folks at Jeep, not a dealer, have the final word on this subject. It is possible though that they are correct because there are often things included in a tow package that cannot be replicated using aftermarket parts. For example, different rear end gear ratios, changes to the transmission, and different motor tuning. The sure bet is to go with a model that has the factory tow package. But if you...
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  • Towing Small Jon Boat with 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
  • The Hidden Hitch Class I hitch you referenced, part # 60329 is a fit for the Sedan or Couple Elantra, but not the GT model. You'd need the Hidden Hitch Class I # 60336. The hitch has a 2000 lb towing/ 200 lb tongue weight capacity. The tongue weight capacity represents the maximum amount of weight that can be safely suspended from the hitch without damaging anything. I did some research online, and found 750 lbs mentioned as the vehicle's towing capacity, but you'll want to confirm this...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2012 Ford Edge Limited with EcoBoost
  • Curt trailer hitch # C12036 will fit all models except the Sport models of the 2012 Ford Edge including your Limited with the EcoBoost motor. If you plan on doing any towing the correct ball mount is # C45518 and you can use pin and clip # F-4. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch ball use # 19258. And for a trailer wiring harness you can use # 118515. I have included some links to the right showing installations of the hitch and wiring for you.
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  • Hitch Receiver and Wiring Recommendation for 2015 Buick Enclave
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and the Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, #13424, fits the 2014, as well as the 2015 Buick Enclave. The wiring harness that you will need for your Enclave is the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, # C56202.
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