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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 - 2015 Chevrolet Equinox - Curt

Today on our 2015 Chevy Equinox, we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch One and a Quarter Class Two Receiver Tube Hitch, part number C-12291. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitchpin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is three and three-quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is fifteen inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. To begin the install of our hitch, we'll first need to remove the rear facial piece. This face is held in with some plastic fasteners, so we'll squeeze the two lower fasteners and we'll pop the five fasteners across the top loose.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Equinox - Curt

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to install our Curt Class 3, 2 inch receiver tube hitch, part number 13591. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 15 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead with the installation. To begin the install of our hitch, we'll first need to remove the rear fascia piece.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 GMC Savana Van - Curt

Today on our 2012 GMC Savana, we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch, part number 13040. With the hitch installed, I'll give you a couple measurements that will help you choose accessories like bike racks, cargo carriers, or ball mounts. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear edge of the bumper is about 4", and from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is about 17-1/4". Now let's go see how it's installed. We'll first start by finding our mounting holes on the van. You want it there, there, and we'll use the back hole right back here. We'll use the same holes on the passenger side of the vehicle. This is the hardware we'll be using. We have one block, carriage bolt, and a flange nut.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Nissan Altima - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2011 Nissan Altima we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch part number 24796. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 6". From the ground to the top of the opening on the receiver it's approximately 10". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with we'll need to open up the trunk, then we'll need to remove the carpet from the rear of the trunk as well as the fiber board that covers the spare tire or storage bin tray if there's one present. In this case we went ahead and removed the spare tire as well so that we'd be able to vacuum out the drill cuttings once we we're done drilling the holes. Now we'll need to go ahead and go underneath the vehicle.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Jeep Compass - Curt

Today on our 2008 Jeep Compass, we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch, part number 13548. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4 1/2 inches. Now let's install our hitch. Here's where the four attachment points that we'll be using on the vehicle to attach our hitch.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Honda Fit - Draw-Tite

All right today, on this 2010 Honda Fit, we're going to install part number 24826 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the Honda Fit. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of your receiver opening, down to the ground, will be about 9-1/2 inches and from center of the hitch-pin hold to the edge of the bumper will be about 4 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch in installed. The first thing we do is go ahead and get our vehicle ready to install the hitch. Now here on the driver's side, this tab has to be removed. Let's go ahead and make a mark, basically go along the ridge here of the plastic and we'll just cut it out. Now to remove the rivet, we will use a flat-plate screwdriver, just pop out the center. Work the rivet out and then we'll pull down on our plastic a little bit and we'll just go ahead and cut it out.


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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Best Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories for 2015 BMW X3
  • Of the three hitches available for your X3, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class III hitch, part # 75768. It's identical to the Hidden Hitch # 87632, with the same weight capacities, appearance and installation procedure. It's just a dollar or three more expensive than the compatible Curt Class III, part # 13107, but the Draw-Tite model has a 400 lb tongue weight capacity, versus the 300 lb capacity of the Curt model. The tongue weight capacity of a hitch is the maximum amount of weight that...
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  • Current Torque Specs for Installing Draw-Tite Class III # 75155 for a 2008 Lexus GX470
  • Current torque specs are shown on the instruction sheet below the parts list, near the bottom the first page of instructions. We don't publish them online as the manufacturers occasionally change the specs or the hardware. You can see the installation instructions by clicking the provided link. I've also linked you to some installation tips that I hope you'll find helpful.
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  • Why Does a Factory Class V Hitch on a GMC Sierra have Lower Capacities than Aftermarket Hitches
  • Most aftermarket Class V hitches will have higher ratings than factory hitches. Most aftermarket hitches have higher ratings than the vehicles they are designed for. Since your hitch is factory GMC probably just decided to put the rating that the vehicle has instead of just the hitch so as not to confuse people. Going with a hitch with a higher rating than what the vehicle is rated for would not give you additional capacity. You are only as strong as your weakest component. With...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Trailer Wiring Harness for 2015 Toyota Highlandeer
  • The three Class III hitches offered for the 2015 Highlander, the Curt # C13169, the Draw-Tite # 75896 and the Hidden Hitch # 87660 all share the same weight capacities, would install in the same manner, and would look just about exactly alike. When installed, the crossbar and receiver tube would be fully visible under the rear bumper fascia, as you can see in the provided photo. Any of the three hitches would work very well for you, but since you'd be using it for hitch mounted accessories,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation For 2014 Ford Escape Titanium With No Tow Package
  • From the research I did, I found that the towing capacity of your 2014 Ford Escape is 3,500 lbs. That number may be dependent on the engine or drivetrain on your Escape. You will want to check with your dealership to make sure you have that capacity for towing. For your Escape Titanium I recommend part # 87627. This is a Class lll trailer hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. We also offer a ball mount kit that I recommend. It is part # 989900, and comes with 2 hitch balls, 2...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Porsche Macan
  • The Curt hitch part # C13136 that you referenced once installed on your 2015 Porsce Macan Turbo will look very similar to the picture I attached that shows it installed on an Infiniti Q5. The trunk pan that will need to be removed to install this hitch is basically just an underbody appearance panel. It will not affect anything having it removed to install this hitch. For more information on how this installs check out the install video I attached to the right. This Class III hitch...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Cadillac XTS
  • The Curt Hitch part # C12115 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Cadillac XTS so I would recommend it for you. It has a concealed cross tube so it would be mainly out of plain sight. Check out the install video I attached. For trailer wiring you would want part # 56146KIT, ball mount # C45017, 1-7/8 inch ball # 19256, 2 inch ball # 19258.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • As long as your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon isn't a Sport model the Hidden Hitch part # 87568 that you referenced would be a great hitch and would fit well. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118467. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Lincoln MKZ
  • The Curt Hitch part # C12091 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Lincoln MKZ so I would recommend it for you. Check out the install video I attached. For a ball mount you would want part # C45016, 1-7/8 inch ball # 19256, 2 inch ball # 19258.
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  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation for a 2009 Infiniti FX50
  • In order for a hitch to be able to reasonably function it will have to hang somewhat below the rear bumper of the vehicle it is installed on. Hidden Hitch is a brand name that sells a hitch for your 2009 Infiniti FX50. It will be mostly out of sight but you still will be able to see the hitch opening below the bumper. The part number for this hitch is the # HH87639 that you referenced. Most people won't even notice it's there. For trailer wiring you would want the # 118593. If...
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  • What Size Bolts are Used to Install the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24913
  • The fasteners that are used to attach the Hitch part # 24913 that you referenced are M12 x 1.25 35 CL8.8. It looks like you would need four of them. Hitch installation hardware is designed for one time use. It's actually a good thing your current bolts aren't working since they were designed to be torqued only once. You may have to clean your current weldnuts out as they have a tendency to get corrosion in them. Check out the FAQ article I attached to the right for more info on how...
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Your 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited most likely came with either no trailer connection at all or a 7-way round trailer connector. If you have a round connector at the rear of your vehicle near the hitch that looks like the part # 20135 then you have a 7-way. To see if you have the connection point to install the wiring harness designed for factory wired vehicles (part # C55260) you will need to look on the driver's side behind the spare. You will see an access panel there. Open...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation For Infiniti Q50S
  • If your Infiniti Q50 is a 2014, the trailer hitch designed to fit your vehicle is the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C11407. This is a Class l hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. If your Q50 is a 2015, we unfortunately do not have a hitch that is confirmed to fit yet. Manufacturers are constantly adding new vehicles to their list when they confirm a fit so you can check back with us in the future to see if we have a confirmed fit for your vehicle.
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  • New Trailer Hitch Is Touching Exhaust On 2005 Acura MDX
  • There are a couple of ways you can fix the problem with the exhaust touching the new trailer hitch. I have attached a helpful article that explains how to eliminate the rattle caused by this problem. The first suggestion is to use a pair of channel locks or vise grips and bend the hanger attached to the exhaust. This should move the exhaust far enough away to stop the rattle. If that does not take care of the issue, you can replace the rubber hangers for the exhaust. Over time these...
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  • Recommendations For Carrying Scooter On 2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R
  • I did some research on your 2011 Nissan Sentra SE-R, and according to the owner's manual, the maximum tongue weight capacity for your Sentra is 100 lbs. Since the Elite Go-Go-Scooter itself weighs in excess of 100 lbs, I cannot recommend a carrier that you could use, but I do have an option for you so that you do not have to buy a new car. I recommend installing a trailer hitch like part # 24794. This is a Class l hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. The ball mount I recommend...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • Due to the design of the trailer hitches we offer for your 2015 Subaru Forester, the cross beam of our hitches are at the same height as the receiver opening. Some trimming of the heat shield may be required when installing the hitches we offer but the hitches we carry do not require cutting the bumper. I recommend the Hidden Hitch Round Tube Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 87654. This is a Class lll hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached an installation video for...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13169 will not require any drilling to install on your 2015 Toyota Highlander. Installing a trailer hitch will not void your warranty on your vehicle. Consumers of aftermarket products are protected by the Federal Magnusson - Moss Warranty Act. The Act states that if something breaks on your vehicle and you take it in for warranty repair, the dealer must honor your warranty unless whatever modifications you have added to your vehicle actually caused the probĀ­lem...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Curt Hitch C122593 on a 2007 Kia Amanti
  • The best guide to use for the installation of the Curt Hitch # C122593 on your 2007 Kia Amanti would be the installation instructions I attached to the right. I attached the video for the Hidden Hitch part # 90170 that you referenced, but since this hitch uses different installation points than the Curt does on your vehicle it wouldn't be very relevant.
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  • Hitch and Towing Capacity Recommendation for a 2014 Infinity QX70
  • When determining the overall towing capacity of a vehicle you must always go with the lowest rated component as the overall capacity since the setup is only as strong as it's weakest component. The Curt Hitch part # 13554 can handle 4,000 lbs of trailer, but your vehicle can only handle 2,000 so 2,000 lbs would be your overall capacity. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Audi Q7 Quattro
  • Yes, the Curt Hitch part # 13220 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Audi Q7 Quattro. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not have the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level,...
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