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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.




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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories for 2014 Acura MDX
  • For your 2014 Acura MDX, I'd recommend the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, part # C13146. When installed, the hitch will be almost completely concealed behind the bumper, with only the receiver tube being visible. There isn't a Class I hitch available for your vehicle, but the 2 inch receiver is much more popular, and will have a much better selection of hitch mounted accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers available. If you'll be towing with your hitch, you might be interested...
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  • What Model Years of the Toyota RAV4 will the Curt Trailer Hitch Part C13149 Fit
  • The Curt trailer hitch # C13149 is a 2-inch Class-III custom-fit hitch for the 2006-2015 model years of the Toyota RAV4. Currently it is the most popular trailer hitch for the 2006-2015 Toyota RAV4. This hitch will fit both 2010 and 2011 model years. For 1996 through 2005 model year RAV4s, the most popular trailer hitch was the Curt # C13524. I have included an installation video for you as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Impreza Carrying a 2 Bike Rack
  • The only hitches that are available for your 2014 Subaru Impreza wagon are Class I 1-1/4 inch hitches. The larger 2 inch hitches are reserved for larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. With that being said, if you use a Class I hitch like the part # 24886, use a hitch designed for a 1-1/4 inch hitch, don't exceed the capacity for the hitch, and use an anti-rattle device the rack won't hardly move at all. I attached an FAQ on hitch classifications for you to check out to the right. For...
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  • Hitch Recommendation For 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • If your 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not the SRT-8 model, the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C13182 is designed to be a fit. This is a Class lll hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2012 Grand Cherokee you can check out. I have also attached a photo of a 2012 Grand Cherokee with the hitch installed you can take a look at. As you can see from the photo, the bumper is pretty tall but its no problem with the hitch installation. If...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Focus ST Towing a Motorcycle Trailer
  • The Curt Hitch part # C11350 can tow a trailer that weighs up to 2,000 lbs total and exerts a downward force on the hitch of up to 200 lbs. That's what tongue weight is, the vertical force the weight of the trailer puts on the hitch. If the trailer you plan to tow is under those capacities when completely loaded this hitch would work well for you. You also will want to check the owners manual of your 2013 Ford Focus ST to determine how much capacity your vehicle is rated to tow and be...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester I would strongly recommend you go with a 2 inch hitch over a 1-1/4 inch hitch. 2 inch hitches have more capacity and have more flexibility for accessories since there are way more things designed to fit a 2 inch hitch over a 1-1/4 inch hitch. Also a 2 inch hitch will carry a cargo carrier much smoother due to it's higher capacity. There would be much less bouncing like you described. I would recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 75876. This would be a great...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Nissan Altima
  • To determine if your 2001 Nissan Altima can tow your trailer the first thing you need to do is consult the owners manual of your vehicle. There should be a section on towing that will list if there are restrictions on your vehicle and what capacities it would have. The Draw Tite hitch part # 24690 that you referenced would be the correct hitch to get for your vehicle. This hitch as a 2,000 lb total trailer weight and 200 lb tongue weight capacity. As long as your trailer is under those...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Curt Hitch # C11195 on a 2014 Audi Allroad
  • We don't have an install video yet for the Curt Hitch part # C11195 for your 2014 Audi Allroad, but I did attach a set of detailed installation instruction in a link to the right for you to check out.
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  • Spray Painting Recommendation for a Hitch with Scratches on it From Shipping
  • Sometimes in shipping the hitches can get a few scratches or nicks on the surface. I would go ahead and hit them with some black spray paint, especially if you live up north and get snow and the salt that goes along with it. I attached an FAQ article to the right on rust prevention that you may find informative as well.
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  • Installation Instruction for Curt Hitch C11381 On a 2014 BMW 535d xDrive
  • Yes we do. Check out the link I attached to the right, it is a set of full-color detailed installation instructions for the Curt Hitch # C11381 that has been confirmed to fit your 2014 BMW 535d xDrive. If you plan to do some light towing you would want the # C56200KIT for trailer wiring, part # C45521 for a ball mount, part # 19256 for 1-7/8 inch ball, part # 19258 for a 2 inch ball.
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  • Recommendation of a Trailer Hitch for a 2003 Freightliner FL-70 Semi Truck
  • At this time none of our manufacturers we work with offer custom fit trailer hitches for your 2003 Freightliner FL-70. On the other hand, we offer heavy duty weld-on specialty trailer hitches. I have included a link to all the weld-on hitches we offer. A certified welding professional is recommended when installing weld-on hitches.
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  • Which Bolt On Bracket is Used to Install Curt Trailer Hitch on a Mid Year 2013 Buick LaCrosse
  • I believe that your 2013 Buick Lacrosse built in June of 2013 would be after the mid year model change so you would use bolt on bracket 2. But once you have the hitch held up in place it should be obvious which one you will need given the different shapes of the two possibilities.
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  • Installation Instructions for Class III Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2010 Toyota Highlander
  • Since the manufacturer can change the torque specs you will want to look at the instructions link, to the right, which is always up to date even if the manufacturer makes a change. I have also included a link to a video showing installation for you. 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...
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  • Are Brackets Included With Trailer Hitch For Mid-Year Frame Change On 2013 Buick Lacrosse FWD
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and they told me that with the mid-year frame change on the 2013 Buick Lacrosse, they are including both brackets with the # C12115 hitch. If you decide to order this hitch, when you receive it please check the box and it should have both brackets. If the correct bracket for your vehicle is not in the box, you can let me know, and I will contact Curt to have them send you the bracket you need for your vehicle.
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  • Distance from the Hitch Pin Hole to the Back of the Shank on the Curt Class II Drawbar # C45521
  • I went out to our warehouse to measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the shank on the Curt Class II Drawbar, # C45521, and it is 1-1/2 inches. I have attached a picture to illustrate my measurement.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Transmission Cooler Recommendations for 2009 Ford Escape V6 Towing Boat Trailer
  • All of the trailer hitches we offer for your 2009 Ford Escape V6, whether a 1-1/4-inch Class II or a 2-inch Class III type, share a 3500-lb towing capacity. All can be seen on the link at right, including the 2-inch Class III type Curt # 13650. The linked article explains the various hitch classes and their capacities, for your reference. My online research on the Ford Towing Guide website does indicate that the non-hybrid V6 Escape can have up to a 3500-lb towing capacity. You can check...
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  • Replacement Hardware for Curt Hitch To Reinstall On 1999 Jeep Wrangler
  • We have just what you need. Since you had to remove the hitch to do some work on your Wrangler, it is always recommended to use new mounting hardware when re-installing a trailer hitch. For your Curt Hitch part # 13408, the hardware kit can be ordered by typing the part # RHK in the search box on our website. You will then need to type the hitch number in the box on the right side of the page and under that select Curt from the dropdown box. Then enter the quantity of hardware sets you...
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  • Comparison Between Class V Hitches That Are Welded Together And Hitches That Are Bolted Together
  • There is a substantial difference in the weight capacity between the Curt Hitches part # 15015 and part # C15325. The # 15015 hitch has a maximum gross trailer weight capacity of 12,000 lbs and 14,000 lbs when used with weight distribution. it also has a maximum tongue weight capacity of 1,200 lbs and 1.400 lbs when using weight distribution. Part # C15325 has a maximum gross trailer weight capacity of 16,000 lbs and 17,000 when using weight distribution. The tongue weight capacity...
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  • Hitch and Trailer Recommendation to Tow Dirt Bike with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • The Curt Hitch part # 9883544 that you referenced will install on your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport without requiring any modifications to the rear bumper. I attached the install video you referenced plus installation instructions for you to check out. Now for transporting a motorcycle you would need to go with a small trailer since all of the motorcycle carriers we offer are only confirmed to work on hitches with at least a 500 lb tongue weight rating. A trailer like the # UMCT1XHD-AM31985...
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  • What Size Bolt Goes on Exhaust Hanger for Installing Draw Tite Hitch # 24853 on 2012 Hyundai Sonata
  • The bolt that holds the exhaust hanger from the hitch part # 24853 that you referenced is a M8-1.25 x 65 mmGr. 10.9 bolt.
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