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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
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.
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
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.
Hitch Class Receiver Sizes FAQ
Today were going to go ahead and review the various classes of hitches starting from the smallest working our way up to the largest.Some good terms to know about receiver hitches. Tongue weight. Thats the amount of weight of the trailer thats pushing down on the hitch ball. Trailer weight will be a larger number and that will include the weight of your trailer plus whatever is on top of it or in it.When you get to two-inch receivers, you can use whats called Weight Distribution. Which this is a separate device that goes between the trailer hitch and the trailer. It takes tongue weight, picks it up and what it does it distributes that weight over the axles of the truck and the trailer.
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 Installation - 2016 Nissan Juke - Draw-Tite
Today on this 2016 Nissan Juke, we're going to review and install part number 24867 from Draw-Tite. This is their class One 1 1/4 receiver hitch. This is what the hitch looks like on our Nissan Juke. On first glance, you can see it sits relatively far back behind the bumper, probably at least a few inches or so. You also notice that the body does sit below the bumper, not tucked in behind it, so it does stay relatively hidden being reset so far back. This 1 1/4 inch opening right here and on the bottom here we have this ring here for safety chain hooks. We look right here, this is going to be our hitch pinhole and this used as a 1/2 inch diameter hitch pin or your favorite locking hitch pin.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Kia Soul - Curt
Today on our 2016 KIA Soul we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Curt custom fit class one trailer hitch receiver. Part number is C11419. Here's a good look at what our hitch is going to look like installed and see that cross tube's going to remain hidden all that's really going to leave that with is our inch and a quarter opening, inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter is going to come out right here in the middle, it offers a nice flush looking reinforcement inaudible 00:00:29 around the end and you'll see that's going to be tucked in under our bumper slightly so we don't have to worry about bumping our legs on it or anything like that. Rounded steel stock safety chain connection points going to come around the bottom, should have enough room there to get any kind of chain connected that you might want and then we're going to have a half inch pin hole that's designed to hold all our items in place once we get them in our hitch. Now there's going to be room on each side it looks like to use anti-rattle devices, hitch pin locks, regular hitch pins and clips, I would just avoid anything maybe bigger than the size of a golf ball in diameter. Now when it does come to towing or maybe moving around some cargo carriers or bike racks, a few numbers you want to keep in mind is that the hitch is going to offer a 200 pound ton weight rating, so that's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening, and it offers a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, it's going to be the total weight of our trailer and anything that we we're to load up on it. Of course we want to check the Soul's owners manual see what it's rated for and we'll just go off whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Curt does recommend the use of a stabilization strap anytime we're using something that would be considered a non-wheeled load.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Chrysler Town and Country - Curt
Today on our 2016 Chrysler Town , Country we're going to take a look at, then also show you how to install the CURT custom fit class two trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening. Its part number is C12264. Now here's a good look at what the hitch is going to look like installed. Our crosstube runs all the way across the rear here but it's really going to be hidden up behind this rear fascia. It gives you a nice look.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Kia Sedona - Curt
Today on our 2005 Kia Sedona, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class III, part number C13340. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. You can see it's a nice, round, tubular design. It's going to sit up flush against the bottom side of our bumper. Got these nice flat safety chain loops with fairly large diameter holes. That's going to allow most of your tow hooks to be able to fit thought there easily.
Best 2017 Honda Pilot Hitch Options
Today we're going to be taking a look at your best hitch options for the 2017 Honda pilot. The two best hitch options for your Honda pilot are going to be the Curt, which is part number c13146, and the Draw-tite, part number 75225. A couple differences between these two hitches. First, that the Curt has this pretty flat safety chain loop design whereas on the Draw-tite it has the plates that are welded to the side of the receiver tube that have the holes cut out in them, and with the design here on the Draw-tite it sticks down a little bit more, so you'd have a little bit less ground clearance than you would with the Curt. If you look here on the receiver tube, on the Curt it has has one five-eights on an inch hitch pin hold, but down here on the Draw-tite we've got a five-eights inch hitch pin hole along with your half inch hole here that's perfect for J-Pin stabilization system. Here on the Draw-tite it's got this trailer wiring mounting bracket that comes pre-assembled to the cross frame, which is nice if you're planning on doing towing on a regular basis and want to keep your plug-in down here below the bumper. Whereas with the Curt it doesn't have that bracket, so if you're only planning on carrying things like cargo carriers or bike racks, it's going to give you a little bit cleaner look when you don't have those in there, and with both of them, this cross frame is tucked nicely up behind the bumper and all you're going to see is this receiver tube, but with the Draw-tite you're going to see the receiver tube and the mounting bracket. Now let's talk about a few similarities that both of these hitches feature. Both of them have three mounting holes on either side which use studs and inaudible 00:01:45 washers to go into the existed weld nuts in the frame so there is no drilling or welding required with both of these. Another thing you may notice is that both of these hitches have a nice reinforcement collar around the 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening.
Best 2016 Honda Pilot Hitch Options
Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2016 Honda Pilot. A few best hitch options for your Honda Pilot are going to be the Curt, which is part number C13146 and the Draw-Tite, part number 75225. A couple of differences between these two hitches is first, that the Curt has this pretty flat safety chain loop design whereas on the Draw-Tite it has the plates that are welded to the side of the receiver tube that have the holes cut out in them. With the design here on the Draw-Tite, it sticks down a little bit more, so you'd have a little bit less ground clearance than you would with the Curt. If you look here on the receiver tube, on the Curt, it just has one five eighths of an inch hitch pin hole. Down here on the Draw-Tite, we've got a five-eighths inch hitch pin hole along with your half inch hole here that's perfect for a J-pin stabilization system. Here on the Draw-Tite, it's got this trailer wiring mounting bracket that comes pre-assembled to the cross frame, which is nice if you're planning on doing towing on a regular basis, and want to keep your plug-in down here below the bumper. Whereas with the Curt it doesn't have that bracelet, so if you're only planning on carrying things like cargo carriers or bike racks, it's going to give you a little bit cleaner look when you don't have those in there. With both of them, this cross frame is tucked nicely up behind the bumper.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Nissan Altima - Draw-Tite
Today on our 2016 Nissan Altima, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the draw-tite sports frame class 1 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter opening, its part number is 24796. All right, now here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on our Altima. As you can see, we kind of have that cross tube that's going to come across the rear here, not quite hidden up behind the inaudible 00:00:24 but I think standing behind the vehicle you're not going to see it too much. It's going to come to the center here where we've got our inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. It's a class 1 hitch, this is going to be perfect for your small hauling needs, smaller bike racks, smaller cargo carriers, things like that. See our safety chain connection loops around the bottom here that'll allow you to connect maybe a bike lock, safety chain connections, whatever you need, it's pretty nice and open. Now, to secure all your items, you're going to use the half inch diameter pinhole, this is going to work out really well for whatever class 1 accessory you should choose, there's plenty of room whether it's a locking hitch pin or anti-rattle bolt, whatever you might need. Now when it comes to weight ratings on our hitch, we have a 200 pound tongue weight rating, so that's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening, and it's going to give us a 2,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total weight of our trailer and anything that we we're to load up on it.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Chrysler Town and Country - Curt
Today on our 2006 Chrysler Town and Country, we'll be installing the curt trailer hitch receiver, inch and a quarter, class 2. Part number C12289. You can see it's a very clean installation here. You may note we have this nice little cut out here around the muffler. You don't have to worry about the hitch getting damaged from any exhaust gases or any heat that comes from the exhaust system. A nice gloss black, powder coat finish. This hitch is rated for 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight rating and 350 pounds of max tongue weight rating. You want to consult with your owner's manual of your 2006 Town and Country first and go by whichever numbers is less.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan - Curt
Today in our 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class 3, Part Number C13133. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. You can see it's going to fit up nicely against the bottom of our bumper. We're only going to have to cut out where the factory access panel is for the factory hitch. This is going to give you the OE style look, and it's going to fit into all the OE bolt holes with the supplied hardware. It's a no drill design.
Trailer Hitch Installation Tips
What Do I Need To Tow A Trailer?
How to Choose the Right Trailer Hitch Class
Trailer Hitch Types Review
Specialty Trailer Hitch Review
Trailer Hitch Receiver Sizes
Tips on How To Tow a Trailer
Types of Bumpers
Towing a Trailer with a Jeep Wrangler
How to Clean Weld Nuts for the Installation of a Trailer Hitch
How to Correct Noise from Exhaust Rattling Against a Trailer Hitch
Determining Trailer Tongue Weight
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