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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


Using Fish Wire for Trailer Hitch Installation

Now we have to get the bolts inside of the frame. What we will do is we use the fish wire here. Put it through this hole, put it out the big hole, and then pull our hardware from the outside in and then back out this way.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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




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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford F-150 - Curt

Today in this 2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew Cab, were going to install part #13368 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on our truck. Next, well go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as the ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 19 inches, and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3 inches.Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. Now to start off our install, we'll go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up. Its going to mount up using this oval hole at the bottom of the bumper bracket and the second place is going to be this hole right behind the rear suspension shackle.


Curt Trailer Hitch 13432 Review

Today we're going to review part number 13432. This is the Curt 2 inch Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a custom fit part number. It is designed to fit the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited starting in 2007. This custom fit design hitch is designed specifically for the vehicle. It uses precision robotic welding which will maximize it's strength and improve the fit.


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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Is Frame Hole Enlargement Required to Install a Hitch on the 2011 Nissan Juke
  • Yes, all year Nissan Jukes (including your 2011) the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24892 is confirmed to fit will require you to enlarge the hole in the frame for installation. A die-grinder would work best for this. Good luck with the install, it shouldn't be too difficult. Email me back though and let me know how it goes.
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  • Installing Oil Cooler in 2004 Ford Escape to Maximize Towing Capacity
  • I did some online research, and from what I read, it seems that the 2004 Escape will already have a transmission cooler if it's equipped with an automatic transmission. I saw several references that stated the Ford 'Tow Package' for that vehicle included the hitch, trailer wiring and an oil cooler. As a first step, I'd confirm that your Escape has the tranny cooler. Look for a smaller heat exchanger (radiator) mounted directly behind the front grille of the vehicle, that's probably about 12 t
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  • Draw Tite Hitch Recommendation for a 1995 Nissan Altima
  • There is a Draw Tite hitch that will fit your 1995 Nissan Altima, but the part # 24796 that you referenced is designed to fit newer models and would not work for you. You would want the Draw-Tite hitch part # 24690. To complete your towing setup you may also be interested in the following products. Trailer wiring part # 119178KIT to provide a 4-way Ball mount part # 3593 1-7/8 inch hitch ball part # 19256 2 inch hitch ball part # 19258
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  • Is Fascia Trimming Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch 13322 on a 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • On some years that Curt trailer hitch # 13322 fits, there may be some trimming of the rear fascia for the hitch to fit properly. It is not necessary on all models but you will only know once you go to install the hitch. The area that would need to be trimmed would be at the bottom center of the rear fascia. It is an area that is 6-1/2 inches across and 3 inches tall measured from the bottom of the fascia. On the 2012 though it does not appear that trimming is required. I have included a pictu
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  • How to Choose a Ball Mount for a 2014 Acura RDX with Class III Trailer Hitch
  • Since you have a Class III trailer hitch on your 2014 Acura RDX you can use any compatible ball mount that will allow you to tow the trailer level. Or if towing different trailers, an adjustable ball mount is the way to go. I have included a link to an article that explains how to measure to find the right rise or drop ball mount needed to tow a trailer level. The standard ball mount that we recommend for Class III hitches on the 2014 RDX is # 2753. It has a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. If
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  • Do I need an Adapter with Rise for a Platform-Style Bike Rack on Honda Fit with DrawTite Hitch
  • I have a similar rack to the one you referenced that is a fit for your 2013 Honda Fit and your Class I Draw-Tite Sportframe hitch and will not require a hitch adapter. I recommend the Thule T2 Platform-Style 2 Bike Carrier with Integrated Cable Lock for 1-1/4 inch Hitches # TH917XTR. This rack tilts down for easy rear-of-vehicle access. A few measurements: The rack measures 18 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest bike-carrier rail. It measures 3-1/2 inches from t
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  • Weight Capacity of Draw-Tite Sportframe Class I Hitch # 24878 on 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback
  • The hitches offered for your 2012 Chevy Sonic Hatchback are all 1-1/4-inch size Class I light-duty hitches. This class of hitch is rated for up to 200-lbs tongue weight (tongue weight is the downward force on a hitch). A Class I hitch can carry 2 bikes maximum. You will just want to ensure that the combined weight of your two bikes plus the weight of the carrier does not exceed the hitch's 200-lb capacity, or the vehicle's. You can check your owners manual on this. You also want to verify th
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  • Is Drilling or Trimming Required to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 BMW X1
  • Installation of Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87630 does not require any drilling or bumper or fascia trimming. I have included a link to the instructions so you can see what all is involved in the installation. Most of the hitch will be concealed. The receiver will be visible but that is about it. You mentioned using the hitch to carry bikes. This hitch is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver. It has a 400 pound tongue weight capacity and 3,500 pound gross trailer weight capacity. The 2 i
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  • Hitch Recommendations for a 2014 Outback and Forester for a Bike Rack
  • There are 2 inch hitches available for both the 2014 Subaru Forester and Outback Wagon. Either vehicle will work as well as the other in terms of installing a 2 inch hitch to carry a bike rack. If I were you I would not base your choice between the vehicles on anything hitch or bike related. Curt hitches that are not rated for use with weight distribution systems do require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050. This is a Curt only deal, if you bought the Forester and were to get a
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  • Trailer Hitch and Platform Bike Rack for a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Gas Turbo
  • For your 2013 Volkswagen Beetle convertible gas turbo model you can use Curt trailer hitch # C11354 that you have mentioned. This is a Class I trailer hitch so you will need a bike rack that is Class I compatible and you are limited to 2 bikes. There are platform racks available that will work with this hitch on your Beetle. I have included a link to all of the platform style racks that fit Class I trailer hitches for you. Out of these options I like the Saris Freedom # SA4412B. This is a
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  • Carrying Cargo with a 2006 Mini Cooper S
  • Currently there are no trailer hitches that will fit the 2006 Mini Cooper S models. The problem is not that center light but the center mounted exhaust. The exhaust will interfere with the installation of a hitch. What I recommend to carry cargo with your Mini is a roof mount cargo bag. You do not even have to install a roof rack because some of the cargo bags will fit on a naked roof. I have included a link to them for you. The Yakima GetOut cargo bag, # Y07187, holds the same amount as t
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2006 Dodge Sprinter with 158 Inch Wheel Base, Dually Wheels, and Step Bumper
  • For your 2006 Dodge Sprinter with the 158 inch wheel base and dual rear wheels with the step bumper I recommend Curt trailer hitch # 14250. Since you have the 3500 series Sprinter, this hitch will allow you to maximize the amount of weight you can tow (consult owners manual for towing capacity of the Sprinter). The hitch is rated for 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 1,000 pounds tongue weight. When used with weight distribution it is rated for 12,000 pounds gross trailer weight, and 1,2
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Chevy Malibu to Carry a Bike Rack
  • The correct hitch for your 2012 Chevy Malibu would be the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36479. The pricing is available on the product page and the product link below. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out also. As long as your Hall hitch is compatible with 1-1/4 inch hitches the # 36479 would work well for you.
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  • Hitch, Wiring and Ball Mount Recommendation for a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country
  • For a trailer wiring harness for your 2013 Chrysler Town and Country to go along with the Curt Hitch part # 13364 that you referenced I would recommend the Curt Wiring Harness part # C56150. This is a protected unit that would install by plugging in line with your vehicle taillights and then running a wire up the positive side of your vehicle battery. Check out the install video I attached. To complete your towing setup you may also be interested in purchasing a etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit pa
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  • Recommend Hitch, Wiring Harness, and Brake Controller for a 2002 BMW X5 3.0 Towing Airstream Trailer
  • In order to make sure that safety requirements are met, you would need to confirm the maximum towing limits for your 2002 BMW X5 3.0. This can be done by locating towing information in your owner's manual or by contacting a BMW dealer and providing them with your VIN. This will be the maximum load that you can safely tow with your vehicle. Just a reminder, you will want to follow the weight limitations of the component with the lowest rating. You can also locate the GCWR on the interior of your
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch Part # 60809 fit a 2008 Ford Mustang with Flowmaster Exhaust
  • While the Hidden Hitch part # 60809 has not been tested to fit your 2008 Ford Mustang with aftermarket exhaust like what you have there is a chance it could still fit. If your aftermarket exhaust retains the factory dimensions and routing (or close to it) then it could work. Check out the picture I attached to see what the factory exhaust looks like in relation to this hitch being installed. I did a little research online and was able to determine that most people were able to install this
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  • Trailer Hitch And Weight Distribution Recommendation For 2008 Acura MDX
  • I did some research and you are correct that the maximum towing capacity for your 2008 Acura MDX is 5000 lbs. The hitches we offer for your vehicle are all Class lll hitches and rated for towing weight capacity of 4000 lbs with a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs unless you are using a weight distribution system. I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87474 for your MDX. If a weight distribution system is used the gross towing weight is 5000 lbs and the tongue weight is 500 lbs. I
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  • Recommended Hitch for Carrying Bikes with 2011 Toyota Camry SE
  • We offer a Hidden Hitch or a Draw-Tite Class II hitch for your 2011 Camry SE. If you are planning on possibly doing some light duty towing in the future, the Hidden Hitch # 90152 would be a good choice, as it includes the ball mount and the pin and clip. You'll also need a wiring harness # 118482 and the appropriately-sized trailer ball like # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch ball or # 19258 for a 2 inch. If all you're wanting to use the hitch for is an attachment point for a bike rack or other hitch m
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  • Recommended Hitch for Towing 2 Horse Trailer with 1994 Volvo 850 Wagon
  • Although I'd love to sell you a hitch, the only ones available for your 1994 Volvo 850 are Class II rated, which has a maximum capacity of 3500 lbs, which is about 400-500 lbs less than your trailer will weigh. And not to add insult to injury, but my research indicates the towing capacity of the Volvo 850 is a max of 3300 lbs, which again is well under the weight of your horses and trailer. For the safety of you, your horses and other motorists, I can't recommend using that vehicle to tow th
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  • Availability of Receiver Hitch for 2012 BMW 328Xi Wagon
  • According to my Curt Representative, the # C11771 has only been determined as a fit for the Wagon through the 2011 model year. The hitch has not been tested on the 2012 model, so my contact was unable to confirm nor deny fit. If you were wanting to carry bikes, Thule offers a hatch mount solution, the Raceway # TH9001XT that is extremely easy to install and remove. Rather than the difficult to use straps and buckles typically used, the Raceway uses 4 cables that ensure a quick and secure conn
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