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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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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Recommended Hitch for 2013 Toyota Camry w/ Dual Exhaust
  • For a 2013 Camry, you'd want to use the Hidden Hitch Class II, part # 90031. This hitch will fit a vehicle with a dual exhaust. The # 90152 hitch you referred to is a fit for the 2007-2011 Camry, so it won't fit your 2013 model.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
  • Given the choice between the Hidden Hitch, the Draw-Tite and the Curt receiver hitch for your 2013 Pathfinder, I'd lean more toward the Curt hitch for the following reasons: -The Curt # C13126 has a capacity that's slightly higher than the other two hitches. You'll be limited by the capacity of the vehicle, but the higher capacities indicate that the hitch might be a bit more durable in the long run. -When installed, the cross tube of the Curt hitch will be entirely concealed behind...
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  • Hitch for 2013 Toyota Camry w/ Dual Exhaust
  • For a 2013 Camry, you'd want to use the Hidden Hitch Class II, part # 90031. This hitch will fit a vehicle with a dual exhaust. The # 90152 hitch you referred to is a fit for the 2007-2011 Camry, so it won't fit your 2013 model.
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • Since you want a strong hitch at a decent price I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87568. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening that would have more capacity and accessory options than a hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening. For more info on hitch classifications check out the link I attached. The hitch opening will be right underneath the bottom of the bumper which really wouldn't affect ground clearance by much. It also will be recessed up under the bumper so it would never...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Ford Edge
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Hitch part # 75526 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2007 Ford Edge so I would recommend it for you. I attached an install video that shows this hitch being installed on a 2008 Ford Edge for you to check out. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118551. 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...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 RAM 1500
  • The Curt Hitch part # C15572 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2015 RAM 1500 so I would recommend it for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the Curt Harness part # 56146KIT if you need a 4-way and don't have one. 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch And Wiring Recommendation For 2009 Subaru Forester
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87493 is designed to be a good fit for your 2009 Subaru Forester. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2009 Forester you can check out. If you are planning on towing with your Forester you will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the towing capacity or tongue weight capacity of your vehicle. When...
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  • Hitch Extender for Flat Towing Ford Escape With Ford F250 Short Bed Carrying 8 Foot in-Bed Camper
  • You'll need about two feet of extension to reach past the end of the camper. The Reese Titan Hitch Box Extension, part # RP45292 would provide 24-34 inches of extension, which would be ideal. The extender is shipped at a 36 inch length, and is designed to be cut down to 24 inches if needed. The extension requires a Class V hitch with a 2-1/2 inch receiver. The Reese Titan # 45010 hitch you referenced fits a Dodge Ram truck. If you could tell me the model year of your F250, I'd be happy...
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  • Fit of B & W Class V Trailer Hitch # BWHDRH25198 on 1997 F350 With 10 Inch Bumper
  • According to B & W, their # BWHDRH25198 Class V hitch is compatible with the 10 inch bumper on your 1997 Ford F350. You might also need the following to complete your towing system: Ball mount, part # BWBMHD30010 2 inch trailer ball, part # A-90 2-5/16 inch trailer ball, part # 19286 4-Pole trailer connector # 118316
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Nissan Rouge SL
  • We had the chance to install the Curt Hitch part # C13168 on a 2015 Nissan Rogue just like yours and we didn't have to do any grinding at all. Check out the install video I attached to the right for more info. For a bike rack the Yakima HighLite part # Y02438 would be a great choice. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out...
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  • Class II Trailer Hitch Availability for 2007 Saab 9-3
  • We do offer several hitch options for the 2007 Saab 9-3, including the sedan, convertible and both single- and dual-exhaust versions of the SportCombi. All three of these can be seen on the link at right. However, all of these are light-duty Class I hitches. We offer no Class II hitches for your vehicle. To a degree the development of hitches for vehicles will be based on the vehicle's capacity, in your case a quoted 3500-lb towing capacity. Certainly a vehicle with such towing capacity...
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  • Hitch and 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • Yes, we have a hitch that is confirmed to fit your 2012 Toyota Highlander that would do a great job carrying a 4 bike rack. For the hitch I would recommend the part 87615. I attached an install video to the right for more info. For a 4 bike rack I would recommend the Thule Vertex part # TH9031. This is a swing away bike rack that can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing away to give you complete rear cargo access with bike loaded. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If...
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for a 2000 Chevy Corvette Convertible with Quad Tip Exhaust
  • Yes, since the quad tip exhaust you have on your 2000 Chevy Corvette is part of the stock exhaust system the Curt Hitch part # C11034 that you referenced would work for you. For trailer wiring you would want the # 18252, for a ball mount # C45521, # A-82 for a 2 inch ball, # A-80 for a 1-7/8 inch ball
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Honda Element
  • I believe I found the review online where a single customer said he had a problem installing the Curt Hitch part # 13574 on his 2010 Honda Element. I wish I knew more about the issue he was having, but I checked with Curt and they have said that as long as the 2010 Honda Element is not an SC model this hitch should work well and haven't heard of any issues beyond that. So based on that I can safely recommend this hitch for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Audi A5
  • We have two hitches available for your 2012 Audi A5 that could work for you depending on your exhaust style. Both work with convertible models. If you have a single muffler you would want the part # C11037, if you have dual mufflers you would want the part # C11188.
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  • Compatibility of Hitch from 2009 Scion xB with 2005 xB
  • The Curt Class I hitch you've looked at, part # C11487 is a fit for your 2005 xB. Since the 2005 xB and the 2009 model are from two different generations, the hitch from the 2009 will not fit your 2005 model.
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  • Trailer Hitch Availability for 2008 Chrysler Sebring V6 Convertible
  • We do offer two options in a light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I trailer hitch for your 2008 Chrysler Sebring V6 Convertible. Please note that the part you referenced, Draw-Tite Class II hitch # 36448, is a fit only for the sedan, not your convertible. The link at right will show you both hitch options we can offer. Since both carry identical weight ratings I suggest the lower-cost Draw-Tite # 24871 if you will be using a bike rack or cargo carrier and Hidden Hitch # 60288 if you will be towing,...
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  • Recommended Class V Trailer Hitch for 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Classic Body
  • I spoke to my contact at Curt about your 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Classic. They told me the Curt Class V hitch, part # C15312 is designed to fit your truck if it has the factory cutout bumper. They told me that the cutout is the recessed area on the bumper where the license plate typically goes. this hitch has a 2 inch receiver opening. This hitch should sit right below the bumper and would be just what you are looking for. If you need a ball mount for the hitch I recommend...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2015 Jeep Wrangler
  • The hitches you listed, part # 9883544, and part # 13432, are both manufactured by Curt and are Class lll hitches with 2 inch receiver openings. There is no difference in the performance or capacities for these hitches. We received special pricing for the # 9883544, and that is why it is listed as a separate item. My son-in-law recently purchased the # 9883544 for his Jeep Wrangler and is very pleased with its performance. If you plan on using the hitch for towing I recommend a ball...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendations for a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
  • The two referenced trailer hitch receivers for your 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS, Curt # C13153 and Hidden Hitch # 87637, are both 2-inch Class III types that install without drilling using included hardware. The main functional differences between them are their tongue weight and gross trailer weight capacities. The Curt # C13153 has a 900-lb tongue weight rating and a 6000-lb towing capacity. The Hidden Hitch # 87637 has a 750-lb tongue weight rating and 5000-lb towing capacity. The Hidden...
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