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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.


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.


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.




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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Mercedes Benz E350 Sedan
  • For your 2011 Mercedes E350 Sedan the only hitch we have available for it is the Curt Hitch part # C11001. This hitch has a 1-1/4 inch opening like you mentioned. 2 inch hitches are typically reserved for larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. The only solution I have for you would be to get this hitch and then also upgrade to a bike rack and cargo carrier confirmed to fit this hitch size. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman...
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  • Confirming Trailer Hitch Receiver Fits for a 2015 Buick Lacrosse FWD
  • The Hidden Hitch Class II # 90242 and Draw-Tite Class II # 36538 are confirmed fits for your 2015 Buick Lacrosse FWD. The Hidden Hitch Class II # 90226 and the Draw-Tite Class II # 36522 you referenced will not fit your 2015 Buick Lacrosse FWD. Currently, the Hidden Hitch # 90242 will include a ball mount, pin and clip. The wiring you will need for either hitch is # 118497. If you go with the Draw-Tite I recommend the ball mount kit # EBMK4 which will include an interchangeable...
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  • Does Cross Member of a 2015 GMC Canyon Get Removed to Install Curt Hitch C13176
  • The factory cross member or hitch of your 2015 GMC Canyon will have to get permanently removed to install the Curt Hitch part # C13176 that you referenced. This hitch will replace the cross member and as long as you install it correctly your warranty would not be voided. You will be able to reinstall your spare tire with this hitch installed as well. There are safety chain loops on this hitch too. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit...
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  • Long Hitch Extension and High Capacity Hitch Recommendation for a Ford F250 Super Duty
  • Sounds like you are looking for a setup that will allow you to use a longer hitch extension than the 24 inch bar you are currently using without reducing your towing capacity. If you use the TorkLift SuperTruss Hitch Extension # TLE1536 which is 36 inch extension with a TorkLift SuperHitch Original # TLF1002 you will have the following capacities: Maximum gross trailer weight: 6,500 lbs. Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 12,000 lbs Maximum tongue weight: 650 lbs Maximum...
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  • How to Fix Exhaust Rattle After Trailer Hitch Install
  • This is a fairly common problem that has a fairly simple solution. What you will need to do is reposition the exhaust of your 2010 Chevy Traverse so that it is far enough away from the hitch that it will stop rattling against it. For more info on how to do this check out the help article and video I attached. Basically you will either have to bend the exhaust hangers slightly or use different length hangers.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Kia Sorento
  • The Curt hitch part # C13195 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Kia Sorento so I would recommend it 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 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...
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  • Recommended Hitch for 2014 Honda CRV Carrying a Scooter Carrier
  • As long as your daughters 2014 Honda CR-V has the tongue weight rating to carry the weight of the scooter and the lift you could use a hitch like the # 75742 to carry the scooter carrier. This hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs, you will need to consult the owners manual of the CR-V to determine what Honda recommends as the tongue weight capacity and be sure not to exceed the lower of the two figures. As long as you center the scooter on the carrier you wouldn't have to worry...
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  • Choosing Class II or III Hitch for 2006 Subaru Legacy Sedan
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III hitch, part # 87446 and the Class II model, part # 90138 both are a confirmed fit for the 2006 Subaru Legacy sedan model. The Class II hitch would provide slightly better ground clearance, by about 3/4 of an inch or so. Other than the different size receiver tube, either hitch would fit your Legacy equally well. Due to the much better selection of hitch mounted accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers, we customarily recommend folks go with the 2 inch...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2011 Ford Escape
  • The Hidden Hitch, part # 87626, and the Draw-Tite, part # 75751, both are designed to fit your 2011 Ford Escape. They both measure 1-1/2 inch from the rear of the bumper to the hitch pin hole and both use the same mounting holes on the frame of the Escape. Since both hitches have the same weight rating and features I recommend going with the less expensive Hidden Hitch, part # 87626. Both are Class lll hitches and have 2 inch receiver openings. I have attached a couple of installation...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Buick Lacrosse CXL and CXS
  • Actually both the Draw Tite Hitch # 36538 and the Hidden Hitch part # 90242 that you referenced are made by the same company so they are basically identical. Either would work great for you. The Harmar AL160 is a scooter carrier, if the one you are looking at is confirmed to fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch it should work with either hitch previously mentioned. The weight of the carrier plus your scooter could not exceed 300 lbs otherwise it would be too heavy for either hitch.
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  • Does the Trunk Pan Shield Get Removed to Install Hidden Hitch 87755 on a 2007 Mercedes ML350
  • The installation instructions for the Hidden Hitch part # 87755 that you referenced say that if you want to reinstall the trunk pan shield you can trim it so that it is compatible with the hitch, but when we installed this hitch on a similar vehicle as your 2007 MB ML350 we just left it off. I attached a link to this video as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 1996 Chevy S-10 with Roll Pan Bumper
  • We do have a trailer hitch for your 1996 Chevy S-10 with the roll pan bumper. it is Curt hitch # 13920. I have included a link to the installation instructions 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 ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount...
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  • Is Heat Shield Trimming Required to Install the Curt Hitch part # C11681 on a 2015 Honda Accord
  • To install a hitch like the Curt Hitch part # C11681 that you referenced on your 2015 Honda Accord you will need to trim the heat shield. For more info on that check out the install video and installation instructions I attached.
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  • Highest Rated Hitch Recommendation for a 1997 Dodge Ram 3500
  • The highest rated hitch we offer for your 1997 Dodge Ram is the Curt Hitch part # C15300. The capacities for this hitch are 2,400 lbs tongue weight and 17k total trailer weight when used with weight distribution. It doesn't look like this hitch would have enough capacity for the trailer you plan to tow unless you can reduce the weight of the trailer by 1,000 lbs or so. You will need a weight distribution system though. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2015 Toyota Sienna
  • Yes, there are several trailer hitches that will fit your 2015 Toyota Sienna Limited AWD. The hitch I recommend is the Curt Class III # C13105. It will have a 350 pound tongue weight which will be just fine for carrying a bike rack like the Swagman Trailhead # S63360 that has a 3-inch rise in the shank. I included a link to all the trailer hitches that will fit your 2015 Toyota Sienna (Class II and III) along with a couple installation videos and informative article.
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  • Towing Capacity For 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Per the instructions for the Curt Hitch, part # C11318, which is a Class l hitch, the tow hooks are removed and are not reinstalled on your 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX. The hitch has a 2,000 lb towing weight capacity, but you would need to either check your owner's manual or with your dealership to see what the vehicle is rated for. You do not want to exceed the vehicle capacity for tongue weight or towing capacity. Typically, a Class l hitch is used for carrying items like bike racks...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2014 Nissan Versa Note
  • I recommend the Draw-Tite I hitch # 24909 as the towing capacity is 2,000 pounds and will have a maximum tongue weight of 200 pounds. It's corrosion resistant and the fully welded steel construction ensures great strength and durability. A pin and clip is included with this Draw-Tite hitch # 24909 and if you plan on doing any light duty towing, I recommend the ball mount # 3592, 2-inch hitch ball # 19258 or 1-7/8 hitch ball # 19256 and wiring by Tow Ready # 118582. I would double check...
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  • Routing Power Wire to Install Curt # 56146KIT Wiring Harness on 2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 Wagon
  • When installing a powered converter like the # 56146KIT on a vehicle, people will run the power wire along the underside of the vehicle, by following an existing wiring harness as it runs under the vehicle up into the engine compartment. As the wire goes from the rear to the front of the vehicle, be sure to avoid anything that's moving like suspension or steering components or hot like exhaust components. I don't have specifics to offer you, but we have a helpful FAQ article that provides...
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  • Will Curt # C15300 Clear Flatbed on 1997 Ford F350
  • I spoke with my Curt representative, who tells me that the front face of the receiver would sit 10-3/4 inches rearward of the rear-most mounting hole. If you find the rear most mounting hole in the underside of the frame member and measure 10-3/4 inches rearward, it'll give you a good idea of how far back the face of the receiver would sit. I've edited a photo for you that shows this dimension.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Honda Odyssey Pulling Fully Loaded Trailer with a UTV
  • The trailer hitch I recommend is the Hidden Hitch Class III # 87479 and it will have a maximum tongue weight of 350 pounds and gross trailer weight of 3,500 pounds. The wiring you need is # 118521, and ball mount kit I recommend is # EBMK4 which will include an interchangeable ball set, ball mount with 2-3/4 inch rise or 4-inch drop, pin and clip and a storage bag. With that said though, you will not want to exceed the 350 pound tongue weight because it could bend the hitch and potentially...
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