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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

  • What Vehicles Does the Draw-Tite # 36183 Fit
  • The Draw-Tite # 36183 is a Class II hitch that fits first and second generation Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge mini-vans, specifically: 1984 - 1995 Dodge Caravan 2 and 4 Wheel Drive 1984 - 1988 Dodge Mini Ram Van 2 and 4 Wheel Drive 1984 - 1995 Plymouth Voyager 2 and 4 Wheel Drive 1987 - 1993 Dodge Grand Caravan 2 Wheel Drive only 1987 - 1995 Plymouth Grand Voyager 2 Wheel Drive only 1994 - 1995 Dodge Grand Caravan 2WD only, except LE
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  • Choosing Between Hidden Hitch # 87631 and Curt Class III # C13149 Hitch for 2015 Toyota RAV4
  • The Curt Class III # C13149 and the Hidden Hitch # 87631 are almost identical in appearance (the Hidden Hitch features a mounting flange for a trailer connector), have the same capacity and would install in a similar manner. Curt states that their # C13149 won't fit the EV model. Hidden Hitch is just a brand name, it doesn't describe how visible the hitch will be once it's installed. Since the hitches are so similar in appearance and capacity, there's no reason why you couldn't go with...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2009 Acura MDX
  • For your 2009 Acura MDX you would want the Curt Hitch part # 13354. This hitch will fit all models of the 2009 MDX so it will work for you regardless of your current rear fascia. Check out the install video I attached for more info. 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,...
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  • Hitch Recommendation and Rear Fascia Removal for a 2015 Chevy Traverse
  • I am sure that with enough trimming you could find a way to be able to reinstall the fascia door of your 2015 Chevy Traverse, but Draw Tite recommends it just simply get removed and not reinstalled when installing the # 75528. The Curt hitch # 13424 that is also confirmed as a fit for your vehicle has installation instructions that indicate that the panel could be reinstalled if desired on some models
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  • How to Change my Thule T2 Bike Rack from a 2-Inch to a 1/1/4 Inch Receiver for my 1998 Subaru Legacy
  • Since there isn't any 2-inch trailer hitch receivers that are fit-guided for your 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback, using the shank and backbone assembly # 753-3709. This will replace your current 2 inch backbone assembly with the 1-1/4 inch version. Another option, If you prefer to keep your T2 bike rack with the original 2 inch backbone assembly, is to add a hitch adapter such as # HTAD. But always keep in mind when adding an adapter the tongue weight capacity of your hitch will be reduced...
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  • Can a Hitch from a Dodge Durango be Modified to Fit a Ford Ranger
  • Trailer hitches are custom fit and vehicle specific so you would not be able to modify or adapt a hitch to fit a vehicle it was not designed for and have it still be safe for use. You would want to stick with the appropriate hitch for the vehicle. You could either leave the hitch on the Dodge Durango or remove the hitch and sell it to offset the cost of the Ford Ranger hitch. Draw-Tite hitch # 75081 fits the 1998 to 2003 Dodge Durango. For a 2002 Ford Ranger you can use # 75082 that...
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  • Trailer Wiring and Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  • I checked with Curt and they recommend the Curt Wiring Harness part # C55441 for your 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. They also say that if your vehicle doesn't have a tow package you will need to contact Nissan for the correct relay harness to activate the wiring that the # C55441 plugs into. Since it sounds like 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...
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  • Differences Between Curt Trailer Hitches # 9883544 and # 13432
  • The Curt # 13432 and the # 9883544 are the same exact hitch. We got a significant volume discount on that hitch from Curt, and are selling the discounted hitch under a different part number. The hitch is a fit for the 2014 Wrangler Unlimited. If you'd care to see an install video, click on the provided link.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2012 Subaru Outback
  • All of the trailer hitches that we carry for the 2012 Subaru Outback will fit all models but none will fit Sport models. That is the only exception. As long as your Outback is not a Sport model any of the hitches will fit. The most popular option is Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87568. I have linked a video showing the hitch being installed 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...
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  • Recommended Trailing Hitch and Wiring for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • Our most popular trailer hitch for your 2011 Ford Explorer is the Curt # C13100. It is a Class-III hitch and has a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds. It's a bolt on application so no drilling is required. In order for you to double-check if you have an existing towing package or not, is to have your local Ford dealer run your VIN. On that note, the wiring harness recommended if you have a tow package is Curt # C56172 as the T-connector plugs directly into your existing wiring. If you...
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  • Bike Carrier for a 2014 Toyota Camry XLE
  • Part of what gives the hitch its weight capacity ratings is how it is installed on the vehicle. Leaving out some of the attachment points effectively makes the hitch capacity unknown and not safe to use. If you want to use a hitch mount bike rack you will have to do some drilling to install the hitch. But there is another option. Instead of using a trailer hitch and hitch mount bike rack you could use a trunk mount bike rack. I have included a link to the right to the trunk mount carriers...
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  • How Much Torque is Required to Install the Curt Hitch # 13138 Hardware
  • If you check out the installation instructions link I attached to the right you will see the recommended torque specs listed in the last step for the Curt hitch part # 13138.
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  • What Vehicles Does the Hidden Hitch 60256 Fit
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 60256 that you referenced only fits 2010-2013 Kia Souls. Since hitch install hardware is considered one time use it would be a good idea to sell this hitch with new hardware if you can. To get new hardware you would need part # RHK. On it's product page you would need to enter the part number and select the hitch manufacturer.
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  • Recommended Hitch And Wiring For 2013 Volvo S60 Trailer With Electric Brakes
  • If towing with your 2013 Volvo S60, there are a few things you will need. First, if you do not have a trailer hitch, I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75916. This is a Class lll trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. The next item I recommend is the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, part # 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...
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  • Will Curt Class I Receiver Hitch # C11272 Fit 2013 Mini Cooper Hardtop With Single Exhaust
  • The Curt Class I Receiver Hitch, # C11272, does indeed fit the 2013 Mini Cooper Hardtop with single exhaust, excluding the S Series and Works. I have attached the installation instructions for you. As you will see in the final steps the bumper will have to be trimmed in order to access the hitch receiver. I have also attached a picture pointing out this location. Curt does require the use of Support Straps, # 18050, for all non-trailer loads including bike racks, cargo carriers and...
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  • Torque For Bolts On Curt Trailer Hitch When Installing On 2014 Acura MDX
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt about your 2014 Acura MDX. They told me that the torque is 139 ft-lbs for the M14 bolts for the part # C13146 hitch installation. I am unable to tell you why the specs for the Acura OEM hitch is so much lower. As far as handling and feeling heavier, my contact said it may feel a bit different because installing the hitch will tighten up the frame on the rear of your MDX, but you really should not feel the 45 lb weight with the hitch installed.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The build dates do not apply to the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500, only to the 2003 models. For your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 I have linked all of the trailer hitches that fit. The Curt trailer hitch that you referenced, # 13326 , will fit your Ram. This hitch will fit 2002 Dodge Ram 1500s and 2003 Dodge Ram 1500s that were built before 11-1-02.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 1998 GMC C/K Series Truck with 37 inch Frame
  • The hitches that are listed for the 1998 GMC trucks with 34 inch frames are the ones that are designed to fit the cab and chassis models. The # C14081 that you referenced would work well on your truck with a 37 inch frame since it is not a cab and chassis model and is a standard truck. Check out the install video I attached to the right for more info.
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  • Size of the Hitch Opening on the Hidden Hitch # 87567
  • It sounds like you are asking about the hitch opening size of the Hidden Hitch # 87567. This hitch has a 2 inch opening. Or, if you are looking for the weight it weighs 40 lbs. I attached an FAQ on hitch sizes for you to check out as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Camry
  • A hitch that came off of a 1999 Toyota Camry would not also fit a 2015 Toyota Camry. The vehicles are different enough that a new hitch design would be required. The hitch you will want is the Curt Hitch part # C12107. The correct trailer wiring would be part # C55567. If you also need a ball mount you would want the # C45017 and then for hitch balls # 19256 and # 19258.
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