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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.


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


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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  • Tow Package Recommendation for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • There are a few items I would recommend so that you can tow safely with your 2011 Ford Explorer. First let's start with a hitch. For that the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75710 would be an excellent choice. I attached an install video for you to check out. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring you will want the Curt Wiring Harness part # C56093. Your Explorer...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Motorcycle on a Trailer with a 2012 Fiat 500
  • First, since the owners manual says 500 pounds, you will want to keep it at or under 500 pounds. The Fiat 500 is a small vehicle not really used for towing. Every pound counts and you would not want to overload it and end up with frame, drive train, or transmission damage. Since you will be towing I recommend Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 60289. It comes with a ball mount, pin, and clip. If the trailer requires a 1-7/8 inch ball (it should sway on top of the trailer coupler) then use...
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  • Custom Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Toyota Sienna Limited Braun Modified Van
  • First I thank you for your service to our country. We do not have the ability to assist with designing a custom hitch. However, we do have some of the parts needed for a custom fabricator to make a hitch. I have included a link to the hitch fabrication parts that we carry to the right. You will need to have a local machine shop or someone who performs custom automotive fabrication then fabricate the hitch. It is also possible that you will be able to have a heavy duty truck hitch...
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  • Picture Request for a Hitch Installed on a 2012 Ford Escape
  • Yes we do, I attached a couple pictures of the Hidden Hitch part # 87626 installed on a 2012 Ford Escape just like yours. I also attached an install video for this hitch. For trailer wiring you would want the Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 118551. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Mazda CX-5
  • No need to wait. I checked with Hidden Hitch and trailer hitch # 87623 officially fits the 2015 Mazda CX-5. If you are planning on doing some towing I recommend ball mount kit # EBMK4. It comes with a ball mount, interchangeable ball set, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. And for trailer wiring use # C56011.
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes with a 2000 Subaru Impreza
  • There are only Class I hitches available for your 2000 Subaru Impreza. The best way to carry 4 bikes would be to use a hitch rack for two of them and then roof racks for the additional two. The Draw Tite Hitch part # 24710 that you referenced would be a great choice for a hitch and then for a bike rack you would want the Swagman XTC-2 part # S64670. This is a great rack that is very popular that has a ton of positive reviews. I attached a review video for you to check out. For a roof...
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  • Can a Chevy Equinox Carry a 300 Pound Generator on a Trailer Hitch
  • It all depends on a couple of factors. The first thing to do is check the vehicle owners manual for the towing capacities (gross trailer weight and tongue weight) of the vehicle. If tongue weight is not listed then it is typically 10 percent of the gross trailer weight capacity. If the vehicle is rated high enough you will also need a hitch that is rated higher enough. Trailer hitch # 90145 does have a 300 pound tongue weight capacity but you also have to consider the weight of the carrier...
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  • 1-1/4-Inch Hitch Availability for 2015 Honda Fit
  • The 2015 model year of the Honda Fit is in the latest (third) generation of this vehicle. Hitch manufacturers will test fit and confirm hitch compatibility as the new model year vehicles become available for testing. As of this point the manufacturers Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch have not yet confirmed hitches for the 2015 Honda Fit. Time required for this research/engineering process will vary but you can check back with us periodically (say every month or two) to see if a confirmed Class...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation For 2015 Subaru Forester
  • For your 2015 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 75876. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. There are several ways you can use this hitch on your Forester, from towing a trailer to carrying hitch mounted accessories like bike carriers or cargo carriers. If you are planning on towing with this setup, I recommend the etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit, part # 989900. This kit includes 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, the pin...
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  • Hitch-Mount Bike Rack for Use on 2012 Hyundai Elantra and Ford F-250
  • The hitches we offer for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra are all light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I types that have a maximum carrying capacity of only 2 bikes (even if your rack can hold 3). This has to do with the limitations of the hitch and the vehicle frame where the hitch attaches. In a Class I hitch you are limited to using a 2-bike Class I rack such as one of those shown on the link provided. You might refer to the linked articles on hitch classes and how to choose a hitch rack that fits well...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Chevy Impala LTZ with Dual Exhaust
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch part # 90225 will fit your 2014 Chevy Impala LTZ with dual exhaust. The exhaust will need to be temporarily dropped for the install but it will work just fine. For trailer wiring you would want the Tow Ready wiring harness part # 118590. For a hitch ball you would want the # 19256 for 1-7/8 inch, or # 19258 for 2 inch ball.
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch part # 87595 Have Enough Ground Clearance on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • When we installed the Hidden Hitch part # 87595 on a similar 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee as yours we found that it measured 15 inches from the top of the hitch opening to the ground. This should be plenty of ground clearance. Especially since most bike racks and cargo carriers have rises built into the shanks for added ground clearance.
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  • Trailer Hitch With Euro Drawbar Recommendation For 2014 Kia Soul
  • We do offer a trailer hitch with the Euro drawbar as you requested that is designed to fit your 2014 Kia Soul. The hitch we offer is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C113852. This is a Class l hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. This comes with the 2 inch ball on a Euro drawbar. All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps like part # 18050. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2005 Honda Pilot
  • Both Curt class III trailer hitch, part # 13328 and the Hidden Hitch class III trailer hitch, part # 87454, are quality hitches. But the most popular hitch for your vehicle is the Curt hitch, part # 13328. Installation is relatively easy, even for a beginner. The Curt receiver simply bolts on to the inside of each frame rail. Both hitches require about 40 minutes of installation time. The Curt hitch does use two extra screws to attach the center bumper bracket above the receiver...
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  • Can Trailer Hitch and Trailer Wiring Harness from 2014 Chevy Equinox Be Moved to 2014 Model
  • The hitch and wiring used on your 2012 Equinox can indeed be reused on your 2014 model. Both vehicles use the same hitches and wiring. However, the installation hardware for the hitch is not meant to be reused and should be replaced. To obtain replacement hardware, go to the the # RHK product page by using the link provided below. Type in the hitch part # C12291, select the name of the hitch manufacturer from the drop-down menu, and choose a quantity of 1. I'll link you to some install...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Dodge Charger
  • I have everything you will need, but the Draw Tite hitch # 24815 that you referenced is not a confirmed fit for your 2007 Dodge Charger so I would not recommend it for you. It's for a Scion. You would want the Curt Hitch part # 13465. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the Curt Wiring harness part # C55534. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # EBMK4 . It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin...
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  • How to Get that Last Bolt to Line Up When Installing a Trailer Hitch
  • It's best to only loosely install the mounting hardware at first, and once you get all of the hardware started go through and torque everything to spec. So I would recommend you loosen the bolts you've already tightened to give you a bit of room to move the hitch around and get that last bolt started. I also attached an install video for this hitch plus an FAQ on hitch install tips for you to check out.
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  • Hitch And Bike Rack Recommendation For 2015 Volkswagen GTI
  • We do offer hitches that are designed to fit all models of the 2015 Volkswagen GTI. I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 24904. This is a Class l hitch and has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. No drilling is required for the installation of this hitch on your GTI. You will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed your tongue weight capacity. I recommend the Rola TX-102 2-Bike Rack, part # 59400. This carrier holds 2 bikes...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a Mercedes Benz E320 Diesel Sedan to be used for Towing a Trailer
  • Thanks for all the information. The only hitch that we have confirmed as a fit for your 2005 E-Class (E320) sedan is the Curt Trailer hitch # C11701. This hitch is a Class I hitch, with a 1-1/4 inch hitch opening and is rated for a maximum trailer weight of 2,500 pounds, and a maximum tongue weight of 250 pounds. I have included a link below for your reference. Since this is a Class I trailer hitch, using the manufacturer recommend drawbar is recommended. For this hitch, the recommended...
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  • Height Above Ground of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 75528 on 2013 Buick Enclave
  • I have linked a video showing installation of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch # 75528 on a 2010 Enclave; at the 3:30 mark there is a display of the receiver tube's height above ground when installed. On this vehicle the top of the receiver tube will be approximately 17-3/4-inches above ground. The exact height will depend on the tire's tread depth and the cargo and passenger load in the vehicle. If you need a 4-pole trailer wiring harness you can use # 118614 from TowReady.
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