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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Caravan - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2005 Dodge Caravan we're going to install part number 90165 from Hidden Hitch this is the class two 1-1/4" receiver hitch. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 12-1/4". From the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3-3/4". Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. We're underneath our vehicle and the first thing we need to do is go ahead and remove this bolt here. We'll do this on each side of the van.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Caravan - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2005 Dodge Caravan we're going to install part number 36296 from Draw-Tite. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 12-1/4". From the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3-3/4". Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. We're underneath our vehicle and the first thing we need to do is go ahead and remove this bolt here. We'll do this on each side of the van.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Caravan - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2005 Dodge Caravan, we're going to install part number 24702. This is a class 2, 1 1/4" receiver hitch from Draw-Tite. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 12" and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper will be about 4". Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. We're underneath the vehicle and the first thing we need to do is go ahead and remove this bolt here.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Dodge Caravan

Today on this 2005 Dodge Caravan, we're going to be installing Tow Ready Wiring Harness product number 118300. Ok, the port where we're going to plug our wiring harness into are located behind the rear tail lights on both the drivers and passenger's sides of the vehicle, so we want to go ahead and first remove both the tail lights. And to do that, we've opened up the rear cargo door here and you can see we've got two push pin fasters on the in-board side holding the tail light in place. We're going to go ahead and remove those. We can use a rivet removal tool, a flathead screwdriver or whatever you have available to you. With those removed, you can just go ahead and pull the tail light off and we see here on the back side, we got the connector for the wiring harness.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Caravan

Today on this 2005 Dodge Caravan, we're going to be installing Curt Hitch part number 12362. Before we get started with the installation, we're going to go ahead and show you a couple of final installed dimensions which will help make choosing your hitch accessories a little bit easier. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to measure 12 inches, and from the center of the pinhole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is going to measure right at 2 1/2 inches. And now I'll go ahead and move on to installation. Ok, we're up underneath the vehicle here and we're going to go ahead and point out the mounting holes we're going to be using to attach the hitch to the vehicle. Starting over here on the drivers side, you can see we've got two existing bolts here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport

Today on Etrailer.com we are going to be working on this 2002 Dodge Caravan Sport. We are going to be installing Draw-Tite part number 24702. To begin our installation process we are going to remove these two rear bumper bolts located on the passenger side frame rail. We are also going to remove the two on the driver side frame rail as well. On this particular model it is a good idea to spray a spray lubricant like WD-40 on the back sides of these bolts you can gain access to the frame rail. Another note, whenever you are removing these bolts feel free to run these in and out a couple of times before fully taking those out and that will help prevent these bolts from busting off inside the frame rail. 00:45



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2003 Dodge Caravan

Today at Etrailer.com on this 2003 Dodge Caravan we are going to be installing part number 118376 from Tow Ready. The first thing we are going to do is gain access to our trunk. We are going to need to remove the fascia here and remove a couple of clips so we are able to pull back our panel a little bit to gain access to our wiring harness. We are going to start removing our bumper fascia. We are going to use a rivet tool remover and just popping them up. It is a pretty simple task. If you do not have rivet tool remover you can just take a flat head screwdriver and slide it under and just pry up. That will also work as well. We are just going to take this and set it aside. Then we are going to take the rivet tool remover and start unclipping a couple of clips from here. 00:49



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Dodge Caravan

Today at Etrailer.com on this 2003 Dodge Caravan we are going to be installing part number 87717 from Hidden Hitch. We are on the driver side now. The first thing we are going to do is we are going to need to remove the rear most bolts that are holding the bumper to the frame. It is probably going to be a little tight so you want to spray some lubricant on them. We are going to do that on the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. The next step after moving that bolt is we are going to take our hardware and fish wire them through into position. We are going to put one here and we are going to put one here. It is going to be the same on both sides. We are going to use the bolt leader that was provided in our kit. 00:40





Dodge Caravan Questions

  • Before choosing a trailer wheel it is important to determine whether your wheels are hub-centric or lug-centric. This is important to know because the wheel will either center itself on the hub or with the wheel bolts. The easiest way to determine if your wheels are hub-centric or lug-centric is to look at your wheel bolts. If the head of the wheel bolts are coned, then your wheels are lug-centric and the diameter of the center pilot hole on the wheel will just need to be...
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  • Jayco offered the 1999 Eagle 10-UD Pop-Up camper trailer with and without brakes, so I presume you have the version without any brakes. Typically pop-up campers are equipped with electric drum brakes, rather than hydraulic disc brakes such as the Titan kit you reviewed, part # T4843100. A first step is to review the attached article concerning adding electric drum brakes to a trailer. This covers all of the basics and required components. It is necessary that your trailer...
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  • After leaving the radiator, the hose of this Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, part # D13502, will plumb to either fitting of the # D13502, and a rubber line will be run to the return transmission line of your 1998 Dodge Caravan from the other fitting on the transmission cooler. I have attached an FAQ article on transmission coolers below that you might find informative. I also attached a video of transmission cooler being installed on a similar vehicle...
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  • Depending on the size of the bikes and how many you intend to carry, turn clearance may become an issue, especially if the tongue of the trailer is relatively short. There is another method to tow and use a bike carrier that will provide some more clearance and reduce the chance of the trailer hitting your bikes. You could use Curt Multi-Purpose Ball Mount, part # D210. This will set the bike rack up another 4-3/4 inches, plus you can use a standard hitch mounted bike rack...
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  • Your 2002 Caravan owners manual is a good place to start. Review the rated towing capacity for the vehicle according to the manufacturer. I checked an online copy of the manual and it indicates that the maximum gross towing weight (GTW) rating for the 3.3L model is 1800 lbs unless the vehicle is equipped with a factory tow package, in which case the capacity increases to 3800 lbs. Again, refer to your owners manual to confirm your vehicle tow rating. If your boat/trailer...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and he informed me that this LED Lighted License Plate Frame # 86088 will install with 3 wires. One wire will be ground and will need to be ran to a clean metal surface. The other wire will be run to the tail light wiring circuit and will tap into the circuit using a circuit tap. And finally the last wire will be ran to the brake light circuit.
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  • The # 36257 Hitch that you referenced is no longer an active part so I called my contact at the manufacturer and found that it fits the 1996 - 2004 Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan All, including 4WD. Stow-N-Go was not available until 2005. There are 6 models of hitches for the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan with Stow-N-Go seating (see link). I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 87719, which has a 2 inch receiver that will allow for the widest range of...
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  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Replacement Barrel Clip, # 60-0244, to take some measurements. At its widest point it is 0.36 inches wide and at its narrowest point it is 0.28 inches wide. The overall height is 1/2 inch.
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  • When installing a transmission cooler, it is recommended to install the aftermarket transmission cooler in line with the factory cooler and not remove the factory cooler. In this case, you would have the factory system run to the Derale Transmission Cooler, # D13502, and then to the transmission. The pump would still work as it normally would, there would just be a little more fluid in the system. There are essentially three places to mount a transmission cooler on your 2006...
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  • If you are trying to replace the 4-Way connector on the rear of your 1998 Dodge Caravan you will need to wire a new 4-Way connector, item # 18004, by function using a circuit tester, item # 3808. Attaching a new trailer connector properly should solve your trailer lighting issues, as long as the converter has not been shorted out due to the wires being exposed from the original connector breaking off. If the converter, item # 118334, has been shorted it will need to be replaced....
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  • There are several components you will need to flat tow your 2005 Dodge Caravan. But before we get into that you should check the owners manual of your vehicle to determine if there are any restrictions on your vehicle being flat-towed. From my research the 2005 Dodge Caravan will need to have a lube pump installed to flat tow your vehicle. I do not sell any lube pumps. Now for the parts needed to flat tow your vehicle. You will need the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part #...
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  • The high-low adapters are only for use with a motor home while towing another vehicle with a tow bar. They are not designed or intended for use while towing any trailer, cargo carrier, or bike rack. A safer option would be the Dual-purpose ball mount, part # D210, which will raise the hitch opening 4-3/4 inches. The Dual-purpose ball mount also has a ballmount below the receiver for towing and using an accessory at the same time. The unit has a 7500 lb towing and 750 lb...
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  • Although both hitches are for a 2005 Caravan without Stow-N-Go seating, the # 87717 will not fit vehicles equipped with the rear stabilizer bar. The Draw-Tite # 75119 will fit stabilizer bar equipped vehicles. If you do not have the stabilizer bar, either hitch would work great for you. The crossbar of the # 75119 is constructed of tubular steel pipe, which many people find more visually appealing than the square tube of the # 87717. Both hitches have the same weight capacity,...
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  • Since your trailer is working correctly with another vehicle the problem most likely lies in the wiring of the Grand Caravan. Turn the tail lights on and use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if needed, to check the trailer connector. If the taillight circuit is not working, you will need to follow the wiring back into the vehicle until you find the converter, the black box that the trailer wiring is coming out of. Test the brown wire on the trailer side of the converter. If the wire...
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  • The trailer hitch you have is the Valley Class III Trailer Hitch, part # V82180. This hitch was designed to fit the Dodge Caravan, Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country from 1996 to 2007. From years 2004 to 2007, it will only fit models without the Stow & Go Seats. It will also fit the Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager from 1996 to 1999 and the Chrysler Voyager from 2001 to 2003.
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  • The key to choosing the correct weight distribution system is to choose a system that can support the total tongue weight of your towing setup. This includes the loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight of any cargo loaded behind the rear axle of your Dodge Caravan. For your situation, I recommend going with the higher rated system, # 49586. This system has an effective tongue weight range of 400 lbs to 800 lbs. You can adjust the tension of the...
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  • It looks like the Pride Maxima 3 can weight 176 pounds WITHOUT the batteries. You will need to know the total weight of the scooter. The combined weight of the scooter and the carrier cannot exceed the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch. It looks like 350 pounds is the highest capacity for trailer hitches for your 2006 Dodge Caravan. Check the hitch for a sticker to determine what its capacity is. If you need to add a hitch I have included a link to the Class III options...
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  • The Reese multi-fit trailer hitch 37042 was not meant to be installed with the receiver part turned upside down. The way the hitch was designed and the support gusset and safety chain loops are all positioned appropriately for the receiver in its intended lower position. Using it any other way will make the capacity unknown and potentially unsafe for use. The best solution will be a custom fit trailer hitch for your 2007 Dodge Caravan. If the van does NOT have Stow-N-Go seats...
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  • The Hopkins Rear View Camera with Backup Sensors, part # HM60195VA, will attach to the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, behind the rear license plate. I am including a link to a video review on the backup camera and of the backup system being installed on a vehicle. I looked up a VMI wheelchair conversion van and it looks like the conversion is mainly on the passenger side of the van and the floor area. If the license plate location on the rear of the vehicle has not been modified,...
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  • The Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 87717, was designed specifically to fit the 1997 Dodge Caravan, Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Grand Voyager, and Chrysler Town and Country. It will not fit the 2005 Pontiac Montana. The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch that fits the Montana is # 87410. The recommended ball mount is # 2753. I have included two video installations of this hitch on similar vehicles as well as a link to the installation details below. You might...
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