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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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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Volkswagen Golf to Tow Small Camper
  • The Curt Hitch part # C11066 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2004 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The hitch itself has the towing capacities of 2,000 lbs trailer weight and 200 lbs tongue weight. As long as your trailer stays under this figure and the towing capacities that are listed for your vehicle in the owners manual you would be good to go. To complete your towing setup you may also be interested in purchasing the following: Draw-Tite Wiring # 119178KIT (installation...
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  • Hitch Availability for a 2000 Dodge Ram Van
  • The 44065C was a hitch made by Reese for a Dodge Ram Van made in the 90's like the Hidden Hitch part # 87492. It is hard to tell exactly what you are looking for but it almost sounds like are interested in finding a hitch cover with Reese on it like the # 86066 which is a Reese made hitch cover. The other part number you referenced doesn't reference anything that I could find.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Lexus GX470
  • For your 2005 Lexus GX470 we do have hitches available. The most popular one is the Hidden Hitch part # 70779. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening that has plenty of towing capacity. I attached an install video for you to check out 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Fiat 500
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 60289 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2012 Fiat 500 POP. This has a 200 lb tongue weight rating and a 2,000 lb total trailer capacity so it should work very well for you as long as the owners manual of your vehicle says you can tow with your vehicle. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. While this does clamp around the bumper supports it would not prevent them from still functioning in the event of an accident. The brackets...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver and Wiring Recommendation for 2014 Nissan Frontier 4 x 4 Crew Cab
  • When it comes to a hitch for your 2014 Nissan Frontier 4 x 4 Crew Cab, I recommend going with the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13241. This hitch bolts directly to the frame of your Frontier and provides a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs and 500 lbs of tongue weight. I have attached an installation video for you. As for wiring, you will want to go with the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118266. This harness provides the relays to activate the tow package along with the 7-way...
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  • Hitch Extender to Tow a Trailer with a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 with Truck Bed Camper
  • First you will need to determine if the trailer hitch on your 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 is a 2 inch or 2-1/2 inch. Just measure the opening width to determine the size. I am assuming that the tailgate is down and/or the camper overhangs the back of the truck thus the need for an extension. I recommend an extension that is long enough to where the face of the receiver is flush with or a few inches recessed under the rear most part of the truck or camper, whichever extends out the furthest. If...
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  • Hitch Installation Difficulty on 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Turbo Diesel
  • First, thank you for your recent purchase from etrailer of a Class I hitch # C11072 for your 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The three hitches offered for the 2015 Jetta sedan can be seen on the linked page. All of these are noted in yellow highlight as being incompatible with the TDI version ("excluding TDI"). The reason is the interference with the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank, which you have confirmed. We currently do not offer a hitch that is compatible with this version of the Jetta. Since...
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  • How Does a Weight Distribution System Increase the Tongue Weight Rating of a Trailer Hitch
  • You ask a very good question. A weight distribution (WD) system that is properly tuned for the trailer weight and correctly installed will move some of the trailer tongue weight (TW) off the hitch and shift it forward to the tow vehicle's front axle. The hitch ball essentially becomes a pivot point - like the wheel of a wheel barrow when you lift the barrow's two handles. With some of the TW shifted forward a hitch then can, in many instances, handle more weight from the trailer tongue....
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Transit
  • The correct hitch for a 2015 Ford Transit Connect is the part # C13167, the part # C13193 that you referenced is designed to the 2015 Fort Transit T150, T250, and T350. It sounds like you may have ordered the wrong hitch for the vehicle you have.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2006 Chevy Cobalt
  • Based on the size of the food cart you have the only option I can recommend for you would be to install a hitch on your 2006 Chevy Cobalt like # 60808 or part # 60815 if you have an SS model and tow a small trailer. The dimensions of the food cart are too big to fit on a cargo carrier. The hitch I recommended comes with a ball mount and a pin and clip. For a ball you can use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). You will need to check the coupler of the trailer...
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  • Can Factory D-Rings Be Installed Over the Curt Hitch 13567 on a 1995 Jeep Wrangler
  • If you have a set of D-rings that are currently installed where the Curt Hitch part # 13657 would install on your 1995 Jeep Wrangler you could install them over the mounting bracket of the hitch as long as you got the appropriate length Grade 5 or higher bolt to replace the hitch's install bolts.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500
  • If Dodge says that the towing capacity for your 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 is 7,000 lbs then that is the heaviest trailer you can tow. A towing setup is only as strong as it's weakest component. If you were to install a hitch with a heavier capacity than what your vehicle has it would not allow you to tow a trailer above the capacity for the vehicle. If you can find a lighter trailer so that your setup weighs less than the capacity for your vehicle you could install the B and W Hitch part #...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36455 does indeed fit all models of the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. But if you want a model that does include the ball mount, pin, and clip, then you want Hidden Hitch model # 90169. Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite are sister companies and the hitches are identical. The ball mount is not included with the Draw-Tite hitches because we pair the ball mounts with the Hidden Hitch models instead. If you are also interested in trailer wiring harnesses you can use # 118534.
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  • Can Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for a Cadillac SRX Tow a Car Trailer with 3,000 Pound Car on It
  • Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87573 has a gross trailer weight capacity of 4,000 pounds (5,000 when using weight distribution) and a tongue weight capacity of 400 pounds (500 with weight distribution). So this trailer hitch could handle your trailer as long as the combined weight of the trailer with the vehicle loaded on it does not exceed the hitch capacity. The other thing you will have to look at is the capacity of the vehicle. The hitch might be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds but...
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  • Hitch for 2014 Honda CR-V Capable of Carrying 3 or 4 Bikes
  • There are Class III hitches available for the 2014 Honda CR-V that have the 2 inch receiver opening, which would allow you to carry a 3 or 4 bike rack. There isn't a hitch with a larger receiver opening available for your CR-V. Of the available hitches, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class III hitch, part # 75742. You can see the install details and an install video by clicking the provided links. For a compatible bike rack, the Thule Hitching Post Pro, part # TH934XTR would be a high...
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  • Would a Hitch Extender Be Needed to Carry a Harmar Scooter on a 2011 Buick Lacrosse
  • The problem with hitch extenders is that they reduce the capacity of the hitch they are installed on by 50 percent. The Hidden Hitch part # 90242 that you referenced has a tongue weight capacity of 300 lbs, so if you were to use an extender you would now be limited to 150 lbs of tongue weight. When installed the hitch opening should be recessed behind your bumper about 4 inches, so most likely the carrier you have would not require more clearance, but you can measure it from the center...
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  • 2015 Ford Explorer Exhaust Hanger Makes Contact with Trailer Hitch
  • If there is no noise from the contact between the exhaust hanger and the hitch then you don't have to do anything. If there is noise or you just want some more space then there are some things you can do to create more space. I have included a link to a help article that covers the different methods you could employ. If all else fails then a muffler shop would be able to take care of the issue pretty easily since they have the tools and the know-how to work on exhaust systems. I doubt...
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  • Exhaust on 2011 Ford Taurus Rattles Against Trailer Hitch Going Over Bumps
  • The exhaust on any given vehicle could be able to move enough to make contact with a trailer hitch. If this happens there are some things that you can do to correct the issue. We have a help article on the subject that I have linked for you which includes the various ways that the issue can be resolved. If you go with Curt hitch # C12296 and plan on doing some towing then you can use ball mount # C45518. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch ball use # 19258. And for trailer...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Focus to Tow Small Trailer
  • We have everything you need so that your 2014 Ford Focus can tow a trailer. For a hitch I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 60290 as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle and it includes a ball mount and pin and clip. I attached an install video for you to check as well. You will also need a hitch ball to complete the connection. For that you would want the part # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball or part # 19258 for a 2 inch hitch ball. For trailer wiring you would want...
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  • Rise and Length of Ball Mount Included with Hidden Hitch Class I # 60339 for 2015 Mazda 6
  • The Hidden Hitch Class I hitch, part # 60339 does indeed include the ball mount, which has a rise of 4 inches, and is 10 inches long, measured from the hitch pin hole to the hole where the ball installs. I've edited a diagram showing these dimensions for you. Since you'll be towing with your Mazda 6, I'd encourage you to check with your owner's manual to determine the towing capacity of the vehicle and be sure not to exceed that amount. To complete your towing set-up, you might need...
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