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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 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The obsolete trailer hitch # 37042 did fit many vehicles, but it does not fit your 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Instead you would want the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75139 as this has been confirmed to fit your vehicle and is a 2 inch hitch. Check out the install video I attached. 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....
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  • Dimensions of Shipping Box for Curt # C13114 Class III Trailer Hitch
  • The Curt Class III hitch, part # C13114 for the 2008-2013 BMW X6 ships in a box measuring 58 inches long by 8 inches wide by 26 inches high.
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  • How to Determine if 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 Has Tow Package
  • The easiest way would be to call your dealer's service department and have them run the VIN of your vehicle. They should be able to tell you exactly how your vehicle was equipped. The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch you referred to, part # C13152 will fit all models of the 2015 Sorento. If you weren't planning on towing with the hitch, but were going to use the hitch as an attachment point for a bike rack or other hitch mounted accessory, it won't matter whether you have the tow package...
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  • Fit of Curt Class III # C13105 Trailer Hitch on 2015 Toyota Sienna SE
  • According to Curt, their Class III hitch, part # C13105 is a fit for all models of the 2015 Toyota Sienna, including the SE model. The only trimming that will be required will be on the underbody panel, not the bumper or bumper fascia. I'll link you to the installation instructions and an install video. If you'll be towing with your Sienna, you'll also need the following to complete your towing system: Curt vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole trailer connector, part # C56106 Ball...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2013 Winnebago Ford F-53 Chassis Motor Home
  • What you will need to do is install a weld-on heavy duty truck trailer hitch like in the link I have provided. All of these hitches are going to be Class IV or V hitches like you are looking for. Welding should be performed by a qualified professional welder with experience in this sort of installation. A custom fit hitch is not available for the 2013 Ford F-450 chassis models. You will want to make sure your motor home has a towing capacity of up to 7,000 lbs. This information should...
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  • How To Release Connector Cover for Trailer Wiring Install on a 2014 Nissan Frontier
  • If you check out the 2:32 mark of the video that I attached you will see how to release the harness from the cover. You will need a small screw driver to press down on the release tab and then push up on the harness to release it at the same time.
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  • High Capacity Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Toyota Tundra with Factory Hitch
  • If you are looking for a very high capacity hitch confirmed to fit your 2014 Toyota Tundra that has a factory hitch you would want the TorkLift Hitch part # TLT1300H. Here are it's capacities: Maximum gross trailer weight: 8,000 lb Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 15,000 lbs Maximum tongue weight: 800 lb Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 1,500 lbs The Curt hitch # C15398 that you referenced isn't designed for vehicles with factory hitches and there's...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Kia Forte
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 60335 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Kia Forte. When you install an aftermarket part on your vehicle like a trailer hitch in this case, you are protected by the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation and the part caused a problem then the warranty cannot be voided. I recommend looking it up online. Normally we recommend that you always follow any and all towing restrictions for a vehicle that...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Porsche Macan
  • The Curt hitch part # C13136 that you referenced once installed on your customers 2015 Porsce Macan S will look very similar to the picture I attached that shows it installed on an Infiniti Q5. We haven't had the chance to install this hitch on a Macan yet so we don't have any pictures of it on one. I confirmed with my contact at Curt that the hitch will fit the S models as well.
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  • Hitch Needed for 2015 Honda Accord to Carry Bike Rack with 2" Shank
  • The hitch receivers available for your 2015 Honda Accord are all Class I with a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening like the Custom Fit Curt Hitch, # C11681. Curt does require the use of Support Straps, # 18050, for all non-trailer loads including bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt. In order to mount a bike rack designed for use with a 2 inch hitch in the Class I hitch, you could use a hitch adapter like the...
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  • Could the Draw Tite Hitch part # 41906 fit a Box Van Built on a Ford E-350 Chassis
  • The Draw Tite Hitch part # 41906 is designed to fit 2004-2014 Ford E-350 vans, but it hasn't been confirmed to work on box vans like what you have. If you check out the picture I attached you will see dimensions of the hitch. What you can do is compare them to your vehicle to see if it would be compatible.
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  • Is There a Way to Transport a Mobility Scooter with a 2003 Volkswagen Passat
  • The only hitches available for your 2003 Volkswagen Passat have a 1-1/4 inch opening like the Curt Hitch part # C11054 that you referenced. There's not going to be a good way to carry your scooter with your vehicle. The only solution I can provide isn't an ideal one for you, but it would be to use the hitch and then use a scooter trailer like part # UWT1.
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  • Hitch Weight Distribution Wiring and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood
  • The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75146 is an interesting hitch as it has ridiculously high towing capacities when used with a weight distribution system when compared to without. It's classifications would be pretty hard to nail down because of it. All that really matters is that the hitch has enough capacity for what you plan on towing. Which it sounds like it does. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Saturn VUE Hybrid
  • Yes, I checked with Curt and the Curt Hitch part # 13591 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit all styles of the 2007 Saturn Vue so it will fit the hybrid models like what you have. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. 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...
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Chevy Tahoe
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13029 has been confirmed as a fit for your 1996 Chevy Tahoe, there isn't any fit info available as to whether or not it will also fit vehicles with roll pan bumpers. The best solution I can give you would be to check out the install instructions I attached to see how it installs as well as check out the install video that shows how a similar hitch installs on a similar vehicle. The hitch is designed to sit right underneath the bottom of the factory bumper. If your...
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  • Availability of Trailer Hitch to Fit 2000 Mercury Sable, 1998 Ford Taurus and 2005 Ford Taurus
  • We do offer one trailer hitch receiver, Curt Class II hitch # C12232, that can fit all three of your vehicles. This 1-1/4-inch hitch will fit the 2000 Sable, both sedan and wagon; it will fit the sedan, SHO and wagon versions of the 1998 Taurus; and it will also fit both sedan and wagon versions of the 2005 Taurus. You are lucky! This kind of compatibility does not happen too often. If you plan to tow you will need ball mount # C45522 and either 1-7/8-inch ball # 19256 or 2-inch...
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  • Fit of Draw-Tite Class III # 75601 Trailer Hitch on 2015 Mercedes Sprinter w/ 144 Inch Wheelbase
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Hitch, part # 75601 will fit a 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with the 144 inch wheelbase and factory step bumper unless the outside to outside dimension of the frame members is 30-3/8 inches (which is found on cab/chassis models and not passenger vans). You can see the installation details by clicking the link I provided for you. To complete your towing system, I'd recommend the following: Trailer wiring harness w/ 4 pole trailer connector, part # 119190KIT Ball...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2011 Subaru Impreza
  • For your 2011 Impreza WRX Sedan, I recommend Hidden Hitch part # 60893 as long as you do not have the STi model. (There is currently no trailer hitch available for the STi.) This hitch includes the ball mount and the pin and clip used to secure the ball mount into the receiver. I have included a video review of this hitch on a Subaru Forester. The vehicle is different but the installation is similar. The custom fit wiring harnesses available for your 2011 Subaru Impreza are plug and...
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  • Extra Exhaust Hangers when Installing Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Based on the exhaust you have and the unknown compatibility with Curt hitch # C11318 on your 2007 Subaru Impreza, I recommend getting 3, if not a couple extra just in case because you never know what you might need. Its better to be prepared. You mentioned using the hitch with a bike rack. Since the hitch is a Class I, you will need a bike rack that is Class I compatible and you are limited to 2 bikes at most. Also, Curt requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using the...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Mercury Monterey for Towing Small Trailer
  • I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # C13587 for your 2004 Mercury Monterey. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening confirmed to fit your vehicle that won't require any drilling. Drilling doesn't necessarily add anything to a hitch's value, basically it's just an extra step that isn't required for this hitch. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with...
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