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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


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.


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.




Trailer Hitch Videos

Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Routan - Curt

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Routan, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the CURT custom fit class 2 trailer hitch receiver. This is an 1-1/4 inch hitch. It's part number is C12264. Here you can see the hitch installed on the vehicle. It's a really nice clean look. The only thing that sticks down is actually going to be the receiver too.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford F-150 - Curt

Today on our 2013 Ford F-150 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a Class III two inch opening hitch. Part number is 13371. Here's what the hitch is going to look like installed on your truck. As you can see it comes down nice and flush on each end, nice straight across, very typical of a receiver hitch look. This is one of the easiest hitches I've ever put on. You've just got two bolts that are going to go into two pre-drilled holes, you tighten them down, and you're done. This is going to offer a 600 pound tongue weight capacity and a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Routan - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Routan we're going to be taking at then showing you how to install the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch. This is a two inch opening, part number on it is 87451. This is what the hitch is going to look like once you get it installed on the vehicle. It's a really nice clean look. There's no trimming of the rear fascia required, it just kind of rests right on top. We don't have to worry about changing the factory setup. There's a dual pin. As you can see this is going to accept the J-pin which is a stabilization and also a locking device.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Routan - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Routan we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This has the two inch opening, its part number is 75579. This what is going to look like once you get it installed on the vehicle. It's a really nice clean look. There's no trimming of the rear fascia required. It just kind of rests right on top. We don't have to worry about changing the factory set up.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Routan - Draw-Tite

Today, in our 2010 Volkswagen Routan, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a Class 2 inch and a quarter opening. Part number is 36455. Here you can see what the hitch is going to look like once we've got it installed in the vehicle. Really nice clean look. There's not a whole lot that comes down to make it look any different than a regular stock vehicle.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Toyota Prius - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2014 Toyota Prius, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the draw tight sport frame trailer hitch receiver. This is a custom fit class inch and a quarter opening, it's part number is 24847. Here's what the hitch is going to look like once you get it installed on your Prius, it's a nice kind of a smaller looking hitch than some of the other ones that I've seen. You're going to have the inch and a quarter opening of course. As you can see when you come down to the rear of the vehicle it sticks out just slightly, maybe an inch or so past the rear of the vehicle so you'll get full use out of it with the ball mount added to it. It will stick out a little bit so you want to be careful when walking around. Of course you're going to have your safety chain hookups here. With a Class One you're really going to be looking at very light duty towing if any. Some smaller cargo carriers are available with it and bike racks, you can do up two bikes whether you're using a two bike rack or a four bike rack, you just want to limit it to two bike capacity. These can come in handy for giving it some extra attachment points for a bike rack.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Acura MDX - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2007 Acura MDX, we're gonna be installing the hidden hitch custom fit class three trailer hit. This offers a 2" opening. It's part number is 87474.Here is what your hitch is going to look like once you get it installed on the vehicle. As you can see, not a whole lot hanging down below our factory rear bumper here. You'll have that round tube design so it's pretty sleek. Kind of tapers in, nice and narrow, 2" opening.


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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Edition
  • There are many bike rack options that you could use on your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Edition. It all depends on what you are looking for in features, how many bikes you want to carry, and how long the measurement is from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the spare tire. I have included a link to a help article that shows how to take this measurement. There are also options for bike racks that mount to the spare tire. For a 3-bike the only option is # SR2813. But...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited
  • The exhaust should not come out any further on a 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited more than it does on other trim levels of the Highlander (provided that the vehicle has factory exhaust and not an upgraded exhaust system). You would access the spare tire in the exact same way with or without the hitch installed. The only difference that you might see is that you would need to tip down the forward part of the spare tire first to get it to clear the hitch at the back. It seems that some...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Mercedes CLK 350 Convertible
  • The correct hitch to get for your 2008 Mercedes Benz CLK Convertible is the Curt Hitch part # C11353. When you use a hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack on this hitch you will need to use a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 for additional support. Since this will attach to the trunk lid of your vehicle like the video I attached demonstrates you will need to remove this strap everytime you open or close the top of your vehicle. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 1998 Chevy C/K 1500 to Tow a 7,000 Pound Trailer
  • No, Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87184 will not have the capacity for a trailer weighing 7,000 pounds. This hitch maxes out at 4,500 pounds. You will need to go to a higher Class hitch to get enough capacity. Curt trailer hitch # C14081 is a great option. It is only a few dollars more than the Class III hitch and it has a 10,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity. Be sure to consult the truck owners manual to make sure it too can tow the 7,000 pound trailer. Installation is fairly...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 1969 Buick Electra Convertible
  • We do not have any custom fit hitches for your 1969 Buick Electra but you may be able to have a shop fabricate one using some of the hitch fabrication parts we carry. I have included a link to the hitch fabrication parts for you. Another possible option is a weld-on hitch. I have included a link to the weld-on hitches that we carry as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2015 Honda Accord Sedan
  • All of the trailer hitches for your 2015 Honda Accord are going to be Class I hitches with 1-1/4 inch receivers so you would not be able to use a 2 inch bike rack. You could use an adapter but that will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent (from 200 pounds down to 100 pounds) and put additional stress on the hitch and vehicle. Also, Class I trailer hitches can only support up to 2 bikes maximum. Even if the bike rack used is Class I compatible and can hold more...
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  • Class V Trailer Hitch for 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 with Factory Hitch
  • The add-on hitch receiver assembly we offer for 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 without Factory Hitch, Curt # 13333, is only rated as a Class III hitch. For the 2015 Ram 1500 that came WITH the factory hitch we do offer a complete Class IV hitch from TorkLift, their part # TLD1106H. The linked installation instructions include step by step directions and photos. Please note that you still need to add the factory receiver to the truck before you can install the Class IV TorkLift hitch. I checked...
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  • Replacement Installation Hardware for Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2001 Nissan Xterra
  • For replacement mounting hardware for Curt trailer hitch # 13183 you will need # RHK. On the RHK page you will enter the hitch number and then select the manufacturer, Curt, from the drop down menu. The hardware pictured on the RHK page is just a representative photo and is not the actual hardware you would receive.
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  • Installing a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Ford Focus SE
  • I will be happy to help. What kind of trouble are you having? The Curt trailer hitch # C11158 will only fit sedan and hatchback models that are NOT an ST trim or an electric model. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. The hitch pretty much just bolts into place. I have included a link to a video showing installation for you on an older model but the installation will be nearly identical on your 2015. I have also included a link to a video on the fishwire...
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  • Replacing Factory Hitch on 2014 Ford F-250 STX 4X4 SuperCrew with Curt # 14002 Hitch
  • Trailer tongue weight (TW) is usually in the range of 10-15-percent of trailer gross weight. A loaded trailer of 5000-lbs will typically have a TW of 500-750-lbs. Power boats often have a lower TW since the heavier part - the motor - is well to the rear of the trailer. You can check your existing factory hitch's safety sticker to see its rated capacity when weight distribution (WD) is used. There is a chance you do not need to replace your hitch, just add a WD system. You may want to...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Chrysler 200
  • The instructions for Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 60352 are linked here and on the product page. Links appear on the right hand side of pages. Look for the black and white wrench icon. The Hidden Hitch model comes with the proper ball mount, pin, and clip. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch ball use # 19258. For trailer wiring use # 118638. Its instructions are also linked here and on its page.
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  • Trailer Hitch And Wiring Recommendation For 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • I would be glad to make some recommendations for you. First, the trailer hitch I recommend is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75699. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this hitch on a 2012 Grand Cherokee you can check out. It sounds like you plan on doing some towing so you might be interested in the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop...
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  • Will an Old Reese Multi-fit Trailer Hitch Fit a 2000 GMC 1/2 Ton Pickup Truck
  • The old multi-fit trailer hitch, 37042, was made obsolete in August of 2009. But I managed to find a list of the vehicles that it fits. It does NOT fit your 2000 GMC 1/2 ton pickup truck. The most popular hitch for a 2000 GMC C/K Series 1500 is # C14081. I also recommend ball mount kit # EBMK2416. And if you need trailer wiring use # 118315. If your truck is a Sierra (2000 was a split year) then the most popular hitch for the 1500 is # 13322. I also recommend ball mount kit # EBMK4....
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  • Compare Curt, Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite Trailer Hitches for 2015 Toyota Highlander
  • I would be happy to compare the trailer hitch options for your 2015 Toyota Highlander. As you mentioned you have three options, Curt # C13200, Draw-Tite # 75896, and Hidden Hitch # 87660. These are all Class III trailer hitches with a towing capacity of 6,000 lbs and a tongue weight capacity of 900 lbs. The difference in non-trailer loads does not affect the 2015 Highlander. Curt will require the use of a stabilizing strap for non-trailer loads on their Class I, Class II and some Class...
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  • Ground Clearance When the Draw Tite Hitch # 75726 Is Installed
  • Ground clearance is a question we get pretty frequently about trailer hitches. The Draw Tite Hitch part # 75726 when installed on a 2013 Toyota Highlander will have about 11 inches of ground clearance. Check out the install video I attached for this hitch that shows this measurement.
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  • Hitch, Trailer Wiring and Ball Mount Recommendation for a 2010 Honda CR-V
  • I can definitely help. The Curt Hitch part # 13555 has been confirmed to fit your 2010 Honda CR-V so that is a great place to start. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. Since you wanted to do 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, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Gas Coupe
  • Yes, the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24922 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Volkswagen Beetle gas coupe. There is no drilling required to install this hitch either. Draw Tite states that it should only take about 30 minutes to install this hitch. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional ground clearance....
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Chrysler 200
  • The Curt hitch part # C11133 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the Sedan and Coupe models of the 2013 Chrysler 200 so it should work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. The Curt hitch comes with the correct ball mount, hitch pin, and clip. For a ball you can use # 19256 for 1-7/8 inch diameter or # 19258 for a 2 inch diameter. For trailer wiring, use T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118550. I have included a link to the installation...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • For a hitch I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87600 for your 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan. This hitch is similar to the Curt hitch part # C13133 that you mentioned except it does not require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050. This hitch would work well with the Thule Parkway Bike Rack part # TH956 that you referenced, but for a very similar rack by Thule that also has anti-sway cradles I would recommend the Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. Check out the review video I attached. If...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Mazda CX-9
  • Hitch mounted bike racks are the way to go. They provide a more secure attachment to a vehicle that doesn't contact any painted surfaces. For a hitch I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # 13575 that has a 2 inch opening. 2 inch hitches will have higher capacities and will offer more flexibility for future hitch accessories. This hitch does not require any welding for installation, and you could remove it pretty easily as well. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed...
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