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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.




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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.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Acura MDX - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2007 Acura MDX, we're going to be installing and taking a look at the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a custom fit, class III hitch that's going to offer a 2" opening. Part number is 75614. Here's 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. You'll have that round tube design, so it's pretty sleek, kind of tapers in, nice and narrow, 2" opening.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Toyota Prius - Curt

Today on our 2014 Toyota Prius, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt custom fit class one trailer hitch receiver. This is an inch and a quarter opening, part number is C11276. Here's what the hitch looks like once you get it on your vehicle. As you can see, it's a pretty clean look. You're going to have the round tube, so it's a little softer than some of the other designs. This offers a 200 pound tongue weight capacity, 2,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity, but of course you're going to want to check with the Prius owner's manual to make sure those numbers are okay.


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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Chrysler 200
  • The instructions for Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 60352 are linked here an on the product page. Links appear n 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 an on its page.
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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 not 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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  • 2015 Nissan Murano Hitch Recommendation
  • There was a generation change in 2015 so a hitch from a 2012 Nissan Murano would not fit a 2015. For your 2015 you would want the # 87679 that you referenced. 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 ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does...
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  • 2013 Accord Coupe Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation
  • If you really want to avoid having to use a stabilizer strap with a hitch and bike rack on your 2013 Honda Accord Coupe your best option would be the Draw Tite hitch part # 24899 as it does not have the stabilizer strap requirement like the Curt hitches. Under no circumstances could I recommend you use a bike rack a Curt Class I hitch without a stabilizer strap. Not even if the bike rack is lightweight. It's not that Curt makes a less stable hitch, it's that they tend to be a bit more...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 1989 Toyota 4X4 Pickup Truck
  • In my research I found that none of the Reese hitches we carry are designed to fit your 1989 Toyota Pickup, but we do have hitches that are designed to fit if your truck is not the T-100 model. I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75031. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening.
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  • Hitch and Trike Rack Recommendation for a 1996 Lincoln Town Car
  • First you will want a hitch for your 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The Curt Hitch part # 13707 that you referenced would be a great choice. Check out the install video I attached for more info. For a trike carrier that would work well with this hitch I would recommend the Hollywood Rack Trike Rack part # HR1450R-TRKADP2.
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  • Will Reese Titan 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitch Fit a 1997 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually with Step Bumper
  • A roll pan bumper will not have any sort of step on it. A regular bumper will have that center "step" where the license plate sits. It sounds like you have a standard bumper so you would not have to worry about that at all. I have linked a help article that shows drawings of different bumper styles. Some of the fancier trim models of the later Rams might have come with a roll pan bumper, such as a Rumble Bee or some version of the Sport. I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit #...
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  • Hitch and Swing Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Honda CR-V
  • First let's start with a hitch. For that I would recommend the Hidden Hitch part # 87440. This is a Class III hitch confirmed to fit your vehicle that would work great with a swing away bike rack. For a swing bike rack that will let you have complete rear cargo access on your vehicle with bikes loaded you would want the Thule Vertex Swing Bike Rack part # TH9031. This rack can carry up to 4 bikes so it should work very well for you. Check out the review video I attached for more info....
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2006 Toyota Tacoma
  • All of the hitches we offer that are confirmed to fit your 2006 Toyota Tacoma with a regular cab would work great, but the hitch we offer that has the most positive reviews and is the most inexpensive is the Curt Hitch part # 13323. I would highly recommend it for you because of that. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. To wire your vehicle for towing, you would be able to use custom-fit Tow Ready wiring harness # 118496. To equip your Tacoma for towing...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a Thule T2 Bike Rack on 2008 Honda Civic Coupe
  • When the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24763 is installed on your 2008 Honda Civic Coupe there will be about 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on your rear bumper which wouldn't be enough since the Thule T2 # TH917XTR requires that measurement to be 3-1/2 inches at most. If you check out the picture I attached you will see that the Curt Hitch part # C11391 will actually stick out past the bumper so it would work well for you with your T2 rack. Curt...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Ford E350 Ambulance
  • I spoke to my contacts at Curt and Reese and the only styles of hitches that can be made to fit a service body van like your 2005 Ford E-350 ambulance are multi-fit RV hitches like the # 41990 that has a 16k capacity. This is a weld on hitch that would require either the 7 inch drop brackets part # 4907 or the 16 inch brackets part # 4916.
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  • Mounting Flange Length for the Curt Hitch part # 14053
  • I went out into our warehouse to measure the mounting flange of the Curt Hitch part # 14053 that you referenced and found it to be 15-1/8 inches long.
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  • Hitch Wiring and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • If you don't have a hitch picked out yet the most popular one we carry with other 2008 Toyota Highlander owners is the Curt Hitch part # 13534. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118449. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part...
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