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Trailer Hitch Information Videos

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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 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.


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.


Lowering Exhaust Pipe on Vehicle with Rubber Hanger

Next what we have to do is lower the exhaust here a little bit, we will take off this rubber hanger and that way we get more flexibility and room to fit the hitch in.




Trailer Hitch Videos


Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Mazda 3

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Mazda 3, we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install the Curt Class I custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number C11377. So here's what our hitch is going to look like. It is going to sit right below the bumper, and the cross tube is going to be visible. Now it's a Class I hitch, so it's going to give us that inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening, which is going to be great for bike racks and some cargo carriers.Now the way we're going to mount any of those accessories is going to be through the hitch pin hole here on the side. And it is going to accept a standard half inch pin and clip. While they're not included in the kit, you can pick them up here at etrailer.com.


Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be installing Draw-Tite's Class 3 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76227.Now this is what our hitch is going to look like when it's installed. It's got a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver, and it's rated for class 3. It features hoop style safety chain loops, and these are nice because they have a nice large opening so it's easy to accommodate just about any size safety chain.It uses a 5/8ths inch hitch pin and clip. One doesn't come included, but can be picked up here a etrailer.com with part number PC3. The smaller hole, located behind the hitch pin hole, allows you to use a J-pin. A J-pin's nice because it'll press up against any accessories you have installed on your hitch, and acts as an anti-rattle device.It features a 600 pound tongue weight, and that's the force going down on top of the receiver, and a 4000 pound gross towing capacity, that's how much it can pull behind it.


Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Speaker 1: Today on this 2018 Hyundai Sonata we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11402. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. One thing that's nice about this hitch is that it is tucked up nice and tight against our fascia and doesn't stick out past it, so when we're loading cargo into our trunk we don't have to worry about running our shin into it.On the side of our receiver you'll find our industry standard 1/2 inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure your hitch mounted accessories with a pin and clip. We have those available separately on our website. Welded on the bottom is our plate-style safety chain loop area. What's nice about these is that they do have a decent size opening so even if you have a somewhat large hook in your trailer, if you plan on towing a trailer with your Sonata you'll still easily be able to hook up the chain to it.On the end of our receiver we have this collar that's welded on.


Best 2018 Toyota RAV4 Trailer Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2018 Toyota Rav4. So up top here we're going to have our Class III Draw-Tite. Right below that, we'll have our Class III EcoHitch. Below that, we'll have our Class III etrailer, and then finally at the bottom, we'll have our Class III Curt. And if we're me looking for a hitch, I personally would go with the top one, the Draw-Tite because I'm mainly going to be using it for recreational purposes like a bike rack.But let's take a closer look at all of these and look over some of the features. Now right away you may notice that the Draw-Tite and the EcoHitch are going to have a very different design from the Curt and etrailer hitch.


Best 2017 Toyota RAV4 Trailer Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2017 Toyota RAV4. Up top here we're going to have our Class 3 Draw-Tite. Right below that we'll have our Class 3 EcoHitch. Below that we'll have our Class 3 etrailer. Then finally at the top bottom we'll have our Class 3 CURT.Now if it we're me looking for a hitch, I personally would go with the top one, the Draw-Tite, because I'm mainly going to be using it for recreational purposes like a bike rack. But let's take a closer look at all of these and look over some of the features.Now right away you may notice that the Draw-Tite and the EcoHitch are going to have a very different design from the CURT and etrailer hitch.


Best 2016 Toyota RAV4 Trailer Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2016 Toyota RAV4. Up top here, we're going to have our Class III Draw-Tite. Right below that we'll have our Class II EcoHitch. Below that we'll have our Class III eTrailer, and then finally at the bottom, we'll have our Class III Curt. Now, if it we're me looking for a hitch, I personally would go with the top one, the Draw-Tite, because I'm mainly going to be using it for recreational purposes like a bike rack. But let's take a closer look at all of these and look over some of the features.Now, right away, you may notice that the Draw-Tite and the EcoHitch are going to have a very different design from the Curt and eTrailer hitch.


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Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers

  • How to Determine Correct Ball Mount Rise or Drop for Towing a Trailer with a 17 Inch Coupler Height
  • Normally trailer coupler height is around 17 inches, from the ground to the bottom of the coupler, and most hitch manufacturers design their hitches to work with a ball mount that will end up very close to this measurement. I am including a link to an instruction page detailing how to measure for the correct ball mount and how to measure the ball mount. With the Curt Trailer Hitch, item # 13555, for your 2008 Honda CRV the recommended ball mount is the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, item # 2753,...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • I spoke with the trailer hitch manufacturer, who informed me that there are no changes on the 2018 Subaru models that should affect the fit of trailer hitches. I recommend going with the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III – 2", Item # 75673. The manufacturer confirmed this to fit the 2018 Subaru Outback. This hitch includes computer-aided, fully welded steel construction for maximum strength and durability, easy bolt-on installation, and a black powder...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Honda CR-V
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76128 referenced in your question will indeed fit your 2018 Honda CR-V Touring. This Class III trailer hitch will provide you with a 2 inch receiver opening and has a 4,500 pound towing weight capacity and 675 pound tongue weight capacity. It is custom-fit for the vehicle, which means it will use existing holes in the CR-V's frame for a no-drill installation. I have attached a short installation video on the 2017 CR-V that you can use...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
  • Yes, the Curt hitch part # 9883544 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and will work great. For trailer wiring you'd need the part # 119147KIT. If 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 the ball mount kit does...
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  • Towing capacity of a 2014 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew 145 Inch Wheelbase 3.5L EcoBoost 3.55 Rear End
  • I looked up the owners manual for the 2014 Ford F-150. On a 4x4 SuperCrew with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost, 145 inch wheelbase, and 3.55 rear end the gross combined weight rating will either by 13,400 pounds (for limited models) or 15,500 pounds. If you subtract the gross vehicle weight rating of 7,200 pounds then the max you can tow will either be 6,200 pounds or 8,300 pounds. Of course if the gross weight of the truck when loaded with cargo, fuel, and occupants is only 6,000 pounds then you...
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  • Is a 1-1/4 to 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver Adapter Recommended for Use with a 2 inch Cargo Carrier
  • I would discourage the use of an adapter for use of 2 inch accessories in 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receivers. The reason is that the adapter places the carrier farther away from the rear of the vehicle and hitch, creating additional torque that 1-1/4 inch hitches, especially Class I hitches, are not designed to handle. For this reason all 1-1/4 to 2 inch hitch adapters decrease the hitch or vehicle tongue weight capacity, whichever is lowest, by 50 percent, making a class one hitch only...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee With 3.6L V6 Engine
  • I referred to the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee owner's manual to find what the Max Gross Trailer Weight rating. According to the manual, on page 531, the max trailer weight rating is determined by your Jeep's drivetrain. For the 3.6L V6 with either 4x2 or 4x4 models, the max trailer weight rating is the 6,200 lbs you listed. This will be with or without towing package. The 6,200 lbs weight is the max the 2015 Grand Cherokee will be able to tow safely. However, although your Jeep has...
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  • Curt vs. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Comparison for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • The Class II Curt Hitch # C12136 and Class II Draw-Tite Hitch # 36493 for your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon are very similar, but every Class I and Class II and some Class III Curt Hitches require stabilizing straps to be used when towing non trailer loads. When stabilizing straps are not used on these hitches, the warranty is void and will no longer be covered by Curt. Draw-Tite hitches do not require stabilizing straps to be used on non trailer loads. The Curt and Draw-Tite Hitches have...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Mazda CX-5
  • I'd recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 76138 for your 2018 Mazda CX-5 as it is a confirmed fit, has a 2 inch hitch size, and unlike the Curt equivalent does not require a stabilizer strap when carrying a bike rack.
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  • What Does GVWR Mean for a Truck
  • The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), or gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers. Maximum trailer weight rating is the heaviest trailer you can tow. So for your truck the heaviest trailer you can tow would be 8,400 lbs regardless of what hitch you use. So you would not be...
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  • What Does GTW and TW Mean and What is Weight Distribution, 2008 BMW X5
  • I can certainly help you out. The TW is the tongue weight. This is the weight of the trailer at the coupler that attaches to the ball mount on the trailer hitch. It should be 10 to 15 percent of the GTW or gross trailer weight. The gross trailer weight is the total weight of the trailer. Weight distribution is a system that installs on the trailer frame and the trailer couples to a special shank on the trailer hitch. The spring bars that come with a weight distribution system take some...
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  • Does Installing EcoHitch in 2018 Subaru Outback Affect Back Up Sensors
  • I attached a picture of the Ecohitch part # 306-X7266 installed by us and you can see the back up sensor on the far end of the bumper. It wasn't a problem for us at all. Removing the foam wasn't an issue either. For the money though I would go with the Draw Tite part # 75673.
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  • Best Hitch Recommendations for 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • For your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon the Class III hitch I would recommend is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7266 as the overall winner. It has the higher Class III towing capacities, doesn't require the stabilizer strap when carrying a bike rack like the Curt, but also because it only has the hitch opening that hangs down below the bumper so it's the least visible. It is the most expensive though so the next best option is the Draw Tite part # 75673 which is still a great hitch but it has a visible...
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  • How to Extend Trailer Safety Chains that are Too Short to Reach Loops in Hitch Receiver
  • If you want to just add on some sort of extension you can use Safety Chain Quick Link # 49135 which has a working load limit of 3300-lbs. This will give you about 3-inches additional length. Ideally trailer safety chains will be one continuous chain, without additional connection points or extenders. The best solution is to replace your safety chains with new ones of the appropriate rating and length, such as TowReady # TR63035 (sold as a single piece) which is 72-inches long and that...
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  • Should I Use 2-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive While Towing in the Mountains
  • You should not tow your trailer on dry pavement with the vehicle in 4-wheel drive. For normal towing you should always use 2-wheel drive. The exceptions to this are extreme conditions such as snow covered or muddy roads that would normally require 4 wheel drive. Just remember that if you would use 4-wheel drive without the trailer then you should use it with the trailer. In the mountains, if you are descending on a 4-wheel drive trail then 4-wheel drive low would be recommended to save...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Class II and a Class III Hitch?
  • The difference between the Class II and Class III hitches has to do with their Gross Trailer Weight (GTW), their Tongue Weight (TW), and their Hitch Receiver Size. Class II trailer hitch receivers have a 1-1/4 inch receiver and can be rated up to 3,500 lbs in GTW and up to 525 lbs in TW. Class III, on the other hand, have a 2 inch receiver and have up to 8,000 lbs GTW and 800 lbs TW. I will attach a help article that goes in to more detail for you. A good example of a Class II hitch...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • There are trailer hitches that will fit the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen of which the Alltrack is one of the options for that vehicle. The hitches available are all Class I hitches though ( # C11422 and # 24949 ) and as such are limited to 2 bikes maximum. In order to use a swinging bike rack you would need to have a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver. Even a Class II has a 1-1/4 inch receiver but it can hold more than 2 bikes unlike the Class I. You mentioned a Subaru Outback....
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  • Draw-Tite vs Eco-Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • All 2-inch hitches we offer for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon appear on the page I linked for you and these of course include the Draw-Tite # 76227 and the Eco-Hitch # 306-X7266, both of which require a MUCH more involved installation process than other options we offer. Both require removal of the rear bumper so that the hitch mounting plates can go in between the bumper and the rest of the vehicle. This is shown in the linked photo. To be perfectly honest with you, if I were making...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
  • For your 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, I recommend the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch # C13382. This is an excellent Class III hitch that is confirmed to fit your vehicle and will provide a 2 inch receiver opening and a towing weight capacity of 3,500 pounds. This is custom-fit for your Crosstrek which means it will use existing holes in the vehicle frame for a no drill installation. I have also attached the complete installation details that you can take a look at.
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  • Maximum Towing Capacity for 2009 Chevrolet Silverado
  • I checked the owner's manual for your 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of your vehicle is 13,000 lbs. The best way to determine your towing capacity is to load your truck with all the people and cargo that you plan to carry when leaving on a trip and then weigh the truck. You will subtract this weight from the GCWR. This number will be the true maximum towing capacity of your Silverado. I typically don't recommend towing at your maximum capacity,...
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