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  • 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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  • Where to find VIN Number on a Used Utility Trailer
  • Usually commercial trailer manufacturers will indicate the unique vehicle identification number (VIN) on the same plaque that carries their brand name, model number information and the trailer specifications. The model number of the trailer is not the same as the VIN number; the same model number may be used on multiple trailers but a VIN number is unique and individual to each one produced. If you cannot find the VIN on the trailer tongue you can check for plaques on other parts of...
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  • Options for a Rear Trailer Receiver Hitch on a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • We have several different options of trailer hitches that are designed to fit the rear of a travel or 5th wheel trailer. However, the hitch that you have pictured will not function on your Prowler 5th wheel trailer. This hitch looks to be a specific fit for a passenger car or truck and not designed to mount on a trailer frame. Depending on the width of your trailer's frame will determine on which hitch will work. If your frame width is 18 to 51 inches wide, then the Curt Adjustable Hitch...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2016 Ram 3500 with Factory Installed 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • There are actually several hitches available now that fit directly into the 2016 Ram factory OEM prep package. There is also an option to use a special adapter if you already have a hitch or if you plan on getting a slider hitch (for short bed trucks). The hitches that fit directly are: # BWRVK3600, rated for 25K # C16545-16021, rated for 24K # C16530-16021, rated for 20K # C16520-16021, rated for 16K, dual jaw # C16515-16021, rated for 16K, slide-bar jaw You can also use adapter...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch And Gooseneck Hitch For GM Factory Rail Kit In 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500
  • The Chevy factory rail kit does not have any Reese brand 5th wheel hitches that currently fit it. B&W and Curt have hitches that will fit. I recommend the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs # C16064 or the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs # BWRVK3700 for your application. For a gooseneck hitch, the only option we have is the Curt Ball and Safety Chain Loop Kit for Factory...
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  • How to Activate Trailer Lights on 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with C55515 Wiring Harness
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said if you have installed the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness for Factory Tow Package - 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C55515, you will not need to do anything with the fuses to enable the trailer lights. However, you will need to take your vehicle to your Jeep dealer and have them reprogram the Jeep's computer to activate the trailer wiring harness. It will take about 10 minutes.
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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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  • Is a 2 inch or 2-5/16 inch Ball a Standard Size for a Hitch Ball
  • 2 inch or 2-5/16 inch diameter balls are pretty standard sized balls, it is not surprising that the coupler on the 1997 Coleman camper accepts either one of those sizes. For a 2 inch ball I would recommend a Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, part # 19247. If you need a ball mount as well I would recommend a Ball Mount 2-3/4 inch Rise or 4 inch Drop, part # 2753.
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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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  • How to Properly Set the Tension on the Curt Sway Control Bar # 17200
  • The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit and the bolt under the handle is the tension adjustment bolt. You will need to turn the On/Off handle clockwise (tighter) until the handle will stay firmly in place parallel with the main body of the sway control. Start out setting the sway control by testing with the adjustment bolt at the factory preset level of friction. You will need to perform a series of road tests with the loaded trailer. If there is not enough sway control...
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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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  • Towing Capacity of a 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab, 4x4, 5.7 Liter, Short Bed, with 3.21 Gears
  • Unlike the 3/4 and 1-ton Ram trucks the 1500 does not have a separate towing capacity for 5th wheel or gooseneck towing. Based on your truck, 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with 6 foot, 4 inch bed, 5.7 liter motor, and 3.21 rear end, and with standard rather than premium options the capacity can vary depending on the trim level of the truck: Outdoorsman, Big Horn, and Lone Star, 8,250 pounds Tradesman and Express, 8,150 pounds Sport, 8,000 pounds Laramie, 7,950 pounds Payload in general...
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  • What is the Torque Specification for Installing Curt Class III 2-Inch Trailer Hitch # 13314
  • The correct torque specification for the installation hardware on Curt hitch # 13314 is 70-ft/lbs. In order to have the full rated capacity for this hitch (350-lbs tongue weight and 3500-lbs gross trailer weight) it must be installed to this spec. I have linked the installation instructions for your review. These are brief but they do include much important information to ensure your hitch installation is complete and safe. Step 4 mentions the torque spec. Please also note that if...
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
  • Dodge introduced a multiplex type of wiring called Powernet starting in 2013. Traditional brake controller harnesses would not work with it. So manufacturers developed a new harness that will work with the Powernet. The dealer may not know of the aftermarket options and the new wiring harnesses developed for use with the Powernet system. But you can very much install an aftermarket one if you want to. If you like Curt brake controller # C51130 then for a 2014 Ram 1500 you will need harness...
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  • Purpose of Curt Stabilizing Strap # 18050
  • In order to satisfy Curt warranty requirements, any of their Class I or II receivers (like the C11423 you referenced) as well as a few of their Class III hitches must be used with a stabilizing strap like part # 18050. This applies to any non-trailer loads like a bike rack or cargo carrier. Curt has this warranty provision because of the lower tongue weight capacities of Class I and II hitches. The strap prevents any bouncing of the bike rack or other hitch mounted accessory from damaging...
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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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  • Gooseneck Hitch Ball for a 2018 Dodge Ram 3500 with Factory Tow Package
  • The Curt Ball and Safety Chain Loops Kit # C60618 as well as the Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit # RP30140 for the 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 are confirmed to work with the factory tow package on the 2018 Dodge Ram 3500 as well. These come with safety chain loops and a 2-5/16" hitch ball. They are both rated for 30,000 lbs so either one will be great for your application.
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  • How do I use a Bike Rack and Pull a Trailer at the same time
  • We carry a very handy 2 inch ball mount for this exact application. The part is # D210. The ball mount slides and pins into your hitch and the top receiver will accept 2 inch bike racks and hold them above the ball. The Ball Mount has a 500 lb tongue weight capacity, which means that the bike rack and the bikes on it as well as the trailer tongue weight cannot weigh more than 500 lbs or the tongue weight capacity of the hitch, whichever is lower. We also have a bike rack that clamps...
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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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  • 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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  • Is There a Minimum Hitch Receiver-to-Ground Height Clearance Requirement for Trailer Hitches
  • I am not aware of any legally mandated minimum ground clearance requirement for trailer hitch receivers in any states and my online research did not reveal any such laws. However, I did find on an internet forum for Sienna owners posts related to your exact concern: too little hitch receiver-to-ground clearance. This vehicle simply sits quite low to the ground. Typically the various hitch receivers offered by the major manufacturers will tend to be of fairly similar proportions, which...
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  • Trailer Hitch Ball Wrench Size and Torque Rating for 1-1/4 Inch Hitch Ball Shank Size
  • You can have a 2-5/16 inch hitch ball on either a 1 inch or 1-1/4 inch shank. The nut on a hitch ball with a 1-1/4 inch shank takes a wrench with a 1-7/8 inch socket. A hitch ball with a 1 inch shank will take a wrench with a 1-1/2 inch socket. You will need to torque all hitch balls with a 1-1/4 inch shank, like 2-51/6 inch hitch ball # A-6, down to 450 ft/lbs. I am including a link to some helpful trailer hitch ball information, if needed.
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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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  • What Setting Should Be Used On Multimeter When Testing 12V Wiring For Trailer Harness installation
  • If you are wanting to use a multimeter to test the 12 volt system on your vehicle when you are installing the Curt T-Connector Wiring harness, part # C56165, you would set the multimeter like part # BTMT15 to 20 on the DC side. I have attached a photo of the # BTMT15 and have noted where the test position is. This will take the reading for a system that has 0 to 20 volts.
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2017 Volkswagen GTI
  • Yes, the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C11412, is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Volkswagen GTI. This trailer hitch is rated for 2,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight and 200 lbs Tongue Weight. Keep in mind that for all non-trailer loads that you will need to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap , part # 18050. I have included some demonstration videos for you as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • There are a few trailer hitch options for the 2017 Toyota Rav4. All the available systems are confirmed to fit the Hybrid models as well. I recommend the Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # C13149 because installation of this hitch does not require trimming or removal of your vehicle's underbody panel. This is a 2 inch receiver opening with a 525 lb tongue weight capacity that is custom fit for your RAV4 Hybrid. If you are looking to tow with your trailer hitch, I also recommend...
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  • How to Increase Height of Trailer Hitch Ball to Allow Boat Trailer to be Towed Level
  • Ideally a hitched trailer will be level to the ground. We often recommend starting off with the hitch ball being a bit higher - an inch or so - than the top of the coupler on the level trailer since once hitched there will be a degree of squat in the rear of the tow vehicle from the trailer tongue weight. This is perfectly acceptable. You can select a different ball mount for your hitch that gives you additional height (rise) by using the link provided at right. For example, if you want...
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