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Best 2017 Lexus NX Turbo Trailer Hitch Options

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Best 2017 Lexus NX Turbo Trailer Hitch Options


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2017 Lexus NX. Up top here we're going to have our Draw-Tite. That's going to be a Class 3. In the middle we're going to have our CURT Class 3. Then finally on the bottom we're going to have our CURT Class 2. Now since our NX Lexus has two different models, they have a 200 turbo and a 300 hybrid, do want to go over which one of these is going to fit each one.

Now all three of these are going to fit the turbo model, but the two CURTs are going to fit the hybrid models.Now right away just look at our hitches, we are going to notice some major differences. Now both of our Class 3s are going to give us a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening and both of them do have a reinforced collar, just a little bit different style to them. Both of our Class 3s are going to have a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening and they're both going to have reinforced collars, just a little bit different style and a little bit different look to them. Now the CURT Class 2 is still going to have that reinforced collar but it's going to give you an 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube opening. On the Draw-Tite, it's just going to have a little bit more of a rounded style collar to it, whereas with the CURT it's going to have more of a clean flush cut look to it.Now our two Class 3 hitches, since they do have that 2" opening, they're going to have a really wide variety of accessories that are going to be available.

They're both going to use a standard 5/8 pin and clip for the pin hole right here. Now neither of the kits do come with these but you can pick them up on our website using part number PC3, or you can find a locking device to -cure all your accessories.Now on the Draw-Tite might notice that there is a secondary hole in the receiver tube here. That's going to be specifically used for the j-pin stabilization device. Now this is sold separately but the way this is going to work, it is going to go into the hitch pin hole and then this hook right here is going to go into that secondary hole. That's going to apply pressure to the accessory inside the receiver tube.

That's going to keep it from rattling around then we're driving down the road. It's going to have a nut to keep the pressure on our accessories. It's also a locking device so we're going to be able to keep everything nice and secure.Our Class 2 CURT is going to use the same method of attaching any accessories to the hitch pin hole. However, we're going to be using a standard 1/2" pin and clip. These are included in the kit, which is always a nice bonus.

Now as far as the safety chain connection points go, they're all going to have a plate style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube. Now the CURT is going to have somewhat of a smaller size hole so you want to keep that in mind if you do have some larger hooks. That will be for the Class 2 and Class 3. They're not really going to be any different sized so you want to keep that in mind to make sure you can get those hooks on there and not have too much trouble.Now the Draw-Tite is still going to have that plate style welded to the bottom but it has a much larger hole where I can almost get my entire hand through the opening, so we're not going to have too much trouble getting those on or off. Another nice feature of our Draw-Tite is they have a built-in bracket so we can mount any kind of electrical connector here such as your four-pole or a seven-pole on the back of your car.If we look at our three hitches we are going to notice that the two CURTs are going to seem a little bit wider and they're going to have a little bit of different style mounting points. Both the Class 3 and Class 2 CURTs are going to install exactly the same. They're going to use two existing mounting holes in the frame on each side and we're just going to have a couple different bolts that we're going to put into some existing weld nuts.Now our Draw-Tite is still going to use factory mounting holes and we're not going to have to drill for any of our hitches. However, the Draw-Tite is going to come to the bottom instead of wrapping to the outside of the frame. We will have to temporarily lower the exhaust for all three of our hitches to be installed but we're not going to have to cut or drill anything on our Lexus.As far as weight capacity is concerned, our CURT Class 2 is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. The CURT Class 3 is going to have a 525 pound tongue weight along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. It is rated for use with weight distribution systems. Now the tongue weight's going to stay the same with that and it's going to jump the gross trailer weight rating up to 4,000 pounds. Our Draw-Tite is going to feature another 350 pound tongue weight along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating and is rated with weight distribution systems as well. That's going to bump up the tongue weight to 400 pounds and the gross trailer weight rating up to 4,000 pounds. With those weights in mind, I want to mention that you should always double check your Lexus' owner's manual, and you never want to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weights.To sum everything up, if installation is a big concern of yours, I think any of these hitch options are going to be a good choice because they're all going to use factory weld nuts in the frame and they're all going to install relatively the same. If appearance is your biggest issue, again, any one of these three hitches are going to be a good choice. They're all going to sit relatively right below the bumper. We are going to be able to see that crosstube right underneath but it's not going to be distracting from our Lexus. If weight capacity is a big concern of yours, I would definitely go with the CURT Class 3 because that's going to give you that added tongue weight and it is rated for weight distribution systems. It's going to have the highest rating out of all three.As far as versatility goes, I think the Draw-Tite would take it here purely because of the ability to have the j-pin stabilization device, which is going to be great for any accessory that doesn't have a built-in anti-rattle, as well as the electrical bracket that's already pre-installed for us so we can mount any kind of accessory we want. That will finish up the look at the best hitch options for your Lexus NX.


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