Trailer Hitch Installation - Ameri-Lite Gulf Stream Trailer - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on an Ameri-Lite Gulf Stream Trailer


Today on our hitch mounted pull behind camper well be installing the Curt adjustable width trailer hitch receiver, part number 13703. Before we can secure the hitch to the trailer we need to go ahead and slide the side brackets onto the receiver tube and mount it into place. Its a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help you put your hitch into position. To hold it into position you can use jacks, clamps, or even blocks of wood so that it will hold it into place so that it will allow you to use the hitch as a template to pre-drill the attachment points. Were working with a box channel so well be using all six attachment points on each side. Therell be four on the side of the frame and two in the bottom.

To drill out your holes in the frame well be using the step bit process. First well use our final size bit to determine the center point and use smaller bits as a pilot bit as we gradually work our way up to our final size. There as weve completed our first hole well now go ahead and repeat the same process for the other five attachment points here on the passenger side and then the complete process starts over over on the drivers side. Now that weve used the hitch as a template, drilled out the four side frame holes, well need to go ahead and drill a hole into the frame so that we can install the hardware. For this hardware well be drilling an inch and a half using our hole saw bit.

Well do this on the inside of the frame near the cross member or brace. Now weve got our hole saw set up well go ahead and use it to make a mark and then well drill out the pilot hole. Now with the pilot hole drilled out well go ahead and drill out the large hole with our hole saw bit. Now with that done we can go ahead and start installing the hardware. Well be using the hardware provided with our install kit which will be a half inch carriage bolt, two blocks per bolt, and a half inch flange nut.

Well also be using the pull wire provided with our install kit to help us get the hardware into the frame. Well take our pull wire feed it through the attachment point and out the access hole. Now well go ahead and slide on our block and thread on our carriage bolt. Next well feed both the block and carriage bolt into the frame separately and pull them into position. Once into position well go ahead and slide on another block and secure it all with a half inch flange nut.

Once we have them all in place well go ahead and tighten them down. Next well go ahead and draw out the two bottom attachment points for this application. Note these are not always used in all applications; however we have the clearance so were going to go ahead and use them. Just as we did our side frame attachment points well go ahead and drill out the bottom two attachment points, add our hardware, and tighten it down. Next well go ahead and repeat the same process on the drivers side. Well need to go ahead and drill out the holes for the attachment points between the side bracket and the cross tube. Once again well be using the step bit process making the holes large enough as per the instructions to feed our hardware in through the attachment points. With my first hole drilled out I can go ahead and take my black and bolt and feed it directly into position without the pull wire since its near the end of the cross tube and brace. With the bolt in place well go ahead again and add our block and secure it with a flange nut. Now well go ahead and drill out the second hole which will be on the bottom side of our bracket through the cross tube. With the hole drilled out well go ahead and feed our pull wire through the attachment point out the end of the tube, slide on our block, and thread on our carriage bolt. Now well go ahead and feed them into the tube and pull them into position. Well add our block and again secure it with the flange nut. Now with all the hardware in place well go ahead and tighten it down. Next well go ahead and torque each fastener to specification as indicated in the instructions. With that done thatll complete the install of our adjustable width trailer receiver hitch, part number 13703.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Earl G.

Will you still have room for spare tire if bikes are in the middle.

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Reply from Jon G.

That's something that you'll have to test out on your end. If you take your bike(s) and put them near the middle of your trailer at the back you should be able to get a pretty good idea how much room you have.

Chad

Can you install this hitch mount on an aluminum camper trailer frame?

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Reply from Jon G.

Technically yes but you are eventually going to start seeing corrosion due to the steel and aluminum touching. You might want to try reaching out to your manufacturer to get their take on this as well - I would try exhausting other options first since corrosion is definitely going to happen.

William L.

I have a 2013 24ft toyhauler.[model 1905] I want to tow my 2000 jeep wrangler behind.my frame is open channel with 2 square tube coming across in back.will this adjustable trailer hitch work for me.thanks bill

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Reply from Patrick B.

This hitch, part # 13703 , will frame widths of 22-72 inches. It will also work with box, C-Channel or I-Beam frame types. On the product page, you will find a measurement diagram of the flange that you can compare to your frame to make sure it will work. Also, be sure to check state laws regarding tandem tow in the states you will be traveling in. In some states, it is prohibited, in others it requires special licensing and others still there are no regulations.

Doug B.

Super intuitive video, I want to put one of these on my jayco trailer so I can tow my seadoo behind it, what was going to be pulled behind this particular trailer? Also, how hard is it to run wiring for the second trailer for this setup? Thanks in advance!D. Burton

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Reply from Patrick B.

We did not install any wiring on this trailer. The hitch was probably going to be used for a cargo carrier or bike carrier. To do the wiring, really all you need is a long piece of bonded 4-wire that you can run underneath the trailer and secure with clips. You can tap into the wiring lead for your Jayco towards the front, and attach a 4-pole at the rear. Please note, not every state permits tandem tow with recreational vehicles, so do check the laws of the states you would be trailering in. I have a parts list for you below. You will use the vehicle end connector from the loop.

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