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Front mount hitches are the perfect addition to your vehicle when you require the use of a recovery winch, tow loop, putting your boat in the water, or other accessory. We offer a large selection of front mount receivers by popular manufacturers like Draw-Tite, Reese and Curt so you can find the one that is right for your application and your budget. All front mount receiver hitches we offer are made in the USA and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

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  • Correct Placement of Snow Tire Chains on All Wheel Drive 2012 Ford Escape
  • In general, snow tire chains are generally placed on drive wheels, but they can sometimes also be used on non-powered wheels. If a vehicle is front-wheel-drive only, then generally the front tires are the priority but it is permissible to place them on the rear tires as well unless the manufacturer states otherwise. Likewise, if a vehicle is rear-wheel-drive only, then the rear wheels are the priority but you are free to put chains on the front also unless prohibited by the manufacturer. For...
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  • Differences Between a Reese Sidewinder and Revolution on a 5th Wheel Trailer and 2012 Ford F-150
  • A Sidewinder and a Revolution are the same thing. It is called a Revolution when it comes as OEM equipment on a trailer. There are some design differences as well in terms of how each attaches to the trailer. Those are the only differences. To determine if the Revolution offers enough extra clearance for your truck and trailer, there are some measurements to look at. First, measure from the center of the hitch jaws to the back of the truck cab and add 22 inches (length of Revolution...
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  • Trailer Running Light Fuse Location on a 2012 Ford F-250
  • On your 2012 Ford F-250 power distribution box, under the hood, the trailer running light circuit fuse is in location 26 and is labeled as Trailer tow park lamps. The relay for this circuit is location 29. To test a relay the easiest way is to use a known good relay in its place. I was able to find this information in the owner's manual starting on page 321. You may also want to check where the trailer connectors plug into the vehicle wiring harness and to each other as well as the 7-Way...
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  • Recommended Tire Chains for 35x12.5x20 Sized Tires on 2012 Ford F-250 4-Wheel Drive
  • The Titan Chain Tire Chains w Cams # TC3235CAM are confirmed to fit your 35x12.5x20 sized tires. They do have built in cam tighteners so additional adjusters are not necessarily required although they can make things easier. For a rubber adjsut you can use # TCMA2 and for a link and spring adjuster use # TCSA2. I found an online owner's manual for your 2012 Ford F-250 to see what Ford says about using chains. You should check yours to verify. It states that Class S compatible chains...
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  • What Can Cause Weak Electric Drum Trailer Brakes Using a Power Stop Brake Controller
  • The first thing you are going to want to test is the brake controller. Sever the brake output wire behind the back of the controller a few inches. Then use a circuit tester or multimeter like # BTMT15 to test the end coming out of the controller. If the controller output setting is set to the highest level, the tester should show approximately 12 volts. If it does, reconnect the wire. If it does not continue testing to see if the output fluctuates or changes at all. If it does change...
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  • Comparing Jaw Types on Fifth-Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • In regards to fifth-wheel hitches, there are a number of jaw types. A slide bar jaw is found on the less expensive hitches, such as the Pro Series # PS30129. This type of jaw is a secure one for your trailer but you will notice some king pin noise and some chucking as the fit is looser. This design will automatically close around the king pin once it is in place where the double- and single-jaw models will not. The double jaw design is more snug and secure than a slide bar jaw and you...
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  • Did Ford Factory 5th Wheel Prep Package Come on the F-250s or Short Bed Trucks
  • The factory underbed prep package was available on the F-250 and F-350 but only on the long beds. The aftermarket kit, # RP30126, can be installed on the short bed models. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. This kit does not include the gooseneck hitch portion, only the 5th wheel portion. To add the gooseneck you would need # RP30138.
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  • What is the Difference Between 235/80-16 and 235/85-16 Trailer Tires
  • Do you by any chance mean 235/80-16 and 235/85-16? Because there isn't a 275 trailer tire size that I have seen. If so then the widths are the same between the two 235 sizes. The difference is overall diameter. The 235/80-16 is 30.9 inches in diameter. The 235/85-16 is 31.7 inches in diameter. A difference of 0.8 inches but only half of that, 0.4 inches, applies to above the tire. It is unlikely that 0.4 inches will cause a fit issue but you can check to make sure there is space enough...
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  • Location of Brake Control Port on 2012 Ford F-250 XL with OEM Tow Package
  • Typically the brake control port that allows connection of an aftermarket trailer brake controller on the 2012 F-250 is located behind a small dashboard panel slightly to the right of center (toward the passenger side). Please refer to the photo provided. Behind this small panel, which can be removed with a flat-blade screwdriver or trim panel tool, you should find a wire harness with a grey connector (this may be secured with a zip tie). This connector mates with the corresponding grey...
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  • Adapter for Ford Factory 5th Wheel Prep Package for Use with a Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The Reese adapter you are looking for to use a standard above the bed 5th wheel hitch with the Ford factory under bed system is # RP30156. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. Make sure that your Valley hitch mounting tabs are 22 inches on center front to back. The side to side measurement on center should be either 29 inches or 20-1/2 inches. Take a look at the picture I have included as an example of the side to side measurement.
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  • What is the Best Trailer Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier for My 2012 Ford Edge Crossover
  • The hitch mounted cargo carrier that is selected most by our customers that have a 2012 Ford Edge, is the Pro Series 24 x 60 Railed Cargo Carrier, # 63153. This carrier is not a folding style carrier like the one you referenced though, but does have a larger platform and cutouts to insert taillights, like part # 98174LED, if the cargo you will be carrying might cover the vehicle taillights. If you like the folding option, the Curt Cargo Carrier, # C18151, that you referenced is our best...
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  • How to Convert Trailers Air Brakes to Electric Brakes
  • The Warner Air Utility Brake Control# 1300-80, which you reference, is designed for towing vehicles that have air brakes and trailers that have electric brakes. If you want to convert your trailer's air brakes to electric brakes you will want to remove the air brakes and then install the electric brakes from scratch. You will need several items to add electric brakes to your trailer. Starting with the trailer you will need a hub and drum that matches the bearings and seal on your trailer...
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  • Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Ford F-250 Short Bed With Factory Tow Prep Package
  • The 2012 Ford Super Duty trucks with the Ford factory tow prep package are using the Reese Elite Series rails. These rails can only be used with the Reese Elite Series hitches. The fifth wheel hitch that is designed to fit the hitch prep package on your 2012 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 6-3/4 foot bed is the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider and Wiring Harness, part # RP30144. This is a slider hitch with a gross towing weight capacity of 18,000 lbs. I am including a link to...
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  • Vehicle Wiring Converter to Separate Turn Signals from Brake Lights on a 2012 Ford F-150
  • If you want to add separate turn signals from the combined circuit on the truck then you will need a vehicle to vehicle converter # 118158. The combined left turn/brake light will go to the yellow input wire. The combined right turn/brake light will go to the green input wire. The white wire must be grounded to the vehicle frame. On the output side you will then have a yellow wire just for left turn signal, a green wire just for right turn signal, and a red wire that will only carry...
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  • Agricultural Type 7-Way Vehicle Socket for Trailers Using Round-Pin 7-Way Plugs
  • 7-way trailer connectors can be wired in several ways and heavy-duty commercial/agricultural round-pin 7-way wiring can be different too. Please refer to the linked image to see the different vehicle-side connectors and their common wiring configurations. To use your trailers that have plugs like # PK11702 with your F-250 you will need to install a socket such as # PK11720. A circuit tester like # ALL640595 will help you identify the function on each wire of the truck's existing 7-way....
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  • Comparing Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch # 60720 to # 60683
  • The Curt Double Lock # C60720 and the Curt EZr Double Lock # C60683 are basically the same gooseneck hitch. The difference is in the installation. The EZr gives you the ability to ensure the hole you drill in the bed is perfect without the need to measure. It instead uses the Center locator tool that allows you to drill from the bottom up for a perfect fit. The regular Double Lock system simply requires measuring and then you drill from the top down. If you are good with a tape measure,...
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Centered Behind the Rear Axle on a Truck
  • The dealer made a mistake, the center of the king pin should be either directly above the center of the rear axle or forward of the rear axle. The problem that you will run into is that when you have the pin weight behind the rear axle it will raise the front of the truck. This will have a negative impact on steering, braking, the head lights will point up. Also, the truck can carry the most weight directly above the rear axle. It cannot carry what it is capable of if the weight is centered...
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  • Correct 4-Way Trailer Wiring For My 2012 Ford Escape
  • Lets start by making sure you are looking at the right connector. The connector is located between the rear bumper and the rear of the drivers side frame member, as you can see in the photo I have provided. The connector has a protective cover, which is actually pinned to the vehicle as shown in the photo. The connector will only be active if your Escape is equipped with the factory tow prep package. If you are unsure if your Escape has the prep package, you can call your Ford dealer,...
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  • How to Reduce Sag on a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The best way to reduce the sag on your 2012 Ford F-250 when towing your fifth wheel trailer is to add a rear suspension enhancement system. The two most common types of rear suspension enhancement systems are air bag systems and rubber spring systems. The rubber spring systems like the SumoSprings and the Timbren Springs, # TFR250SDG, are typically more economical than an air bag kit like the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Springs, # F2550. The Timbren springs and the Ride-Rite kit that I mentioned...
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  • 2012 Ford F-150 with Factory Came with Fuse and Relay Labeled AL3T-15A416-AA
  • Normally, a factory tow package will be fully functional from the factory when you buy the truck. But in some cases, a tow package can be added very easily (by plugging in a 7-Way and adding some relays/fuses) that they can provide the parts at the dealer. It sounds like your truck may fall under the second category. To be sure, all you have to do is use the owners manual to find the proper locations of the fuses/relays related to the tow package, and insert the ones you found (if needed,...
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  • Comparing Drum Brakes to Disc Brakes of a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • I always recommend choosing disc brakes over drum brakes if you have the option. Disc brakes will provide more stopping power, less fade and require less maintenance because they have fewer moving parts. If your 5th wheel trailer currently has electric drum brakes and you want to convert to hydraulic disc brakes, then you will need not only the brakes, but a brake line kit and an electric-over-hydraulic actuator for disc brakes. You will also need a brake controller for your tow vehicle...
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2012 Ford Expedition
  • The 3035-P is the correct Brake Controller Wiring Adapter for your Expedition. The under dash connector will be gray in color, and can be found behind and to the right of the OBD port, as shown in the installation video I have linked you to. Although the existing plug has 6 terminals, only 4 of them are used. If your Expedition is equipped with the factory 7-way trailer connector, once the controller is plugged in and mounted to the underside of the dash, the install will be complete. If...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2012 Ford Escape
  • We do offer several hitches that are confirmed to fit your 2012 Ford Escape. Of all the hitches we offer I recommend the Draw-Tite Hitch, part # 75751. This hitch is a Class lll hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. When I checked out the photos of the hitches we offer that fit your Escape, this one appears to be the least conspicuous. Due to the design of the vehicles it is difficult to find a hitch that is really concealed. If you plan on towing with your Escape, I recommend...
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  • Travel Trailer Tire Chain Recommendation for Tire Size 205/75R14
  • For the tire size of 205/75R14 that Titan chains part # TC1540 would be your best option. These are priced great, easy to install, fit your tire size, and will provide you with great traction. I attached an install video for these chains for you to check out as well.
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  • What Parts are Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford Focus
  • The Roadmaster Base Plates, # RM-524430-4, are a fit for the 2012 Ford Focus SE. These base plates will not work on ST models. Also, if the vehicle has the adaptive cruise control feature, it cannot be flat towed. Adaptive cruise control uses a forward facing radar that detects other vehicles in front of the vehicle and adjusts the speed accordingly. You will also want to consult the vehicle owners manual on how the vehicle should be towed. Some vehicles will accrue mileage when flat...
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  • Determining if Weight Distribution System is Being Overloaded
  • I'm a bit confused by the description of your set up. You mention that the Eaz-Lift set up is rated at 14000 towing/1400 tongue weight, but then go on to say the bars are rated at 600 lbs. If your spring bars are rated at a maximum of 600 lbs, it means that the tongue weight of the trailer plus the weight of anything stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle cannot exceed the rating of the spring bars. It's vitally important that you're aware of the total tongue weight of your...
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  • Adapter To Install Existing Reese 5th Wheel Hitch In 2012 Ford F-350 Dually w/ OEM Prep Package
  • For mounting above bed fifth-wheel hitches on your 2012 Ford F-350 dually, we have the Reese Rail Kit Mounting Adapter, # RP30156. The Reese Adapter will attach to the factory Gooseneck prep package and is designed for customers who have an existing 5th wheel hitch and a factory gooseneck/fifth-wheel prep package. Please note that if you have a 6-3/4 foot bed, it is recommended to use a sliding fifth-wheel hitch to have clearance when making sharp turns. For in-bed wiring, we have...
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  • Comparing the Curt A25 to the Curt Q25 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The Curt Q25 # C16265 had some issues with the jaws that the company corrected, so you shouldn't have any issues. The A25 # C16180 came on the market with stronger materials and a different jaw design that interlocked and came with a lifetime limited warranty versus the 10 year limited warranty of the Q25. The Q25 has an axial bearing that allows head movement 360 degrees, so it is able to function differently. This is a limiting factor in that a Revolution or Sidewinder pin box is...
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  • Reese Elite Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F350 with Hitch Prep Package
  • If you have the fifth wheel prep package you should already have the under rail system installed on your vehicle and all you would need is a hitch to install in that system. Since you have a toy hauler that weighs 19,000 lbs you will want a Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30871. This hitch has a capacity of 26,500 lbs and would have plenty of capacity for your setup. You should have 4 slightly raised pucks in the bed of your truck. These will be what the # RP30871 will...
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  • Maximum Towing Capacity of a 2012 Ford F-350
  • The dry weight of your 2016 Grand Design Solitude is the weight calculated from the factory without any additional weight added to the trailer. The gross trailer weight (GTW) rating of your 2016 Grand Design Solitude is the most that it can weigh when completely loaded. Depending on the amount of cargo you're carrying on the trailer the actual weight of the trailer will fall in between 13,200 and 16,000 lbs. As long as your trailer is not loaded to the brim with cargo and accessories...
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