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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


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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


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


Drilling a Spare Tire Pan for a Trailer Hitch Installation

What we will do next is tighten this down just enough to snug it to hold it in place, and then we will see where to drill or holes out using the hitch as a template. We will use the hitch as a template to drill or holes, so we will just use a drill and let the hitch do the work for us, we will punch right through this thin metal with a half-inch bit.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




Trailer Hitch Videos

Best 2015 Volvo S60 Hitch Options

Today, we're going to be looking at the best hitch options for your 2015 Volvo S60. These are going to be the three best options for your hitch on your Volvo. Up top here, we have the curt, part number: C12066. Down here, we have another curt, now this is a class three, part number: 13266. Finally, here and the bottom we have our draw tite class three, part number: 75916. Right off the bat, you can see that here on our curt class two, this is going to provide you with an inch and a quarter by an inch and a quarter receiver tube opening. Whereas, the curt class three as well as the draw tite class three are going to give you a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening.


Best 2005 Mazda Tribute Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available for the 2005 Mazda Tribute. We'll start with the Draw-Tite Class 3. This is going to offer a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Its part number is 75751. We're going to follow that up with the CURT, also Class 3 with the 2" by 2". This part number is 13650. Now in overall design, our hitches are going to be very, very similar to one another.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Toyota Camry - Curt

Today, on our 2016 Toyota Camry, we're going to be taking a look at the Curt Class II custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number C12107. Here's what our hitch looks like fully installed. It's going to sit right below the bumper, and you're going to see the nice, round cross tube sitting right below there. This is a Class II hitch, so it's going to give you the 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube opening. As you can see, it has a nice reinforced collar giving it that nice, clean look. This is going to use a standard 1/2" pin and clip, which are included in the kit, which is nice because you're not going to have anything extra to buy. There are safety chain connections here.


Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Transit Connect - Curt

Today on our 2012 Ford Transit Connect, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt Class Three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, Part number 13076. This is what our hitch is going to look like fully installed. You're going to see the nice cross tube going across here. You're going to have that nice reinforced collar on your receiver tube. This is a Class Three, and it's going to have a 2 inch by 2 inch reinforced receiver tube opening. This is going to use a standard five-eighths pin and clip.


Best 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox. Our most popular is going to be the Draw-Tite part number 76028. This is a Class 3, meaning we're going to have a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Next most popular is going to be the CURT, also a Class 3 with the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Part number on that is 13591. Then to finish it out, we're going to have the CURT Class 2.


Best 2017 Hyundai Elantra Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for our 2017 Hyundai Elantra. So here are or best hitch options. On the top here we're going to have the Curt, part number C11424. Right here we have our Draw-Tite, part number 24939. Both these hitches have a 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver opening, and you can see on the Curt here it has a nice rolled finished look around the edge. Whereas the Draw-Tite is just a nice clean flush look. Now both hitches are going to use a 1/2" standard pin and clip.


Best 2017 Mazda CX-3 Hitch Options

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2017 Mazda CX-3. Up top, here, we have the draw tite. Part number: 24933. Here, we have the curt. Part number: C11418. These are both class one hitches and they're going to have an inch and a quarter by inch and quarter receiver tube opening.


Best 2016 Mazda CX-3 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2016 Mazda CX3. Up top here we have the Draw-Tite, part number 24933. Here we have the Curt, part number C11418. Now these are both Class-1 hitches and they're going to have an 1-1/4" by an 1-1/4" receiver tube opening. They're going to use a 1/2" standard pinning clip. Now, the Curt does come with a 1/2" pinning clip, with the Draw-Tite you're going to need to pick one up. When it comes down to the final look when it's fully installed, I think the Curt is going to give you the best look here because all of this is going to be tucked up underneath the bumper and all you're going to see is the receiver tube opening. Whereas on the Draw-Tite, it is going to be tucked up nice and clean, but you will still see just a little bit of the crossbar hanging down. Not only is the Curt going to give you a cleaner look, since it is going to be tucked up, it's also going to give you just that little bit of extra ground clearance.


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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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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 4 Cylinder 2014 Chevy Equinox
  • I found an online copy of the owners manual for the 2014 Chevy Equinox from Chevy and have the towing information for you. The models with the 2.4 liter motor have a gross trailer weight capacity of 1,000 pounds if the trailer does not have brakes or 1,500 pounds if the trailer does have brakes. The gross combined weight rating, which is the most the vehicle and trailer can weigh when loaded with cargo, fuel, passengers, and any accessories is 5,787 pounds for front wheel drive models...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch that is Hidden and Wiring for a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • I will be happy to help. For your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Curt trailer hitch # C13172 will only have the receiver visible. the rest of the hitch will be out of sight. I have linked a video showing an example installation of this hitch for you. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend 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,...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2017 Toyota Tacoma
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75238 is a fit for your 2017 Toyota Tacoma. We have determined that the hitch fits from the 2016 Tacoma carry over to the 2017 model year as well. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend 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...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Honda Pilot
  • Yes, the Curt Hitch part # C13146 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Honda Pilot so it would work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2017 Honda Pilot without Factory Tow Package
  • Yes, Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75225 will fit your 2017 Honda Pilot. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend 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 not have the right rise or drop to tow the...
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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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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Honda HRV
  • For your 2016 Honda HRV the Draw Tite hitch part # 24932 has been confirmed as a fit and would work well for you. This is a Class I hitch though and will require your bike rack to be Class I compatible.
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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 a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek XV
  • For the 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek we have the Curt Hitch part # C13135 which has been confirmed as a fit and would work well. This is a 2 inch trailer hitch that would have higher capacities than a 1-1/4 inch hitch plus more flexibility for future hitch accessories so it would be the hitch I would recommend. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts;...
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  • Removing Rear Bumper Fascia from a 2012 BMW X5 For Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installation
  • You are correct, I checked the instructions and the revision currently provided with the hitch, part # 75600, were done in 2008. I spoke with my technical contact at Draw-Tite and he said that his engineering department now has some directions photos that show additional steps that may be required for 2011 and newer BMW X5 vehicles. I will list them out for you and I have added photos that my contact sent for you to see. 1) Remove the first 3 rivets from the rear fender flare, and pop...
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  • Recommended Hitch with Best Ground Clearance for 2013 Honda Odyssey
  • As you can see by the photo I have edited for you, the Draw-Tite and Curt hitches available for your Odyssey are all pretty similarly designed. When we installed both hitches on a 2013 Odyssey, we found that the Curt # C13068 had about a 1/2 inch greater ground clearance (12-1/2 inches) versus 12 inches for the Draw-Tite # 75270 models. The receiver of the Draw-Tite hitches are recessed a bit more under the vehicle, but neither of the hitches will extend past the bumper, and therefore...
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  • Recommended Torklift Complete Setup for a 2016 Ram 3500 with Eagle Cap 1165 Truck Bed Camper
  • I can help you outfit your 2016 Ram 3500 with a complete Torklift setup. First thing you will need for your 8 foot bed with factory hitch, is the Torklift hitch # TLD1104, this will give you a second 2 inch receiver on your truck and will allow you to mount the 48 inch SuperTruss hitch extension # TLE1548 to reach behind your Eagle Cap Truck Bed Camper. This hitch is a bolt on application that requires no drilling and will work in combination with your factory hitch. I have linked...
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  • Towing Capacity of 2012 Chevy Equinox
  • In my research, I found that the towing capacity for models with the 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is 1500 lbs, while models equipped with the 3.0L 6 cylinder engine have a 3500 lb towing capacity. I've confirmed this information with the owner's manual.
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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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