While some people drive a truck for work, others drive a truck so they can tow, be it a fifth-wheel camper so they can camp on the weekends or a trailer that hauls ATVs or motorcycles. That being said, most trucks do not come with a trailer hitch; this is something you have to purchase on your own, and while installing a trailer hitch isn’t all that complicated, it does take a bit of practice to perfect.
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HOW TO INSTALL A TRAILER HITCH
Choose Your Trailer Hitch
There are many different types of trailer hitches on the market today to suit your needs and your vehicle. For example, if you are towing with a car, that hitch will be vastly different from a truck hitch. Some trailer hitches will be rated for heavier-duty towing rather than light towing. First determine the towing capacity of your vehicle, which will help you narrow down which trailer hitch is right for you. Towing a vehicle over your capacity is just a recipe for disaster and a reason for your vehicle’s motor to blow up, so make sure you do your research.
Gather Your Tools
To install a trailer hitch, you mainly just need your basic tools from your tool box. This will be a light, socket set, ratchets, pry bar, jack, torque wrench, power drill, and the like. Most DIYers have these tools already, but if you don’t, procure those tools before you start.
Mount Trailer Hitch
Most vehicles, especially pickup trucks, come from the factory with drilled holes already in place for towing. This makes your job a bit easier. If this is the case, then it’s simply a matter of lining up the hitch and using your ratchet and socket to tighten the bolts. If you have a helper, they can hold the hitch in place while you tighten the bolts.
Install the Hitch Ball & Draw Bar
There are various size hitches you can choose from, depending on your towing needs. Many people invest in many different sizes of hitches for their different towing needs. Usually, this is as simple as unscrewing your nut and threading the ball mount through.
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While these are simplified instructions for installing a trailer hitch, the in-between is mainly the screwing and tightening aspect. We do offer trailer service, so if you get stuck or want us to install your trailer hitch for you, we certainly can.
Trademasters Vehicle Solutions is your go-to for all truck and trailer accessories, as well as bedliners and truck covers. Contact our towing shop in Chilliwack to get started today!