How To Install a Trailer Hitch
March 1, 2006
Trailer hitch installation may seem like a difficult and confusing process, but it is much easier with the right knowledge and tools. Most people are able to successfully install their own trailer hitches without any help from a professional. In addition to the installation instructions provided with every individual trailer hitch, there are several universal tips that make the trailer hitch installation process as easy as possible.
Most experts agree that it is a good idea to very loosely secure all parts in their proper places at the very beginning of the installation process. This will reveal any obstructions on the vehicle and will confirm that all of the necessary parts are present and insure that everything is the correct size.
Next, it is a good idea to use a jack to give the vehicle ground clearance needed to install the trailer hitch. It may be necessary to loosen the truck’s bumper, exhaust system, or other parts to get the trailer hitch to fit into place. It is vital that these parts are retightened after the trailer hitch installation is complete.
Next, the installer must drill the appropriate holes in the truck’s frame. Sometimes, the holes are already present, but there is usually some drilling required. It is important to make the holes no more than one 1/16th of an inch bigger than the bolts that will fit through them. Before drilling, the installer needs to insure that they are not about to drill through any important components of the truck’s undercarriage.
Next, any electrical wiring must be installed. The hitch’s instruction guide should provide all of the details for this process.
Experts agree that it is a bad idea to make any modifications to the hitch frame. Drilling any holes in it or trying to weld it to the truck will weaken the metal and possibly make it unsafe to operate.
Trailer hitch installation is not a difficult as it may appear at first. It is vital that the installer follows all safety precautions when installing a trailer hitch.
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