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Trailer Hitch Hookup Checklist

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Trailer Hitch Hookup Checklist

Hooking Up When you’ve got your receiver, hitch, wiring, and ball all in order, it’s time to hitch up your trailer and go!Many people have heard horror stories about how hard it is to back up to a trailer and hook up. In truth, most of these stories have some truth to them, but the good […]

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Hitch Installation

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Trailer Hitch Hookup Checklist

If your tow vehicle did not come equipped with a trailer hitch from the factory, you’ll need to install one, or have it installed for you by a professional hitch installer. The majority of receiver hitches today are “no-drill” applications. That means that the trailer hitch and hardware were designed to fit into existing bolt holes in […]

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What is a brake controller?

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What is a brake controller?

Brake Controls  Most trucks, vans, SUVs and RVs made since the mid-1990s are set up to use an electronic trailer brake controller. These vehicles include a factory-installed “quick plug” under the dash that connects with a standard brake controller. Many pickup trucks made in the last 5 years even include a brake controller built in […]

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What is the color code for trailer wiring?

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What parts make up a Weight-Distribution System

Wiring/Electrical Before you can legally tow your trailer on public roads, you have to have working trailer lights. In fact, this is more important than simply risking a ticket – if your trailer lights don’t work, you’re inviting an accident. Always check your trailer lights before you leave on any towing trip, no matter how […]

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How to Choose a Trailer Hitch?

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How to Choose a Trailer Hitch

Selecting Your Hitch  When you know your vehicle’s towing capacity and your total trailer weight, you have the information you need to select a hitch. As you shop for a hitch, bear in mind that it’s good to have excess capacity. Sometimes your towing needs will increase – perhaps you’ll buy a larger boat or camper […]

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What are the Different Hitch Classes?

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What are the Different Hitch Classes

When you go shopping for towing equipment, one of the most bewildering choices you face is selecting a hitch. There are many different options available, and it’s easy to become confused about the details of each kind and class of hitch.Figure 3-1 shows the most common trailer hitch classes, with information about the maximum trailer […]

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Installing a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

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Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

Are you installing a hitch mounted bike rack carrier? Ready our how to guide to make sure you install goes hassle free. So, you have chosen the right Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for your wants and needs, and there it is, just waiting to be used. Lucky for you, in most cases installation is very easy, […]

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Fifth Wheel User Guide & Frequently Asked Questions

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Fifth Wheel User Guide

What are the Components of a Fifth Wheel Hitch? The majority of 5th wheelers buy a complete 5th wheel hitch. This ensures all the components are compatible with each other. These kits are almost completely assembled and include everything you need to install the hitch into your truck. There are four main components of a fifth […]

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How do I pick the right Weight Distribution System for my Vehicle?

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Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Hitch

There are a myriad of weight distribution systems available – each with their own custom bells and whistles. Before determining which one would best fit your specific needs, you first need to determine what size system is applicable to the current capacity of your vehicle. Before we go any further, you need to understand two […]

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What parts make up a Weight-Distribution System?

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What parts make up a Weight-Distribution System

The weight distribution system adds to the standard weight-bearing hitch on your vehicle – typically a class III, IV, or V. A complete weight-distribution system is composed of a ball mount (both the shank and head assembly), spring bars, and mounted lift brackets. Trailer HitchThe trailer hitch, as you likely know, attaches to the frame […]

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