DIY Everything: How to Install a Trailer Hitch

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How to install a trailer hitch

Instead, you could buy yourself a tailor made solution that has been engineered by actual professionals that you can bolt right up in an afternoon — this is the right way to get it done.

Installing Your Trailer Hitch

You can install hitch mounts wherever your truck is usually parked. You’ll need a few basic hand tools to accomplish the task. Although it’s a good idea to read the manufacturer’s instructions as well, installing a hitch typically has the same basic method, regardless of brand.

Here’s a basic rundown on how best to approach installation:

  • First, set the parking brake on your truck and block the wheels. This is important for your safety as well as for the safety of your truck.
  • Then, jack up the truck so that you have plenty of clearance to do what you need to do. Next, use the manufacturer’s instructions to install the hitch, but don’t tighten any of the bolts yet.
  • If your vehicle doesn’t already have pre-drilled holes for hitch mounts, you’ll need to drill them into the frame. You can use the loosely assembled hitch to help you determine where the holes need to go.
  • Once drilled, use some C-clamps to attach the hitch to the frame and securely tighten the bolts into place.
  • Finally, connect any electrical connections for the turn signals and brake lights on the hitch and be sure to test them to ensure they’re working properly. When you’re sure they work, you’re ready to use your new hitch.

How To Choose the Right Hitch

How to install a trailer hitch guide

Trailer Hitch Class Comparison Table
Trailer Hitch Class Guide courtesy of Curt Manufacturing

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