On Tue, 2 Jan 2007 23:43:02 -0500, "Robert R Kircher, Jr."
It would have been a separate option on the truck.
You'll probably do better having the hitch installed locally, they
often do a much nicer job if they make the hitch up Custom for you.
Besides, they have to make the receiver mate up with the trailer and
the load leveling bars, get the Anti-Sway linkage right, mount the
connector bracket and get all the wiring in order...
Where do you live? You may be able to get hitch shop referrals.
--<< Bruce >>--
If you got the factory towing package, you need to purchase the draw bar and
ball. It is not included with the factory tow package because of the wide
variety of trailers.
Draw bars come in various configurations to accommodate the tongue height of
the trailer. For example, if the receiver is 12 inches off the ground but
the trailer tongue should be 10 inches, then get a receiver with a 2 inch
drop. You purchase the ball separately so that the shank is sized to the
draw bar and the ball diameter is sized to the trailer tongue. Some
trailers require 1-7/8" and some require 2" balls.
With the trailer tongue horizontal to the ground, measure the tongue height,
then measure the vehicle's receiver height and subtract the tongue height.
You can compensate for tongue weight by standing on the back bumper while
measuring receiver height, but if you tend to have the vehicle loaded when
towing a trailer, then that probably isn't necessary.
When shopping for the draw bar, get one that matches the receiver. The
receiver with the factory tow package is 2". When shopping for the ball,
besides ball diameter, make sure that the shank diameter is the right size
for the hole in the draw bar. I sometimes tow different trailers so I got
one (I think from Reese) where you can change the ball between 1-7/8" and 2"
without tools and without having to remove the shank. The pin that secures
the draw bar to the receiver also comes in 2 different diameters - get the
thicker one for a 2" receiver and draw bar.
"Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
Thanks again Ray. That all sounds simple enough and along the lines of what
I was thinking. I did figure on a 2" drawbar and the trailer has requires a
2" ball so I'm set on that. Now all I have to do is measure for the drop.
"A disturbing new study finds that studies are disturbing"
On Thu, 4 Jan 2007 08:53:09 -0500, "Robert R Kircher, Jr."
And get a key-locking hitch pin to hold the receiver to the car, and
a key lock for the trailer coupler. Make enough copies of the hitch
keys to put them on all the car key rings.
My brother found out the hard way that there are some <JoePesci>
"Yoots" </JoePesci> and "Little Darlings"* out there that think
pulling the big pin out of an unsuspecting travelers' hitch receiver
during a road-trip break stop is the peak of utter hilarity.
(* - Mom to Policeman: "But my 'Little Darling' Johnny would never
do /anything/ bad like that. He's innocent..." BULL - we have him on
the security cameras. Denial is not a river in Egypt.)
Cost him a new hood, grill, and radiator for the PT Cruiser he was
towing - luckily they didn't tamper with the safety cables too, or
they'd be fishing for the car in a ravine somewhere...
Now all his hitch pins are locking ones.
--<< Bruce >>--
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