What To Expect Before Your Hitch Installation

Kevin Cassar

October 21, 2021

tow hitch installation
 

Chances are if you recently bought a new or used vehicle, it could have come with a factory-equipped tow hitch and receiver. If not, then you're probably searching for the correct hitch equipment for your truck, car, or SUV. Fortunately, U-Haul has been the leader in hitch installation, sales, and service for more than half a century. Working with only the best industry vendors and partners, we can give you a one-stop-shop service for all your towing needs.

Adding a tow hitch system to your vehicle can be one of the most beneficial vehicle upgrades to provide yourself with functional and hauling diverse capabilities for whatever life brings your way. It will give you the freedom to have access to outdoor and cargo solutions to achieve your lifestyle goals. It can include but is not limited to biking, camping, road trips, hauling your boat, ATVs, and toy haulers. These capabilities will enhance one's ability to achieve the maximum freedom that a vehicle can provide to the end-users.

Whether you're a beginner or a veteran when it comes to hitches, receivers, and hitch accessories; understanding what you need is very important prior to your hitch installation. Knowing these variables will better serve you when it comes time for your hitch appointment and also understand the associated costs. This article will give you all the detailed information on what you need to know and understand before booking an installation at one of our U-Haul Hitch centers.

hitch assembly and install

Understanding Your Hitch & How It Works

Anytime you are researching the basic of why a tow hitch and receiver is great for your vehicle, you know that it will give your automobile greater practicality and versatility than you made had in your vehicle prior to being unequipped without a hitch. There are various reasons to buy a U-Haul hitch but most importantly it will give you the ability to utilize a cargo carrier, bike rack, and any trailer that is optimal for your vehicle. In doing so, you will have the ability to ask your local U-Haul Hitch professional the right questions before your hitch installation.

That is why it is always a good idea to consult with one of our certified hitch professionals to understand your needs for your particular vehicle. For example, some cars, trucks, and SUVs might need an entire wiring harness depending on the year, make, and model of the vehicle you may own. Therefore, we highly recommend that you consult with one of our U-Haul hitch center professionals or go online to research the specific needs that you might need. Variables that you will need to consider for your vehicle are its towing capacity, tongue weight capacity, load-bearing, and if your car is in need of wiring or is already prewired for your towing lights.

There are various reasons to buy a hitch installation from U-Haul, but the universal benefit is adding versatility and practical purposes. One of the biggest misconceptions is that when you get your hitch installed, that is all you need; unfortunately, if your vehicle is not wired from the OEM manufacturer with necessary hitch wiring, you will have to equip your vehicle with it. In doing so, you will also predetermine what your essential needs are for towing whether from mild to wild. When hooking up any trailer there are a few things you need to take into account such as the way your items are packed due to weight distribution, ensuring your trailer power is properly plugged in, and most of checking that your trailer is level to your vehicle. By doing these necessary items you will be able to have peace of mind when you are using your hitch correctly.

Finally, it will allow for proper reassurance that your hitch is properly connected and suited for the road ahead. We highly recommend that you consult with one of our many hitch professionals at your local U-Haul Hitch Center. The reason being is if you have an improperly connected trailer it can cause what is known as trailer sway which is caused by weight not being properly distributed amongst the trailer. In the end, it will help you have a much easier and safer time each time you hook up any type of trailer while saving time and money down the road!

 

uhaul tow hitch reservation

Things To Know Before Installation

Before your hitch installation, you will want to consider a few variables. For example, you will want to confirm you have a scheduled appointment with your local U-Haul Hitch Center and know a few things about how your vehicle is equipped from the original equipment manufacturer. Knowing these vehicle characteristics will aid you in your knowledge before heading to your local Hitch Center and give you an understanding of how your car, truck, or SUV works when equipped with a hitch and tow receiver to maximize your towing experience.

One benefit to knowing the components and equipment installed or required to tow safely is the ability to choose what type of trailer or equipment you want to use most. Knowing these things will allow you to maximize whatever kind of lifestyle you want to live most. Whether you love the water and need to tow your large boat to the lake or you love getting outdoors by towing your toy hauler or camper to some of the best places in the country.

To ensure you and the people traveling with you are safe, you will want to always consult a hitch professional on tips and tricks on trailering safety. Most modern vehicles have a checklist that the manufacturer has built into the dash, while these are very beneficial we highly reccomend your vehicles manual. It will give you peace of mind when you're planning a trip or just knowing your trailer is safe for you and the people on the road ahead.

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Reasons You Need Hitch Wiring

Chances are if you plan to tow or have a hitch receiver installed, you will need wiring depending on the year, make, model and features your vehicle came equipped with from the OEM vehicle manufacturer. For example, if you have a car, truck, or SUV that already has a wiring harness and the factory ports for either a seven-round plug or four flat connections at the back of your vehicle's rear bumper.

If your vehicle does not come equipped with a factory hitch or trailer wiring, you will not be able to tow without the proper electrical wiring connection to meet traffic and road laws within your state. Additionally, without these right connections, fellow drivers and people on the road will not be able to see what is going on with your vehicle and the trailer near or far.

Two Types Of Hitch Connectors

Seven Round Plug:

A seven-way has added functions that a four flat connector doesn't; this includes having a circuit for electric trailer brakes that most modern trucks and SUVs come equipped with a trailer brake control within the vehicle.

Another great benefit to having a seven round socket, is the ability to utilize the charge cirucuit enabling charging capabilty on your trailer.

Reverse lighitng on your boat or recreational vehicle.

Four Flat Plug:

A four-way trailer connector, known as a four flat connector, has the essential lighting functions of running lights, left and right turn signals, and brake lights, while the fourth is connected for a ground. Unfortunately, unlike the seven-round, the four flat doesn't allow you to use an electronic brake controller for your trailer, so you will have to ensure that you upgrade to one if your vehicle isn't equipped from the factory. Luckily, all U-Haul trailers are equipped with hydraulic trailer brakes to help you stop the trailer with ease.

After understanding all of the equipment required for your hitch installation, you have the confidence to understand what is needed for proper trailering and towing for whatever your lifestyle may be. For further information and to answer all your questions, please see your local U-Haul hitch center professional or visit us online at Uhaul.com/hitches for more details.





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