If your vehicle did not roll out of the factory with a Chevy hitch, you can easily add this versatile and practical accessory. With the power of a Chevy, it just makes sense to make use of it to bring along the things you need for work or pleasure, using your Chevy hitch to tow a variety of things. With your Chevy hitch, especially if you install the near universal two inch receiver type, you'll be able to tow a wide variety of recreational equipment, including boats, campers, and accessories designed to conveniently transport bikes, all terrain vehicles, snowboards, water boards and so much more. You can easily transport construction equipment and supplies, larger items, such as air compressors for power tools, and other work related items when you add a Chevy hitch, making it possible to tow such items, rather than struggle to fit them into the bed or cargo area. There are a variety of Chevy hitch performance levels, and you'll want to be careful to match your Chevy hitch to the towing capacity of your vehicle and to the weight of your typical towing load, with some types of Chevy hitch being able to handle as much 5,000 pounds. The sturdy steel of the typical Chevy hitch will last for years, and is coated to protect against corrosion. Many types of Chevy hitch are very easy to install, and some can be installed securely in less than half an hour. Our well put together online catalog makes it easy to find and compare the different types of Chevy hitch that we carry for your year and model, and once you enter your basic vehicle information, you'll have a list of the Chevy hitch options most suitable for your particular vehicle. Once you make the choice most appropriate for your typical towing weight and vehicle capacity, you can order that Chevy hitch using our securely encrypted site or you can place your order with a toll-free call to one of our customer service specialists.
Installation Guidance in Terms of Installing a Hitch for Your Chevrolet
When installing a hitch ball or fifth wheel hitch on your Chevy truck, van, or SUV, the trailer should never exceed the Chevrolet 's load bearing capacity. Installing everything by yourself is an affordable method of towing small trailers. Just check the rating of your bumper or truck bed so that you can match the right hitch with your respective Chevy vehicle.
What You 'll Need
Assorted drill bits
Tow ball with nut
½-inch drive ratchet
Set of ½-inch drive sockets
Fifth Wheel Hitch Installation
Step 1:Measure 36 inches back from the cab of a short bed or 56 inches for a long bed. Using those distances, make a mark that 's close as possible to the middle of the bed.
Step 2:Measure 28 inches from the tailgate. Mark out the center of the bed if it 's a long bed. For a short bed, it should be 26 inches instead. This is where the fifth wheel 's rear rail will be placed. The mark should indicate the bolt hole of the rail 's center rear.
Step 3:If possible, install the rear rail with the bed 's existing bolt. Many domestic trucks since 1999 should accept rails sans the need to drill holes. If there are no holes available, drill two holes on either side of the rail.
Step 4:Use a ½-inch drive socket and ratchet to tighten the required bolts and nuts. Line up the bolt holes as you lay the fifth wheel on the rear of the rail then install the bolts to hold the assembly in place.
Step 5:Afterwards, go about front rail installation under the fifth wheel by also lining up the holes and inserting the bolts. Install the front rail end bolts or drill holes then do the installation. Secure the fifth wheel by installing the nuts on all the bolts you 've inserted.
Step 6:Install your fifth wheel extension for short bed trucks that attach to the kingpin. It 's a 20-inch extension for the kingpin to the trailer pin box. When you park, the kingpin 's front part gets locked and its rear gets unlocked to allow a swiveling action that gives the cab more turn clearance.
Rear Bumper Hitch Ball Installation
Step 1:Learn the tow capacity. A tow ball might have a significantly less tow rating than the maximum 3,500 pounds for step bumpers. A 2-inch tow ball can cover 3,500 pounds while a 1?-inch tow ball instead offers 2,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Step 2:Avoid over-tow and follow your user manual 's GTW and TW recommendations. While using the indentation on your Chevy 's step bumper, line up the tow ball 's base and use safety equipment as you push the shank into the factory hole.
Step 3:Again, avoid exceeding the hitch tow rating prior to shank insertion. The hole and the shank should be the same relative size to avoid slippage. Drilling might be necessary in case your Chevy lacks a tow ball receiver hole.
Step 4:Put in the lock washer and nut on the shank button then finger-tighten the whole thing. Lock the nut with an adjustable wrench and make sure it 's pressing the lock washer for good measure.
There are five classes of receiver hitches to take into consideration along with industrial-grade heavy-duty hitches that go beyond the five classes. At any rate, hitch installation will take an average motorist DIY mechanic less than 20 minutes to do.