- I'm shopping for a Subaru hitch, and I don't know where to start. How can I find a good one for my vehicle?
The hitch you'll buy should be a match to the vehicle and item that will be towed. Check the weight limits and other specifications in the vehicle manual. To find the right hitch class, take note of the gross trailer weight and vehicle size. Also consider the trailer tongue weight and vehicle towing capacity.
- My vehicle already has pre-drilled holes for the hitch, so I'm thinking that this would be an easy DIY for me. What tools would I need for installing the hitch? I have just the basic stuff in my garage.
You will need a torque wrench and sockets for the nuts and bolts. You'll have to check the manual or hitch instructions to find out the recommended torque setting. Other than these, you will also probably use some wire cutters, strippers, electrical tape, and wire connectors for wiring the lights and other components on the trailer.
- My vehicle doesn't have pre-drilled holes to accommodate the hitch mount. I need help with drilling holes and attaching the hitch. What would be a great way to do this? Any good tip?
Use C-clamps to set the hitch on the frame. With a punch, you should mark the holes' center before drilling holes. The bit you use should be a bit larger than the bolts in the kit. Be sure to check the torque requirements. With a torque wrench, tighten the nuts and bolts according to specifications.
- The tailpipe is getting in the way and interfering with the hitch installation on my Subaru. What should I do?
Loosen it so that you can set the hitch mount over the tailpipe. After making the necessary adjustments, re-tighten it. In cases like this, the exhaust mounts should be slid off a bracket. Spraying some lubricant would also help.
- What is a hitch class? How will I know what hitch receiver or mount to buy? I need some help.
The hitch receiver or mount is classified into 5 categories. This classification is used as a guide for determining the right hitch based on the amount of weight it can carry or accommodate. Class I and II hitches are best used for lighter loads. For Class I, the gross trailer weight that it can support is up to 2,000 lbs., while for Class II, the gross trailer weight it can carry is up to 3,500 lbs. Based on this weight rating, Class I hitches are best used on cars that tow small trailers with light cargo, bike racks, jet ski, motorcycles, and light boats that are non-motorized. Class II hitches, meanwhile, are great for larger cars with heavier trailers. Class III, IV, and V hitches are suited for heavier loads with a gross trailer weight of 6,000 lbs. to as much as 18,000 lbs. Class III hitches are typically used on lighter trucks, SUVs, and vans, while Class IV hitches are great options for larger trucks, SUVs, and vans. RVs and heavy-duty vehicles are matched to Class V hitches, which have the highest gross trailer weight rating.
- What's the difference between weight-carrying hitches and weight-distributing hitches? I'm currently browsing the selection and I came across these types of hitches. I'm not sure which one to get for my SUV.
Weight-carrying hitches are used for lighter loads, those with a gross trailer weight rating of 3,500 lbs. or less. The tow vehicle must be rated by the manufacturer according to the load it can accommodate. The tow rating of vehicles can easily be found online. Use this as your guide. Weight-distributing hitches, on the other hand, are recommended for heavier loads. These hitches operate by distributing the tongue weight all over the tow vehicle's frame, particularly the axles. Examples of weight-distributing hitches are fifth wheels and goosenecks. These hitches are typically used on pickups. A fifth wheel is normally found in larger trailers, while a gooseneck coupler is connected to a tow ball that's commonly found on a pickup bed.
- If you'll be towing a trailer and using a hitch, what would be a good safety tip to prevent accidents and emergencies while on the road?
You should use the right type of hitch, one that's recommended for the type of vehicle and the trailer weight. Every time you travel with the trailer, you have to make sure that the bolts are sealed and properly tightened to avoid accidents. Also see to it that the coupler and tow ball are matched and the latching mechanism is secured.