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Trailer hitch
« on: Jul 31, 2004, 12:34:25 AM »
I need to install a hitch to pull a trailler on my 2002 F-150.  It is a travel trailer and wieghs about 5,500lbs.  I have seen some draw tite that will handle the load.  Does anybody have experiance with these bolt on types, or should I just have a local shop install it, and if so what shop?

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Re: Trailer hitch
« Reply #1 on: Jul 31, 2004, 02:33:51 AM »
Any class III hitch/receiver will work well with your setup. Most manufactures these days use the bolt on type. Check Uhaul as well, they have their own brand and install. I have an '01 Chevy 1500 with a bolt on receiver and tow a boat/trailers with no problems. $80-120 bucks for the receiver is norm around here, plus installation. Or you should be able to hook up and wire it with ease. Newer trucks should already have holes pre-drilled for hitches(depending on Manufacturer as well). Read more about the hitches and setups here:

http://www.uhaul.com/hitches/

Here are some more hitch companies: Reese, Hidden Hitch, Curt, and Putnam.

http://www.hitchsales.com/Ford_F_150_4.htm


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Re: Trailer hitch
« Reply #2 on: Jul 31, 2004, 06:19:17 AM »
If you are not mechanically inclined go to UHaul. As mentioned most are bolt on.  I recommend going to the junk yard and pick one up for $20 and bolt in and weld a few seams and you are ready.   :twocents:

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Re: Trailer hitch
« Reply #3 on: Jul 31, 2004, 03:04:26 PM »
Thanks guys.  I will heck to see if I already have predrilled holes.  If so I will just buy a new one and hook it up. the wireing for the lights is already there but I will need an electric brake wiring installed

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Re: Trailer hitch
« Reply #4 on: Aug 03, 2004, 04:13:59 PM »
Uhaul carrys bolth drawtite and valley hitches , I would go with calley cuase it's local around here where I'm at. The hitch will come with instructions and are very simple to install at least valley hitches are  :greengrin: As for have that brake control installed , an trailer place should be able to do that for ya. I would check witht the local horse trailer lot
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Re: Trailer hitch
« Reply #5 on: Aug 03, 2004, 04:19:07 PM »
the trailer brake install is cake on any truck from about 96+  Just buy a decent controller and there should have been a pigtail in the truck when you bought it that plugs in under the dash that you wire the controller to.  Its really easy, if you can change your own oil then you can do the complete install from controller to hitch.  I cant stress how big of a waste of $$ it is to pay for someone else to do it.
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