How do I go about putting a tow hitch on my truck?

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  1. itchiban

    itchiban New Member

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    I bought a 06 F150 a few months back. Pretty basic, meaning no tow package. I really want to buy a little trailer for my ATV's and Dirt Bikes but I don't know jack about tow hitches.

    Do they bolt on? Weld on? Any good quality aftermarket brands that are recommended more than others?

    Help. :hs:
     
  2. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Some bolt on, some weld on. I'd go to your local Eckhart and see how much for them to do the hitch and trailer wiring so you'll have a hook up for lights and trailer brakes.
     
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    I have the uhaul hitch and electric trailer brake and the hitch is a simple bolt-on. I helped install a hitch once and it's not the easiest, you will need at least 2 people to do it because of the weight of the hitch. Most trucks come with holes pre-drilled in the frame for hitches.
    Make sure you take the time to do the wiring right for the electrical, otherwise you could have a ton of problems.
     
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    When I had my truck, I bought a Curt hitch... It was really nice because it was round tube rather than square, so it at least looked better than most... let me see if I can find a pic...

    I installed it myself... and it was REALLY easy... do not let them install it for you, it's not worth what they charge...

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    Sweet thanks. I'll look into trying to install the hitch myself. I like the looks of the tubular one.
     
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    Tractor Supply store was the best price I found for my Explorer. Only took 6 bolts to install.....biggest problem I had was finding wrenches big enough.
     
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    U-Haul carries the tubular variety, and it's a direct-fit bolt-on application with good construction and good tow ratings. They have had a great price on both hitches I've bought from em, too. Plus local pickup and no shipping, and they carry em in stock.

    Very good experience with them.
     

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