How Do You Install a Reese Hitch?


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To install a Reese hitch, park the vehicle on a flat surface, and crawl beneath the car to locate the metal cross members that join the vehicle's frame and hitch assembly. Drill four to six small holes to accommodate the hitch body if necessary, and either bolt the hitch into place or screw the provided mounting bolts into place.

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Reese manufactures strong, durable towing hitches that can typically be installed one of two ways: either through mounting brackets already located on the vehicle or by drilling small holes to support the hitch body. If you need to drill into the body to attach the hitch, avoid damaging the undercarriage of the vehicle by drilling too far into the chassis. Trucks with a towing capacity are typically designed to accommodate hitches, but in some circumstances, drilling may be necessary to accommodate the shape of a Reese tow hitch.

Reese hitches come with mounting hardware and specific step-by-step instructions on how to install the device on a variety of cars. Choose a hitch that offers the appropriate weight rating for the loads you wish to carry. Tow hitches come in one of five categories, ranging in supported weights from 3,500 to 10,000 pounds. Specially designed gooseneck and fifth-wheel hitches can support up to 16,000 pounds as well.

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