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What are the advantages of a dealer-installed hitch?

If you are talking about adding a hitch to an existing car then there are no advantages to a dealer installed hitch as opposed to one installed by a reputable shop. Hitch installers do it all the time ...
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What are the advantages of a dealer-installed hitch?

A hitch nowadays, as it perhaps always has been, cannot be bundled with anything else. Yet the price tag is six or so times what an outside shop would charge for installing a hitch. That's not true ...
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What are the advantages of a dealer-installed hitch?

One difference is the hitch would be covered by the vehicle's manufacturer's warranty rather than the aftermarket installer's warranty. An unlikely but not impossible situation - a hitch is fitted to ...
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Rust precautions when enlarging two holes

Zinc spray ought to be enough. Alternatively rust converter. The most important thing is the preparation: a nice clean degreased hole (Brake cleaner and compressed air)
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What are the advantages of a dealer-installed hitch?

The dealer work can be folded into your auto financing. The mechanic's work cannot. That is pretty much the "killer app" for dealer-installed add-ons. Are there particular details I should ...
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How many times can I re-use a screw-in hitch pin?

As long as you wish and the threads don't get damaged. I have a hitch like that, over 15 years old. Do Not lube it, this attracts dirt and grime which will wear it out faster than normal dry use. ...
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Trailer lights on Ridgeline not working and showing low voltage

You should be getting +12V on each line when activated. I think you need to trace back wherever this was installed and I'm guessing its not OEM. I'd put money on the fact that its wired underneath the ...
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How to clean weld nut for trailer hitch install

The best way would be to clean the thread using a tap. If you don’t have the correct tap or cannot borrow one, then cut a slot in the threads of a spare bolt and work that in gently - removing the ...
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What exactly does the brake switch wire output and is there an easier way to get to it?

It depends on how your 7-pin is hooked up, but it looks like there's two common situations: If you just need to actuate the brake lights, it's probably far easier to tap into that wire at or near the ...
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Please help me understand towing capacity

Basically, you don't. I realize that is unfortunate news, but what you've read is accurate. Not knowing the amount of weight you'd need to be towing, one of the considerations you might want to do is ...
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If you have a ball-and-socket hitch, you will also need to attach safety chains between the trailer and the towing vehicle

No. Gooseneck/5th wheel trailer connections use what is called a "positive lock" mechanism. It works the same for big-rigs (semi-trailers) as they use the same. The positive lock does not ...
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Why are some ball mount shanks angled at the rear?

This hitch has a sticker on it that says "Easy Load Angle". https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/reese-towpower-carbon-forged-ball-mount-2-x-4-in-drop-0403017p.html?rq=reese+towpower+carbon+...
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Is it possible to carry four bicycles on a 1 1/4" hitch?

The other answer covered the hitch/tongue weight portion thoroughly, but in response to your last paragraph about transporting four bikes safely with a hatchback, you could consider pulling a small ...
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Towing compatibility with installed equipment

As long as the ball and the hitch are the same size, fit should not be a problem. The Home Depot hitches are designed to fit with most balls. A tow ball is considered a bumper hitch. For frame ...
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Should I use an "original" electrical harness to avoid problems?

It is difficult to say if the factory harness is better than the aftermarket unit from U-Haul or other specialty supplier. The quality can be as good as Subarus' or a universal unit designed to ...
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How to remove a stuck 2" hitch ball mount?

Two methods I have used. Spray some lube around the hitch. Tie the hitch to a tree with some rope or chain. Slowly pull away, if it only come out half way spray some more lube, tap it back in and try ...
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How to remove a stuck 2" hitch ball mount?

A safer and perhaps easier option is to use a slide hammer, mot garages or workshops have them and will probably let you use it for the price of a drink... Put a small trailer on it with a bit of ...
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How to approximate the maximum towing capacity of a School Bus

It can tow the same weight as the kids it would hold, usually about 12,000 lbs. for an 88 kid bus The whole thing is the weight of the vehicle, versus the weight of the trailer, the vehicle needs to ...
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