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Looking for help to install a hitch on my truck - June 19, 2013, 01:49 AM

Hi all!

I bought the hitch and electric connectors for my Dodge Dakota.

Is there by chance anybody that would have the time (and skills) to help me installing it?

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What kind of hitch? Bolt on?
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Wiring will probably take longer than the hitch


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Depending when you want to install, I could help. Done a few hitches now, I'm just a typical DIYer.


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Wiring will probably take longer than the hitch
Yeah, installing the hitch itself is typically 20 minutes, especially when there are mount points on the vehicle. Looks like your going to have to tap into the rear lights with the harness, still shouldn't be too bad, just figuring out a good path for the wire and ensuring it's secured it the important thing. I was lucky, my car had a quick connector for hitch wiring right under neath. I think I put my hitch on @11:30PM and was done in about 25 minutes max.


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June 19, 2013, 08:20 AM

When I put a hitch on my Subaru Impreza, I did the installation and hired Uhaul in Gaithersburg to wire it. They did it while I waited, I think it only cost me $50 or $60, and I'm glad I did because the wiring was a major PITA.

Consider that the Uhaul guys have pretty much seen it all, whereas you and most that may help you have not.


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Hi all!

I bought the hitch and electric connectors for my Dodge Dakota.

Is there by chance anybody that would have the time (and skills) to help me installing it?

I'll get you food, booze and would lend you my dirt bikes.
What year is your Dakota?

Most of the newer Dakotas come prewired with the four pin even if you don't have the towing package. It will be attached to the bumper support, and not long enough to do anything without an extension.
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The hitch installation and wiring on my Subaru Forester went pretty easily, so I guess it all depends.

OP: Are you just going to be towing lighter trailers or are you going to be installing a trailer brake controller as well? That is where things really get a bit more complicated. Check your vehicles tow rating for braked vs. unbraked trailer weight if you can find it.


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I just did the install on my GX470. Hitch and lights only. I had to tap into my brake lights and yes that was the hard part (the tester in the kit didnt work so I used multimeter). The mounting inserts in my frame were corroded and I had to use a tap to clean them out. I would be glad to help you out but Im up in Baltimore.
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Looks like the hitch will take longer than the wire. Most trailer wiring is done with T sp[lices. You simply disconnect the molex plug near the rear of the vehicle and splice in the new stuff
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Many thanks to all for your replies.

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This.

Depending when you want to install, I could help. Done a few hitches now, I'm just a typical DIYer.
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What year is your Dakota?

Most of the newer Dakotas come prewired with the four pin even if you don't have the towing package. It will be attached to the bumper support, and not long enough to do anything without an extension.
1996. I doubt it is already pre-wired.

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OP: Are you just going to be towing lighter trailers or are you going to be installing a trailer brake controller as well? That is where things really get a bit more complicated. Check your vehicles tow rating for braked vs. unbraked trailer weight if you can find it.
I would like to tow light trailers, for up to three sport bikes. I think the truck can tow up to 5,000 lbs, but I'd like to keep it under 2,500. Would extra brake be needed for such "little" weight?

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Looks like the hitch will take longer than the wire. Most trailer wiring is done with T sp[lices. You simply disconnect the molex plug near the rear of the vehicle and splice in the new stuff
T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring 118329
I haven't seen anything like this. Is that possible? Or I didn't look right?


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June 19, 2013, 11:21 PM

@ OP ... Biggest thing to concern yourself with when using a bolt-on hitch is the tongue weight. Learn how to load balance your trailer.

If you are going to splice into the wiring to put in the connectors opt for one that has both the large (round, lights and brakes) and small connectors (thin rectangle, lights only). That way if you ever need to run a trailer that has only one connector type you're good to go.

My '07 Equinox doesn't have the tow package but it does come pre-wired for a thin connector. I pulled a heavy trailer that only had the circular connector once so I bought an adapter that converted from small to large. Obviously no brake control but it worked well enough.
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3000 pounds is the limit in MD for trailers without auxiliary brakes. Stick to single axle trailers and you'll be fine 99% of the time.

Also, I agree with Nootherids. if you're going to take the time to splice in the wiring. Go ahead and mount a 4pin flat/7 pin round combo. Something like this:
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June 20, 2013, 04:26 AM

If the wire kit is the same one I bought a while back there is no splicing. It has two pinned T connectors, all you do is plug it in between the light and main harness. Should be really easy. Hardest part was running the hot wire from the rear to the battery. Hopefully someone local can help you out.
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