Trailer Hitch Installation
Simply put NO. While Walmart does not install trailer hitches in-store or as a part of their home services division. While you can certainly purchase your new trailer hitch at Walmart online or in a local store they will not install it for you, but we can install it for you at CPW Truck Stuff in Tinley Park
Simply put Yes with exceptions. Uhaul does install trailer hitches, however don’t expect every location to offer this service. You’ll most likely need to visit one of Uhaul’s larger locations, not one of the 3rd party Uhaul places or another local installer like CPW Truck Stuff in Tinley Park.
A Trailer hitch, or tow hitch as they are commonly called, will allow you to tow several types of equipment and will quickly be one of the most used accessories on your vehicle if you’re an outdoorsy type. The most common type of trailer hitch is the receiver type hitch but some other common types are the bumper hitch, the front mounted hitch, weight distributions hitches, 5th wheel hitches, and gooseneck hitches. Receiver hitches come in 5 classes depending on the weight the hitch can handle and the size of the receiver opening. Adding a receiver hitch will allow you to add things like hitch bike racks, cargo carriers, removable ball mounts, and other hitch-mounted accessories with ease. You’ll also be able to tow your boat, UTV, Jeep, or other or recreational equipment. We carry all the top brands like Reese Hitches, Curt Hitches and B&W Hitches and Hidden Hitch
Vehicle manufacturers do offer trailer prep-packages that include things such as heavy-duty alternators, transmission coolers, and differential coolers, however, if your vehicle is used, has never had a hitch installed, or just needs an upgrade adding one can definitely come in handy during road trip season.
However, just getting a hitch by itself won’t provide you with the flexibility to tow – you’ll need some extra towing parts, together with a trailer ball and ball mount, wiring, and safety chains to really making towing an enjoyable experience instead of a travel nightmare.
Towing a trailer is not as straightforward as hooking up to your hitch and hitting the road. There are several things that you’ll need to take into consideration before you’re ready to properly tow your stuff safely and effectively. Because of these added requirements, we’ve provided a short overview of what you’ll need to know before you head out on your adventures across Chicagoland or the country.
We hope this article alleviates some of the mystery with trailer hitches and helps you in choosing the correct hitch for your towing needs.Here are some towing related terms you should become familiar with so you can choose the right hitch for your towing desires. You can also check out this handy guide from Curt about understanding towing for more information and for specific towing laws in Illinois check out this article from Trailers.com
Set forth by the tow vehicle’s manufacturer, this is the maximum weight limit allowed for towing for the combination of tow vehicle and trailer; it includes the weight of your cargo, your safety equipment, your passengers, and fuel. You should be able to find this information in your vehicle’s owner’s manual or we can check it out for you as well.
This is the actual weight of the fully loaded trailer, including the weight of all your cargo, all fluids including fuel, and all safety equipment such as your straps, cargo nets, and wheel chocks.The best way to determine your vehicles GTW is by weighing your fully loaded trailer on a truck scale, but if that is not an option, you can add up the weights of the cargo, fluids, and safety equipment with the weight of the trailer itself. If you’re not 100% sure about your adding skills always err on the side of caution and round up.
This is the amount of the trailer’s weight that is exerted downward onto the hitch of the tow vehicle by the tongue of the trailer. As a general rule of thumb, your tongue weight should not be more than 10-15% of the overall GTW. If you tow often, it may be beneficial to purchase a specialized scale like the Weigh Safe hitch to measure your tongue weight. The tongue weight is the inert force that the trailer tongue wields on the hitch and tow ball. Proper trailer tongue weight can significantly improve your trailer towing experience by improving performance.
For example, not having enough tongue weight or pressure on the hitch and tow ball causes an increase in trailer sway from side to side, making it difficult to control. On the other hand, too much tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball could overload the rear tires of the towing vehicle, pushing the rear end of the vehicle around commonly referred to as fishtailing. This could also negatively affect the vehicle handling. Your vehicle’s performance can be drastically impaired especially when turning around corners and curves. Additional your vehicle and trailer may not stop quickly enough when you press the brake pedal, which could cause a serious accident.
The Weigh Safe trail hitch excellently measures the tongue weight of your towing load and improving both the vehicle tow load balance and performance and making your trip that more enjoyable. Weigh Safe is also great for lifted trucks with four different drop lengths of 4″, 6″, 8″ and 10″ inches respectively.
Their maximum weight capacity rating and receiver opening size classify trailer hitches. Classes are written in Roman numerals and range from I to V (lowest to highest weight capacity and receiver opening size) each class of hitch is rated for specific applications and has its own unique capacities