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CHICAGOLAND TOWING & TRAILER HITCH INSTALLATION
- Standard Trailer Hitch installation is $142.50 if ordered alone and $95.00 if you are ordering other accessories. If you have questions on a specific model please contact us.
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Does Walmart Install Trailer Hitches?
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 they will not install it for you. However we can install it for you at CPW Truck Stuff in Tinley Park
Does U-haul Install Trailer Hitches?
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. Their 3rd party Uhaul places will most likely not offer trailer hitch installation.
A Trailer hitch will allow you to tow several types of equipment. Your hitch 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.
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, 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 or has never had a hitch adding one can definitely come in handy.
Towing & Trailer Experts
However, just getting a hitch by itself won’t provide you with the flexibility to tow – you’ll need some extra towing parts.
Parts like a 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
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
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.
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)
This is the actual weight of the fully loaded trailer including your cargo, all fluids including fuel.
Don’t forget about all your 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.
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.
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 on the hitch can increase trailer sway 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.
This pushes the rear end of the vehicle around commonly referred to as fishtailing.
This could also negatively affect the vehicle handling.
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.
Their maximum weight capacity rating and receiver opening size classify trailer hitches.
Classes are written in Roman numerals and range from I to V.
The (lowest to highest weight capacity and receiver opening size) each class of hitch is rated for specific applications and has its own unique capacities
Trailer hitch classes:
- Class I – up to 2,000 pounds (0.91 t) – light loads
- The Class II – up to 3,500 pounds (1.6 t) – light loads
- Class III – up to 5,000 pounds (2.3 t) – larger loads (campers, boats, etc.)
- The Class V” – up to 17,000 pounds (7.7 t) – larger loads (construction equipment, etc.)
- Class IV – up to 10,000 pounds (4.5 t) – larger loads (campers, boats, etc.)