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How are u-haul hitches?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by jpg366, May 14, 2009.

  1. May 14, 2009 at 6:38 PM
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    Anyone have experience with the U-haul class-iii hitch? It seems pretty reasonably priced. I have a 2009 Tacoma Prerunner SR5 V6 on order, figuring to add a hitch myself. No plans for heavy towing, just occasional small stuff, under 2000 lbs. Vehicle will be garaged.
     
  2. May 14, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    Welcome to the site.

    How much are they asking for it?
     
  3. May 14, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    I recall the web price being around $160.00, not including accessories. Bare price, not installed.

    edit - checked again, it was quite a bit lower.
    Hitches for a 2009 Toyota Tacoma

    Hitch# Type ClassMax weight Max distribution weight Finish Price 78279 Round Tube Rec. 3 5000 6000 Black $119.95
     
  4. May 14, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    toyotas towing package FTW. Transmission cooler comes with it. Not to mention everything is installed.
     
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    Thanks for the links. It seems the low end is around $120. Toyota's package, including tranny cooler, was many $hundreds higher. Not a bad price, but I work cheaper on weekends than they do.

    I recall hearing that u-haul offered a pretty inexpensive "lifetime" guarrantee. Any thoughts about square vs round tubing in the construction?
     
  7. May 14, 2009 at 7:34 PM
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    i was all set to put one on my 96, but the company I originally had put a hitch on my truck took it off and put the one i wanted on.

    I wouldnt think twice about putting one on, unless you do alot of heavy towing. Then it would be wise to get the towing package
     
  8. May 14, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    My thought are this, and I believe you will find this a lot:

    All hitches have to be made to a standard (or class). The class in which they fall designates the weight load (I am sure you already know this). Therefore, the construction and materials all have to meet the same rating/standards. To me, it doesn't matter what it is made of (square vs round) because of the previous stated reason. I will personally look for easy of installation in this case. I would look to buy a vehicle specific hitch that doesn't not require drilling at a competitive price.

    Just MHO
     
  9. May 15, 2009 at 2:22 AM
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    I have the U-Haul hitch you are asking about. It was $120+tax and the harness which I believe I got for $40 is simple plug and play, I spent less than $200 for everything.
    The hitch is fairly easy to install with a little help and the proper tools or uhaul will install. I did the install myself, so I don't know what they charge.
    I rarely tow and when I do it is maybe 2000lbs. I haven't had a problem with the hitch and I like how it tucks under the truck so it is not as visable as some others.
    Lifetime warranty is $5 with installation.
     
  10. May 15, 2009 at 7:49 AM
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    Can't speak for the u-haul hitch. I got the towing package from Toyota, haven't used it yet but soon enough.
     
  11. May 16, 2009 at 5:38 AM
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    My local U-Haul quoted me $109.00 for their hitch. I went to the Toyota dealership and got the hitch ($179.00) and the harness ($95.00) yesterday. The OEM hitch has 6 attach points vs the 4 for all the aftermarket stuff I have seen online. Just seems like a better hitch to me.
     
  12. May 16, 2009 at 8:11 PM
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    I have the Uhaul hitch. It has the round tubes that lead to the frame, but don't hang down low. Tucked out of the way better than the other brands. It's actually manufactured by Valley. Comes with clear instructions. Installs in about 20 mins. It has 6 points of attachment (bolts).
    The wiring kit is best bought from Toyota, (IMO) as it adds 1 relay, 1 module, and 2 circuits. Expensive, but not a bad deal considering it's the only one that won't have questions asked if you have (warrantable) electrical problems in the future. The kit Uhaul tried to sell me was much cheaper up front, for a reason. The toyota kit runs from the module in the kick panel, all the way to the back.
     
  13. Jul 21, 2009 at 8:15 PM
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    Update- I received the Valley hitch from U-Haul ($120) today, and installed it with no problems. Shipped from Dallas the day after I ordered it, got here in 2 days via Fedex ground. I expected a Class-III, but was sent a Class-IV. Fit was excellent. I'll get the wiring kit from Toyota ($104 quoted by phone) and install it this weekend. Thanks to all for the guidance.
     
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    You don't need the wiring from Toyota, you can get it much cheaper than $104. Check out the Towing Bible section on adding wiring to a non-wired truck. It is simple, remove taillights and plug in.
    Get the 4-flat wiring adapter: Hoppy electronic tail light converter part number 43355. I got mine at a local auto parts store and I think it was $60.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/towing/4031-tacoma-towing-bible.html
     
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    Update #2. Ended up with Toyota's wiring kit. Took a couple of hours to install. Sure was nice to have all that ground clearance!
    Probably could repeat it in an hour, now that I know how things come apart and exactly where the harness connectors are. BTW, found a nice 4-wire tester for $4 at Northern Tool.
     
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    Do you have pics of your uhaul hitch? I'm planning on getting one within the next couple weeks. Toyota just quoted me $450 + tax for theirs and installation. I said f**k that.
     
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    I don't have pics, but it looks really good. It tucks up under the truck, so it doesn't really show, the only part that is noticable is the square receiver.
     
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    I'll see if I can put some up tomorrow. U-haul site has pic of the bare hitch. Flanges bolt up (2 bolts per side) to bottom of frame rails, then two to middle of bumper. Only part visible from rear is the receiver, which does not stick out beyond bumper. No sore shins. You'll need to be able to measure 150 ft-lbs torque for the 4 frame bolts.
     
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    That'd be great! Thanks :)
    Just what I wanted to hear. I just didn't want the hitch to protrude awkwardly and be an eyesore
     
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