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Which hitch is tucked up the farthest?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by litegide24, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Jul 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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    litegide24

    litegide24 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2011 Tacoma prerunner (2.7) and didn't come with a towing package. I want to order one that tucks up the furthest under the truck. This will help with looks from the side.

    Preferably one that is lightweight, (have only small 4x8 trailer).

    Drawtight - open side bar, question is, can you see this from the side once installed?

    Hidden hitch - open side bar, question same as above about seeing the inside of the bar once mounted? I believe these draw tight/hidden hitch are the same hitch.

    Curt - looks like this weighs about 8 more pounds and has steel side plates covering the inner tube, this looks better. Have heard their is some light drilling to open the holes to get it to line up. I wonder if the flat sides (concealed side plates prevents corrosion from inner tube), also wonder if it prevents drag. I know I have been watching to much NASCAR when aerodynamics of a trailer hitch come to mind :cool:

    Valley/U-haul - I hear many good things about these, but prefer the receiver portion of the hitch to be under the cross bar (ie; crossbar over the top, welded to receiver tube) to allow for zero visibility of the main tube from back of vehicle.

    I'm not sure if anyone was thinking these things before picking one. My concerns are not ease of installation or having to tweak or drill to get it installed. Moreso light and out of site. Don't want to add more lbs than needed (to keep mpg high).

    Any pointers or insight would help allot, would like to order from etrailer this weekend.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jul 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    litegide24

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    Are Hidden Hitch and Drawtight really the same???

    On etrailer it shows Hiddenhitch at 43 lbs and Drawtight at 39 lbs (shipping weight)?
     
  3. Jul 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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    snorola

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    here is a pick of a uhaul hitch installed on my tacoma

    from behind you can only see the receiver looks very discreet

    [​IMG]

    If its a really light trailer you can tow 3500lbs by just putting a ball through your bumper
     
  4. Jul 3, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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  5. Jul 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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  6. Jul 14, 2011 at 6:27 PM
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    hillbillytoyo

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    How much did the uhaul hitch run you?
     
  7. Jul 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    if you just have a lil trailer why not tow it off the bumper ball?

    The only reason i ever got a hitch on my old truck was for towing my dads jeep ... had no problem towing a uhaul 5x8 before that
     
  8. Jul 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM
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    I just bought a Kawasaki Teryx I don't know the actual weight but it seems pretty heavy to be towing off of the bumper. I towed it with my wife's Grand Cherokee and it squated it pretty good.
     
  9. Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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    i say ove you go over 1200lbs you get a tow hitch. i know first hand. (bumper bent down)
     
  10. Jul 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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  11. Jul 15, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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    Hidden hitch tucks up pretty tight because the receiver box itself is welded onto the bottom of the cross member. You don't see much of the hitch when looking at the truck from the back.
     
  12. Aug 1, 2011 at 7:09 AM
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    I'll second that, Hidden hitch class IV. Only the receiver (box) is visiblewhen standing behind the vehicle.
     
  13. Aug 4, 2011 at 6:41 PM
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    I just ordered a Uhaul hitch. I did some research and they are tucked up pretty far.
     
  14. Aug 4, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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  15. Aug 4, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    You and your fancy bumper :rolleyes:


    OP, I think thats it ^^
     
  16. Aug 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM
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    Heh, I ain't the only one with this thing by any shot. I just like to pimp an awesome product and company when I can.

    Awesome bumper number 2 is due in a matter of weeks :spy:
     
  17. Aug 4, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    Just givin ya a hard time, I wish he made one that style for a 1st gen.
     
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