Towing on a budget – aka DIY Trailer Hitch


We realized long ago that when living so far away from our property, it would be necessary to tow supplies and equipment. Unfortunately the vehicle we purchased recently did not come equipped with a hitch.

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I called around town and nearly fell out of my chair each time this or that custom hitch shop quoted me a price to have one installed. The lowest of the four places I called wanted $350 and the highest wanted $480. I had priced the appropriate hitch already and new these were some pretty astronomical fees. So, I did what a good and thrifty person does.

I scoured the internet looking for a good deal and found one. I needed both the hitch and wiring assemblies, which together retail for about $200 to $300, but I found them packaged together on Amazon as the Curt 13072-55597 Trailer Hitch and Wiring Package for $130. With a few clicks of the keyboard and mouse, the package was on its way.

Once it arrived, I set to work putting it in myself and about an hour and a half later, WALLA! I often wonder why it is that so many people will just fork over the nearly $500 it would have cost me. The financial savings alone was worth it in itself, but when the project was done, I know that whenever I hook up a trailer, I can take personal pride in knowing I did that myself.

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