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How To Install A Trailer Hitch

The ability to tow is one that people rarely think about until they need it. Whether it’s hooking up a trailer, hauling stuff across the country, or simply pulling around yard debris, the ability to tow offers several advantages and benefits. If you’re a first-time tower, you may be wondering how to install a trailer hitch. Thankfully, it’s quite easy and with a few simple steps, you can be well on your way!

Choose The Right Hitch

There are many trailer hitches on the market to choose from. However, choosing the right hitch is necessary and often neglected. You shouldn’t use just any hitch for your vehicle. Choosing a quality hitch that’s rated for your vehicle’s towing capacity will allow you to get the maximum benefits out of the hitch without damaging your trailer, vehicle, or cargo. It will also help you stay safe and in control while on the road. 

GEN Y hitches are among the highest quality hitches on the market. Our use of Torsion-Flex technology allows us to offer greater advantages than standard hitches as the tech helps reduce trailer sway and inertia by up to 90%. 

Aside from selecting a quality hitch, you should also pay attention to your vehicle and its towing capabilities. When towing, your trailer should ride as level as possible with your vehicle. So measuring the distance from the ground to the bottom of your trailer coupler as well as the distance from the ground to your hitch opening will help identify the appropriate class of hitch. Furthermore, always consult your vehicle’s manual for more information on its maximum towing capacity. Once you’ve identified this and obtained an appropriate trailer hitch, it’s time for installation to begin!

Read Your Directions

Improperly installing your hitch can lead to spurious injury and even death. So this isn’t the time to throw away the directions. Read them, and read them carefully. Not all hitches are the same and so it’s incredibly important that if your hitch has a unique feature that you are familiar with it so that nothing bad happens during or after installation.

Select Your Tools

Once you’ve read through the instructions for your hitch, take time to lay out all of the necessary tools. This will save you from having to run to the store or scramble around if you can’t find anything. Organization always improves productivity. Depending on your vehicle and which hitch you’re installing, necessary tools may include:

  • Shop light
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • Ratchet extension
  • Swivel socket
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Torque wrench
  • Jack and stands
  • Pry bar
  • Tape measure
  • Torx bits
  • Trim tool
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint pen
  • Die grinder
  • Carbide drill bits
  • Cutting lubricant
  • Box wrench set
  • Power drill
  • Rotary cutting tool
  • Penetrating lubricant
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife
  • Metal sheers

Take Safety Measures

Anytime you work on your vehicle you should take safety precautions. Chock your wheel, use jack stands, and make sure all kids and animals are away from your truck during the installation process. Once your vehicle is secure, you can begin working on the hitch area itself. 

Remove Your Spare Tire (If Applicable)

During a receiver hitch installation, your vehicle’s spare tire may get in the way if it’s located under the vehicle. If this is the case, simply remove it, set it to the side, and reattach it after the hitch installation process.

Remove Specified Bolts, Plugs, Etc.

Depending on your hitch, you may need to remove specific bolts, rubber plugs, and other small items to properly install your hitch. Consulting your hitch’s instruction manual as well as your specific vehicle’s manufacturer will offer insight on what may need to be removed. 

Place The Hitch And Fasten It Down

With everything out of the way, you can move your receiver hitch into position. Some trailer hitches can weigh up to 50lbs or more, so always ask for help lifting the hitch into position. Dropping the hitch mid-installation may cause damage to your vehicle, the hitch, or your foot. 

Once the hitch is in place, you can tighten all the nuts and bolts that will hold it in place on the frame of your vehicle. Once everything is hand-tightened, you can move on to torquing them. After the hitch is tightened down, reverse the preparation process by returning any bolts or plugs you removed, attaching your spare tire, etc. 

If you need help attaching your trailer hitch, reach out to a hitch expert like GEN Y hitch for advice on your specific vehicle, what hitch is right for you, and how you can safely install your hitch. 

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Our goal is to better the lives of our customers by providing only the best products possible. We never sacrifice quality for profit and we strive to provide you with exactly what you need. Contact us today with any questions you may have!

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GEN-Y Hitch Limited Lifetime Warranty

This Limited Lifetime Warranty covers defects in the materials or workmanship of All GEN-Y manufactured products and is limited to the repair or replacement of the product by GEN-Y Hitch. The decision as to whether the solution is replacement or repair shall be at GEN-Y Hitch’s sole determination. This Limited Lifetime Warranty is provided only to the original purchaser and applies only to the original installation.


All rubber components for TORSION-FLEX Hitches are assured for 5 years from the date the unit was purchased.

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This Limited Lifetime Warranty Warranty is expressly IN LIEU of any other express warranty and is further IN LIEU of any implied warranty, including, but not limited to, any implied WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE except as may otherwise be required by applicable Federal or State law at the time the hitch was manufactured.

This Limited Lifetime Warranty does not cover the following:

  • normal wear and tear 
  • the finish on the product  →  wear around the shank of the hitch, the ball mount & the pintle saddle is inevitable and should be expected with normal use of the hitch due to metal on metal contact from trailer couplers / lunette rings
  • replacement of the product by any person or entity other than GEN-Y Hitch
  • any consequential or incidental damages including, but not limited to: commercial loss, loss of time, loss or damage to personal property, lodging, meals or other related travel costs or any other incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of the product, the inability to use the product or for any other reasonable delay in performance under this Lifetime Warranty
  • service or labor charges for:
    • installing the product 
    • removing the product
    • returning the product to GEN-Y Hitch or replacing the product by anyone other than GEN-Y Hitch
    • damages caused by abuse, neglect, misuse, misapplication, overloading or improper installation, improper maintenance, repair, negligence or acts of God
    • alteration of the product in any way other than by GEN-Y Hitch
    • failure to utilize the product in compliance with it’s User Manual
    • failure of any product to which the GEN-Y product was attached

GEN-Y Hitch shall not be held responsible for any or all “compatible parts or products” being used or being utilized for towing with or around a GEN-Y Hitch product. GEN-Y Hitch products shall never be altered in any circumstance or for any reason and will void any warranties if done so.

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This Limited Lifetime Warranty gives you specific legals right, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The laws applicable to any litigation, dispute, mediation, arbitration, or any claim whatsoever arising from the sale, purchase, or use of the product shall be the laws of the State of Indiana, without regard to rules pertaining to conflicts of law. The exclusive jurisdiction for deciding any claims, demands or causes of action relating in any way, from the sale, purchase, or use of the product shall be with the courts of the Circuit or Superior Courts of Elkhart County, Indiana.

Changes in the Design of and/or Improvements to GEN-Y Hitch products and substitution of parts or components

GEN-Y Hitch reserves the unrestricted right at any time and from time to time to make changes in the design of and/or improvements upon GEN-Y Hitch products without thereby imposing any obligation upon itself to make corresponding changes or improvements in or upon GEN-Y Hitch products already manufactured. GEN-Y Hitch further reserves the right to substitute parts or components of substantially equal quality in any warranty service required by the operation of this Limited Warranty.

If your GEN-Y product was involved in an accident, do not continue to tow with it. There may be structural damage to the hitch that you cannot see that could result in product failure