Fifth Wheel Hitch Mount
You're all geared up for the road trip, and you're bringing with you some heavy equipment. The only trouble is that the hitch isn't ready yet. Do you have the right hitch mount kit? When setting up the hitch, you have to make sure that you're using the right hitch and mounting parts according to the weight of the cargo or equipment that you'll be hauling.
- Don't go beyond the vehicle's towing capacity or the hitch's weight rating. Follow all the safety instructions or guidelines when towing. Hitches are classified based on the gross trailer weight (GTW) and the tongue weight (TW).Class I, II, III, IV and V. These hitches can handle different types of loads, from small-to-medium-sized trailers to large RVs, vans, SUVs, and heavy-duty vehicles. Those beyond the Class V rating can be hooked up to fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches.
- Use a dependable hitch mount kit for towing or hauling. The mount should fit the kind of hitch system that you're using, whether it's a fixed tongue hitch or a receiver style hitch. Check your manual to know what kind of hitch mounting kit to look for.
Buying a hitch mount kit
- Get a kit that suits the hitch system you're using (whether it's for a standard receiver or not) and the hitch classification (whether it's for Class I, II, III, IV, or V).
- Make sure that the kit comes complete with all the needed hardware for hitch mounting such as the hitch pin or bracket.
- Look for a mount with solid steel construction for guaranteed quality and reliability when towing. It should be tough against common road and weather elements and should be able to handle stress from towing a certain load.
- Know exactly what kind of hitch mount kit you're looking at, if it's custom or universal fit. Some mounts can be easily bolted on; others might require a bit of modification. Use the part number as a guide for compatible parts and accessories for the mounting kit. The mount, for instance, may be used with rails.
- Make sure that the kit comes with a good warranty. Also shop around for the most reasonable price points, which can range depending on the brand, kind of mount, and features.
Mounting a hitch
Step 1: Drill holes for mounting the hitch (if needed). With some hitches, they can be aligned easily with the existing holes and can be mounted directly. Check the manual to see if drilling or any other modification is needed to accommodate the mounting brackets.
Note: For more clearance or room when assembling the hitch, raise the vehicle's rear using a jack, with stands placed underneath for support.
Step 2: Hook up the hitch to the reinforcing brackets. The attachment will be based on the hitch model and its requirements. Check if the hitch is balanced or proportional to the vehicle before you seal in the assembly with the retaining bolts.
Step 3: Fit the hitch onto the frame. Adjust the hitch until its mounting holes have lined up with the holes in the vehicle.
Step 4: Lock in the hitch assembly to the vehicle frame. Secure the bolts with a socket wrench. The bolts should be tightened according to torque specifications using a torque wrench.
With the right hitch mount kit and by following this guide, you'll have no problem setting a new hitch in your vehicle.