Curt After-market Trailer Hitches
Considering that towing a trailer is one of the main reasons people buy pickup trucks, it’s no surprise that most trucks come with trailer hitches. However, not all trucks come with the right trailer hitch. Some auto manufacturers try and save money by installing a light-duty hitch on a heavy-duty truck. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find a new or used half-ton pickup without a hitch at all.
Fortunately, there’s an easy fix.
Curt Manufacturing Inc, better known as Curt, is a precision builder of after-market trailer hitches. Curt uses an army of precision welders, electricians, and finishers to produce some of the highest quality tow components in the industry.
First, here’s a quick review of trailer hitch classes and weight ratings:
|Class I||2,000 lbs|
|Class II||3,500 lbs|
|Class III||5,000 lbs|
|Class IV||10,000 lbs|
|Class V||10,000+ lbs|
As you can see, the vast majority of half-ton pickup trucks need a Class IV or Class V hitch (FYI – check out “What To Know Before You Tow” for some trailer towing and trailer hitch basics). Curt manufactures both a Class III and Class V hitch for the Toyota Tundra (along with most brands of pickups), with the Class V hitch capable of pulling more than the Tundra is rated for (14k lbs with a weight distributing setup). Each hitch also features the ability to add a Curt T-Connector to facilitate trailer brake light wiring, and don’t forget that most trucks without a trailer hitch still include a basic 5 pin trailer connection at the back bumper.
Curt protects their steel hitches with a layer of with black powder-coating, and if you’re looking to dress-up your truck you can order a more arresting color (such as bright red or silver) in order to match the finish on your pickup. Each hitch has been custom-built to specifically conform to the underside of your truck so as to ensure that there will be no need to drill any holes in your truck’s frame during installation. Drilling holes can weaken a frame, and drilling also makes installation more difficult. Because Curt custom-designs their hitches to each application, they can be bolted on with only a few basic tools.
When you’re selecting an aftermarket hitch for your truck, a do-it-yourself installation process is pretty important. Some hitch brands require professional installation, which can seriously add to the total price of the item. Professional install can be nice (especially if your truck’s frame is a little old), but a do-it-yourself kit from Curt isn’t so bad. For example, there are typically only six steps to putting a Class-III Curt hitch on your truck. The only tools required are 3 different sockets, a torque wrench, and a single standard wrench.
As always, corrosion is a concern when installing anything on the underside of a pickup truck. The “dirty side” is one area where dirt, grime, and road salt tend to accumulate over time. Because Curt uses robotic welds and a sealing process that helps to prevent the intrusion of water, all Curt hitches come with a lifetime warranty.
Depending on the hitch rating and vehicle application, Curt hitches are usually priced between $150.00 (class 3) and $350.00 (class 5). Considering the fact that Curt hitches are designed to be self-installed, they provide a significant value in a segment that offers a very wide range of quality when it comes to available hitch designs. In fact, this is one of the rare instances in the automotive world where going with a trusted and reliable brand name doesn’t entail having to shell out a premium price.
Bottom Line: If you need to upgrade an existing hitch OR add a hitch to a truck that doesn’t have one, check out a receiver hitch from Curt.
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Filed Under: Toyota Tundra Accessories