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Old 04-29-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hitch parts-what goes on trailer, what on vehicle?

Hello Airstream Forum Members,
We are in the process of learning all about trailers, vehicles, and hitches.

Can someone help me understand what part of the hitch set-up goes on the trailer itself, and what is on the vehicle?

We currently have a 2004 Honda Pilot with a trailer hitch (draw tite) that we have used for a soft ride 4-bike bicycle rack. We have the trailer wire harness (got that when renting a U Haul trailer to take the kids to college.)

So I understand that the other parts of the set up would be the ball, which slides into the hitch on the vehicle. We would need to get the correct size ball for the trailer (we are planning on the 16 Bambi Sport).

So how does the anti-sway part work? Is that added onto the hitch side of the connection or does that go on the trailer itself?

What about trailer brakes? Are those activated by the wire harness? Do all the trailers come with these, or do the trailer breaks need to be added on?

Lastly, if you were to buy a new vehicle (we may need one before we save up enough for the Bambi), what towing features are best to order on the vehicle, and what are best to add aftermarket?

Thanks in advance for your replies!
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:52 PM   #2
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Piggy, watch this video and come back with questions...

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Old 05-01-2014, 07:49 PM   #3
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That video is really informative and helpful.

I will get out the flashlight and see what my current hitch is rated.

Question: If you were purchasing a new TV, pros/cons of factory tow package and how to evaluate them comparing across different vehicle brands. Likely will be considering Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Suburban or Tahoe.

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Hi, PiggyBank, and welcome to Airforums!

Good for you to learn about hitches before you make your investment. They are a very important part of your interaction with the trailer!

One thing I heard when I was first considering getting a trailer is to decide on the trailer first, then get the right TV (Tow Vehicle) for that size/class.
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Thanks for posting that, the video was really helpful!
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One thing I heard when I was first considering getting a trailer is to decide on the trailer first, then get the right TV (Tow Vehicle) for that size/class.
This! Because the right trailer will last you through several tow vehicles.
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