Mounting a trailer hitch on a '98 Grand Caravan

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Ulf, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. Ulf

    Ulf Guest


    The dealer wants $800 to mount a trailer hitch on my Dad's '98 Grand
    Caravan. That's pretty steep so I figured if he bought the hitch I'd
    mount it for him. However, not having mounted a trailer hitch before I'm
    curious if it's just a bolt on deal on the Caravan? Has anyone in this
    ng mounted a trailer hitch on their minivan, how difficult was it?


    Ulf, Sep 20, 2005
  2. Trailer hitches are designed for places like U-Haul who employ high
    school dropouts to install them, I'm sure you will have no problems
    figuring it out.

    You can probably find a hitch from a wrecking yard for about $50
    or buy one from a sporting goods store for a bit more than that. A
    wrecker will probably throw in the wiring harness too.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Sep 21, 2005
  3. Ulf

    Mark Guest

    Bolts right up, mine is a reese which I bought at pep boys. If you find a
    used one, be careful about rust. A new one has instructions and new bolts
    with torque values. You can get the light harness adapter which makes the
    wring a simple snap of the connector. $800 sounds high - I thnk mine is a 1
    1/4 receiver - good for a bike rack or towing a waverunner up to 3500# -
    cost about $100 + $40 for connector
    Mark, Sep 21, 2005
  4. Ulf

    Ulf Guest

    Thanks, but my Dad wants a new hitch, and it's his car and he's the one
    paying for it so it's his call. :)
    Ulf, Sep 21, 2005
  5. Ulf

    Richard Guest

    I recently picked up a 1 inch hitch at U-Haul for about $150.00 and put in
    in myself in about 1 hour. I also picked up an OEM wire set from my Chrysler
    dealer which was very easy to put in and was not all that expensive.

    Richard, Sep 21, 2005
  6. He could try U-Haul. The quote they gave us for supply and installation
    of a hitch on our 300M was less than $200, IIRC, but we didn't get it
    done yet. Reese does not seem to make one for the 300M, so I don't know
    who makes the one that U-Haul sells.

    Percival P. Cassidy, Sep 21, 2005
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