Mounting a trailer hitch on a '98 Grand Caravan

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

  1. Ulf

    Ulf Guest

    Hello,

    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?

    Thanks,

    Ulf
     
    Ulf, Sep 20, 2005
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  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
     
    Ted Mittelstaedt, Sep 21, 2005
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  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
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  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
     
    Ulf, Sep 21, 2005
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    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.
     
    Richard, Sep 21, 2005
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  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.

    Perce
     
    Percival P. Cassidy, Sep 21, 2005
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