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Old 02-17-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Any recommendations? It would only be for a bike rack.
No towing, so no wiring harnesses needed.
It would be installed in an older van and the dealer does not have the parts so they are not an option. I heard of a place in Raleigh, but the reviews were not very good, so I would like to check out other options, especially in the Cary, Apex, or South Durham areas

Sorry for the incorrect title. Not a trailer, just a rack for a few bikes.
Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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U-Haul is usually pretty easy and inexpensive about such things, but I haven't checked lately.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Central North Carolina
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Raleigh Hitch is the way to go. That is what they do, and it is ALL that they do. I've had two done for exactly this reason, and I was very satisfied. They scheduled an appointment, got me in and out on time, and I've never had a problem.

Further, I got the recommendation from the folks at Trianglemtb.com, which is a community of cyclists (of which I am a very active member), MULTIPLE recommendations for them.

If yo read reviews of Uhaul, you will find mixed reviews at best.

Raleigh Hitch is a locally owned company who's existence depends on a good reputation for providing quality parts and services for one thing. Hitchs (possibly not the cheapest, but IMO, the best value in the area)
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Agree about Raleigh Hitch although I've also had the U- Haul on Capital (near downtown) do some work after I ran out of talent. Pleased with both.

Frank
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions!
I'm really looking forward to bringing the bikes on our next trip.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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A question for you guys with trailer experience. . .

I'd like to get a trailer hitch installed on my wife's car. . . . just so we can pull a small utility trailer on trips to home depot, camping, etc.

Her car has LED tail-lights, so regular wiring harnesses that hook into the tail lights are not possible. From what I understand, you need to install a separate line all the way up to the battery. This requires a more complex wiring harness, more labor, etc. Are there any other options? For example, could I replace the trailer lights with LED lights? Could I have a separate battery in the trunk that I only use when towing the trailer?
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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A question for you guys with trailer experience. . .

I'd like to get a trailer hitch installed on my wife's car. . . . just so we can pull a small utility trailer on trips to home depot, camping, etc.

Her car has LED tail-lights, so regular wiring harnesses that hook into the tail lights are not possible. From what I understand, you need to install a separate line all the way up to the battery. This requires a more complex wiring harness, more labor, etc. Are there any other options? For example, could I replace the trailer lights with LED lights? Could I have a separate battery in the trunk that I only use when towing the trailer?
Good question ... look around at etrailer.com I've seen trailer LED light kits there , but they were $50+


Frank
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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Thanks for the recommendation. I had the hitch installed last week. They did a great job.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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Thanks for the recommendation. I had the hitch installed last week. They did a great job.
Who is "they"? Who did you end up choosing?
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Good question ... look around at etrailer.com I've seen trailer LED light kits there , but they were $50+
Yes, I've seen them also, but I'm not sure if replacing the incandescent bulbs on the trailer with LEDs will negate the need for the fancy wiring harness and separate line to the car battery. I was quoted $175+tax just for the wiring harness and installation of it. That doesn't include the hitch, tongue, ball, and installation of hitch.
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