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Old 06-24-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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I think you might have a hard time getting a 2" receiver installed on a Camry, and you can't pull a boat with a 1.25" receiver. I'd call around, and get some straight answers, and quotes. Most shop will charge about $250 to install a hitch. You can do it yourself, and save over a hundred. Chances are your Camry does not have the wiring harness for towing, where as most trucks and SUVs have them factory installed.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:52 PM
 
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I had UHaul on Capital install a hitch on our 05 Infiniti G35 Coupe. The online install price was more than reasonable enough to not deal with it myself. Their total price was A LOT lower than Raleigh Hitch. Like half. Overall quite satisfied with the work which included trimming the bumper. They took pride in their work and valued customer service. Note: this was a 1 1/4 hitch with no wiring.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:59 AM
 
Location: N. Raleigh
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I'll throw my hat in for Uhaul (capital blvd by iHop) too. Excellent price and service. Never had an issue nor ever heard a complaint.

I just looked at their web page and I forgot how cheap it was: < $400 fully installed and wired for a 2013 Camry with LED (comes with power module).

Hitch install is $56, wiring install is $70. Hard to beat that considering their warranty plus the fact of not losing the factory warranty over a bad DIY install.

Edit: 2005 Camry is $322.50 installed tax included per Uhaul.com
unconditional lifetime warranty for $5 Uhaul <-hard to beat

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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I love the internet:

How-to install video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Aw3zNZp-w

Looks beyond incredibly simple to install this...

That company sells it for $180 but it can be bought on Amazon for $140...not sure if it's the exact same thing, might want to call etrailer, they also have a low price guarantee...
CURT Manufacturing 123393 Class 2 Trailer Hitch with Old-Style Ball Mount, Pin and Clip : Amazon.com : Automotive

A torque wrench, if you want one, is $10 at Harbor Freight with a coupon...

Doesn't include the wiring though, not sure where to get that, I'm sure they have it but not sure of the cost. Do all trailers have to have wiring on them?

I was looking at hitches awhile ago but didn't want to spend the $$, but I just bought a used car for $250 w/ a hitch and planned to swap over the hitch to my car. It also came with the wiring harness.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:11 AM
 
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OK looks like cost @ Uhaul is $310 w/ the online discount and includes the wiring and no extra warranty, hitch is a little more but install is only about $100, I'd totally go to Uhaul, if you book online they give you a $10 discount...

U-Haul: Trailer Hitch and Trailer Hitch Installation in Durham, NC at U-Haul Moving & Storage at Chapel Hill Blvd

Note: not recommending that specific Uhaul just the quoted price, it should show up...

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Old 06-25-2013, 06:30 AM
 
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Thanks to advice on this forum, I recently bought a hitch from etrailer.com and installed it myself. One of the easiest DIY projects I have ever done. It took less than an hour to install the hitch and hook up the wiring harness for the lights.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:57 AM
 
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I installed a receiver hitch on my MDX. I only wanted it for cargo carriers and bike racks, so didn't bother with wiring harness. It would have been a much simpler job with a 2nd person to help, but I manged doing it alone. It can be done.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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you've been gone a year already? Congrats! I hope to live in the same place as you again soon. I would love to hear your one year comparison...


Anyway, back on topic, here is a video on how to install your own hitch. Looks like a nice easy job. If you need to remove the boat in a hurry and don't have a friend to tow it you can consider renting a uhaul van. Some rental places have pickups or SUVs that could have a factory hitch. (just read the fine print, they may prohibit towing.) It may be more cost effective to rent or borrow just to move it, then order your hitch online. I rented a cargo van from enterprise a little while back, i think it was $45 for the day...


Installation of a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Toyota Camry - etrailer.com - YouTube
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