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Old 06-24-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We just bought a little tricked out Jon Boat for some local lake fishing and will need to tow it behind our Toyota, Camry. The boat and trailer weigh <500 pounds, probably considerably less.

Suggestions of who to call to get the hitch, please? We're in Brier Creek.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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I cannot believe the local prices for this. If you are not handy enough to do it yourself, try and find a friend that is. I get them from amazon. They are typically only like 4 or 5 bolts. A torque wrench is cheap enough if you do not know how tight to make it.

If you are going to need lights and such, that can be a pain in the a running power from the battery and such. But small trailers might not need that.

CURT Manufacturing 123393 Class 2 Trailer Hitch with Old-Style Ball Mount, Pin and Clip : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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my husband added a hitch to our toyota ourselves. ordered from amazon I think and just bolted it on. seemed easy to do. and we did have to do the lights for our trailer -- but I don't remember it being overly difficult. makes we wonder if power was already run back there and he just had to attach the wires into it....
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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How old is the Camry? The newer ones have LED tail lights, which require less amps than the incandescent bulbs, so they've made the wiring thinner. If you try to use that wiring to run the trailer tail lights, which are probably incandescent bulbs, you'll have problems. I've been told that you have to run a separate wire from the battery all the way back to the trailer.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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How old is the Camry? The newer ones have LED tail lights, which require less amps than the incandescent bulbs, so they've made the wiring thinner. If you try to use that wiring to run the trailer tail lights, which are probably incandescent bulbs, you'll have problems. I've been told that you have to run a separate wire from the battery all the way back to the trailer.
Geez, this gets complicated! It's a 2005 Camry, but it will be replaced within a year. The trailer already has lights and the wires to run the lights (don't ask me where they get attached to - I just know I saw them on the trailer).

Anyplace to buy one of these DIY hitches locally. As much as I use and love Amazon, the guy selling the boat wants it moved.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:50 PM
 
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Sounds like you're not a good DIY candidate. [ on this project ] I'd just go to Uhaul or Raleigh Hitch. Both were comp...
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:41 PM
 
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You 05 camry doesn't have led taillights. Sort of unrelated, I know you said it's a light tralier, make sure you don't tow heavy stuff. And keep your trans fluid changed every 30Kish. Very easy since the Camry's have a drain plug and about 4 quart drains. Always use the Toyota trans fluid from the dealer.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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Nobody answered your question, but by all means, Raleigh Hitch on Capital Blvd is the place to go. That is ALL he does, and he knows his stuff. Probably a few bucks more than Uhaul, i don't know, but worth it. I've had two cars done by him on recommendations from others, and I'll never go anywhere else.

Oh, and he'll get you in and out fast (call for an appt.)

If you need a quickie move, get a friend with a hitch to pull the boat to your place, then get the hitch (DIY, Raleigh Hitch, or whatever...)
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:09 PM
 
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If you are going to do it yourself, I highly recommend etrailer. Great step by step instructions...unfortunately it looks like you have to drill the frame to install, which is where my do it yourself instincts end.

Trailer Hitch for 2005 Toyota Camry | etrailer.com
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Uhaul.
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