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Old 05-29-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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My family is going to OBX and we need more room to carry our stuff. We're looking to buy or rent some type of cargo trailer that I can pull with out Subaru Outback. I will need buy a hitch and have it installed. I don't really want to buy a trailer, but..... Can anyone point me in a direction of someone reputable who installs hitches and or rents trailers. I called UHaul, but wasn't sure if their prices were competitive (for hitch and installation they said $134??) so wanted to put this out there to you folks.
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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$134 doesn't sound too bad for a hitch + installation.
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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In our experience, there were two choices in Raleigh: UHaul or Raleigh Hitch.

The prices sounds reasonable.
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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$134 sounds like a great price to me. Wondering what you think a hitch+install should cost?? As for trailer rentals, u-haul is a great place for that, you can rent an enclosed trailer for less than $20/day.
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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My husband just got a hitch put on his SUV so he could pull his boat, he used U-haul. I'm not sure what he paid but I think $134 is great!
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Central North Carolina
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I got mine done at Raleigh Hitch, on the advice of Many many satisfied customers. The advice I was given was that they are going to be more expensive, but the quality of the hitch is better, and the knowledge of the person drilling into your car is far superior (that is all they do at Raleigh Hitch, and they STAY busy.) Several people posted horror stories about dealing with U-haul.

Every bit of what I posted is anecdotal, so take it for what it's worth. For me I decided to spend the extra money and forgo the potential headache, and I'm very happy.

Another question I'd ask is "what can your subaru reasonably pull, without damage to the transmission and/or breaking system?" (I've got a Civic, but I only use mine for bike racks, and a flat-bed rack because I have to haul our trash to the dump and I don't want any "junk in my trunk")

EDIT> I can't remember, but I think I spent $232 to buy the hitch and have it installed. Service was on time, and as promised, and I've used it daily for over almost two years.
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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Thanks for the input - I guess renting from UHaul is one thing, but having them do something permanent like install a hitch makes me a little nervous. I think I'll check out Raleigh Hitch - THANKS
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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You can always buy one online and install yourself. On most vehicles, you can find a hitch that requires no drilling to install. I bought mine from www.etrailer.com and installed it myself. The install took only about an hour to bolt up and to do the wiring. If you or anyone in the house is mechanically savvy, it's pretty easy.

Be very mindful of what your car can tow, especially since it sounds like the car will already be pretty loaded as is. As for trailer rentals, you're basically stuck with U-Haul. You can buy trailers from places like Lowe's, Home Depot, etc, but even the most basic trailer will set you back a couple hundred. Might luck out and find someone selling one on craigslist, though. That's what I did.

Mike
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: NC
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I've had three hitches done - one at Raleigh Hitch (great service and pricing) and two DIY. All three have been great.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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Just got a hitch installed today from Raleigh Hitch........now, I admittedly don't know much about hitches, but I researched enough to know that Draw-Tite was a good brand. I was told that my hitch installed would be a bit over 200 and it would be a Draw-Tite. So, can anyone tell me how worried I should be if they spray painted the hitch.....including the Draw-Tite sticker???? This is crazy. Owner tells me they paint it to cover scratches. I'm furious and feeling taken.
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