Before you pick up your new trailer…
There are a number of things you need to have set up before you pick up your new trailer. Here’s our short list:
1) Have your ball installed: You will need either a 2″ ball or a 2 5/16″ ball already installed depending on your trailer. Check with us if you aren’t sure which size you need.
2) Get the right receiver: Your truck will have to be equipped with a receiver to support the ball. Your receiver should have the proper “drop” to make sure your trailer is level when going down the road. Using a measuring tape, you want to have the center of the ball approximately 18″ off the ground.
3) Light hookup: You will need either a 7 way round plug or a 4 way flat plug for the lights. This varies by size and type of trailer. Typically, smaller trailers (single axle, utility) have the 4 way connections.
4) Brake controller: If you are hauling a larger trailer, you may want to consider a brake controller. If the trailer is equipped with brakes, you need to install a brake controller to engage the brakes. Please note that the brakes will not work without the controller. A local hitch installer or vehicle dealership will be able to install the controller. Check out our post on brake controllers for help in selecting the right one for you.