User Info

 
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Quick Forum Search


Who's Online

Upcoming Rallies

Weekly Photo

 
Anza Borrego Indian Head Mtn: Sunset
 Views: 719
Posted by ChocoChock01
Mar 12, 2013
in This Week's Photo Winner

Checkout My Rig

 
image
I got it!
 Views: 170
Posted by rfd21170
Oct 21, 2014
in Checkout My Rig

Recent Topics

2015 - Wisconsin June Rally by Rynderz
[Today at 11:57:15 AM]


Helping winterize by kjcamper
[Today at 11:55:00 AM]


2015 - Wisconsin 4th Annual August Rally by Rynderz
[Today at 11:53:52 AM]


New camper by generok
[Today at 11:46:09 AM]


First time popup owner! by generok
[Today at 11:35:47 AM]


Kings Mountain SC State Park Halloween weekend by bud121156
[Today at 11:26:55 AM]


Halloween camping at Kings Mountain State Park by bud121156
[Today at 11:02:19 AM]


New Type Trailer by kitphantom
[Today at 11:01:58 AM]


2014 Illinois Fall Rally by Yooperwannabe
[Today at 10:51:11 AM]


Other Replacement Parts? by Lee_B
[Today at 10:24:34 AM]


2014 Midwest Halloween Rally by efehser
[Today at 10:22:05 AM]


2015 Jayco 10SD by novagirl
[Today at 10:20:25 AM]

PopUpGizmos Solar Bunk Liner kit (PSBL)
See fewer ads! Become a free PopUpPortal member. Click here to Register

Author Topic: Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?  (Read 7691 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline dandcp

  • Camper, 1st Class
  • **
  • Posts: 191
  • Gender: Male
    • CA [CA]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« on: March 01, 2009, 02:11:40 PM »
I have heard good and bad about U-haul and their hitches. I went to my local U-haul and they have a Class 3 hitch, round tube for my Town & Country minivan for $150 plus $50 install labor. So $200.

e-trailer has a nice hitch, Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch for $160 http://www.etrailer.com/pc-H~87717.htm?vehicleid=19992571
Then I would have to install and for the class 3 you need to drill a hole on each side for my TV. Not sure if that is difficult or not.

The other question is a tranny cooler. I have been told I need a larger one than comes with my tow prep package. Again not sure if I should just save my time and have U-haul do it all. They have tranny cooler for $46 plus $50 labor. I don't know how to tell what size I could fit in there if I buy one from e-trailer.

I do like their lifetime warranty tho.

Any thoughts?

Dad Canada Mom United States
2 little DDs Camping1 baby DS
PopUp 1984 Starcraft 21' Starmaster
Tow Vehicle 1995 Ford Explorer
Doug & Cynthia, 2 DDs  [CP] DS [:)C]
 [PU] 1984 Starcraft 21' Starmaster
 [TV] 1999 Chrysler Town & Country XLi

Offline mostlyok

  • Eagle Camper
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,856
  • Gender: Female
    • FL [FL]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • MostlyOK
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009, 02:31:59 PM »
My own experiences with U-haul keeps me far away from them. The quality of the materials and the poor installations all keep me going to the Hitch House for hitches, etc. As for the tranny cooler, I can't help.

Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara (The Cottage)
Jeep '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
If its got zippers and Velcro it's got to be fun!
Heidi & Paul in Florida
Had-[PU]'04 Fleetwood Niagara (The Cottage)  Have-2011 Fleetwood Storm 28F (the Dark Side) [8D]

Offline Twisty

  • Diamond
  • Eagle Camper
  • *
  • Posts: 4,939
  • Gender: Male
    • OR [OR]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • Photobucket
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 02:35:18 PM »
I bought a class III hitch from the Ford dealer OTC. It was $179, the same as online and I saved shipping. The dealer wanted over $100 to install so I took it to U-Haul and they bolted it up with a warranty on their work for $75.
IMO, your tranny cooler is OK. After all it is part of the tow package.

2004 Fleetwood Utah
2006 Ford Ranger 4x4 Ext. Cab
www.CWhatIC.net
Twisty should be used for entertainment purposes only.
2014 Boss 6.2 F350
2012 SV264

Offline dirtyboy

  • Star Camper
  • ***
  • Posts: 399
  • Gender: Male
    • MO [MO]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 02:37:46 PM »
You could also try some local off road shops.....many are hurting for business right now and would be happy to order and install a hitch for ya!

Try it in a Toyota!
'74 Coleman Yorktown under construction......
Tow Rigs =99 Toyota 4runner and 93 Pickup (Rockcrawler)

Offline MovingRightAlong

  • Camper, 1st Class
  • **
  • Posts: 240
  • Gender: Male
    • NH [NH]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 02:59:02 PM »
I went to U-Haul and have had no issues, lifetime guarantee on both the hitch and the electrical. One thing about U-Haul, make sure you get the price for everything installed because I called around to different U-Haul stores and they each gave me a different price.

When I asked why, they don't always add it all together, so they may not have added in electrical when they should have.

From my understanding all U-Haul pricing is standard.

Dave('74) Stacey('74)2 Boys '04 & '07
Duke 1999
96 Coleman Cheyenne and 05 Sienna.
2005 Sienna/96 Coleman Cheyenne
Dave, Stacey, 2 Boys (6 and 3), 1 Dog

Offline Twisty

  • Diamond
  • Eagle Camper
  • *
  • Posts: 4,939
  • Gender: Male
    • OR [OR]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • Photobucket
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 02:59:33 PM »
That is a very good idea Dirtyboy - those guys are boltin'-weldin' Madmen!

2004 Fleetwood Utah
2006 Ford Ranger 4x4 Ext. Cab
www.CWhatIC.net
Twisty should be used for entertainment purposes only.
2014 Boss 6.2 F350
2012 SV264

Offline 5Star

  • Camper, 1st Class
  • **
  • Posts: 131
  • Gender: Male
    • TX [TX]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 03:52:44 PM »
I bought a receiver hitch and had it installed by PEPBOYS. around 125 bucks if I remember correctly.

06 Fleetwood Niagara PopUp
07 Ram 1500 Hemi Lonestar edition Tow Vehicle
08 Dodge Avenger
08 Glastron DS-215 5.0 GL Vovlo Penta

Bill & Renee, 3 Girls,
And 2 Silly Dogs.
06 Durango Hemi  2010 Rockwood 2701 SS 
07 Ram 1500 QC Hemi  08 Glastron DS-215 5.0 Volvo Penta
Bill, Renee, 3 girls, 1 silly dogs. nites camped

Offline nuthouseinva

  • Star Camper
  • ***
  • Posts: 473
  • Gender: Male
    • VA [VA]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • Nuthouse Webshots Photo Album
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009, 05:56:20 PM »
I wouldn't use u-haul. Check your area for trailer repair or sales shop. A lot of popup dealers sell and install them as well.
I installed the class III hitch on my wife's jeep grand cherokee. It was pretty easy. 4 bolts.
Think I paid $150 from etrailer.com
I did have to buy two deep well sockets to fit the bolts. other than that, no problem.
The wiring kit was a little harder to install but doable.

Brian and Casey : Portsmouth, Virginia
'75 Apache Royal Solid-state Pop-up
2009: 7 nights booked so far. Shooting for 14. 2008: 9 nights (not enough)
The Nuthouse: 1975 Apache Royal Hardside
The Nuts: Brian and Casey (34 & 33), a new baby girl and our furry dog.

Offline dirtyboy

  • Star Camper
  • ***
  • Posts: 399
  • Gender: Male
    • MO [MO]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2009, 06:06:10 PM »
Yea I would avoid Uhaul like the plague

Try it in a Toyota!
'74 Coleman Yorktown under construction......
Tow Rigs =99 Toyota 4runner and 93 Pickup (Rockcrawler)

Offline bud121156

  • Eagle Camper
  • *****
  • Posts: 6,755
  • Gender: Male
    • NC [NC]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • Pictures
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2009, 06:19:08 PM »
I had a local tire shop install my class3 and the 4 prong wire just to pull a utility trailer. At the time I was still a year away from buying a camper and didn't figure I needed the 7 way plug.

Donnie & Cheryl
North Carolina
07 Fleetwood Westlake
Donnie & Cheryl
2014 Coachmen Freedom Express Bunkhouse
2000 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 Ext Cab

Offline Bummer72

  • Life Camper
  • ****
  • Posts: 935
  • Gender: Male
    • PA [PA]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • My Pics
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2009, 06:37:18 PM »
My FIL works for Uhaul in their reservations center. He's seen both good and bad.

The service center he worked at before he went to reservations had a good installer who did good work. He was an older fellow who took the time to do it right the first time. You can't guarantee that's who'll be working on your car each and every place, though, and everybody knows that Uhaul only gets the quality workers that they pay for, and the pay ain't that great.

I called my FIL, and he said that the Uhaul hitch install shops have all the equipment (like a drill mounted to a jack like press, which makes clean holes from underneath) to do it correctly, including the drills and templates, to make it a one stop visit. He also said that, in the event that a mistake is made, Uhaul will pay to fix whatever they screw up. I'm not sure what their warranty covers, but I'll bet that it is ONLY the hitch, and not the installation...what could go wrong with a hitch, other than it gets rusty, perhaps.

So, the choice is yours. Personally, I like to stay away from "chain" stores, and I would look for the independent shop. The risk there, though, may be that they've never installed a hitch on a Town & Country van.

Let us all know how it works out!!!!

Doug Rice, Lancaster PA United StatesUS Coast Guard <> DW Heather, M.Div. <> DS Andrew <> DS Benjamin
Nights Camped in 2008: 29

Edited by - Bummer72 on March 01 2009  18:40:00
Doug, DW Heather, DS#1 Andrew, DS#2 Benjamin

Offline Luv2ridebikes

  • Eagle Camper
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,566
  • Gender: Male
    • IN [IN]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • Webshots
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2009, 06:48:39 PM »
We have used a local hitch service for all of our vehicles, including installing the trailer brake wiring. I wouldn't use the local U Haul, not because they are bad. Frankly I haven't heard anything good or bad. But ask anybody with a hitch in about a 4 county area around here they all say go to Dan's. I have and I will.

As to your tranny - If your van has the trailer prep package including the tranny cooler - I have never seen a recommendation to replace it with a bigger one. That's a new one on me.

Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
05 Fleetwood Sequoia & lot's of bikes! BicycleBicycle
Steve and Deb
Aspen- our four legged offspring
2005 Sequoia towed by an 04 Ext Trailblazer and lots of bikes

Offline rdsmith

  • Camper, 2nd Class
  • *
  • Posts: 25
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2009, 07:03:15 PM »
I bought my hitch from an auto salvage yard for $75 used. It had four bolts and used holes that were already in the frame. The installation only took me about 15 minutes, time and money well spent.

Me my wife and two kids (9yo & 7yo)
PopUp 2008 Jayco 1207
Tow Vehicle 2002 Ford Expedition
Me My wife and kids
[TV] 2006 Ford F150 King Ranch,  2008 KZ Coyote Lite 28', 36 nights camped in 2009

Offline KMH

  • Eagle Camper
  • *****
  • Posts: 6,831
  • Gender: Male
    • MA [MA]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
    • Camping Trips, Mods, and Maintenance
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2009, 10:47:40 PM »
My brother is a local Uhaul dealer, and sells, installs hitches etc.. My dad started the business almost 30 years ago, and my brother now runs it, with zero issues with installations/wiring. So not ALL Uhaul stores are bad, but as with ANY other industry, there are good and there are bad.

I'm sending you a PM on this as well, ~$30 cheaper on a hitch, shipped to your door. That is, IF you decide to install yourself.
 

*Kevin*
PopUp 2001 Starcraft Constellation Gemini Tow Vehicle 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd,
Booked '09: 49 Tongue
~Kevin~
2012 Keystone Passport 235EXP HTT, 2004 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Offline jneely77

  • Camper, 1st Class
  • **
  • Posts: 153
  • Gender: Male
    • IL [IL]
    • US [USA]
    • View Profile
Should I go to U-Haul to install a hitch?
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2009, 09:56:01 AM »
I'm not sure about Uhaul installing hitches, but I went there the other day to buy the wiring for the brake lights for my new-to-me Durango. They wanted $75 to install the wiring. All they had to do was pop out the brake lights on the TV and plug in the wires. I did it myself at home in under 5 minutes.

I was able to install a hitch on my wife's Caravan in about an hour. The hardest part of that was heating up the frame with a blowtorch to loosen the factory installed hitch bolts that hadn't been moved since the van was built in 2005. If you're handy in the least, then doing it yourself is really no poprblem at all.

Joel ('77) & Candice ('85)
Zach-('05)
Alex-('08)

1990 Rockwood 1260
2000 Dodge Durango
Joel ('77), Candice ('85)
Zach ('05)& Alex ('08)

 


Bear Creek Canvas