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Old 02-09-2014, 10:49 PM   #1
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Trailer hitch and wiring for 2007 SES

I'm wanting to get a trailer hitch and wiring for my 2007 Ford Focus SES. I plan to get a 4x8 trailer so I can move appliances and construction supplies that won't fit in the car. Any suggestions as to what the best ones to get would be?


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Old 02-09-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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Draw-Tite & Reese are the two major brands, can't go wrong with them.

Check out U-Haul if there's a large outlet nearby, if you don't want to do the install it can be a good source. Bought one there once, lifetime warranty if they installed it - you manage to rip it off they'll fix it.

Large RV stores can be quite helpful as well (as long as they carry trailers).

Wiring kits from either type source can be very handy. Many plug-n-play fitments are avail..

Small receiver type hitch is handy, you can remove the extension & ball when not in use. If you might want to use a rack of any kind sometime, see if a 2" receiver type is avail. to fit. Total overkill for your towing capacity, but many accessories are made for that size.

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Old 02-10-2014, 06:55 AM   #3
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I'll second that on the 2" receiver. I have a bike rack built for 3 bikes that fits nicely in mine and is supported by the receiver alone. I've seen another rack built for a 1" receiver and it required some goofy out rigger type supports because apparently the hitch receiver alone was insufficient.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:30 AM   #4
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I've got a Curt hitch on my 07 ZX3 SE and it's been good. I've had it on for about 4 years now and it is starting to show some surface rust. I'll have to clean it up this summer and repaint it but otherwise it works good. I got it from Advance Auto online and used one of their big coupons so it was around $75 or so with shipping to my door. That was by far the cheapest I could find for one.

For what it's worth I don't tow a lot with it but I do occasionally (probably 5-10 times a year) pull a single jetski trailer with it and that's probably 200lbs plus 400lb jetski so about 6-700lb total and it does just fine. I do get funny looks though... :)
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I WOULD NOT LET Uhaul install anything on my vehicle
the hitch the may be OK but I have seen several butcher jobs on the electrical by them

You can and should be able to install yourself
Check out this site , they likely have an install tutorial
http://www.etrailer.com/
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I have a Kurt I bought from Summit racing.When I did mine I couldn't find a wiring kit.I wired mine in .I had to repaint mine as it rusted thinking I put it on in 2007
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I have a Kurt I bought from Summit racing.When I did mine I couldn't find a wiring kit.I wired mine in .I had to repaint mine as it rusted thinking I put it on in 2007
first thing I do when I install a new hitch is spray it down with fluid film or honey goo
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I wire wheeled it and painted it with por 15 we'll see if it works.I like your idea .
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I prefer Curt hitches. I have installed them on both of my Foci myself easily. It's cake. The best price I was able to find was on Amazon with free Prime shipping. Great for bike racks. Sure beats putting your bikes on the roof. I hauled two bikes on a Yakima hitch tray style rack from Kansas City to Kentucky and back with zero issues. Curt seems to build their hitches with pretty stout construction. Maybe it's just me, but Curt stuff seems a little heavier built than Draw Tite or others.

Here are some instructions so you get an idea of how easy it is:

https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrar...112941_INS.PDF

http://www.amazon.com/Manufacturing-...ype=automotive


Here is the wiring setup I've used and had good luck with. I think modules like this work better / more reliably than just tapping into the rear light / signal wires. This way the load is on the module, which is powered, instead of drawing current from your car light circuit.

http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-46255-.../dp/B000CMKG6O
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Most hitches are a basic bolt using just 4 bolts and no drilling required
The difficulty level is pretty low
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