Picked up a Curt class IV trailer hitch for the van. No, we don’t have a trailer, and aren’t currently planning on getting one (for the moment). But in my experience, having a 2 inch hitch receiver is quite handy for things like bike racks, etc. Plus, they are fairly cheap and stupid simple to install, like, done in 10 minutes in a parking lot simple, so we figured why not.

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Curt class IV 600lb. tongue weight, 6000lb. towing hitch ready for installation.

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No need to drill holes, our van already has them all. Just slip the bolts and washers in from the top.

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Lift one side of the hitch up and hand tighten two of the nuts.

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Repeat for the other side.

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Then put on the third forward-most nut on each side.

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Use a handy cordless impact wrench to tighten everything down.

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Finally, (not shown, but already done) use a torque wrench to torque them all to spec. I can’t remember, but I think it was 110ft-lbs.

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We haven’t yet had opportunity to use the hitch, but one thing is blatantly obvious; even though the hitch doesn’t hang down much, the 1/2 ton chassis this van sits on is far too low. The hitch nearly scrapes the ground from only slight slopes. I think some suspension upgrades are going to be bumped up on the to-do list!