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    I went down to the local horse trailer dealer and repair this weekend.
    I am going to be shopping for a horse trailer soon, so need to have a hitch put on my 94 4x4 4runner. The local place gave me a quote of $1500.00 for all the wiring, electrical brake box and weight distribution hitch. Well I told them they were nuts.
    I called u-haul and they gave me a price of 320.00 out the door for everything including the hitch wiring , box. So has anyone gotten their hitches done by uhaul and have they been safe. I was just pretty shocked at the price difference? and the uhaul was here in NYC

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    My first truck had a hitch from uhaul on it and I trailered to every event in area 1, which are all up mountains it seems, with an old steel Kingston trailer and 2 horses in the back, and never, ever had any cause for concern. Would get another one again easily, although now we have a gooseneck. $1500 sounds like a total ripoff to me. Good luck with your trailer search!

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    • #3
      That's very typical. UHaul can afford to install hitches cheaply because they sell hitches in huge numbers and make big bucks off renting Uhaul cargo trailers to people who had hitches installed. It's still not as cheap as just ordering the hitch yourself and installing it, but it's the next cheapest thing. My vehicle was hitched and wired by UHaul and they did a perfectly nice job.

      BTW, if you're thinking about pulling a traditional horse trailer with your 4Runner, I'm scared for you. That is an accident waiting to happen. If that is news to you, I'd suggest doing some more research before you install your hitch. The only safe trailer on the market for a tow vehicle of that size is the Brenderup.

      Don't forget to budget for a transmission cooler for such a tiny tow vehicle, and don't buy the crappy ones that UHaul sells. UHaul sells a nice hitch, but their tranny coolers are pretty sad. I paid about $200 to have a really heavy duty one installed in my tow vehicle.
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        #4
        Thanks,
        Im excited that they are good quality.
        thanks for the heads up

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          Originally posted by jn4jenny View Post
          That's very typical. UHaul can afford to install hitches cheaply because they sell hitches in huge numbers and make big bucks off renting Uhaul cargo trailers to people who had hitches installed. It's still not as cheap as just ordering the hitch yourself and installing it, but it's the next cheapest thing. My vehicle was hitched and wired by UHaul and they did a perfectly nice job.

          BTW, if you're thinking about pulling a traditional horse trailer with your 4Runner, I'm scared for you. That is an accident waiting to happen. If that is news to you, I'd suggest doing some more research before you install your hitch. The only safe trailer on the market for a tow vehicle of that size is the Brenderup.

          Don't forget to budget for a transmission cooler for such a tiny tow vehicle, and don't buy the crappy ones that UHaul sells. UHaul sells a nice hitch, but their tranny coolers are pretty sad. I paid about $200 to have a really heavy duty one installed in my tow vehicle.
          I did some research and the toyota can haul up to 5000 with a weight distribution hitch,
          Do you think this is not enough? curb weight is 3900lbs.

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            Originally posted by gtiorobertsf View Post
            I did some research and the toyota can haul up to 5000 with a weight distribution hitch,
            Do you think this is not enough? curb weight is 3900lbs.
            The 4 runner may be able to haul the load, but it cannot control it or stop it. Neither the brakes nor the suspension are heavy duty enough. I really would not haul with anything less that a three quarter ton truck. IMHO, save your money to get a suitable truck. Once you have laid $$ out for the truck and trailer, you will be amazed how inexpensive hauling fees are.

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            • #7
              make sure you're getting the same equipment for that price.

              i guess if you're only rated for 5000 lbs then you're only looking for a hitch to be rated for 5000 lbs but just make sure that's what uhaul is getting you.

              i'm not sure if uhauls around here do installations but i have to say that their shops in this area are not confidence building... all of my friends always had their hitches installed either by the specialty shops.
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