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DAN'S

HITCH, LLC

State Road 19 @ the Toll Road

111 Alt Drive • Elkhart, IN 46514

574.262.4638 • 1.800.354.4824

HOURS:  Mon-Fri: 8-5:00

Sat: 8-noon

 
FAQs

BRAKE CONTROLS 
 
ELECTRICAL 
 
FUEL TANK SYSTEMS 
 
HITCHES 
 
LOAD LEVELING 
 
SWAY CONTROL 
 
VORTEX SPRAYED ON LINER 
 
WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION 
BRAKE CONTROLS
What are Brake Controls?
Brake controls apply the brakes of the towed vehicle (trailer). Three types of brake controls are on the market today:

  • Timed

  • Inertia

  • Proportional

  • Breakaway Kit


Timed Controls
Timed based controls generate an output signal that increases over a period of time. The time based controls apply braking power at the fixed rate that is not proportional to the pressure applied to the brake pedal.

Inertia Controls
Inertia based controls work very much like Timed based control in that they apply braking power at a preset rate during normal stopping conditions with one very important difference. Inertia controls have a patented "Automatic Over-Ride" system with a separate power supply for unexpected high speed stops.

Proportional Controls
Proportional based controls offer a smooth braking response to almost any stop. Through the use of a sensing device, the brake control can determine the tow vehicle's rate of deceleration and then apply the trailer brakes to match. In other words, Proportional controls deliver power to the trailer brakes in direct relationship to the actual physical deceleration of the tow vehicle.

Breakaway Kit
A breakaway kit is designed to apply to trailer electric brakes in the event that the trailer becomes disconnected from the hitch while in motion. This kit is required in many of the States and Provinces.

ELECTRICAL
What is the electrical system required for towing?
By law, trailer lighting must be connected into the tow vehicle's wiring system to provide trailer running lights, turn signals and brake lights. This is accomplished by tapping into the tow vehicle's electrical harness to transfer power to the trailer wiring system. Connectors are used between the two to allow disengagement when not towing.

T-Connectors
Vehicle-to-trailer light connector is a simple plug-in solution to connect your vehicle to your trailer. Complete one-piece wire harness with built in 4-way connector and cover. No cutting or splicing, OEM appearance, 16 gauge wire. All weather cap included. Light connector adapters available for 6 & 7-way round connectors.

Replacement OEM Harnesses
These products are exact replacements for damaged OEM wiring harnesses. These can also be used to upgrade vehicles from 4-way OEM wiring to 6 or 7-way connectors or to outfit vehicles that are equipped with a trailer tow package but no wiring harness for the trailer.

5th Wheel Harnesses
Extensions - These heavy duty kits plug into the 6-Way or 7-Way plugs at the back of the truck and reach 7' into the truck bed to the fifth wheel wiring. They work with factory 4-Ways and allow easy hook-up of 5th Wheel and Gooseneck trailers.

Converter
Most trailers operate on a two wire system where the brake lights and turn signals operate on the same wire. When the towing vehicle has separate wires for brake lights and turn signals, a taillight converter is required. Converters convert a 3 wire system vehicle to a standard 2 wire trailer system. Converters draw all the power for the trailer through the vehicle circuit.

Power Converter
Power converters are compatible (if wired correctly) with either a 2 or 3 wire system. Power converters draw a small amount of current through the vehicle circuit and do not interfere with the vehicle system diagnostics. With a power converter, almost all the addition power required to supply the trailer lights is supplied directly from the battery, virtually eliminating additional electrical draw on the vehicle's taillight circuits. The end result: your trailer lights glow brighter!

4 & 5-Way Connectors
Choose a connector that has the required number of pins for the functions required. The male end is mounted on the vehicle side and the female on the trailer side.

Flat, molded connectors are available allowing the basic hookup of the three lighting functions and ground. Round 1-1/4" knock-out style may be able to be permanently mounted directly onto products or onto a separate plug mounting bracket. This provides a clean installation and avoids the potential problems associated with leaving a plug dangling from the rear of the towing vehicle.

6 & 7-Way Connectors
6-Way
Round 1-1/4" diameter metal connectors are available that allow 1 or 2 additional functions such as back up lights and electric trailer brake controls. These may be able to be mounted on products.
7-Way
Additional pins for auxiliary power, trailer battery charging etc. are available using larger 2" diameter, round connectors. Typically these are needed for larger trailers and may be able to be mounted directly.

Adapters
Adapters are used to convert any trailer wiring component, such as a t-connector or a taillight converter with a 4-Way Flat car end connector to a 6 or 7-Way round connector allowing you additional pins for additional trailer functions.

Mounting Brackets
Mounting brackets for professional installation of electrical wiring plugs are available that will not damage bumpers or fascia trim.

Testers
Testers are available as simple in-ine circuit testers as well as testers designed into 4-Way or 7-Way trailer ends. Test everything from turn signals, brake lights & ground wiring to short circuits in your trailer wiring.

Wiring Components
Automotive fuses, OEM style relays, circuit breakers, battery connectors, butt connectors and wiring is available to help you with any of your electrical installation needs.
FUEL TANK SYSTEMS
What is OBD-II and Non-OBD-II?
Many gas fuel systems are for OBD-II or non OBD-II vehicles. OBD-II (Enhanced Evaporative On-board Diagnostics, 2nd Generation) is a highly sophisticated on-board monitoring system that is controlled by the Powertrain Control Module.

Beginning with 1997 fuel injected gas vehicles, OBD-II monitors all emission related components and systems as the vehicle is driven. This includes the vehicle’s fuel tank system. If the fuel system was not properly engineered, the “Check Engine Light” could illuminate.
Why is there a Notch In Transfer Flow Refueling Tanks?
New D.O.T. regulations require a refueling pump not to exceed the height of a tank. If the pump sits above the top of the tank, the tank will not meet D.O.T. specifications, and is subject to being red tagged by your state’s Highway Patrol. Transfer Flow’s refueling tanks meet these new D.O.T. regulations.
What fuel tank systems do you offer?
We offer Auxillary Fuel Tank Systems, Retrofit Fillneck Kits, Toolbox and Fuel Tank Combinations, and Refueling Tanks. We are a Transfer Flow dealer.
HITCHES
What is a hitch?
The Hitch is the mechanism that is typically mounted to the rear of a vehicle under the bumper with the purpose of providing a way to tow trailers, vehicles, etc.
Hitch Chart
Chart to determine which Receiver is required for which trailer and vehicle.
What Do I Need to Know to Buy A Hitch?
You must first know the following to select the proper towing system for your vehicle
Your Vehicle information
Year, Make Model, Vehicle maximum towing capacity
Your Trailer information
Trailer Type, Coupler Size, Tongue Weight, Gross Trailer Weight
Note: This is the minimal amount of information needed
What Parts Make Up a Towing System?
Before you begin selecting a Towing System you must first know the following:

Your Vehicle information (Year, Make Model, Vehicle maximum towing capacity)
Your Trailer information (Trailer Type, Coupler Size, Tongue Weight, Gross Trailer Weight)
Note: This is the minimal amount of information needed, a Dealer may want some additional infomation.

A Towing System may include:

  • Hitch: A mechanism that is typically mounted to the rear of a vehicle under the bumper.

  • Ball Mount: An item inserted into a Hitch for towing.

  • Hitch Ball: An item fastened to a Ball Mount, which serves as a connection point for a trailer.

  • Hitch Accessory: Items that fit the Hitch or secure the Ball Mount to the Hitch.

  • Brake Control: An item that controls the braking of the trailer.

  • Electrical: Items that connect the electronics between a vehicle and trailer.

  • Weight Distributing: A device that levels out the weight distribution between a vehicle and trailer.

  • Fifth Wheel: A Hitch that mounts in the truck bed for pulling Fifth Wheel trailers.

  • Gooseneck: A Hitch that mounts in the truck bed for pulling Gooseneck trailers.

  • Vehicle Accessory: Additional items that help when towing your trailer.

  • Cargo Management: Additional items that hold and/or manage your cargo.

  • Trailer Accessory: Additional items which serve to enhance a trailer.

  • Tools & Misc: Installation tools and other towing items


Note: Each towing system requires products specific to your particular vehicle and trailer.
What do the Hitch Classifications mean?
There are five classes of Hitches for towing trailers. Each class is designed for a specific trailer weight range.

When selecting the appropriate hitch make sure the weight rating of the hitch is greater than the loaded weight of the trailer that will be towed. The tow vehicle capacity for weight carrying and hitch attachment will vary and will sometimes dictate the class of hitch that can be used. As you will see below under each class, always consult your owner's manual for vehicle rating.

CLASS I
Class I hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 2000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 200 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 1-1/4" square receiver opening. The use of a drawbar and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. Some hitches in this class may attach to the vehicle bumper or trunk pan. Most other Class I hitches attach to the vehicle frame. Always consult your owner's manual for vehicle rating.

CLASS II
Class II hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 3500 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 300 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 1-1/4" square receiver opening. The use of a drawbar and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. Class II hitches normally attach to the vehicle frame and or bumper. Always consult your owner's manual for vehicle rating.

CLASS III
Class III hitches are weight carrying (WC) and also are weight distributing (WD) hitches depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications. Not all Class III hitches are rated to be both. The hitch specifications will alert you to a hitch that is not weight distributing. Class III hitches used as weight carrying is rated up to 6000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 600 lbs. Hitches that are used for weight distributing are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1000 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 2" square receiver opening. The use of a ball mount and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. To use the weight distribution side of the hitch a weight distribution system is required. Class III hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. Always consult your owner's manual for vehicle rating.

CLASS IV
Class IV hitches are very similar to Class III hitches except for the weight ratings. Class IV hitches are weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitches depending on the vehicle and hitch specifications. Not all Class IV hitches are rated to be both. The hitch specifications will alert you to a hitch that is not weight distributing. Class IV hitches used as weight carrying is rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1000 lbs. Hitches that are used for weight distributing are rated up to 14,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1400 lbs. This style of hitch typically uses a 2" square receiver opening. The use of a ball mount and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required for weight carrying. To use the weight distribution side of the hitch a weight distribution system is required. Class IV hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. Always consult your owner's manual for vehicle rating.

CLASS V
Class V hitches is very similar to Class III & IV hitches except for the weight ratings. This style of hitch uses a 2-1/2" square receiver opening. Class V hitches are weight carrying (WC) and weight distributing (WD) hitches. Class V hitches used as weight carrying is rated up to 12,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1200 lbs. Hitches that are used for weight distributing are rated up to 17,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 1700 lbs. The use of a ball mount and hitch ball of the same rating or higher is required. To use the weight distribution side of the hitch a weight distribution system is required. Class V hitches attach to the vehicle frame only. Always consult your owner's manual for vehicle rating.

NOTE: Two other hitches to consider are the Fifth Wheel and Gooseneck style hitches. You can read about them in the appropriate sections.
LOAD LEVELING
What do I do to Level My Load?
Dans is an Air Lift Dealer/Installer. Air Lift products can be engineered to fit almost any coil or leaf spring suspension. Applications for passenger cars, light trucks, motorhomes, race cars, street rods, military vehicles and specialty vehicles of all types are available.

Experience and technology comes together to provide you the most versatile and durable products for our primary market: helper air springs so you can enjoy the ride and handling of your vehicle at work or play
SWAY CONTROL
What is Sway Control?
Trailer sway must always be considered in trailer towing. Unwanted sway can create unnecessary stress on your equipment and you; and, can quickly prove hazardous. Factors contributing to trailer sway include:

  • Trailer Design

  • Your Suspension

  • Tire Inflation Pressures

  • Configuration of Tow Vehicle

  • Towing speeds

  • Hitch weight


There are two popular methods of sway control. The older, more common form of sway control is a friction device referred to as FrictionSway Control.

A more contemporary approach is a device controlled by cam action. Known as Dual Cam Sway Control, it is an innovative and effective technique to help control trailer sway before it starts.
VORTEX SPRAYED ON LINER
What is the Vortex Sprayliner?
The Vortex Sprayliner is the best choice in liners. The unique "Vortex Pebble Seal" surface is smooth to the touch, easy to clean and won't sand down your precious cargo as with coarse spray-on liner systems.

The Vortex system is backed by a full written warranty.

The high build material in the Vortex Sprayed On Liner System fits into every contour of your truck and is permanently vonded to seal off water, rust and corrosion from attacking the bed of your truck.

  • High Impact

  • Vortex Pebble Seal Surface

  • Abrasive Resistant

  • Choice of Colors

  • UV Protection

  • Rust Proof


Vortex is also Great For:
  • RV/Mobile Home Roofs

  • Farm Equipment

  • Containment Ponds

  • Horse/Stock Trailers

  • Decks

  • Boat Decks

  • Tank Protection

  • Concrete Walls

  • Garage Floors

  • WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION
    What is Weight Distribution?
    Weight Distribution is used for distributing the weight of the trailer to the trailer axles and the tow vehicle axles. The components of a Weight Distributing System is made up of four products.

    • A Weight Distributing (WD) Hitch which would be attached to the tow vehicle.

    • A Ball Mount that connects to the Hitch.

    • A Spring Bar Assembly that actually distribute the weight.

    • A Sway Control device that helps the trailer from swaying.

    Light-Duty WD
    This unit is designed for light weight use. Reese offers this for both pole tongue and A-frame trailers.

    Round Bar WD
    Round Bar weight distributing is designed for medium to heavy duty towing. Reese offers this in many different weight rating sizes. An alternative to Round Bar weight distribution is the Trunnion weight distribution.

    Trunnion WD
    Trunnion Bar weight distributing is designed for medium to heavy duty towing. Reese offers this in many different weight rating sizes. An alternative to Trunnion weight distribution is the Round bar weight distribution.

    WD Shanks
    Weight Distributing Shanks are to be used with Round or Trunnion style weight distributing systems. The shanks come in different lengths and sizes.

    Strait-Line
    The Reese Strait-Line is a complete Weight Distribution System that includes the above Trunnion or Round Bar Weight Distribution kits with the Dual Cam Sway Control and the Shank.