Through a string of unexpected circumstances, I’ve managed to leave my small utility trailer at my brother’s house in Maryland, and the vehicle I used to tow it with is no longer available to use. My sister-in-law is sick of seeing my utility trailer in her yard, and I don’t blame her.
In an effort to expedite the trailer’s retrieval, I’m considering doing something I’ve advised other people not to do in the past: install a trailer hitch on a small compact car. I’d rather not get into the question of whether this is a good idea, but I understand some of you will weigh in anyway. That’s fine. The trailer weighs about 350 lbs., and I’d only be hauling it empty. After I get the trailer home, I might use the hitch for a bicycle rack, but I just want to get the trailer home so I can rent a truck locally when I need to use the trailer.
The question I’d like to pose is: Is a Class 1 trailer hitch like this one a simple bolt-on application, or should I pay U-Haul to install one?
I’m pretty sure I can install the wiring harness/adapter myself, but if the hitch installation involves any welding, I’m going to have to pay U-Haul’s $117 installation fee, which actually seems pretty reasonable. I can handle a simple bolt-on installation myself.