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Hitch price

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tamo, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I have a '93 toyota pick-up with a ball hitch on the bumper. I haven't used it yet because I still need to buy a trailer. The guy I bought the truck from said he towed a sailboat, but wasn't comfortable doing it and recomended I get a real hitch.

    I looked around and found a place that will hook me up for $217.00 installed. I was an idiot and didn't do my research before talking to the guy about specs of the hitch.

    Does that sound like a good price, or should I shop around more? I did see in the manual that he got the price from that the hitch is specific for my truck.

    thanks for the input
  2. gary6768

    gary6768 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    trailer hitch on ebay to fit your vehicle is 100 bucks plus 30 bucks shipping...It takes about 40 minutes to install... I think I would save the 80 bucks and do it myself... but that's just me... I'm cheap..
  3. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    I am assuming that the wiring for a trailer is all set since it has towed before, and all it needs is the actual hitch, which in that case 217 is way high. You can get a hitch for around 100 bucks and then your looking at another 20 for a tongue and ball. Like Gary said, installation is very simple even if your not a mechanically inclined person and you can save about 100 bucks doing it yourself. Just get someone to give you a hand to help hold the hitch up while you bolt it on.
  4. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    I am just the opposite, i would gladly pay the 80 bucks to have it installed. you will most likely need a 2nd pair of hands to hold it up and if you do not have everything you need, you may have to make a couple trips to the parts store.
  5. gary6768

    gary6768 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    If you're not in a rush you could get a used hitch on ebay for much cheaper... probably around 30-50 bucks plus 20 for shipping...Just have to keep checking until one becomes listed...
  6. Rax

    Rax LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I got a class III hitch installed at Uhaul a week ago for $179.
  7. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    thanks for the response fellas. The price does seem high, but I've been calling around and its the best deal I've found. I would wait and go the ebay route but I need it for a big job this weekend -- knew I should've gotten this taken care of earlier.
  8. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 829

    wow. I got quoted 375 for a hitch and wiring installed. Good thing i didn't take it. the labor alone was 100,50 for each. I said no way il do it myself for around 175.
  9. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    installed by pro...hitch, ball, brakes gauge in cab, weedeater and blower rack, and a wire spring assist gate thing, and including 16' trailor...$2800
    i did manage to put siding on the trailor....so yah pay someone in my book
  10. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I didn't want to start another thread, but now I'm looking to get a trailer. I've figured out that used is the way to go if I can find something. Any advice on what to get? This will be my second year, 1st full-time. I've got 15 customers all small-medium sized lawns, but I'm going to advertise this year so expect to pick up more customers.

    I don't want to spend much more than $500 if I can help it. I found this on craigslist in my area. I'm going to call on it, but on first impression does this look like a good buy:


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