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How to Hitch a Trailer

Chrome ball hitch on back of vehicle


Hooking up a trailer to a vehicle requires patience and attention to detail. If you don't know what you're doing, the process can be frustrating, and way harder than it should be. Luckily, Foremost® prepared this guide to help you feel more confident and move forward with a plan.

First of all, remember that ball hitches are not one-size-fits-all. Before you start towing anything, research to make sure you have the right ball hitch for the situation.

Once you know you have the right ball hitch, you can get started. According to, the first thing you should do is use the trailer jack to position the coupler a few inches higher than the ball hitch. Then, you should align the ball hitch with the coupler on your trailer, and back the vehicle up so that the coupler is directly above the hitch.

Once aligned, you should be able to lower the coupler onto the hitch. Then, you can latch the coupler and lock it in place. After that's complete, you can remove the jack.

Next, you should attach the safety chains from the trailer to the vehicle in a crisscross pattern. So, attach the left chain to the right side, and attach the right chain to the left side. This pattern is recommended so that the chains can catch the trailer if it detaches.

When all that is done, you can plug in the electrical wires from the trailer to the vehicle. Be sure to check all lights to ensure they're working properly. If they are, you'll be all hitched up and ready to go!


Foremost has insurance policies for cars, trucks, trailers, boats, and many other things you could be towing. If you're looking for insurance, you can get a quote with us today!

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