Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Tom7227

Hitch on a 2014 F150

Recommended Posts

The bumper is too high to work well for several trailers and so I need to get a hitch for the truck.  A friend just suggested that I buy a Curt Hitch and bolt it on myself.  Does this make sense?  I admit that I have never paid attention but thought it was more complicated than that.   How precise to I have to be in ordering it as I don't want to screw around with something that doesn't fit.  Order on line or buy at a store?

Thanks for your time.

Tom

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you've never done a hitch before, I wouldn't attempt it...unless you're familiar with doing those things. Your new Ford really has no receiver on it? Guess I've never seen that...Anyway, it's a job that takes some know-how and being really careful, with the right tools. I've run into some real doozies. Most include some through-the-frame drilling that I've seen, even though there are some pre-drilled holes to use. IMO, best to take it an to an aftermarket place and have them do it. I don't miss putting them on. Do you have the truck trailer wiring already in place?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A lot of times the holes are there and its just a bolt on deal. But a lot of aftermarket places charge very little to install it if you buy it from them and can also do the wireing if needed. Also buy a quality hitch made to fit your truck and not one of the universal adjustable ones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, Walleyehooker said:

A lot of times the holes are there and its just a bolt on deal. But a lot of aftermarket places charge very little to install it if you buy it from them and can also do the wireing if needed. Also buy a quality hitch made to fit your truck and not one of the universal adjustable ones.

Curious on this...are you talking receiver hitch? If so, can you please explain why?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm guessing he is looking for a class 3 receiver hitch. Lots of manufacturers of these and Reese is also a quality name in hitches. Usually the better brands tend to fit and even sometimes look better.

Edited by Walleyehooker

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Curt has the nicest finish and it will be a no drill as long as you get the model they suggest. It will take you less than a hour to do as well.

You should be able to get the hitch around $200 or $300 installed without any wiring Curt #13368

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, a receiver hitch.  The one that is built into the bumper is just too high.  I have to screw around jacking up the boat trailer, putting a jack stand under the tongue, blocking the trailer jack and then raising the trailer up high enough.  If I am really lucky I think bump the trailer while backing up and it rolls off the blocking and I get to start all over again.  Just a lot of screwing around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It sounds like he was just trying to use the ball on his bumper, since he mentioned wanting to get a hitch.

I would look online for Reese or Curtis, select whichever one you like best, and then call them to get the right model for your truck. The worst that will happen is you get stuck trying to complete the install, and will have to take it somewhere and pay their regular labor rate to finish the installation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for you advice guys.  I ordered a Reese from the local NAPA and will give it a try.  I have a drop receiver and will use it when I get the hitch put on.  The truck is already wired so all I have to do is line up the holes and get things tightened down.  I mean we all know there is no chance that the holes won't line up, right.

 

Edited by Tom7227

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The boat gets towed 30 miles twice a year.  So yeah.  I bought the truck on-line and didn't pay attention to details.  Somewhat of a HUA event.  But I got a heckofa deal - which is all that counts right?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now




  • Posts

    • It is really beautiful! Awesome pics.
    • slice, grill, garlic,salt pepper, eat. 
    • Who's "They"???
    • Now you are catching on! BTW, if you haven't heard, they finally figured out that eating cholesterol in food doesn't raise blood cholesterol. 
    • Juneau4  won with 353 for 6th win of season 2--BlackLudProV        343 3--Swiveldigger           299 4--huckfin                   279 5--88fan                     266 6--Catzman               259 7--fishingstar            237 8--Henry's Heroes    231 9--Musky999             230 10-jar jar                    227 11-mnwildman         211 12-gregg52               120 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FINAL LUCKY DOG STANDINGS 1--Juneau4                     9634 2--mnwildman               9412 3--Swiveldigger              9402 4--Catzman                     9389 5--huckfin                        9328 6--fishingstar                   9216 7--Musky999                   9134 8--BlackLundProV           9071 9--88fan                            9052 10-Henry's Heroes          8994 11-jar jar                           8898 12-gregg52                      8788 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NO LUCKY DOG STANDINGS 1--Juneau4                          10216 2--Swiveldigger                   9981 3--Catzman                         9864 4--mnwildman                    9797* 5--fishingstar                      9772 6--huckfin                            9726* 7--Musky999                       9614 8--BlackLundProV              9592 9--88fan                                9479 10-Henry"s Heroes              9455 11-jar jar                               9266* 12-gregg52                           9093* *    These competitors were not entered the first week.  I only put  the NO LUCKY DOG SCORES  up so you could see how they would compare. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week high scores   Both were at Dover week 29 1--  huckfin            388 2--BlackLundProV    383 LOWEST WEEKLY WINNING SCORES Swiveldigger and Juneau4               200       Daytona     week 1  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most wins for year Swiveldigger    6 Juneauu4         6          They both had the lowest winning scores though too! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Those of you that played the game --Thankyou I can only say as the CHAMPION it was more Luck than Brains! Next year if I set it up again I wish to have those who participate to say whether Lucky Dog or not -Have a good winter and Happy Holidays to all.           
    • Bag 'em up and souse 'em!!!  
    • Great! To all the Coyotes and Wolves up in our hunting area.  I hope they all waste away!
    • The only problem we have had with the kdrill is today we had ice build up between the center point cutter and the first tooth on the chipper blades. Once I cleaned that out it drilled like day one. Don’t need any other auger. 
    • How much ice do you need to feel comfortable putting your perm shack out there? I have a 4x6 made from 2x4s and thick plywood. Its on the heavier side. Im thinking 7-8 inches.
    • All that smoke and spice to try and make pork belly edible. 
  • Our Sponsors