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Most hitches will start to rust within a few months. For those that just installed a new hitch I suggest coating it with vaseline to prevent it from rusting. You need to apply a new coating every year. Do not wash off or wipe the dirt off. The build up of dirt and the drying of the vaseline makes a good rust barrier. Mine has been treated since new with vaseline and no rust on my hitch now for the past 3 years.

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Gonzo, Do you have any pics from when you installed the wiring harness? Also does that harness require you to pull power from the battery or did you find another source in the rear?
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Gonzo, Do you have any pics from when you installed the wiring harness? Also does that harness require you to pull power from the battery or did you find another source in the rear?
Sorry, I didn't take any pics when I installed it. Taking the panels of in the rear took all of 10 minutes. I used an existing bolt on the left hand side to connect the ground wire. And then I tapped a line near the subwoofer on the left for constant power since I really didn't feel like running a line all the way up to the engine. If I had to do it again it would take 15 minutes tops to do. Though if you trailer has a lot of lights I wouldn't suggest tapping the wire I did for constant. Mine only has two sets of LED tail lights so the draw is minimal.
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I took delivery of my car last week so I'm now looking to get a hitch installed on my hybrid limited in Canada. U-Haul has the Curt hitch for $149.95CAD+$40 installation (comes to $220.29CAD with U-Haul's $5 lifetime warranty + tax). Seems to be the cheapest place to get the Curt hitch anywhere in Canada.
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CarId sells the Curt for $146.77 w/free shipping in the US, far less than what etrailer sells it for.

https://www.carid.com/curt/class-3-s...oaAmpIEALw_wcB

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I just got my Curt hitch from CarID. $159 shipped, including tax. It took me about 15 or 20 minutes to install.

The finish honestly seems solid to me. The overall ground clearance is not affected, as it is not lower than other bits underneath. However, it does negatively affect departure angle.

I don't care about the exposed cross bar, but I am genuinely thinking of vertically elongating the mounting holes to raise the whole hitch. I would have to cut a notch in the bumper's lower valance to fit the receiver tube, as it is only about a 1/4" below the valance, but there is room to raise the hitch as much as an inch if you trimmed the hitch mounting plates as well as the bumper.

I mostly got the hitch to carry my bike rack, but I also like having a good emergency recovery mount as well.

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Something to consider on departure angle, which would you rather have take a hit when offroad, the hitch or the tail pipes/valance?

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Something to consider on departure angle, which would you rather have take a hit when offroad, the hitch or the tail pipes/valance?
Of course. Still, you could move the hitch up quite a bit and still have it be the first thing to hit.

I am not too terribly concerned about it, as I don't plan on doing any aggressive rock trails with this vehicle. However, it is worth noting.
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