Hi! So happy I found this website!!
I have a 2003 base Vibe and I am looking for some guidance about towing.
I understand the Vibe is rated to tow 1500lbs, correct?
I have a few utility trailers I'd like to pull, but the one I use most often is approx. 8' x 8' x 3'. I tend to have heavy loads (ie. landscaping rocks or firewood). The trailer's not here right now, so I'm not sure what size of ball the receiver takes or the distance from the ground to the tongue (but I can get that information if necessary to determine what hitch to use.)
I have just began searching for trailer hitches and had NO IDEA how many different types/configurations of hitches and draw-bars are available, so now I am totally confused!
I have a 'tiny' but of mechanical inclination (I do my own oil changes etc.), and I do whatever I can, so I am looking for:
a) input/suggestions/reviews of towing equipment
b) the CHEAPEST, EASIEST, BEST style and manufacturer of hitch/draw-bar/ ball size etc. to install (no drilling etc.)
If PICTURES of the hitches and draw-bars that people are using or recommend could be included, that would be a HUGE help to me!
c) the best type/configuration of hitch to use in order to keep loads level, (considering the Vibe is so low to the ground).
d) the CHEAPEST, EASIEST, BEST kind of wiring kit to use, and where to get it (the more details you can provide, the better!! I live in Ontario, Canada)
e) if anyone has any used towing equipment for sale
I'm also looking for information about two other things:
1) The part I need to fix the LED radio/time display. I can barely see the numbers anymore and it makes me crazy!
a) What is the part I need?
b) Is it easy to install, and if so, can you tell me how to do it?
c) Where is the best place to get the part?
2) The exhaust system.
I am starting to smell fumes, but I haven't crawled under to inspect it yet, so I don't know if it is the muffler or what.
Before I do so, are there any problems associated with the 2003 Vibe in particular that I should be aware of? Besides looking for obvious holes, is there any part of the exhaust system that I should have a close look at? (ie. leaking catalytic converter?)
Thank you SO MUCH for any input you can offer! It's much appreciated!