Becoming Trailer Hitch Guy

Growing up in New York City and living in or near shouting distance of urban areas my entire life, I’ve never had the need for a vehicle to do major hauling or towing.  I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve driven a pickup truck and the concept of a trailer hitch is entirely foreign to me.  In the areas around Seattle I’d see passenger vehicles with trailer hitches and wonder, "Do all these people have boats, or is this some kind of hauling/camping poseur thing?"
 
That ended Saturday, when I became a certified member of the Trailer Hitch Guy Club.  It started with a quest for a bike rack capable of putting four bikes on the back of our minivan.  What happened next doesn’t matter; what does matter is that I can now use phrases like "tongue weight" without sounding like a pervert.
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