How to Build a Trailer Hitch (DIY)

Last Updated on January 26, 2023 by Will Sabel

A trailer hitch is a piece of equipment that connects a towing vehicle to a trailer. Mainly trailer hitch is used for towing trailers. A trailer hitch can be used for other purposes. You can connect bike racks, steps, and cargo carriers to your vehicle.

There are various types of trailer hitches available. Multiple companies manufacture trailer hitches. So you can easily purchase them from any store or online platform.

If the trailer hitch manufactured by the company does not meet your needs, you can build a trailer hitch. You must have some mechanical experience for this. Otherwise, don’t try to make a trailer hitch.

8 Steps To Make Your Own Trailer Hitch

Below are a few steps for building a trailer hitch. You can make a trailer hitch by following these steps.

Step 1: Collect the tools

Gather the following tools before beginning to build a trailer hitch. The following are the essential tools for constructing a trailer hitch. 

  • speed square
  • Welding helmet
  • Steel Angle bar
  • Grinder 
  • welding c-clamp
  • Welding torch
  • Bevelling machine
  • Plasma table
  • A tape measure 

Step 2: Draw a pattern 

The essential step to build a trailer hitch is drawing a pattern of the hitch. Draw the design of the trailer hitch to a page with a pencil. You can give your trailer hitch various shapes. Mention the measurement in the pattern.

If you have good graphic design skills, you can draw the hitch pattern on your computer. Don’t forget to include the measurements.

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Step 3: Measurement 

Measure your vehicle’s inner frame.  Measure the part that will be used to build the trailer hitch. Measure the middle part of your vehicle for the hitch receiver.

Step 4: Select the Axle and Wheel Sets

You have to select the set of axle and wheel that is strong enough to carry the trailer hitch you are planning to build.

Step 5: Mark and cut the angle steel ber 

The steel angle bar should be marked and cut into pieces according to your design. A plasma table can be used to cut the steel. The machine will cut your metal to your specifications.

You can cut your angle steel bar with a grinder. In this case, you can cut your steel bar by marking the design according to your plan. To reduce risk, cut a stiff paper into the shape of your hitch pattern. Cut a piece of the bar for the hitch receiver.

Step 6: Weld the pieces together

First and foremost, before welding the steel together, you must improve your welding skills. If you are not skilled at it, your hitch will not be as you desire. Make sure you’re wearing your welding helmet before starting to weld.

Carry out the following steps:

  • Assemble the pieces by welding them together.
  •  Mark the middle of the steel bar to attach the hitch receiver, a square shape.
  • Cut a square shape to your bar. 
  • Attach the c-clamp to your steel bar.
  • Attach the receiver hitch in the middle of the steel bar. 
  • If the flat straps are part of your design, weld the flat steel straps on your trailer hitch.

Check that the parts are properly welded and that there are no gaps between them. Your trailer hitch is almost ready.

Step 7: Cut the extra part and smoothen the metal.

Cut the extra part of your trailer hitch and smooth the trailer hitch using the grinder.

Step 8: Print the trailer hitch

Color the trailer hitch after you’ve completed the steps above. The hitch can be printed in any color you want.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What tools do I need to build a trailer hitch?

You’ll need a tape measure, Speed square, Welding helmet, Steel Angle bar, Grinder, welding c-clamp, Welding torch, Bevelling machine and Plasma table.

Is it difficult to build a trailer hitch?

The difficulty level depends on the vehicle type and the specific hitch that you’re going to build. You can build some type of hitches with just a few basic tools while some may require advanced tools and equipment.


You must draw the trailer hitch pattern perfectly and correctly. You can build a perfect trailer hitch based on your preferences by following the design.

Before taking your vehicle out on the road, you should test the trailer hitch you built. After ensuring that driving the vehicle on the road with the hitch is safe, you can proceed.

How to build a trailer hitch

Author: Will Sabel

Will Sabel is an avid car enthusiast. When he's not writing for RidersWant, you'll find him cruising the country in a new car. People are always wondering how many cars he has!

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