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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2012 Chevy Equinox, we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 87572. This is what our hitch will look once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-1/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 13-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.
Now, let's go ahead with the installation. First, let's go ahead and point out the attachment points. Starting on the driver's side and the side of the frame, there are two weld nuts. Some applications: These will just be pre-drilled holes and you'll use a carriage bolt and block as fasteners. However, for our application, we'll be using the weld nuts that are in the frame.
Our next attachment point will be in the bottom of the frame where we'll be using the access hole here and installing a carriage bolt and block into the frame as an attachment point. Our fourth attachment point for driver's side will be in the center of the bumper beam. Once again, this is a weld nut for our application. Some applications will require a carriage bolt and block as an attachment point. These attachment points will get repeated identically on the passenger's side.
Just keep in mind. Each process we do here on the driver's side will get repeated identically on the passenger's side. Let's go ahead and remove the rear fascia door. Using a pair of needle nose pliers, I can press the two tabs together and then pop the rear fascia door free. We'll go ahead and set that aside.
With this application, we will not be able to reinstall it. Next, we need to clean out the weld nuts. First, we'll spray them down with some spray lubricant. We'll use a 1/2-inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. Thoroughly clean the weld nuts out and then I'll go ahead and take one of the new bolts and thread it into the weld nut to make sure they go nice and smoothly. Keep in mind that as time goes on, the more rust, dust, dirt and debris will build up in the weld nuts. In severe cases, a thread tab might be necessary to clean it out. Now with the weld nuts cleaned out, we're ready to install the fasteners in the bottom of the frame. Here we'll be using a new carriage bolt, large block, conical toothed washer and nut. To get our carriage bolt and block into position, we'll be using the pull wire provided with our install kit. To install our fasteners, we'll go ahead and slide the block onto the pull wire and then thread on our carriage bolt. We'll slide the carriage bolt and then block into the frame and then pull them both back to the same hole into position. At this time, we'll go ahead and leave the pull wire on the carriage bolt as it will assist us to getting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back up into the frame. Now, we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. For our weld nuts, we'll be using the new 12-mm bolt and conical toothed washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch, and for our carriage bolt and block we'll be using the same conical toothed washer and a 1/2-inch nut. Now with all our fasteners in place, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With all our fasteners torqued to specification, that will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 87572 on our 2012 Chevy Equinox.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (40 Customer Reviews)
by: Joe W.09/24/2013
This is an invaluable addition to our 2013 1LT Equinox. The Hidden Hitch receiver is a quality piece and reasonably easy to install. It is almost self explanatory, however the feed line provided is a great concept but did not work as designed without a bit of modification. The Hidden was a bit more but had two additional mounting points for a little more reassuring feeling. Picked up a plug n play harness and mount as well. If your Equinox did not come with the tow package I highly recommend etrailer and the Hidden Hitch. * Mine is the 2" version which makes my ball and mount from my old truck are compatible which saved some money*101221
by: Walt O02/05/2012
This company is A1. The ordering process was simple, delivery was prompt, instructions were clear and concise, which made for easy installation of this hitch on my 2011 GMC Terrain. 31121
by: D. Magness09/18/2013
Overall I would rate the product excellent. However, the installation instructions were rather hard to follow. The online video did prove to be helpful. In the video they suggested attaching another length of wire in order to successfully be able to position two of the bolts. 1) pull wires of the proper length should be provided. 2) It would have been impossible to make the install with only two pull wires-four are needed. Thanks for the video.100433
by: Captain V03/31/2013
This hitch and optional wire package was purchased as an aftermarket for our 2012 Equinox to allow us to haul our road bikes and small boat trailer. No problems with installation and it snugs up nicely under the rear of the vehicle. Time to hit the road....73474
Etrailer is an excellent source of all products related to hitches and trailers! Great customer service, very quick delivery times and freindly folks to deal with over the phone. I'll be happy to recommend to others!69229
The products I recived from etrailer were exactly what I needed. I installed all the products myself thanks to the great videos on the website. I would have to say this is one best company ever delt with.68673
Short of installing it's self my son-in-law and I installed this hitch for my 13 Chevy Equinox in just under an hour. The only tuff spot was the two bolts below the license plate on the frame. My compliments to Hidden Hitch and Chevy. Thank You etrailer.com for the ease of purchase and fast delivery. The item was well packed.68341
by: Floyd D.02/21/2013
Sold enough build quality, however the product was protruding through the box and was missing paint (chipped away) in many spots, also the wire for pulling the bolts through was almost a foot too short. The website was very useful and informative, but the product dropped the ball. 67276
by: Eric K.10/15/2012
Hitch fit perfectly, just as described. If your vehicle is more than a couple years old I would highly recommend professional installation though. Spent 5 hours with penetrating oil and a steel brush cleaning out the weld nuts on my vehicle. After that was complete the actual install was about 45 minutes. I'm sure the money spent on professional installation would have been well worth it with my situation. Excellent shipping speed and communication from etrailer, would definitely order from them again!57264
by: Gary E09/16/2012
Another great hitch from etrailer! This is the second Hidden Hitch brand hitch I have installed on 2 separate GM vehicles, this time for my 2012 Terrain. It installed just as easily as the video, in about a half hour. I chose this hitch over the Curt as it looked like this had a bit more structural support due to additional mounting point. It's very solid and looks very good on the Terrain, with only the receiver portion showing thru the rear bumper fascia. FYI, for those of you ordering this for a Terrain and need a harness, you may want to double-check to see if you have the factory connector, even though you may not have the factory towing package. I have an SLT-2 without towing package, but after checking the video on etrailer for the factory connection, sure enough, the connector was there and all I needed was the simple harness from etrailer meant for those vehicles withe the factory trailer package.54826
Hitch didn't fit the first time placing on 2011 Equinox, but after checking mounting brackets, I noticed one side was not at the same angle coming off main square channel. I had to tap with a sledge hammer and then fit perfectly..... also the hardware package did not have any fish wire included even thought it was required for the install... good thing I still had one from previous install! The packaging coming from etrailer (etrailer logo on box exterior) was not sufficient for shipment of this hitch.51330
by: Joe P.07/27/2012
We bought the receiver hitch for the wifes 2012 Equinox, It came very quickly and me and my son installed it one evening. All the bolts needed were there, the holes lined up, and the bolt installation wires made my son think I was a genius. I don't think my wife has taken her bike and rack off since we installed the hitch. Thank you for a good product. Joe P49606
Hitch fit great and I installed as planned. Seems pretty heavy duty and well made and finished. Only a bit of it was poking out of the box after shipping but no damage. I am perhaps less happy with GM who changed the mounting holes / no welded nuts in my 2012 Equinox from what the drawing showed so I had to slide in bolts and plates from end of channel since hole was too small, so I had to add an extension to the fish wire but it worked ok. The hitch mounted up snugly enough against the frame and stayed in place while I got all the bolts to align and thread fortunately since its not light weight. I have not started hooking up the lighting kit yet - paper instructions are a bit confusing but believe the video will help me more. Thanks. 48231
by: Mike Sulin07/05/2012
The hitch came very quickly and the price was good. I have yet to use the hitch yet so I am unable to really rate the hitch, but the installtion instructions were pretty good other than the hitch came with more parts for the installtion on my vehicle than needed. Other than that all was pretty good and the hitch should work out fine...........46781
by: Dave B06/28/2012
Hidden Hitch and T-One wiring package delivered quickly and installation was made by a local trailer shop. All the items were as described,etrailer.com's site is easy to use and very helpful if an individual decides to do his own installation. Very satisfied with the products and etrailer.com. 45951
by: Larry J.05/19/2012
The trailer hitch for my 2012 Chevy Equinox fit like a glove ( perfect ). Your on line video and your instructions that came with the hitch were very helpful with installing the hitch. It was very easy to install. I would suggest your web site to anyone. ( Great Job - etrailer.com ) Keep up the great work.41002
by: Joseph Gelinas04/08/2012
Fast simple and easy to install. This is of excellent quality and super easy to install. If you are wondering about this product, wonder no more, just purchase it. Took me about 30 minutes to install. Don't pay the high price to a have professional do it, when you can do it yourself. Great job etrailer. Joe36533
by: Paul B.03/31/2011
I received the product as expected and on time. The nice thing about ordering through etrailer is there is never any guessing on your order status. Prompt emails and follow ups always let you know when your product will be shipped and if anything is on back order. I have had to contact etrailer customer service (because of an error I made) and dealing with Amanda was fantastic. There was no deep accented male named "Becky" answering the call. Amanda was very polite, educated in product knowledge and answered every question without making me feel like it was the dumbest thing she's heard. Thank you etrailer, Paul 10785
by: Joe W03/17/2011
This is my 2nd or 3rd order for hitches from etrailer. I never bother looking anywhere else online because I just love the customer service here. They emailed me the moment the package was delivered. The Hitch and plug and play wire harness were both installed in 1 hour FLAT!9644
Works Great! The hitch installed easily and works as expected. It helps to have a second set of hands to help with the installation. It's built well and should hold up for a long time. Shipping was quick and etrailer.com has been great. Thanks for a great product!5572
by: Mark S.10/11/2013
I love this hitch. It came to me faster than expected and installed as directed. I will not hesitate to order from etrailer.com in the future.103440
by: Phil C06/20/2013
Easy to install hitch. Make sure you have a jack and a rubber mallet available - it was a tight fit. No drilling required!85364
Excellent hitch! You can't go wrong with this one. Recommend it to anyone. Very easy to install, too79120
by: Ronald Cleveland04/19/2013
30 min to install. You need a extra hand or use the jack to help you. Very easy. 76860
Installed without an issue. Everything lined up just fine and directions were good.64467
by: Kim L.09/28/2012
I ordered the hidden hitch trailer hitch receiver on Sunday and it arrived yesterday (Thursday). Fast delivery! My husband had it installed on my 2013 Terrain in under 40 minutes. 56015
by: Michael Costello09/20/2012
The Hitch was quite simple to install and it fit perfectly. I ordered it on Monday, was delivered Wednesday and I installed it by myself on Thursday of the same week. Hard to match that !55279
I just installed the trailer hitch on my wife's 2012 Equinox. Install took about 1 and 15 min and went just like the online video. Delivery to my door was only 3 days from purchase. Excellent!54029
Order my hitch on Sunday and got it on Wednesday. Put it on the same afternoon. Ordered it because it is better than the factory hitch, more support and it took about an hour to install. Couldn't have been easier and looks great. 52664
This was my first time ordering from etrailer.com. Product arrived very fast. 48200
by: Paul B.06/19/2012
Excellent fit, easy install. 44866
Easy to install on Equinox. No fishing for bolts, just mounts to the frame with welded nuts. Order was filled quickly, actually 3 days early.44453
by: Rick R06/05/2012
Straight forward and easy to install. Definately takes two people and easier if vehicle is up a little. 42812
by: Philip N.06/05/2012
Easy to find the right hitch for our vehicle. Arrived sooner than was expected and was easy to install. Perfect fit.42811
by: Chris K.03/01/2012
the Hitch is great and the wiring was easy to install32873
by: Kenny Griffin02/21/2012
Excellent It fit great, Only took me a hour to do with the lighting kit. this is my 2nd Hidden Hitch Both times work out great for me THX32185
by: Robert D.08/07/2011
Product arrived within 4 days of my initial order. Overall I am happy with the hitch but the install took 4 hours rather than the 40 minutes according to the video.21266
by: Ben F.06/06/2011
Clean install, excellent fit on a 2011 Equinox. Fastener hardware kit includes wire guides for bottom-access carriage bolt installation - nice touch.16178
by: John H.04/07/2011
Watch videos a couple times each, made it a easy install. Had hitch on & wired one hour by myself with aid of cycle jack11290
by: Gene M.01/31/2011
Great service. Delivered early 6420
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