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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at the four most popular hitches we have available here at etrailer.com. Here on the top, we've got part number 13591. This is our Curt, Class III hitch. It's going to offer the two inch by two inch opening. Right below is Hidden Hitch, part number 87572. This is also a Class III.
We've got it's twin which is part number 75681 by Draw Tite which is a Class III and then here at the bottom we've got Draw Tite, part number 36408. This is a Class II which offers an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter opening. Here's our Class II Draw Tite that's been installed on the vehicle and the great news is, all of our hitches look about the same here. The main tube's going to be tucked up well underneath our bumper. There's a small cover here that's going to come on the vehicle, we removed that and that's where our main receiver tube is going to stay. If we move to a Class III, essentially it's going to come down just a little bit further here. We're going to have a larger receiver tube that comes out and it will fill out the area just above here a little bit.
Main difference visually, just going to be that opening off the rear of the vehicle. As far as differences are concerned, the hitches, they're all going to look very, very similar when they're mounted on your vehicle. You won't really be able to tell a huge difference there. As far as capacities go, the tongue weight rating or the amount of weight that can be pushed directly down here at the back of the receiver tube, that's going to be three fifty, three hundred and fifty, three hundred and fifty across all of our Class III's. Once we get to the Class II, that drops down to three hundred pounds. As far as our gross trailer weight is concerned or the maximum amount of our trailer and all the goodies on it, we've got thirty five hundred pounds, thirty five hundred pounds and thirty five hundred pounds. Once we get down to the Class II, it also has a thirty five hundred pound gross trailer weight rating.
It does not have a weight distribution rating, so we won't be using a weight distribution set up with a Class II hitch. When we move to our Class III hitches, all of them are going to have a four hundred pound, so a fifty pound increase to the tongue weight rating and then a five hundred pound increase to our gross trailer weight rating, moving this up to a four hundred, four thousand across the board. Four hundred tongue weight, four thousand gross trailer weight. Something that's different about the installation process or installing the hitch into your vehicle, on the Hidden Hitch and Draw Tite, which we talked about, they're twin hitches. They've got an additional tab that comes off on each side here. That's going to leave us with one additional bolt that we're going to have to install.
Curt without those two bolts, it shares all the same ratings, so we're not losing anything there as far as capacities and things like that are concerned, it's just something else they needed to have on here to give us that appropriate stability and get it up to the right level to where it's a competitor here with our Curt. The Curt's got a metal bracket here on both sides. That allows for our safety chain connection. It's kind of a slightly thicker piece of metal there. It looks like most things are going to fit in there with the exception of maybe those really large hook style chains. For the Draw Tite, the Hidden Hitch that we've got here, they're going to have more of the rolled steel or that round bar loop coming off of each side here. The same for the Draw Tite inch and a quarter. The inch and a quarter does have just a slight bit more room in here because the receiver tube's just a little bit narrower so that will be a little bit larger but this one, this one, this one, we should be connecting about the same. Another difference that we'll see is going to be with our Curt, we've got a single five eighths inch pin hole. The Hidden Hitch has a five eighths inch pin hole. Draw Tite, five eighths inch and our Class II Draw Tite, that's going to have the half inch pin hole. The thing that's going to set the Hidden Hitch and the Draw Tite apart is going to be addition of a second hole there. That's for use with the J pin stabilization device. We've got a couple of really minor differences in the measurements from hitch to hitch here. For our Draw Tite, Class II, our Draw Tite Class III and our Hidden Hitch, Class III, they've got the same measurements. From the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening here to the ground, it's going to be about fourteen and three quarters of an inch. Then, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about four and three quarter. The Curt Class III has a couple advantages here. The inside top edge of the receiver tube opening to the ground on the Curt is going to be fifteen inches, raising our hitch up a quarter of an inch and also any accessory that we might add to that upper quarter of an inch giving us better ground clearance. The hitch pin hole is also a little bit closer to the outside edge of the bumper at four and a half inches rather than four and a quarter so it's going to give us a little bit more room for whatever accessory it is and our vehicle. Maybe allowing our cargo carriers to fold up and out of the way or our bikes to fit on our rack a little bit better. They are minor differences but if you're running very small tolerances, they may make all ht difference in the world for you. Now that we've had an opportunity to look over the four most popular hitches that we have available for the Chevrolet Equinox, we hope it helps you out in your hitch purchasing decision. If not, we've got a team of experts standing by that can answer any question you might have.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (26 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an E-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
by: John H.08/15/2013
75681 seems to be a fine product. I really like the extra strength of the 75681. The only thing which I would suggest for consideration would be for the addition of 2 (two) more Pull Wires. The Pull Wires are a great idea and a real time and trouble saver. My installation required the use of the 2 (two) Carriage Bolts and the 2 (two) 1-1/2 x 2 (Small Blocks) for the Bumper Mounting Bracket. I did my installation on my driveway. A small hydraulic jack was very helpful in lifting the receiver socket towards the frame while installing the Bumper Mounting Bracket Hex Nuts and Conical Washers. The installation did require me more than 40 (forty) minutes. The online installation videotape was very informative and helpful. This was a very smooth project. Thank You! John M. Habak 95168
by: James V.07/07/2014
The hitch came with all the necessary hardware and installed without difficulty. Looks awesome on the car. 139813
by: Robert M06/25/2013
I was really impressed that all the mounting holes (8) all lined up perfectly on my 2013 Equinox. The instructions were accurate and easy to follow if you take the time to read them which I didn't and paid the price. There are two styles of bolts, four of which are to be associated with the plates that are fed into the vehicle channels with the supplied feeder wires. I used the non carriage bolts by mistake and they were not fun fishing them out. Thank goodness I had flexible magnet. Also the video recommends to use 2 people. I managed by myself with a couple of jack stands and a bottle jack to position it in place while laying on my back. Took a one hour job and turned it into a four hour one. Again I give the product an A+ and the installer an F. 86036
by: Pat L09/09/2013
Outstanding product! Online videos were very helpful, BUT my 2014 V-6 Equinox did not have nuts welded on the inside of the frame for the larger bolts, as described in the written instruction sheet - I needed the bolt leaders included with the kit. Hint: to put tension on the bolt as you attempt to thread on the nuts, thread the leader up onto the bolt (you've just installed using the leader) 3/4" or so, then bend it 90 degrees to the right. That allows you to exert a downward force on the bolt while installing the washer and nut on the clean threads. Tighten the nut as instructed, then clip off the exposed end of the leader. Also, the Class 3 hitch may require that you trim the plastic trim piece removed in Step 1 before it can be reinstalled. 99136
by: Adrian M.03/12/2015
Phoned in order and received very professional attention and technical knowledge from Dana. The hitch arrived for our 2013 GMC Terrain three days after ordering with "free" shipping. I installed in about 30 minutes with the help of a floor jack. The hitch fit like a glove to the frame and all bolt holes lined up. The only issue was the bolt fishing (guide) wires supplied were a bit short. This was easily remedied by duct taping another piece of wire to the fishing wire end. This hitch is heavy duty and exceeded my expectations. I would recommend etrailer.com to all my friends. Thanks, Adrian 178017
Overall, the installation was not too difficult. I installed on a 2015 Equinox. The pull wires used to snake the bolts through to the center bracket are too short, not even close. I had to extend them about 6-8 inches. The larger block the carriage bolts seat into didn't fit into the hole in the car frame. I had to grind off a little bit so it fit though the hole. The receiver lined up with the existing holes perfectly. I like the look after install. Good sturdy construction. 210439
by: Rick S05/07/2013
Nice Draw-tight Hitch and wiring package. Generally I was pleased with it and I installed it relatively quickly. My only nit was the rectangular retainers which fit at the rear just above the hitch connector itself were 1/4 inch too big to fit into the oval slots adjacent to the bolt holes. I had to grind them down. Also had to grind the bolt heads slightly to fit in these same slots. Other than that it went easily. Wiring kit is especially easy to install. 79295
by: Jim S.06/08/2012
I ordered a Draw-Tite receiver hitch, #75681, for my 2011 GMC Terrain on Tuesday. I received it on Thursday and installed it on Friday. The free shipping was great and much faster than I expected. Your price was the best I found on the internet. The hitch fit like a glove and was easy to install, even by myself. I could not be happier with etrailer's service and Draw-Tite. Thank you very much! 43340
by: Tom K.07/12/2014
Just received the hitch and wiring harness the other day. Have yet to put them on. Shipping took about 5 days to philly area. Both parts were in the box along with hardware intact. Box had a few tears, but expected seeing the hitch has some weight to it. Etrailer was smart to shrink wrap the harness to the hitch as to not be lost in shipment. Update to follow on installation to a 2014 equinox. 141010
by: Jon E09/15/2011
I know the product works, I was just miss led by the picture. I have a 05 equinox and was hoping it would fit in the hidden cut out space made by the factory for a hitch. If I knew it didn't fit up in there, like the picture, instead it sits below bumper, I would have bought a cheaper one to save me some money. But other than that it's a good product. 24030
by: Michael M.06/25/2015
The installation was easy. The enclosed instructions and the on line installation videos were helpful. Everything matched up perfectly. The shipping company tried their best to remove the hitch assembly from the box prior to arrival as was evidenced by three holes in the box when received. The contents were intact and all accounted for though. 207072
by: Jeremy W.06/18/2015
Product arrived quickly. Installation went as expected, though probably closer to 1+ hours (including a trip to the local hardware store to get the proper sized metric sockets). The installation video was incredibly helpful, and the finished product looks great. As always, a great experience buying from etrailer.com. 204211
by: Odis W.06/19/2014
Purchased item online. Product was displayed clearly. Video explaining how to attach hitch to my car was perfect. Follow-up emails were timely and helpful. Shipment and receipt of item was unbelievably fast!! I'm already looking to purchase another item that I need from etrailer.com. 136595
by: Jeff G02/15/2015
Hitch arrived in 2 days with the free shipping - excellent. Installation was straight forward after viewing the videos. Everything fit like a glove. Highly recommend etrailer for good price, fast shipping, and excellent user installation videos. 174855
by: Bud S.10/27/2014
I had no problem with the hitch or harness that I ordered. On the other hand, the Equinox had three weld nuts that were difficult to get the bolts threaded into. I tried multiple bolts and oiled them, but still they were slow going in all the way. 158131
Fits like a glove. Well designed and built. Easy bolt in installation (made real easy when the nut are already welding in the vehicle's frame). Only complaint is some of the powder caot paint was chipped due to poor handling in the warehouse. 2677
by: Bob S.06/18/2012
Product arrived promptly. I installed it relatively easy. Of the 6 bolts 4 went smoothy and 2 needed some he-man cranking. Installed my bike rack and ready for some mountain biking in remote places! 44635
by: Vince S.07/25/2013
I ordered a DrawTite trailer hitch for 2008 Equinox and it arrived timely with and all parts were there. Slight bend to mounting bracket but a little hit with sludge hammer and all was good. 91495
Great hitch, used it on my 2015 Equinox, GM had it all setup with holes for bolts to pass and nuts welded to the frame all ready to go. Took me less then an hour to install. 154154
by: Larry Halvorson05/29/2014
Very good service. Delivered in a timely manner and good quality. Installed very easy with instructions that were simple. 133396
by: Rod Waters01/12/2015
Recieved my hitch in a timely manner and in great shape , now to install on the car , video will be very helpful ! 168626
by: Doug W.02/28/2012
I found e-trailer to have the best quality products with excellent pricing. Plus, how can you beat free shipping. 32756
Product showed up fast and in great condition - product installed in 90 minutes and looks great! Thanks! 155547
by: Steven L.08/26/2014
The installation was as easy as your video shows. Great Product 148743
by: Tim B.08/19/2014
Looks like this is going to be a great fit. Thanks 147369
by: roger j02/14/2012
it fit all the holes and was easy to in stall 31835
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