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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan we're going to install the Hidden Hitch, part number 87717. Before begin our installation, here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to outer most edge of the bumper is 3-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 12-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead with the installation.
Our first step will be removing the rear most bumper bracket frame fastener. After we have these removed we're now ready to go ahead and install the middle and forward hardware for our forward and middle attachments points. The easiest way to get this hardware into position is by using the pull wire provided with our install kit going through the attachment point and out the end of the bumper. There is a plastic flap that will need to be pushed out of the way in order to get the pull wire through and then the hardware back up into the frame. As you're putting the hardware into the frame, slide the block in past the plastic flap and then push the bOlt through.
You can then go ahead and pull it into position. Now we've got the forward attachment point here on the driver's side done and we'll repeat the same process for the other three attachment points that need the hardware put into the frame. Now with all our hardware in the frame, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch in place as you install your fastener. I recommend to install them finger tight until you have them all in place. Alright, with all our fasteners in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down.
With all six fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque the specifications as indicated in the instructions. And that will complete our install of the Hidden Hitch, part number 87717 on our 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (108 Customer Reviews)This durable, fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.
by: Dennis W.10/04/2012
Your delivery was on time and packaging was excellent protecting the parts. Everything was great looking as I now expect from eTrailer. I am very pleased with the finished install as shown in the photos attached. 56283
by: kevin j08/29/2012
Form fit and function was great. Very fast delivery. All holes aligned. Installation took some frame hole filing to enlarge holes for access. The most time is taken because the existing frame bolts don't come out, they twist off (minnesota salt and rust) so redrilling and adding tapped blocks was required. My only reservation is that the 'hidden' part means the receiver is welded on the BOTTOM of the cross tube, or underneath it. The cross tube then is up high, hidden, and no plastic cutting of the bumper trim. One down side is the structural connection between the two tubes is not as strong as I would like, but works fine for a small (max 2000 lbs) enclosed trailer. The other down side is that the reciever is very low to the ground. An offset/up drawbar works fine to level the trailer, but the receiver tube drags easily on driveways with vertical curve or slope, snow and rocks, with or without the trailer behind.. If the reciever tube was straight off the back of the crosstube, both of these issues would be resolved, but of course the car plastic trim would need to be cut. Overall, if you want a 'hidden hitch' with no plastic mods this was great and as advertised. Buy it. If doing again, I would get one with a higher receiver tube and cut out the plastic of the bumper trim. Plenty of room on my vehicle to do that, and the aesthetics is not critical on a 13 year old minivan. 53417
by: Liz Lee Media04/28/2012
We ordered the hidden hitch for "Goldy," our 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Conversion (the extended roof with wood interior, mood lighting video, video game and audio inputs and outputs galore, TV, DVD etc.) minivan. We ordered the hitch and it was here in a couple days! My Father-In-Law and I put it on together. We only had basic cheap hand tools and a pair of metal car ramps. From backing "Goldy" up onto the ramps to pulling her back down complete was just over two hours, and that included a lunch break in between--thanks to the excellent videos that ETrailer.com have. The only part that gave us a little trouble was fishing the plates and bolts to the rear holes. In my opinion, the fish cables should have been four to six inches longer. They worked, but it was a little trying. Everything else was SIMPLE, fast and pretty easy. We DID remove the rear bumper to try to see better, but it was not necessary, as it only half-way helped. We will order from ETrailer.com again and again in the future for all of our towing needs. Next up--the wiring harness. We'll probably order it on Monday (today is Saturday) and have it arrive and installed way way before the weekend. Liz Lee Media 38694
by: Tim H.07/10/2010
Couldn't ask for better I am very pleased with this hitch - it really is hidden on my 2000 Grand Caravan, and it is easy to reach the receiver and pin hole. I found the video showing the installation to be invaluable. My only caveat is that the instructions said nothing about the fact that I had to drill the forward most bolt hole on both sides for this Class III hitch, but I would not have had that problem with the Class II. I probably still would have purchased the Class III, but some might not, so it would help to be up front about it. I don't think this is an issue with later models, as the third hole is factory installed. Also, I found the "20 minutes" of estimated installation time to be a bit optimistic. Perhaps a pro could do it that quickly on a lift, but I think an hour or 90 minutes might be more realistic for the average guy. Still, that is REALLY quick and very easy. The wire bolt puller/fish tape they give you worked like a charm for me. I would also advise getting or borrowing a calibrated torque wrench to ensure you have the required torque. That is called out in the written instructions, but not on the video, and it is an important precaution to take. Overall, I am very happy with this hitch and would recommend it to anyone. 3224
by: Greg F.05/09/2009
Excellent hitch I just installed the hitch today. I ordered the hitch on the phone and received it 2 days later. The hitch is very good quality and everything was just as advertised. It took me about 3 hours from start to finish but most of the time was preparing to mount the hitch. I did not have any access point on the frame, so I had to enlarge one of the oval holes on each side by filing them, (a small grinding wheel on a drill would be much better). Then I could not get the existing bumper bolts out with a hand socket,(it takes an 18mm metric). I had to borrow an impact wrench from a neighbor and keep spraying PB Blaster on the bolts and running them in and out until I finally was able to remove them. Once I had everything ready it took less than 30 minutes to insert the bolts, lift up the hitch and attach it to the van. The hitch fit perfectly with all of the holes lining up and looks really good on the van. The only thing that shows is the receiver. I would highly recommend this hitch 1830
by: Kevin B.05/10/2011
Hitch installed on a Plymouth Voyager. 13149
by: Mark B.08/20/2009
Good unit-needs more hardware My '00 Grand Voyager had the rearmost bolts (to be reused) rusted. PB blaster and heat did not prevent me from busting the weld nuts. Getting a shop to cut of wiht a torque wasn't a problem. But I had to wait for the plant to send me 2 more bolts, nuts, plates, washers to fish into place. Since any van that will use this hitch will likely have the same problem ('96-'04 vans), kit should come with 6 sets of fasteners. But the instructions are great, fish lines worked perfectly. Customer service put me in direct contact with the plant, and they helped me quickly. Don't be afraid of drilling holes. Just get the hitch in place in the existing holes, use a center punch, drill 1/4" starter, then finish with 1/2". Use sharp drill bits and wear gloves and goggles. 2278
The hitch arrived very quickly. The most difficult part of the project was removing one of the bolts attaching the bumper. I sprayed a penetrant days prior and when I used my pneumatic wrench the bolt turned a quarter turn and stopped. I used my map gas torch to heat the nut and little by little the bolt came out. I had to reheat the nut a few times and used the pneumatic wrench each time. When I reinstalled the bolts I applied an antiseize compound and the bolts went in very easy. I agree with one of the reviews about the length of the snake it could be a little longer. Also, I purchased 4 lock washers too bad it doesn't come with the kit. Otherwise a great product. I would advise if using the hitch for cargo or bike carrier, purchase the J pin. 45312
The hitch fit my Chrysler T&C well. Plenty of clearance for the spare tire and the socket is just below the bumper and flush with the rear of the bumper. Perfect fit. You'd have to lie on the ground to see anything more than the receiver of the hitch; everything else is hidden. The only difficulty installing was the plastic parts of the bumper that partially cover the space where the carriage bolts are to be inserted. I used a step bit to enlarge two round holes in the frame to get them in and that mod made it a breeze to insert the bolts. The holes lined up just as they should. I managed to mount the pos REESE hitch from the auto parts store on my Dodge pickup so nothing was wasted. If I need another hitch I go the e-trailer first. 123392
by: Steven D.07/18/2012
The hidden trailer hitch receiver I purchased arrived just in time to install before my trip! However I feel it would have been helpful information to know that the vehicle frame mounting holes needed to drilled out larger. The instructions show that they recommend using a file! That would take all day not to mention the limited acces under the vehicle to get full motion. I recommend using a clyinder shaped grinding stone bit for your power drill. It made short work of the task and additional room for full motion was not needed. I was fortunate to have this bit in my shop supplies. Maybe you could include one of these in the installation kit in the future? The product itself was very satisfactory. Thank you. 48396
by: Don Y.09/11/2012
I just had my Hidden Hitch installed on my 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. It fit perfect and looks great. 54287
by: Doug S.01/21/2014
Good product. This hitch receiver fit right up to my 2003 Dodge Caravan. E-trailer shipped this product super fast (and I didn't opt for expedited shipping)! Just an extra install tip . . . Since there are 4 snake wires provided, I recommend leaving these threaded to the each bolt until just before the nut is to be threaded on to the bolt. That way, if the bolts do get pushed back up into the vehicle frame, they can be easily retrieved again. The snake wires do not need to be unthreaded, they can be just yanked off with a little bit of circle action as the wire is pulled. As is mentioned in the video, a second body will make the lifting, holding, and securing the hitch much easier. 114325
by: Don V.07/23/2012
etrailer.com is ......Excellent !! ... Would highly recommend. Everything arrived quickly and fit. Installed on a 2007 Chrysler T&C. The only Problems that I experienced were that the bumper mounting bolts required a breaker bar and some liquid wrench to get them removed. Also when fishing the mounting bolts through the vehicles frame channel, it has a hard plastic piece blocking the channel that the bolts must go through. I had to bend this out of the way, but the space to do this is extremely limited. It was real nice having the 4 wires to help with this task. The wheel mount Swagman XC worked great for two TREK Navigator bikes...very happy with this product so far. 49020
by: Chris M.10/24/2011
I have used Hidden Hitch products in the past with great success and this unit is no exception. Quality build, quality finish and as usual from eTrailer, super shipping speeds. Only challenging thing with this hitch is fishing the bolts through the frame as you may need to grind out the openings in order to get the bolts inside the frame rails. A drill with a extra hard grinding stone makes quick work of enlarging the holes. Fishing the bolts through is quite easy due to the included 'fishing wires' and the wiring harness (05 Chrysler Town n Country) was quite simply, the easiest wiring package I've ever encountered. 26034
Looks Great! Fishing Looks great on 2001 T&C Lx. Had some difficulty fishing the bolts back through because of some hard plastic flaps at the end of the frame. They are not rubber like the installation video states. On the right side, I was able to bend the plastic flap back and pull the bolts(2) through. On the left side there was less room to work. I was able to push the bolts through the hard plastic flap at the bottom gap. All this is by feel also. Using it for cargo and bike racks mostly. Product shipped promptly and arrived in box with directions in great shape. Happy with product and etrailer. 1977
by: Hector S04/02/2011
The hitch was a little bit tight on one of the bolts at the muffler side of the van, other than that it fit perfectly. very good quality. It took me about 3 hrs to install though. I had problems removing the bolts from the van as they were a bit rusted, also it took me a while to fish the bolts through the little spaces; the video on the website was very usefull for the installation. I did not have to drill additional holes. I have a voyager model 2002. Im planning to use the hitch for bicycle transportation. Im very satisfied with the overall experience. 10963
by: Jerry King08/13/2012
One of the things that sold me on your product was the excellent video on installation of the hitch. In the video the excellent design of the hitch, including the ease of installation, was obvious. It did not take me long to do the installation myself, even without raising the minivan above its normal height. Now your follow-up communication adds to the demonstration of the high calibre of excellence in which your company is operated. Thank you for caring enough to provide good old fashioned American excellence. Jerry King 51524
by: Bill S.04/13/2011
Bought a universal type fit hitch for town and country mini van.Saved a bundle,and bottomed out hitch on most crowned roads.New I should have spent the money for custom fit to begin with.I ordered and installed hidden hitch.Easy install,proper fit,clearance for spare tire and exhaust .If you have any doubts about install ,I believe e-trailer has all the support you need to do a safe and proper install on your vehicle.Free shipping a plus.Don t be a cheapskate like I and buy a hitch twice.Get the custom fit model for your vehicle. 11640
by: Kevin GGGGG11/19/2008
Great Hitch...Fast shipping,,, READ ALL DIRECTIONS FIRST!!!!! I'm a guy.......... who reads the directions.... Well, read them ALL and watch the installation video. Then put your hitch on. Spray rusted bolts prior to removing and wear eye protectors! Love the hitch,,, really performed GREAT. Wiring harness was a breeze... I took a little extra time and really hid all the wires. Also installed Airshocks for the rear... very wise thing to do, would not have made the trip to the cabin with the quads otherwise!!!!! 1430
Had very little trouble installing hitch, drilled two holes for the forward bolts, the bolt fisher wire is GREAT. When I got to the wiring on the right side. I ran a rod down from the top hole for the wires to the bottom past the insulation, etc, then taped the wire to the rod and pulled it up, had no trouble with the left side, no wires are showing, any where in the installion. neat job. Think I did a great job for a 85 year old. No speed records here. 25436
by: John P07/17/2011
This is my review, I have to say that wire where you thead bolt is good idea, however I did have some difficultly with the middle bolt hole, I had to take a piece of steel same thickness as the hitch, overlay to coommadate the thread hole that is in the frame of van. Straddled metal piece from 1st hole to middle threaded hole and bolted to the middle threaded hole to van frame. This solved my problem ran bolts in all 6 holes. Sinerely John P 19546
by: Jim H08/21/2012
I ordered the hidden hitch and wiring harness kits on Thursday and they were at my door on Monday with notices from etrailer staff every step of the way. In fact, I ordered at 11:30 and by 2:30 it was shipped. I do quite a bit of online shopping but have to say this is the best experience I have ever had. Etrailer sets the bar pretty high. Oh, and the hitch and harness were installed by Monday evening with only a modest amount of hassle. 52516
Great-looking, unseen hitch. Very happy with the prompt delivery from etrailer, and the hitch arrived in perfect condition (no scratches in the paint). Since we have salty roads in the winter, I put a coat of Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator and a coat of Rustoleum enamel on it, just to keep it rust-free. Installation was a breeze. Like the way this hitch looks, with very little of the hitch bracket/tube visible from the back. 2984
by: Chris M.08/12/2011
I just finished installing this in my 06 Caravan by myself. The hardest part was fishing the wire through the frame, especially the bolts towards the front of the car. Just be careful when threading the front holes because the wire is just barely long enough to reach. A second pair of hands is great but is not needed. Just be careful to hold it so it doesn't fall on your face when trying to screw it in. 21669
Awesome hitch A+ You can't find a better hitch for you minivan than this one. It carries more weight than the van can tow and it looks great. The only part of the hitch you see is the reciever tube. The cross bar is hidden by the bumper which was a must for me. Fairly easy to install, but my old bolts broke off because they were rusty. Etrailer.com prices are unbeatable on hitch. Very happy 325
by: Bruce B.03/15/2013
Product delivery was very fast. Installation was very quick and simple after watching the online installation videos. My vehicle was missing a couple of factory bolts but we managed to get replacements from a junked vehicle. I haven't towed anything yet but I am getting my utility trailer this weekend. Etrailer is definitely the best way to go. It couldn't get any better than this. 70997
by: Max H.11/20/2013
Customer Service was very pleasant, shipping was fast,and because I am unable to do this type of work any longer, I called on my mechanic. Since he has installed this same hitch many times before, he had the job completed in 30 minutes. The hitch is very sturdy and will have no reservations carrying a lift and electric wheelchair. I would recommend this hitch. Sorry, no pics. 107944
by: Steven Sanchez08/03/2012
Very happy with trailer hitch. The hitch took about 2 hours to install, on my 2000 Chrysler Town and Country. The mounting bolts securing the front holes of the hitch to the frame required me to grind the carriage bolts in order to fish them through the frame holes. The hitch sits hidden under the chassis and the spare tire fit nicely. Thanks for the great product !!! 50437
by: Scott W.07/13/2014
We are very satisfied with our purchase. The install was straightforward and all of the necessary parts were included in the kit. Form, fit & function were as advertised, and the hitch worked great in practical application. All of the customer representatives involved went well above my expectation in servicing the order. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. 141126
by: D Foster09/13/2011
The hitch itself is great quality and I received it amazingly quickly. However, I ordered one for a 99 Town and Country minivan that was supposed to just bolt on and the product I received was "bolt-on" for 2001 and later. So I had to drill and tap new holes, "which is always fun", he said sarcastically. Still, it works great and I am having fun pulling my boat. 23884
Great service from etrailer. The hitch was on my front porch quicker than the local parts store could have gotten it for me -- and the price was a few bucks better. The Hidden Hitch is not quite as well finished as some other brands I have used -- there are some weld splatters and some thin spots in the paint -- but it fits well enough and should work just fine. 20637
Saved my Caravan Great product very easy to instal and looked fantastic. The best part is my wife was rear ended and the hitch took most of the damage (saved about $3000.00 in repair cost).Though the hitch didn't survive, my van did and I have ordered the exact one to replace it.. Thank you Hidden hitch.. I would recommend this hitch to any one looking for one. 1969
by: Al R.06/22/2011
Trailer hitch is good. The install didn't go as easy as hoped. Two of the holes fit on our 99 Dodge Grand Caravan but the third (toward the front of the vehicle) was no where close to an access hole. It was easier just to remove the bumper to do this installation and we did that almost immediately once looking at it. Plan to use it for bike carrier mostly. 17627
by: Brian Brooks08/27/2012
Took a little longer to install this product because I dropped the bolts. One on each side when installing. After retrieving them instal went smooth. Also wanted to mention did this myself, lifted one side up started the bolts then other side, then tightened them all up. Thank you would recommend this product to all caravan owners. 53258
by: Paul D08/30/2011
I placed my order one evening, and by mid-day the next day I had an email saying it had shipped! Wow! The hitch was very easy to install after watching the video. Don't even bother with the printed instructions - watch the video! I had the hitch mounted in 60 minutes, and I worked slowly and stopped frequently to watch the video. 23177
by: William H.09/28/2012
The shipping speed was incredible. I am going to use it to mount an electric wheel chair carrier and was amazed that I ordered it on Sunday, andit was shipped the same day. It arrived on Thursday and I am thrilled that I can use it so quickly. THANKS ET P.S. Wish I could enclose a pic but the hitch is now being mounted. 56052
by: Steve H.04/03/2012
The unit was easy to install with the videos. The only problem I encountered was removing the two bolts from the frame witch were rusted from the northern Illinois winters. But with the videos I knew what I was getting into before I started. Once I had the bolts out it went together just as the video showed. Thanks, Steve 36001
The construction of the product is good. The installion of it is a joke. Being an HVAC service technician and having mechanical experiance.You have to ream out openings in the frame and snake a rectangular washer and carriage bolt through the frame to attach the item. I would recommend finding a hitch that installs easier. 47825
by: Roger C.12/11/2010
First time buyer This is the first time I have ever bought a trailer hitch, I usually make my own. The unit came within 3 or four days of my order, easy to install, but I did have to make two hole's in the frame larger. The whole job took about 20 min's. Price was right on target. Great job etrailer and thanks Roger 3993
by: Kevin C.09/11/2011
The hitch arrived quickly and as promised in perfect condition with all of the parts and accessories necessary to install it. The video showed me all of the steps I needed to take. I was able to do it myself without any problems at all! Thanks for a great product with great service at a great price. 23730
The trailer hitch that I bought for my Dodge Caravan 2002 fits very well to my car. I had the problem with installation. The instruction given on the website was very good but to fish one of four screws through the narrow hole took me much longer time than I expected. But finally I succeeded. 126713
by: Mike S.07/05/2011
Great hitch. Install took me 45 minutes. Mostly to get the old bolts off. Used a long 2 feet plus socket wrench to remove. I sprayed them with liquid wrench for 3 nights/days while I was waiting for shipment. Move steadly and it sholdn't snap. Rust was equivalent to 8 winters in michigan salt. 18519
by: Spencer J.06/21/2012
I have not yet used my hitch to tow or carry cargo. Ordering, Delivery, and Installation were all excellent. It was pretty easy to install and looks really good. It is hidden very well under the van and fit perfectly with the pre-drilled holes. Appears to be of very durable construction. 45157
by: Tom O.04/18/2011
Between the excellent engineering and the video installation advice, this was the easiest hitch and light installation. I have camped and towed my whole life with cars as well as motorcycles. This was the easiest install ever. I am thinking about putting hitches on all of my vehicles. 11925
by: Colin M09/22/2012
Excellent hitch! Fast shipping and (fairly) easy installation. Installation was hindered by some kind of obstruction in the frame rails (2002 Chrysler Town & Country). Took about 1 1/2 hour to install, would have been much less without problem. 55518
by: Nathan R.05/07/2012
After a little work and a phone call the hitch went in very easily. I called for some clarification on the installation and was promptly answered. Great service from beginning to the final installation. I would definitely recommend etrailer.com! 39650
Looks great on my 2005 dodge caravan. I didn't think I could do it myself. I was thinking about taking it to an auto shop and have them install it. But, when i watched the installation video, it gave me the confidence to do it myself. Thanks 19709
by: Mike C.06/20/2012
I installed this hitch on my wife's 2005 Caravan in an hour and a half (including the wiring harness). It sure helped to watch the video before I started the job. The shipping was fast, the price was great, all around good experience. 44885
I purchased a trailer hitch from e trailer for a 2003 caravan. The shipping was very fast and service was excellent and hitch was a perfect fit. Thank you e trailer and I recommend you and will buy from you again. Thank you Jim 23896
by: Tim L.05/01/2012
Very fast shipping and the trailer hitch is high quality and was easy to install after watching the video provided from etrailer. The Hidden hitch trailer hitch is very well built and I would definetely recommend this product 39020
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