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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
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Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
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Video of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
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Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Drawtite Custom Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36408. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the back of our vehicle. It's going to have a real nice and sleek look on the back end. Now keep in mind that that plastic cover will not be able to go back in place. Now it's still going to be tucked up and against the back end of the vehicle so it won't be sticking out far, you just won't be able to get that cover on since it does roll back underneath. Now our hitch is going to have a black powder coat finish, that's going to prevent any rust or corrosion, as well as have a fully welded design, it's going to add extra durability, so it's going to last you a long time. It's going to have a half-inch pinhole going through the center of our 1-1/4 x 1/-1/4 inch receiver tube opening. That's going to attach all of our accessories. Now with that 1-1/4 x 1/-1/4 inch receiver tube opening you're going to have a maximum tongue weight capacity of 300 pounds, and maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds.
With these nice chain tie-downs, you'll be able to secure your load by allowing you to put in your big chain hooks. Now let's go ahead and get a few measurements to assist you in selecting hitch accessories, such as ball mounts, bike racks, and cargo carriers, for your new receiver hitch. From the center of our pinhole to the outer-most edge of our bumper is going to be about 4-1/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground, it's going to be about 15-3/4 inches. Now let's go ahead and see how it's installed. We'll need to remove the plastic inaudible 00:01:29 here on the back end of the vehicle. To do so, we'll use our thumb or a flat-blade screwdriver, pry up on the tab, and push out.
Once it releases, we'll be able to pull it down and out. Now our attachment points on the rear, which would be this hole here, and this hole here. We will gain access and bring in our hardware from the end of the back bumper being here, using our bolt leader. On the outsides of both the frame rails, we're going to be using this hole here, and the one directly up above it with the factory weld-nuts in it. Go ahead and take our bolt leader, thread it into our attachment point, and back out towards the side of the rear bumper beam. Once it's out the end, we'll attach our locking block and carriage bolt. We'll go ahead and pull it back towards the center until it comes out of our attachment point, and repeat that on the other side.
Unthread your bolt leaders, and then we'll go ahead and grab our hitch and raise it up into place. It may be a good idea to go ahead and clean out the threads on the outer holes before we get our hitch into place. Just take a tube brush and clean out those threads. Go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us raise our hitch up into place. Raise it up over the center bolts first, and while you have your assistants holding it, take your conical tooth washer and nut, place them on the bottom, and thread them in. Make sure that the conical teeth washer is facing towards the receiver hitch with its teeth. Now with our hitch resting on those two front bolts, we'll be able to put in our side bolts that attach to the weld-nuts in the frame.
I'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the passenger side. Go ahead and secure down our center attachments, and then we'll move to the side and attach those. Now with our side blades secure, we're ready to go ahead and torque all of our bolts down to manufacturer's specifications. That will do it for our review and installation of the Drawtite Custom Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36408, on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (126 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Derek Webb08/12/2016
Great Hitch. My wife and I purchased this hitch specifically for mounting a bike rack on our 2012 Chevy Equinox 2LT. I ordered it Aug 9th and received it Aug 11th via 2 day shipping. There are six easy bolts that were extremely easy to install. The hardest part was holding it up. Strongly recommend you install with a partner so there's no chance of stripping or breaking bolts from stress. Some models do not already have all the holes needed but there is extra hardware for this. Fortunately ours was equipped with all 6 holes and I installed it in about 25 minutes with my wife's assistance. It's very stable and neat. Also, ensure you do it right and torque it within. Very happy with this purchase. 283222
by: Berny D.07/14/2011
installed this Hitch (#36408) on my 2011 GMC Terrain the next day (7/6/11) and all went very well except that I had to bend the passenger-side upright support about one inch outward, in order to fit in place and bolt in. The hitch may have been dropped on that side during shipping and was sticking out from the carton, but I was able to straighten it out to fit...all is perfect! 19410
by: Joe H.01/15/2013
Extremely fast delivery and excellent communication from Etrailer folks. Directions need minor correction. We have a 2013 chevy equinox and we needed to use the pull wire tool to attach center bolts as the equinox bumper did not have threaded holes ,need to attach as if bumper was from a Saturn. Maybe when GM dumped the Saturn line, they are using some old bumpers on their Chevys and not telling anyone??? But other than that ( and threading the bolts through the bumper can be alittle tricky, i used thicker wire than provided and was alot easier to do), the hitch is farely easy to install and is quality . Joe H. Pittsburgh, PA. 63141
by: Brent B.07/28/2011
Installed draw-tite 1 1/4# receiver on 2007 Saturn view. 1. the "piano wire gizmo" for threading bolts through bumber was cut way too short. It would not even fit from bolt hole to end of bumper. Should have been about 1 foot longer just to be workable. I extended with extra piano wire and everything pulled through fine. 2. Middle bolts were almost impossible without tiny hands. Luckily my wife is good at many things, and her smaller hands were able to fit in to attach nuts to bolts. Thought it might be easier if bolts were slightly longer (1/4 inch). Just a little too close fitting both washer and nut. 3. Youtube video is a must. Watched 2 of them for about 7 minutes total. Really did a good job letting you know what had to be done. 7 minutes saved a lot of time on the install. Overall: Very pleased with etrailer and hitch. A longer threading gizmo would have made for an excellent rating instead of a very good. I would definitely use them again and would recommend them to a friend. 20501
by: Larry P04/02/2016
I purchased the Draw-tite for my 2013 Terrain to use with a small trailer for yard work etc. I was surprised how quick the part showed up and the free shipping was great. I watched the video on installing it which helps. They indicated using a round wire brush to clean out the weldnuts and this is a must, especially if you live in the North. I spent time cleaning them and sprayed some oil in them and then ran a bolt in each nut to make sure the bolts would go in easily when I started the final ass'y. I used a floor jack to hold the hitch in place while I put in the four side bolts. I then pulled it out and installed the center bolts. I didn't tighten the bolts until I had all 6 in place. The product looks great on the SUV, it's tucked under the bumper so all you see is the receiver for the ball & drawbar. 242765
by: Harold M.04/27/2011
Fast delivery and easy installation...Perfect fit with all the necessary hardware. Very easy to do business with....Thank you...H. 12468
This hitch receiver was so easy to install on my Equinox. It took less than 20 mins. Would definitely recommend this product. Fast shipping. I have absolutely no complaints. I would definitely buy from etrailer.com again. 130725
by: Berny D.07/08/2011
I searched the internet and found a great place (etrailer.com) to order a vehicle hitch, with respect to Service, Delivery and Value. All of the staff at etrailer far exceeded my highest expectations in all respects. On Thursday afternoon (June 30, 2011) I placed my order, with a 3 day holiday in between (July 4th/Independence Day) and received the Hitch & Wiring Kit on Tuesday July 5, 2011...5days!... How can you beat that!...Pictures may follow! Etrailer.com has a video (on line) to assist you with the installation of every hitch and wiring kit...this company has their act together! The follow up after the sale is also great! Thanks!...etrailer... A happy customer!...Berny D. 18935
by: Melissa T04/21/2014
Drawtite receiver was received quickly, fits nicely, fairly easy to install, looks fantastic, and put to use the next day. So far it is great! 126326
by: Eddie E03/31/2015
Great hitch had to spring just about a 1/2 in a wee bit too wide or I would have given excellent rating. Everything else super 182049
by: Randy Weber06/01/2016
Very pleased with the Drawtite hitch and alternate wiring harness I ordered for our 2011 Equinox. The hitch install took less than fifty minutes and I was pleased that everything lined up and bolted together with no difficulties. The wiring harness installed in less than 10 minutes. Reviewing the Video's on your web site were a huge help when it came to the wire harness. By ordering everything from your company saved us 400.00 from a dealer install. 255488
Great Deal I ordered this receiver on the 9th and it was here on the 12th. Free shipping(and fast). Didn't get home from work until 8:30pm and had the hitch installed by 9:15. Looks great and of course a good name in hitches. Super easy to install by yourself. Came with the pin. Have yet to install the wiring harness, but I primarily purchased this for transporting bicycles and using other receiver type accessories. Having large metric tools will help with the install, but not absolutely necessary, a 3/4" socket with a 1/2" drive will work well. I only wish I had this option for my last car years ago. Thanks!!!! 5424
by: Quince V.02/24/2013
I purchased this hitch receiver for a 2013 GMC Terrain. Installation is very simple but the included thread wire is short. It is 24 inches from the bumper frame opening to the bumper bolt location. There are 2 openings much closer but the hardware is too big to fit through them. Have a piece of bailing wire (some what rigid) handy and this is easily remedied. The fascia cover needs to be removed as with the Equinox but it cannot be replaced after installation. It took me 20 minutes on my back in the cold and looks like a factory installed part. Excellent fit and application, perfect for a do it yourselfer. 67618
by: Ron B.12/09/2014
I haven't installed it yet, service was great !! 163937
by: River Rat Canoe Trailer05/25/2013
Installation was a Breeze, no help, completed myself. Product ultra durable, easy to install, looks great. Pleased with how everything lined up well. Pull wire to feed block and bolt through bumper frame needs to be 6" longer. Only complaint. Used a coat hanger to add length. Would recommend if you want a hitch...and don't want to get ripped off at a dealer. 81957
by: Andrew D08/09/2011
Nice hitch and seems easy to put on ('07 Pontiac Torrent). A warning though - those nice holes in the frame w/ welded nuts can get pretty rusted in 3-4 years. I've been working on cleaning them out for over a week now. And the hitch doesn't come with the tube brush that is used in the instructions (not that it would help - I've ruined 4 brushes already). I'd recommend buying the proper bolt and testing out the threads on the frame before purchase. Otherwise, the hitch fits nicely and was received very shortly after purchase. 21460
by: Suzanne H.07/04/2011
Trailer hitch fit perfectly. Arrived promptly and in good condition. Bolts were wrong for my 05 Vue, though. Hitch came with 1/2" bolts, welded nuts on car were 7/16". Instruction illustrations were accurate, written directions could have pointed out a key step -- to make sure washer and carriage bolt were fished through the bumper separately -- the washer wouldn't go through if the bolt was already inside. Clearly shown in the pic, but not described in written directions. Otherwise, smooth sailing. 18483
by: Gerry W.04/02/2011
I shopped 4 sites for the best value on this hitch and the wiring kit for my 2011 Equinox. eTrailer had the best price and free shipping, and I learned soon after ordering that they provide EXCELLENT service. The hitch arrived so fast I hadn't gotten motivated enough yet to get down under the vehicle to install it, but when I did, the installation (hitch and wiring kit) was easy and quick thanks to the very clear instructions provided. I'm very happy to have done business with eTrailer. 10954
I've used etrailer a few times in the past. This is a first rate company and I would recommend this company to anyone. Always quick shipping/and top quality parts. This review is for the DrawTite hitch and wire harness for the 2014 GMC Terrain. Hitch fits perfect just like factory and the wire harness plugs in to available harness. Took 30 seconds to hook the wiring up, and about 30 mins to install and torque the hitch. Great product, Great company. 150336
by: Charley M.06/24/2016
Received package sooner than I expected, which was great! It had all the items required for fast easy installation, and after seeing a you tube video on this, it took about 10 minutes to complete. Everything fit perfectly. Super happy with this product! 264538
by: Dan L.09/11/2007
Can't install per directions A nice hitch that fit into place fine, but it is impossible to install per the provided directions and the pull wire provided. The pull wire was too short and too flimsy to even feed the heavy bolt - resulting in the bolt getting lost inside the bumper. This was frustrating to say the least. I was able to complete the job using an electrician's fish tape. The electrical hookup was easy, but the hitch was a real pain! 398
by: Darrell M.09/30/2011
The hitch arrived on time. Instillation was a little more difficult than I expected. Probably because I was working on the ground and not from a lift and I'm old. It just took a little longer. Electrical connections required more body panel removal than I'm use to, but other than that all went well. It looks good on the car and my boat is very happy. I'll recommend you to all of my friends......both of them. 24928
by: Erik V.05/15/2014
Hitch installed perfectly! No issues what so ever. I don't know who invented the wiring harness but they are a genius! I've never wired up a car so easily. It literally took me maybe 10 minutes start to finish. 130873
by: John V.08/29/2011
I first ordered a drawtite trailer hitch for my 2004 Saturn Vue, so that I could install a hitch mounted bike carrier. I received the hitch the next day by UPS! It fits perfect using the existing holes in the vehicle frame. The only problem I encountered were the corroded threaded holes on my frame. I had to use a 12mm thread tap to clean out 7 years of rust. After that it bolted up perfectly! 23031
by: Don M.05/03/2015
Video was not accurite for 2012 Terrain. Brackets were as shown in picture on sides shown. Also written directions say that all bolts are 1/2 inch. Video says ,correctly , that bolts in frame are 12mm. My Terrain has nuts already welded in frame for all six bolt locations. Had to buy 12mm tap to clean out holes. After figuring out the bolt size mix -up things went smoothly. 189529
by: Ron Parrott05/13/2014
The product was delivered on time- the items(hitch & wire harness) and instructions were excellent and installation was simple and straight forward. The only issue we had was badly corroded threaded holes on the side of the the frame of this 2012 Equinox. Thread chasing corrected issue all four holes. The installation video was quite helpful. Congratulations on a job very well done!! 130413
by: Tony G.10/12/2011
Installed hitch & wiring in just over an hour!! Very easy installation & video was great help with wiring install. Shipping was very fast also! Ordered on a Friday & hitch was here on Monday morning!! I am very pleased with the service from etrailer.com. This is second hitch I have purchased from them; & delivery & installation on both were definitely more than to my satisfaction!! 25485
by: Lawrence V02/05/2012
On the 2011 Equinox you do not have to fish any nuts or washers the nuts are all welded on the inside of the frame. if you are working alone get some blocking or a small jack to hold the hitch in place wwhile you thread all the bolts loosley, after they are all in place tighten to the specificationsprovide with the hitch. total install took 20 minutes everything fit perfectly . 31102
by: TERRENCE K01/19/2013
Product arrived very quickly and was exactly as advertised. Website video on installation was very helpful. Hitch went on very smoothly - only time consuming thing was cleaning out the existing car frame weld nuts (6 year old car). However having that done to insure the hitch bolts provided would thread into and tighten properly made the actual hitch install very smooth. 63552
by: Rick H.03/14/2012
Ordered on a Saturday, was notified of shipment (with upgraded status) on Sunday, arrived on Tuesday. Awesome shipping department! Took three hours to clean rust and corrosion from the weld nuts on the vehicle frame (NOT etrailer's fault). The hitch bolted up in about 20 mins, with no additional hands. Once again, great shipping, and equally awesome product. Thank you! 33832
by: Ron S.05/28/2014
This is the second hitch receiver I have purchased from etrailer. Ordering is simple. Delivery is quick. Great service. The only problem I have with this hitch is that the leader designed to pull the blots through the car frame are is too short. I had to fabricate an extension cable just to be able to reach the bolt holes. Otherwise, this is a great product. 132927
by: Darlene l.07/23/2011
The videos were great in helping us to install the hitch. However, the bolts that were sent with the product were too long and had to be replaced to get the hitch put on securely. The box the unit came in was also destroyed in shipping. The product was not damaged but could have been easily. Overall, the hitch looks great and works, I would purchase it again. 20075
by: Bill R.08/05/2012
Like the hitch real well, only had one problem with installation, my 2012 Chevy Equinox does not come with welded in nuts for the bracket directly above the hitch, the mounting hardware comes with the bolts and washers for this and a wire to feed it down the tube to put it in place but the wire is not long enough so I had to add more wire to get it in place. 50583
by: Anna H.09/06/2011
Extremely quick service. Ordered on Tuesday and it was delivered on Thursday. A friend just put it on my vehicle today and said it took him only about 30 minutes from start to finish, so now I'm good to go on mounting a bike rack to transport my bike to the south for the winter. Great company to deal with and would definitely purchase from them again. 23630
by: Dave R.06/02/2016
Trailer hitch arrived in a few days and fit my vehicle perfectly. The only trouble I had was cleaning the rust from the nuts on my vehicle. After cleaning the rust, the installation was a breeze. YouTube videos provide clear direction and are worth the ten minutes to watch. Hitch is now installed and works perfectly in carrying my bike rack and 3 bikes 256021
Hitch itself was awesome! And I love the videos on website that show you how to install it for every type of car. Only thing I would ask is that you make the fish wire piece for pulling bolt through bumper a little bit longer as mine was well short. I had to fashion my own piece which took some time but other than that great product and great company. 137942
by: Mat C - CA01/02/2015
From start to finish this was by far one of the best shopping experiences. The site was easy to navigate, prices were great and delivery was fast and hassle free and I got my order the day after Christmas (ordered on December 23rd) my order arrived with clear instructions and all necessary hardware. I would highly recommend ordering from etrailer. 167562
by: Mary T.08/25/2016
Purchased the trailer hitch for our 2013 Terrain and it went on like a charm. Instructions were very CLEAR and easy to follow. Even attaching the light wiring was far easier than I anticipated. We liked it so much that we have gotten rid of our old bike carrier and purchased a hitch mounted bike carrier from you. It also fits perfectly. 287479
by: Mary F10/12/2015
The supplied wire was not long enough to reach the end of channel. My husband is a tool & die maker so extended the wire and then it hung up. Also the backer plates would only go in one way because the square was not cut in the exact center. Way more than 40'minutes to install. Took about two hours, not sure we would ever try that again. 229803
quality is excellent however it's not really a one man easy installation. The fishtails that where included should be longer and have a little more strength to come in from the end of the frame rail. Had to resort to expandable foam to hold the carriage bolts in place until the wife could get the nuts started. After that it was easy. 200282
by: Kris H.05/12/2014
Your site was great, easy to navigate, and user friendly. The hitch I ordered installed exactly as directed by your video posted. The shipping was fast. I ordered my hitch and received 2 days later. I couldn't be happier with the purchase. I will being using and recommending your site in the future! I rate the experience a 10/10! 130102
by: Jose M.07/12/2012
The product was shipped so quickly, arrived on time, the box was broken but no damage was found, it was very easy to assemble, it took me about 30 minutes to install it, I did alone, I recommed to have somebody else to help, would be easier. The quality of the componentes is very good, I am very satisfied with this purchase. 47620
by: Clarence Boesenberg01/26/2012
Received hitch for 2012 Equanox in just a few days. I am 85 years old. I used 4 by4s to block hitch up until it was about in place.then used shims until outside holes lined up. I put 1 bolt on each side then put bolts in bumper,put in rest of bolts tightend them and had job done in about an hour. Good product.Good service 30411
by: Charlie T of Iowa03/17/2011
Talk about an easy install. Both the hitch and the wiring to about 20 minutes and most of that time was gathering up the few tools I needed. It was a 1 person job for sure and it couldn't be simpler. If you can't install one of these hitches and wiring, you probably shouldn't check your own tire pressure either. 9563
by: Les Smith04/01/2011
Excellent service-Arrived on time World class communication! -Installed easily on our Equinox-No need for a lift-Saved the need to pay for installation-This is my second hitch from E Trailer and will use it primarily to tow my boat.I also I also purchased the wiring harness and had no problem installing it, 10918
Great order procesing and very fast shipping . They keep me informed from the very start to the end. I really liked that they had a video of the instalation of my hitch. It was so easy to install you would have to be helpless to install this hitch. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS PRODUCT AND etrailer. 12491
by: Bob C.03/27/2015
Hitch was exactly as described. Fit was excellent. I installed it without help so it took a little longer than the 40 minutes expected time. Had I another person to help it would have taken considerably less than 40 minutes. As an additional comment, shipping was very quick and professional. 181220
by: Brian W.04/24/2011
eTrailer shipped the Draw-Tite hitch right away and I received it within the week. The installation video was great and accurate...it only took about 15-20 minutes for me to install the hitch on my Chevy Equinox. Everything went "without a hitch" and I am no longer without a hitch! 12291
by: Guy Smyth10/06/2012
I WAS SUPRISED HOW EASY IT installed, time was about 40 to 45 minutes a friend stopped by and now he is going to purchase one for his escape fron etrailer Thanks again Guy 56533
by: Derek N.07/05/2016
Very easy to install, especially on my 2011 GMC Terrain as all the bolts corresponded to pre-fabricated holes on the vehicle. Cleaning out the holes took longer than than actual install but once I had them cleaned out it took maybe 15min tops to have my hitch installed. 268206
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