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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 2016 Dodge Journey we will be installing the Draw-tite Max Frame Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75648. Here is what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, it tucks up nicely underneath our vehicle, doesn't hang down an excessive amount. We have plenty of room around our spare tire here to lower it down without having to get a weird angle to when we put it back up. It is a nice feature. Some other ones sit above it a little bit, this one doesn't. This hitch has a nice gloss black powder coat finish that blends in nicely with our vehicle. It looks like it was there from the factory.
We have our industry standard class III 2 x 2 inch receiver opening here with a nice collar welded on the outside edge of it to give it a nice finished look and to give it some extra reinforcement for strength. We have our standard 5/8 inch hitch pin hole here. To the rear of that we have a J-pin stabilization device hole to take some of that annoying shake, play, and rattle out of the device that is inserted in the receiver. If you want to use a J-pin stabilization device, we have those for sell separately on our web site. We have our nice, round tubular safety chain loops right here below the receiver. They are easy to gain access to and they are a decent size so you shouldn't have any problems hooking up most safety chains to them. Off to the left here toward the driver's side, we have this bracket that is welded onto the frame of the hitch which we can use to secure any wiring that we may have such as a four-pole flat or a seven way RV connector tube to hook up our lighting for our trailer onto it. This hitch has a 400 pound max gross tongue weight rating and a 4,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating. It does support the use of weight distribution, but those numbers stay the same.
They do not increase at all. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you might need such as a ball mount bike rack or cargo carrier. You are looking at about three inches from the center of the pitch pin hole to the rear most point on the back bumper. You are also looking about 15 inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening on the hitch. Installation All right, we are fortunate. We do not need to lower our spare tire in order to begin our installation, but we do need to lower our exhaust here. There's two mufflers on either side of the vehicle.
On our passenger side there is a ground strap belt just clipped onto the exhaust hanger. Just grab it, un-clip it, set it out of the way. That done, we need to put a strap in this porter exhaust. We will take a cam buckle strap here, go around the sway bar link on the driver's side, come over to the passenger side, do the same thing. Make sure our strap has a little bit of slack in it to catch our exhaust. We have two exhaust hangers on both mufflers. Spray some lubricant on them, help them slide off easier.
Repeat the process on the other muffler. Okay, now that we have of our hangers sprayed with some lubricant, take a pry bar here and work our hangers off our muffler. Okay there is one, got three more to go. Now on our driver's side of our vehicle, there is a wiring harness here that is clipped onto our bumper support. Let's pop this down so it is out of the way. All right, that will give us room to work. Now we have two of these handle nuts. These are going to go into our frame rail for our forward most attaching hole. Put a slight bend in them like this. There is our access hole, slide the handle nut through there til it sits over this hole right here and do the same on the other side. Now I have a fish wire, carriage bolt, and spacer plate. We are on the passenger side right now. This is our access hole and our bumper support beam right here that our carriage bolt is going to come through. We will stick our fish wire through there and it will come out our bumper support right there. We will put our spacer point onto the fish wire, stick it inside the bumper support, thread our carriage bolt on, pull it on down through. We will do the same on the other side. Now for our hitch on the ground, facing the direction it is going to be installed on the vehicle, we will install two of our wedge plates. For our rear access hole here, our wedge plate is thicker on one end and thinner on the other. The thick end will go on the top part right here. Underneath that on the bottom, the thin part will go towards the rear. We are going to tape these in position before I raise the hitch up. That way we don't have to worry about getting it in place while we are trying to install the hitch. We will just wrap it on, make sure they aren't going to fall off. Tuck our tape in, and repeat the same process for the same hole, but on the other side of the hitch. Now we will prep our hardware for the forward mounting bolts that will go into the handle nuts we installed in the frame rail already. We have two hatch bolts, two conical tooth washers. We will place the washer onto the bolt with the teeth facing away from the bolt head, going towards the hitch. Once we have these ready, we can grab a second set of hands and get the hitch into position, and loosely install it with these. We will raise our hitch up over our exhaust, slide our bolts on down to the wedge plates in the bolt hole. There it goes. Okay good. Now we will take our conical tooth washer, again, teeth towards the hitch, and our nut. Do the same on the other side. With all of our hardware started we will tighten them down with a 3/4 inch socket. Repeat the same process on the other side. Now we will torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. The handle nuts do get a lower torque specification than the carriage bolts so make sure you pay attention to that. All right, now that all of our hardware is torqued down to specifications, we can raise our exhaust back up into position. We will make sure we install one hanger at a time on one side. That way the exhaust is level. All right, do the same on the other side. Okay, with all four of our exhaust hangers on, make sure we put our ground strap back on the passenger side. Now we can safely remove our support strap. That completes our installation of the Draw-tite Max Frame Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75648, on our 2016 Dodge Journey. Etrailer.com expert service, fast shipping, lowest prices .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (56 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: Javier C03/09/2015
Outstanding!!!... and i mean outstanding customer service and fast 3 day delivery included in price. Trailer hitch fit my 2015 dodge journey perfectly. On top of all this, there is a step by step instructional video on how to install the hitch. By far, one of the best online purchase experiences ever. I recommend etrailer.com 110%!!!! Simply outstanding, professional and thorough service! 177604
by: Miguel Cuadrado09/12/2016
I am very pleased with the hitch. Along with the hitch, I ordered the ball mount and the wiring harness. Delivery was on point. I was going to have my mechanic install the hitch, but after watching your video a few times, I decided to tackle the job myself. It did take me about three hours to complete the installation. Of course in your video, it's all done with a lift which I didn't have. Followed the video and the installation came out great. Great product and video to referred to when needed. 293786
by: JAY MALONEY09/27/2016
WOW HITCH WENT ON EASY VIEDO WAS SPOT ON !! CAME TO ME 1 DAY EARLIER THEN STATED PACKED WELL STURDY MATERIAL AWESOME AND ONE OF THE BEST HITCHES I HAVE INSTALLED IN YEARS PICTURES SHOWS HITCH ON 2016 JOURNEY AND OTHER PHOTO SHOW WIREING UP THE TRAILER LIGHTS THANK YOU FOR GREAT COMSTRER SERVICE AND QUICK REPLY WITH QUESTIONS I HAD REGUARDING THIS INSTALATION 300517
by: A Freeman05/20/2013
The product was shipped in 3 days. I had very little trouble with the install because the instructions were very simple. Make sure to get lube for the bands holding the exhaust, the hardest part for me was getting those bands off. The only minor "issue" would be that the instructions included 4 washers and only 2 came with the package. All in all you can not beat the price. I have a friend with a similar vehicle get the same products (Frame Hitch and wiring) installed by a trailer dealer and they were charged $500. My cost was some of my personal time and cost under $200. Would highly recommend and this is coming from a guy who is not all that handy with tools. 80992
by: Scott c01/21/2014
Excellent service, fast shipping. 114425
by: Doug L02/17/2014
Very easy to install. Fit is perfect . Looks great. Thanks. 116746
by: Rick K.11/04/2016
Good hitch not to bad to install took me and the wife about 3 hours to install the hitch and wiring for the trailer lights. ETrailer was very fast on shipping I ordered on Thursday and it was here the next day 313785
by: Emily G.07/27/2016
We order a lot of hitches through Etrailer for the business that we own. The have been amazing! We get great products at fair prices. They always ship super fast and if there is any delay they let us know by phone/email right away and give us other options to get a product quicker. They have a great selection and I most of all love their easy to use guide to how long install usually takes and if it requires drilling. It is a quick reference to choose between all of the options for hitches they have. 276700
by: Douglas M.10/16/2016
Very nice hitch setup for the Journey. Recessed enough to prevent shin knocks when walking around the vehicle. I chose the hitch for this very reason and was happy that it sits under the rear fascia without sticking out. Looks factory. Instructions were well written and install went without issues. I spent more time dealing with unhooking the dual mufflers than bolting this unit up and torquing it down. The product videos closely reflect the work involved in installing one of these. 307619
The hitch was more heavy duty and rugged than I expected. Took about an hour to install. All the hardware was there and everything lined up perfectly. The how to video for my make and model of vehicle really made installation easier. Differently would recommend e-trailers hitches. 173227
by: Mark A.09/09/2013
Hitch arrived for Dodge Journey very quickly and was the proper one for vehicle. Installation was more complicated than expected as you can't see past the mufflers to locate the position of the handle nuts. As an amateur, I spent a LOT of time trying to get the bolts into those nuts, by feel alone. Finally succeeded and the hitch looks great and no rattling with exhaust components. For their part, etrailer did an excellent job getting the right hitch and rapid delivery. 99017
The draw tite trailer hitch arrived in two days and in great shape. The installation only took 30 minutes and the video was very helpful. I knew exactly what to do when it arrived. I will definitely recommend etrailer to family and friends. 275509
by: Mike M. Norway,Mich.06/08/2012
Hitch was delivered very promply. Installation was very easy, I didn't even jack up the car or put it up on ramps. Wireing kit was very easy to install. Hitch and wireing kit had everything needed, I didn't have to purchase anything else. E-trailer also provides videos with step by step installation on what ever car or truck you are installing hitch on. I installed mine on a 2012 Dodge Journey. 43376
by: DAN W.06/07/2016
A VERY WELL BUILT, HEAVY DUTY, PRODUCT. EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. EASY TO ORDER, FAST SHIPPING AND VERY GOOD DETAILED INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. A CREDIT TO THE SOLID CONSTRUCTION...HITCH WAS A BIT HEAVIER THAN I EXPECTED..SO HAVE A HELPER NEAR BY TO LEND A HAND. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ANYONE! ALSO...PRICE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL! 258691
by: Sean C.01/06/2011
Draw tite The order shipped extremely quickly and my expectations of the whole experience were greatly exceeded. I could not be happier with my order and I look forward to towing and hauling a lot in the future with my new hitch. Thanks to etrailer I can get the hauling a little sooner because I got my shipment so quickly. 5077
by: carl payne04/08/2015
I must have gotten the wrong one for a 09 journey because the rear holes was off by a half a hole, so I had to remove it and take it to a shop and enlarge the rear holes in order for it fit other than the inconvence of that it was fine. Sorry I did not take pictures 183988
Product came sooner than expected. Mechanic that installed it said it was a good hitch and easy to install. Price was good. Saved me several hundred dollars as opposed to walking into a shop and have the whole thing done there. Good going etrailer!! 308651
The hitch came in on time and was fairly easy to put on. It takes a couple of hours if this is your first time and now that I've done it, I can most likely do it in a hours time. But we'll worth it in the long run! Will order again from etrailer. 211149
by: Jeff M06/19/2012
The hitch fit perfect and was easy to install. Only took 35min for the hitch once the exhaust was out of the way. Took an hour for the exhaust. The special tool would have helped. Hitch looks great under the vehicle. Would recommend this product. 44767
by: Bill B08/18/2013
Fits nicely and looks good. Looks like it should be there, not an aftermarket unit that looks out of place. Easy installation on Dodge Journey. Take the spare tire plastic ring down from the start to make it easier to drop the exhaust. 95685
by: Danny S.12/05/2011
Hitch arrived much earlier than expected and was easy to install. Looks great on my 2012 Dodge Journey and funtions as advertised. I definately recommend using some WD-40 to loosen the rubber grommets when lowering the muffler. 27735
by: Dana T.06/09/2011
The installation was very easy, which is not always the case when adding something to a vehicle. We have not towed anything yet, but it appears to be just what we need. Delivery, payment, and equipment have all been top-notch. 16616
I have purchased many hitches from E-Trailer and have NEVER been disappointed. The shipping is extremely fast and the orders are shipped usually the same day. I would definitely recommend anyone getting a hitch from them. 216423
Received the hitch in great condition! Husband installed it that afternoon. He was impressed with the ease of installation. So nice to deal with such a great company. 324741
by: Angela B01/20/2017
Easy to order. I placed the order on Monday and it was delivered by Thursday. ( free shipping). I have not had it installed yet but it looks pretty easy. 334014
by: Mike H.02/15/2017
Great product, received in like 3 days, perfect fit, great price, great video installation on your web site, can't say enough good things. Thanks 342273
by: Weston B04/16/2012
Great product, I would reccomend watching the video before installing yourself. I completed by myself in about an hour. Working great so far. 37329
by: Fred Dixon06/05/2012
Best group of people I've had dealings with for a long time. I would recomend ETRAILER to any and people needing a great quality hitch. 42892
Fit well and easy to install, all hardware was correct and appeared to be of good quality. I would recommend this product to others. 130400
by: peggy leftwich07/25/2012
just what we needed, and the shipping was free and it got here in 3 days..that was great. thanks for the upgrade we love it 49288
by: Joel paul05/04/2012
This fit like a glove. Easy to install with the Web video and they up graded my shipping free ill be back to buy again 39401
by: Patrick R.04/30/2015
Fast delivery, easy installation. I used the video on the etrailer web site and the hitch went on without a hitch!! 189058
by: Fred M.08/12/2014
The hitch kit worked and installed perfectly, the hitch actually showed up 2 days prior than I expected!!!! Thanks 146326
by: John W.08/15/2016
Great hitch. No one else had one to fit my new Journey including the dealer who told me that none were out yet. 283873
by: Advance Auto ISSP09/09/2016
Very quick shipping, customer was very pleased. Exact hitch they were looking for at a great price. 292674
Easy installation. The vidoes are a great resource! Going to buy a hitch for my dads truck now! 49920
by: Jeremy v.07/06/2012
I needed a hitch in a hurry, and it came faster than I expected and was excactly what I order 46951
by: Dan B.02/07/2012
Overall great experience. Great product, quick delivery, easy install and great support! 31257
It came when it they it would , Very nice looking trailer hitch . thank you ,Greg 69497
PRODUCT ARRIVED VERY QUICKLY, FREE SHIPPING WAS NICE. THE VIDEO IS A GREAT TOOL. 178888
Took some time to get it just right but it looks good and is very secure. 268922
by: bob christensen01/30/2017
After just receiving my 3 hitch from and as all ways pleased. 336919
Product fir like it should. Great service. Fast shipping. 83995
by: Gene B09/12/2016
Was well designed and fit perfectly. Very happy Customer. 293783
As promised, and easily installed as the video showed. 72348
by: John K06/06/2012
The arrived safely was well protected. Very satisfied. 43084
by: Erin L.05/30/2012
Thank goodness for the videos! This was so simple!! 42016
by: Stanley S.04/19/2014
Very fast shipping. Very pleased with the product. 125988
by: Mark Brown10/18/2011
Excellent product and relatively easy to install. 25717
by: Joe F07/16/2016
Looks easy to put on and very well built 272424
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