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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today in 2016 Chevrolet Equinox we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This offers the 2" X 2" opening, part number is 76028. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. You can see most of it is going to be hidden in behind our rear fascia. We've left our panel off, you can trim it, however, you will be removing the majority of the panel. So, whatever look you can go for there, you can certainly go for it.
It's a nice easily installation of the hitch. Once installed you're going to have a very adaptable 2" X 2" receiver tube opening. This works out great with ball mounts, bike racks, cargo carriers, any number of things there. See we've got our reinforcement collar here at the end, it's going to have the rounded off design. Pin holes here, you can see the large pin hole closer to the front of the vehicle, that's the one we're going to use to secure all of our items with. It's 5/8 of an inch in diameter, plenty of room on each side for any Class 3 accessory you might choose to put on there.
One of those is the J-Pin stabilization system, it's an anti-rattle system designed for use with this hitch and that's when you actually use this forward hole. That would be the only application that'll come into play. Never want to use that to secure any other items. We're going to have the rolled steel stock style safety chain connection point here, plenty of room there so whatever kind of hook you're going to be attaching, shouldn't be an issue there whatsoever to get that hooked up. When it comes to your tow ratings or it comes to weight ratings on the hitch, we've got a 675 pound tongue weight rating, so that's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening. We've got a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating.
It's going to be the total weight of our trailer and anything that we we're to load up. If we move into a weight distribution setup, those numbers are going to stay the same, 675 for our tongue weight, 4,500 pounds for the gross trailer weight rating and, of course, we will want to check our owner's manual on the Equinox. We're going to see what it's rated for and we'll go off whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now, a few measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting your ball mounts, bike racks or hitch cargo carrier. We'll be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening, we've got about 14-3/4". Then from the center of out hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 3-1/4".
The first thing we're going to do for installation is get our weld nuts cleaned out. We'll start here on the passenger side. We want to go outside of the frame rail. We'll have two weld nuts right here on the side, one right on top of the other one. You see we've got one in here and then just above it right there. We're going to use a little bit of spray lubricant. Get one of our nylon tube brushes, this is 814092, just going to make sure these are nice and clean. That way our bolts will thread easily. Now we can head over to the driver's side, we're going to have these two in the exact same location there. Now, we've also go the little panel that's right here that we're going to remove. There are two tabs on the outside corner and we kind of push up on. You see how those just kind of come down and out, just like that. Kind of pull down and out across the rear here. If you need to, you can push in on the tabs on the inside here, but most of the time they come out without any issue. Now, we're going to take our carriage bolt, it's going to be threaded onto our pull wire. We're going to take our large spacer block and also place that on. The bolt's just going to go up and into the frame, follow that with our spacer block. We'll pull it down just like that. This is going to provide for one of our lower attachment points here. We need to go over to the passenger side and we'll repeat that exact same process there. Now we're going to look right up underneath the center of the rear fascia and you'll see your rectangular shaped holes and your round holes. We'll use our same pull wire, we're going to go through our round hole and then all the way out to the end of our bumper there. Come out right here without much issue. Now what we need to do is take one of the smaller spacer blocks and that needs to go on the wire and then we'll thread on one of our carriage bolts. Slide the spacer on the end of the bumper, slide our bolt in and then just pull them right on over and that's going to give us one of our rear attachment points. We'll do the same thing for this hole right here closer to the driver's side and we'll be ready to put our hitch in. Now, we're going to get our hitch raised up into position. It's a really good idea to get an extra set of hands to kind of help you. You just guide that driver's side up over the exhaust first. You can see this middle section if we just try to push up it's going to hit that fascia so we'll tuck it up behind. Then we just want to be careful not to push our carriage bolts that we've got installed up inside the frame. Then we're going to take our black bolts, we're going to push the conical tooth washer on those, we want the teeth of that washer to face in towards our hitch. Then those weld nuts on the side are a great spot to get a bolt started. Once we've got that started we're just going to let the hitch rest on that bolt. That will help us get the rest of our bolts into position. Just like before, we have our conical tooth washer that we're going to place up on the bolt. We'll use a hex nut. Now here at our center attachment points, we're going to do the same thing with the conical tooth washer, also one of our nuts. Kind of a tight squeeze to get your hand in there, but your fascia will come down enough. We have all our fasteners started, we just want to take a quick look to see that we've got our hitch centered here and then we'll start snugging those down. You can see you just kind of pull your fascia down to get to these. Now we want to look into our instructions and there we're going to find the torque specifications for our hardware. We'll go through and get everything torqued down properly. If you want this rear panel to go back on, you're going to have to trim it for our tabs to go back into their slots and to go back up here in the side. When you do trim it, however, you take out most of the material. We've decided and the customer also decided they really didn't want to trim the panel. This is just fine. Having this thing cut off, real long cut-outs all the way around, just doesn't look all that great on the back of the vehicle, but it is an option that you do have. With everything torqued to specification, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame custom fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number is 76028., on our 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.
Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (44 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: Mike N06/22/2016
Got my new Draw- tite hitch a few days after it was ordered for my new 2016 Equinox. Installation took about an hour a good part of that time was cleaning out the bolt holes on the car, it had some extra paint in the holes. I pull out my tap set and ran a tap thru all the hole with a little oil on it. This clean them right up and every thing lined up well. Torqued bolts down and installed the lighting harness which was also easy. All the videos and manual on Etrailer helped to get all the tools etc ready ahead of time to make it all go smooth. Very Happy Customer 263742
by: Dan H07/17/2016
Love the how-to-videos!! Great products, good prices, and fast shipping!! This is my second hitch I have ordered from them!! Tested it out pulling my four wheeler around town right after I put it on!! The wiring harness I got from them also worked great!! Installed on my 2016 Chevy Equinox! 273075
perfect fit. Install was a breeze, except for having to purchase a metric tap to clean out some of the threads on my equinox where the hitch mounted. Otherwise maybe a 30 minute job! Delivered within a week! Love e-trailer quick service! 265165
by: Ray F.07/06/2016
The hitch fit perfectly! I installed it myself on my 2012 Chevy Equinox. I plan to occasionally tow a small trailer and later ad a bike rack for my bicycle. 268596
Great shipping time. Placed my order Sunday and products arrived on Wednesday. Everything fits perfectly. Ordered the Class III hitch by DrawTight and a cargo basket to fit by Curt. Everything is exactly what I thought it would be. 271957
Once I got all of the corrosion/ rust cleaned out of the pre-threaded holes on the vehicle the the hitch bolted right up. Took me about 45 minutes total (by myself) for the installation. I would say had I had clean un-corroded/rusted holes to deal with, the installation could have easily been completed in 30 minutes or less. The hitch fits up nicely under the vehicle and is basically hidden away and unobtrusive. Watch the installation videos beforehand to get an idea of what to do, then... go for it! On our vehicle, the hitch will mainly be used for a bike rack. I would recommend this hitch to anyone looking for a quality hitch and ease of installation! 265847
I purchased this product and within a week it was shipped to my house. This install took a round 2 hours to complete and was fairly easy. One thing I would recommend is buying the 1/2 wire tube brush to clean out the threaded holes. I had to really clean mine out along with some WD-40. Then I threaded the holes before the install with the extra 2 bolts provided in the packaging. Other than that, this was a very simple ans straight forward process. I am very happy with my purchase and will most likely buy again from etrailer. 265458
Had a slight issue at first. Ordered one and it wasn't available. But etrailer customer service got me hooked up with another. I had it in 4 days times. Installed on a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox Took about an hour by myself to install 249319
Installed on 2016 Equinox and fits perfectly and looks great. Straight forward install (after reading all about it here online) and did it myself in about 45 minutes. Only odd thing was shipping took longer than anything else ever ordered - took five days. Usually their stuff gets here in like two. No biggie - saved money, able to have access now to both bike rack and rear cargo carrier and all under 100 bucks! Thanks 254018
by: Larry H.06/04/2016
I purchased a Blue Ox tow bar,baseplate and Patriot portable backing system along with all of the wiring to hook up my 2016 GMC Terrain to my motorhome. Everything arrived the next day in excellent shape. I had one of the wiring packages arrive without the mounting hardware but with one quick call it was taken care of and I had the pieces the next day . I definitely order from etr aileron again. 257060
by: TOM G06/24/2016
Item exactly as listed. The wiring harness information was very helpful. The video showed the tail lights coming off etc etc. and small helpful hint appeared and suggested looking for the connector from the factory in the spare tire compartment...dah dah!! it was there. Great video's. By the way, dealer wanted $329 for the parts and $229 to install. Etrailer got me on the road for less. Thanks Guys 264709
Product was delivered promptly and packed well. It was as described. What you didn't tell me was that the weld nuts on my wife's equinox were going to be so full of crud that I would have to go to advance and buy a tap and die set to clean them out before installing the hitch! What a pain that was. Hitch went right on after that though. 265455
by: Brian M07/13/2016
This is a great product with very easy installation. Came well packaged, had all the parts in the box, I really like the online installation video for this product. Installed product under 1 hour of time including doing the wiring harness which is another product purchased from etrailer.com Highly recommend this product and etrailer.com 271548
Excellent fit. It took less than an hour to install. All of the bolt holes were in perfect alignment. Used a hydraulic jack to do the lifting and a paint can to hold it in place while I bolted it in place. With a small notch for the receiver in the factory trim plate, it looks factory installed. 264180
by: Mike R.07/02/2016
Trailer Hitch Receiver came in a timely fashion! This is the 2nd time in the past 5-6 years that I have ordered through etrailer.com and I am again impressed with the ease of locating the correct products, ordering, prices, information and how quickly the products arrive. 267481
by: Paul Z06/06/2016
Hitch looks great installation went well another person is needed. The fish wires are a well needed item. Thanks to etrailer for working with me on fitting us with the right hitch. It will work great for hauling our bikes rack with our bikes. Thanks etrailer 258415
by: Justin K07/15/2016
Product is as described and looks great. Installation instructions provided with product were a little confusing for me, but the instructional video on the website was great and helped me with the install. I have not used the hitch yet, but the fit is perfect. 272133
by: Eric Martin06/01/2016
The bar works well enough. I just have a bike rack on it. It was easy enough to install, except trying to get my big hands above the bar to put the washers and nuts on. That is what took most of the time. Otherwise the install is straight forward. 255299
by: Anthony P.06/17/2016
Easy to install, looks great on vehicle because it is not visible - only connector shows. Great value for the price. I liked that the company stayed in touch with me regarding delay in order due to back log at manufacturer. 262077
by: Bere C06/26/2016
Product went right on as site said it would. Good clean quality hitch. The packaging was not the best . The brackets was sticking out of the box in four places, pait was chipped off . It needed extra packaging . 265140
by: Andy B07/06/2016
Couldn't be happier with the hitch and service from etrailer.com. The hitch is amazing, well built, and easily installed. Etrailer is an amazing place to get your trailer/towing needs. GREAT!!!!!!! 268753
by: jerry w07/16/2016
The hitch is built very good and it was very easy to install. Thanks laser.The installation tips are excellent thanks again would reccomend this product to anyone. 272709
by: Chris H.07/12/2016
The hitch was very well constructed and installed flawlessly. The prices are amazing and shipping was extremely fast. I will be going through etrailer for all my towing needs from now on. 270958
I recently bought a hitch from etrailer, I'm very happy with customer service, delivery time was great and I love the product.i would buy from etrailer again and recommend to anyone. 270858
Receiver hitch is already installed. The fit was perfect! Order was complete and promt. Instructional video on your website made thing simple. Thanks! Michael 271083
by: Bob R06/07/2016
Perfect fit and easy installation as always. I've purchased many times from etrailer and never dissapointed. Always my first and only source for trailer products. 258606
by: Bruce S06/21/2016
Really good customer service from Ashley. Our hitch was on back order and she kept me updated on the status of delivery. Great price on hitch with free shipping. 263233
by: Greg S.07/15/2016
Great Hitch! Went on in 30 minutes without lifting the vehicle!!! I wish everything I purchased worked as well as this hitch from E-Trailer. 272155
Customer service was great, Jennifer helped me every step of the way. I would order from etrailer again without hesitation. 269278
by: larry C.06/20/2016
As always when I buy something from E-trailer it is top shelf, fits like its supposed to and works like it should. 262697
by: Gordon S.07/07/2016
Great price,premium product and shipping went smoothly and also website is easy to navigate and very informative. 268847
Great product. Easy installation. Good pricing. Fast shipping. Will use etrailer.com again! 270925
Very easy to do took about a half hour with no prior knowledge of installing a hitch 271720
by: Omar s07/13/2016
Good product fit perfect to my equinox easy to essamble instructions easy to follow 271647
by: Chad L.07/12/2016
Product was as described and arrived super quick. No issues and a simple install! 270909
Very easy to install. Took less then an hour to install the hitch and the lights. 271301
little tough trying to install by yourself, other than that great product. 249812
Easy install on my 2016 Equinox took about an hour total. 255373
by: Jim Haggerty Sr07/17/2016
Great product. Fits perfectly. Very imp ressed! 272848
by: Brian S07/12/2016
Easy install. Great product. 270871
Outstanding product. 254670
Great fast service! 271972
by: Tim d06/30/2016
Great product 266808
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