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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.
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
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.
In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.
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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today in our 2017 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Max Frame Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76028. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see it's nice and tucked up underneath our bumper here, has a very clean look. This nice welded-on collar outside the receiver gives it a finished appearance and helps give it some more strength. Towards the front of our vehicle we have our industry standard 5/8 inch diameter hitch pin hole right here. Towards the rear we have a J pin stabilization device hole.
What a J pin stabilization device does is help take some of that annoying shake and play and rattle out of what's inserted into your receiver. We have our nice easy to use safety chain loops here. They're fairly large; you should be able to fit pretty much any size safety chain in, all the way around the perimeter of it if you need to. This hitch features a 675 pound max gross tongue weight rating and a 4,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating. It does offer the use of weight distribution, but the numbers stay the same. This hitch features a nice high-gloss black powder coat finish which will provide us many years of rust and corrosion free service and blends in nicely with the vehicle.
Gives it a nice finished look. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessories you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. You're looking at about 4 1/2 inches from the center of the 5/8 inch diameter hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper, and about 15 inches from the ground to the top of the class 3 2 inch receiver opening. Here's what our hitch comes with. We have the hitch itself and then our installation hardware right here. This hitch comes with 10 bolts; we'll only need 8 in order to install it.
Depending upon your application the center bolts right here, we'll either use 2 of these bolts here that will go into a weld nut. If you don't have a weld nut present on your vehicle we'll use 2 carriage bolts there with 1 of these small spacer blocks here. Those will drop down through the frame rail with these included pull wires. Then we'll secure it up with a conical tooth washer and then a nut. Now that we've gone over what's included, we'll show you how to get the hitch installed. Now up underneath our vehicle bottom section of our bumper, we have this door that's removable.
This will cover up where your factor hitch would be if your vehicle was equipped with one. You just push on these tabs here. There's 2 on the sides, 4 on the top, and we'll remove our door. We can set that aside. Now, if we we're to follow the center line of our bumper right here and go off to both sides of it, you'll find 2 small round holes. These round holes here are going to be where our bolts are going to come through to help secure the rear of our hitch. Take 1 of our pull wire here, start on the passenger side first, push it in the hole and we'll push it out the bumper support until it comes out. You can see our pull wire came through our bumper support there. Put on 1 of our small spacer blocks on the wire and we'll thread on a carriage bolt. Then we'll pull the end of the wire, our bolt comes out. We'll come right through this hole here, do the same for the driver's side. Now we're going to be doing what's called a reverse fish wire technique on this large hole. It's in both sides on our frame rails. Stick our large plate on our pull wire, thread on a carriage bolt. Push the carriage bolt up, stick the spacer plate up, pull our bolt down. We'll repeat the same process on our passenger side now. Now with an extra set of hands we can raise our hitch on up into position, making sure we don't push our carriage bolts up into the frame. We'll secure it with conical tooth washers, teeth facing towards the hitch. Then we'll thread on our nut and repeat the same process on the other side. Now we'll push up on our hitch a little bit and install our side hardware. It's a bolt and a conical tooth washer. We'll repeat the same process on the other side. With all of our side hardware in place we'll put our middle hardware in using our conical tooth washers and thread on a nut. Now we can tighten down all of our hardware. We'll repeat the same process on the other side. With all of our hardware tightened we can now torque it down to the amount specified in the instructions. I just want to point out for clarity that our carriage bolts get a different level of torque than the bolts that went directly into the weld nuts, so just make sure you pay attention to that. That completes our installation of the Draw-Tite Max Frame Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76028 on our 2017 Chevrolet Equinox.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (138 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.
I searched the internet to put a hitch on my 2016 Chevy Equinox and found an instructional video from eTrailer.com where they installed on my exact car. I decided to go with eTrailer.com because they answered all my questions and because of the video-I support businesses that go the extra mile with these videos. Shipping was quick and well tracked, however, the box was flimsy and the one end of the hitch had come out of the box side and the ball mount could have easily come out of that hole during shipping. If I were eTrailer.com I'd charge an extra couple of bucks for more sturdy boxes-people will still buy as eTrailer is a well-trusted brand and this would overcome a lot of the negative reviews you'll see on their site about this shipping issue in their own reviews :-) I installed the hitch by myself (definitely recommend help as two people holding it up to the frame makes attaching 100% easier) in about 45 minutes total (out of the box, read instructions, review video again and installation complete). All hardware went on with no issues. Great quality hitch! I also bought the lesser expensive wiring assembly because most recent equinox's come hitch ready with pre-wired assembly in the left side compartment-snap and done. Picked up a new trailer at Home Depot within days and drove 5 feet and the clacking was horrible. I had always had a welded hitch before buying a hitch that took a ball mount. I really thought something was wrong and when I searched the internet that night it turns out this is very common. However, all you need is some sort of hitch "silencing" device. The number of options will drive you mad but I went with the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch and it did the trick for much less than most of the other options. If I were eTrailer.com I'd have that as one of the RECOMMENDED add-ons and explanation why its super-worthy when customers are buying a hitch. Would have saved me the time and hassle of dealing with it later and the extra shipping charge for buying after the fact when I got free shipping for the other items the first time :-) All in all, I'm super, super happy with my hitch, wiring assembly, ball mount, ball mount locking pin and the hitch silencer. Buy with confidence from eTrailer.com Paul R., Syracuse, NY 287168
Short of installing it's self my son-in-law and I installed this hitch for my 13 Chevy Equinox in just under an hour. The only tuff spot was the two bolts below the license plate on the frame. My compliments to Hidden Hitch and Chevy. Thank You etrailer.com for the ease of purchase and fast delivery. The item was well packed. 68341
Great product..Watch the videos this site has provided and installation is simple.. Only hassle was existing weld nuts had some rust since my Equinox is a 2014. So prep older vehicles and you should be fine.. 295845
by: Bill H.10/01/2016
I installed this by myself yesterday right after I received it. I used a jack stand as a helper. Everything aligned perfect. Biggest problem was installing the nuts and washers at the receiver. Not much room in there. Secured the washers in position with masking tape, then started the nuts on the bolts, removed tape before securing nuts. Overall, an easy install with no bad surprises. I replaced a full size pickup with this Equinox. Needed something to haul stuff like lumber, building supplies, appliances, etc. I will be towing a small 4x8 trailer to transport items that won't fit in my car. I could have got away with a lighter rated hitch, as my car is only rated to tow a maximum of 1500 pounds. but I like the extra mounts on the hitch. 302218
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
by: Gary E09/16/2012
Another great hitch from etrailer! This is the second Hidden Hitch brand hitch I have installed on 2 separate GM vehicles, this time for my 2012 Terrain. It installed just as easily as the video, in about a half hour. I chose this hitch over the Curt as it looked like this had a bit more structural support due to additional mounting point. It's very solid and looks very good on the Terrain, with only the receiver portion showing thru the rear bumper fascia. FYI, for those of you ordering this for a Terrain and need a harness, you may want to double-check to see if you have the factory connector, even though you may not have the factory towing package. I have an SLT-2 without towing package, but after checking the video on etrailer for the factory connection, sure enough, the connector was there and all I needed was the simple harness from etrailer meant for those vehicles withe the factory trailer package. 54826
by: Paul D11/02/2016
Great company to do business with. Web site easy to navigate, very informative. Can't say enough about all the great videos from choosing the right hitch to installing. Saved me a bunch of time. Went on easy using my motorcycle jack. I like the way the hitch sits high and out of site. Spend most time cleaning out the rusted threads on just a 2 year old car. Buy the wire brush if you don't have one. The wire harness was quick and easy. Sure beats the old days of finding wires and splicing into them. well worth the money. The hitch and harness was delivered in just a couple days. Will definitely be back as I rebuild my utility trailer. They have it all at great prices. Thank You etrailer.com ! 313117
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
by: Eric B.10/16/2016
Awesome heavy duty hitch! I read the numbers and noticed it could hold and tow more then the others, but the price was less. I received it fast with no extra shipping then the normal one they picked at check out, at the time I ordered it was free. I opened the box and it was really nice heavy duty tube frame. It went on like a dream. This is the second vehicle I have installed a hitch on, I ordered both through etrailer and both were great! Both are the Draw-Tite brand. I will not hesitate to buy again through etrailer or tell anyone looking for anything they sell to use them. I have been very happy with everything. It fits, it works, and its of high quality. 307599
by: Mark D.11/16/2016
Trailer hitch and wiring harness are great quality and easy to install. I had a big problem and it had nothing to do with the parts from eTrailer. My GMC Terrain is about 3 years old and the threads that were in the frame for the bolts were extremely corroded. Getting them clean enough to get the bolts all the in was about a four hour job. If I had a proper brush and known about this condition I could have installed it much quicker. So my advice for anyone installing a trailer hitch in a vehicle other than new is to get the brush eTrailer offers and some penetrating oil. The videos on the website are very helpful too. 316920
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: Paul M09/29/2016
Delivered promptly, in fine condition. Box was a bit torn, but that can't be helped considering the shape. I had heard horror stories about getting the bolts to come out of the square tube of the car, but using the supplied 'snake', the first one came through on the first try. Fought the second one for 2-3 minutes, but still was not much of a problem. The hitch fit perfectly on my 2017 Equinox, finished the install (2 people) in about 25 minutes. First use will to be to empty a storage unit no longer needed. After that primary use will be pulling a motorcycle. 301487
by: Joe D.10/06/2016
It was an extremely satisfying experience installing this hitch. The installation video on the product page was an excellent resource, and made putting this bad boy on my 2015 Terrain a breeze. I didn't have jack stands or anything, I just used my scissor jack to get the hitch into position and the rest was history. Did it solo in just over 2 hours, counting a ton of fussing around with the jack. If I had a second person to get the nuts on the carriage bolts while I held it in place, we would have been done in an hour or so. Etrailer is the best! 303931
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
by: Clarence A08/27/2016
Will be used for a cargo carrier. It fit perfectly. I started installing it alone with the car on 8" blocks. After two hours of cleaning the under cairrage, bolt hole threads, and getting one side hung with the first bolt the other side resting on an over turned bucket,I crawled out from under the car. Called a Grandson to come over for help, 45 min. after his arrival the hitch was on and the car was off the blocks. Stress having help in your instructions, if you are a "know it all old guy" doing the installing. 288294
by: Steve J.11/19/2016
We liked our 2014 GMC Terrain so much, we purchased a 2017 Terrain too. The e-hitch is for our 2017. The bolt holes and hardware bolted up fine, but you need to bend back the plastic bumper cover to get the hitch in place and push the hitch against the bumper cover to get some bolts to line up. The cover rubs against the hitch. Add a step bumper to the hitch so you can see the end of the car in the back up camera. The hitch and step bumper has saved our 2014 from rear end damage. Good part, great investment. 318065
New car required a choice of hitches for my bike rack. Since I had found a great hitch at etrailer.com before, I went back to them again. I was pleased that they had a hitch to fit my new Chevy Equinox and that the #1 seller was a Draw Tite hitch, same brand as I had on my old car. The only change I made was to get the Class III hitch to allow me more uses to choose from, other than bike racks. I was not disappointed, this hitch fits perfectly and should be able to make my life easier. 286505
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
by: Albert j08/03/2016
Hi George J I just installed the hitch on my 2016 chev equinox that I purchased from your company. everything went very smooth and all the parts were there. the wire to install the bolts worked excellent. what a great idea. tightened the bolts and nuts to the specs. provided. only one problem installation time shows 30 minutes. well being 70 years old it took me 30 minutes just to get up and down lol thanks Albert j (sorry no pictures do not know how to submit them) 279311
Fairly easy job. Didn't need to raise the car. The include pulling tools for the screws work very well. I suggest you watch the video. I placed the passenger end of the hitch up on a box about 8" high then worked the other end up around the exhaust on the drivers side and loosely installed a nut on the carrige bolt above the exhaust. Then went ot the passenger end, removed the box and continued with the intallation like in the video. 302784
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
by: Kevin F.09/19/2016
The box the hitch came in was questionable-both sides were exposed when delivered (needs better packaging). The hitch looks fine. The instructions need to be a little more clear and expanded. Explain the wires and how it works. Also on our 2015 Chevrolet Equinox there needs to be a better way to get the bolts to line up, the top bolt (on the vertical sections) is the worst to get started. After getting it installed it looks Good! 296273
by: Tony D.09/06/2016
Great product. Installation was a bit of a pain - not because of the product - but because of the corroded weld nuts that needed to be used. Would definitely recommend the wire brush to clean them out. Took me a very long time threading and un-threading as well as almost a whole can of WD-40. Should weld nuts have been clean, the installation would have been a piece of cake. Pulled our trailer without issue. Very satisfied! 291690
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
by: Chad H.09/09/2016
Great fit, easy install but it took me 1 1/2 hrs by myself. I did take my time and was installing the wiring harness at the same time. I would recommend buying it ! 292774
My car had pre drilled holes so it was a breeze to put this in. We used a transmission jack to hold it up in place and every thing went in very easy . 280641
by: Ricky Simmons09/24/2016
Hitched arrived in two days, UPS. The hardware was wrapped securely to the hitch. I fished the bolts and plates through myself without any trouble. The online video was priceless for instructions. I took it to my local shop for assistance as I don't have a garage or a lift. Instillation was simple and straight forward. I will use etrailer again. 299434
by: RICK W07/20/2016
THIS HITCH FIT PERFECT. CAME WITH ALL THE HARDWARE NEEDED TO INSTALL. HALF HOUR JOB ON A BAD DAY. THE PRICE CAN'T BE BEAT. DON'T FORGET THE WIRING HARNESS. CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR FACTORY WIRING HARNESS HAS A PLUG FOR THE HARNESS THAT FITS VEHICLES WITH THE FACTORY TOWING PACKAGE. MINE DID, SAVED MONEY AND TIME, JUST PLUGGED IT IN AND DONE. 274239
by: Ron P.08/07/2016
Great service-friendly,knowledgable on products and willing to assist with videos if needed. Anthony spent time reviewing my needs before placing my order. Product received within two days of order. Instructions easy to follow for installation of product. I have purchased products from E-Trailer previously and would recommend them to friends. 280967
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
by: Keith K.11/14/2016
Great product! Great price! Quick delivery! Your "EXCELLENT" video's made the difference of me buying your hitch, and wiring harness! 316647
by: Ken Cooper08/15/2016
I can't say enough great things. The price was great, the ordering was easy (Thanks Mark) and super friendly, and it was shipped and received super fast. The installation was a snap and the directions were clear. What more could I want? I used the hitch last weekend and it performed perfect. Thanks Mark and eTrailer! 284067
by: T. Davidson08/30/2016
received the Draw-tie receiver for my 2017 Terrain. Fast and good delivery. Hitch went on similar to your video installation. Good Heavy Duty product. Required a little push and pulling to line up all the threaded holes. I'm well pleased with the final results. Your E-trailer site is easy and efficient. 289310
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: Charles L.11/26/2016
Hitch and wiring harness was fantastic! Everything worked and fit perfectly.Thank you etrailer!! 319861
by: Tom H.07/27/2015
I am the Service and Parts Director for a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Minnesota, and etrailer.com has always provided us with excellent customer service, timely deliveries, and the highest quality products. We will continue to use them in the future, and I would highly recommend them. 214646
by: Dave B06/28/2012
Hitch and T-One wiring package delivered quickly and installation was made by a local trailer shop. All the items were as described,etrailer.com's site is easy to use and very helpful if an individual decides to do his own installation. Very satisfied with the products and etrailer.com. 45951
by: Mike W09/21/2016
Just got the hitch for my Chevy Equinox delivered. Looks great, new and complete. After watching the install video for the hitch and wiring harness today I'll be doing the install this weekend. Looks straight forward and eager to get it on the vehicle. I'll add a pic when it's done. 297084
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: David A.11/30/2016
Purchased a trailer hitch for my 2016 Chevy Equinox. Very satisfied with the overall purchase from Etrailer.com. Arrived within four days. Installation was easy, took less than a half hour. Fit was excellent, no drilling required. Hats off to the design team. 321068
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
This is one sweet hitch. The customer service at etrailer is so awesome! Everyone is cool and answers all your questions. Have you seen their videos on installation? They are so cool and explain everything. Customer for life.....woo-hoo! 294893
Super fast shipping and excellent reviews/ product demo videos on etrailer's website. The draw tite hitch was built super strong- stronger than the curt I had on before Great price. Will Definitely buy from these guys again Thanks! 292947
by: Brian N09/07/2016
Great product, sturdy and provides substantial mounting points. Instructions are clear and the videos of the installation really help. Installed on 2015 GMC Terrain. etrailer kept me updated and follow up was good. I would buy from again! 292212
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
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