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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2013 GMC Terrain, well be installing the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87572. Here is what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 3 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 14 inches. Now lets go ahead and install our hitch.
Well need to remove this lower piece of your door here. To do this, well push in on this tabs right here. Now well go ahead and use a half inch nylon toothbrush and a little bit of spray lubricant to clean out our existing weld nuts. The half inch nylon toothbrush, its part number 814092. Now that weve cleaned out the existing weld nuts, its a good idea to take a bolt and make sure that it threads in easily.Here is the hardware that well be using to install our hitch.
Well go ahead and take our fish wire, taking the end thats got the coil on it, well fit it through the round hole here in the center of the bumper, and then pull it out the end. Well then fit our small square hole spacer block on of the end of the fish wire, followed by threading on the half inch carriage bolt. Well then pull the square hole spacer block and the carriage bolt, by gently pulling backwards on the fish wire, pulling the carriage bolt and spacer block into position. Once you have the carriage bolt pulled into position, go ahead and unthread the fish wire from it. Well go ahead and repeat the same process by the other center mounting location.Now for the large square hole spacer block and carriage bolts, well be using the reverse fish wire technique to install these in the vehicles frame.
Well go ahead and take our fish wire, slide the square hole spacer block over the coiled in, and then well thread our half inch carriage bolt on to that. Youll push the carriage bolt into the hole first, followed by putting in the square hole spacer block. Once both are in place, youll gently pull down, pulling the carriage bolt through the hole and the spacer block, and back out. Youll then unthread the fish wire. Well repeat this process over on the other side.Now its a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position.
You want to make sure that you dont push any of the carriage bolts back up into the frame or the bumper of the vehicle. Well go ahead and install the 12mm bolt and the conical tooth washer in each of the four existing weld nuts. Next well go ahead and take conical tooth washers and half inch hex nuts, and install them on the remaining four locations.Now that we have all the hardware installed, well go ahead and tighten it all down. Now that all the hardware has been tightened down, well go ahead and torque it to the manufacturers specification. That will do it for the installation of the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87572, on our 2013 GMC Terrain. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (67 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: Larry P01/21/2014
I installed the hitch on Friday . Took about 1 1/2 hour. No problems. My Equinox is a 2010 so it had the nuts already installed in the frame. It fit perfectly and I'm sure it will serve my purpose. 114353
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
by: Joe W.09/24/2013
This is an invaluable addition to our 2013 1LT Equinox. The Hidden Hitch receiver is a quality piece and reasonably easy to install. It is almost self explanatory, however the feed line provided is a great concept but did not work as designed without a bit of modification. The Hidden was a bit more but had two additional mounting points for a little more reassuring feeling. Picked up a plug n play harness and mount as well. If your Equinox did not come with the tow package I highly recommend etrailer and the Hidden Hitch. * Mine is the 2" version which makes my ball and mount from my old truck are compatible which saved some money* 101221
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: Aaron G.04/16/2014
I was very impressed with e-trailers willingness to exceed expectations. I placed my order late at night and within 7 hours I had received an email indicating my purchase had been shipped and the shipping method had been upgraded for free to cut the delivery time down a couple of days. The install was a little more difficult than what e-trailer had made it out to being. Not that it was any more complicated, but the wires they provide in order to fish the bolts through the bumper are inadequate and in my case would have been impossible to do. I ended up using my own fish tape to pull the bolts through. However once that was done, the install went extremely smooth. I am very happy with my purchase, and I would definitely recommend e-trailer to anyone looking to purchase from them. 125454
by: Mark H.07/17/2014
The quality of the hitch is very high and it's fit to my vehicle perfect with all installation holes a brackets lining up perfectly. I will stress the need to get an M12 tap and chase (re-tap) the weldnuts in the vehicle body. The vertical holes, because they do not hold dirt and water, required only brushing out. However, without tapping the horizon holes (2 on each side) the bolts were not going in. Temporary use coiled wires worked like a charm for installing blind bolts. Have a partner install nuts on the blind bolts while you steady the hitch. Installing at least bolt in the middle loose helps hold up the hitch. Start all bolts by hand before tightening any bolt/nut. Be sure to use a torque wrench...what your hand thinks is tight is a long way from the required bolt load. 141812
Hitch fit great and I installed as planned. Seems pretty heavy duty and well made and finished. Only a bit of it was poking out of the box after shipping but no damage. I am perhaps less happy with GM who changed the mounting holes / no welded nuts in my 2012 Equinox from what the drawing showed so I had to slide in bolts and plates from end of channel since hole was too small, so I had to add an extension to the fish wire but it worked ok. The hitch mounted up snugly enough against the frame and stayed in place while I got all the bolts to align and thread fortunately since its not light weight. I have not started hooking up the lighting kit yet - paper instructions are a bit confusing but believe the video will help me more. Thanks. 48231
by: Eric K.10/15/2012
Hitch fit perfectly, just as described. If your vehicle is more than a couple years old I would highly recommend professional installation though. Spent 5 hours with penetrating oil and a steel brush cleaning out the weld nuts on my vehicle. After that was complete the actual install was about 45 minutes. I'm sure the money spent on professional installation would have been well worth it with my situation. Excellent shipping speed and communication from etrailer, would definitely order from them again! 57264
Great product. Order was in with in 2 days Installed in about 1 hr. watch video before and very easy to install. 173360
by: Paul B.03/31/2011
I received the product as expected and on time. The nice thing about ordering through etrailer is there is never any guessing on your order status. Prompt emails and follow ups always let you know when your product will be shipped and if anything is on back order. I have had to contact etrailer customer service (because of an error I made) and dealing with Amanda was fantastic. There was no deep accented male named "Becky" answering the call. Amanda was very polite, educated in product knowledge and answered every question without making me feel like it was the dumbest thing she's heard. Thank you etrailer, Paul 10785
by: Walt O02/05/2012
This company is A1. The ordering process was simple, delivery was prompt, instructions were clear and concise, which made for easy installation of this hitch on my 2011 GMC Terrain. 31121
Hitch didn't fit the first time placing on 2011 Equinox, but after checking mounting brackets, I noticed one side was not at the same angle coming off main square channel. I had to tap with a sledge hammer and then fit perfectly..... also the hardware package did not have any fish wire included even thought it was required for the install... good thing I still had one from previous install! The packaging coming from etrailer (etrailer logo on box exterior) was not sufficient for shipment of this hitch. 51330
by: D. Magness09/18/2013
Overall I would rate the product excellent. However, the installation instructions were rather hard to follow. The online video did prove to be helpful. In the video they suggested attaching another length of wire in order to successfully be able to position two of the bolts. 1) pull wires of the proper length should be provided. 2) It would have been impossible to make the install with only two pull wires-four are needed. Thanks for the video. 100433
by: Adam L.06/20/2014
I purchased a trailer hitch and wiring kit for my fiancee's 2012 Chevy Equinox. Deliver came in about three days via UPS. I used the YouTube videos made by etrailer.com on how to install the hitch. Everything worked wonderfully. Install, direction and videos were easy to understand and easy to follow along with. Install took about an hour or so. I am very pleased with results and with etrailer.com. Great customer service. 136701
by: Joe P.07/27/2012
We bought the receiver hitch for the wifes 2012 Equinox, It came very quickly and me and my son installed it one evening. All the bolts needed were there, the holes lined up, and the bolt installation wires made my son think I was a genius. I don't think my wife has taken her bike and rack off since we installed the hitch. Thank you for a good product. Joe P 49606
by: Mike Sulin07/05/2012
The hitch came very quickly and the price was good. I have yet to use the hitch yet so I am unable to really rate the hitch, but the installtion instructions were pretty good other than the hitch came with more parts for the installtion on my vehicle than needed. Other than that all was pretty good and the hitch should work out fine........... 46781
by: Jason H03/22/2014
Incredibly easy install! Video was great for someone who has never done this before, clear instructions and a handy help video guide made this the easiest addition I have ever put on a vehicle! I will be saving this page and ordering from them in the future! I got it so fast it was great! This site is definitely a keeper! 121732
by: Dennis H.04/03/2015
Design appears to be of good quality and design. The video instructions were a great value as the written instruction came as an unreadable crumbled mess. The coiled "fish wire" was too short so make and attach an extra length of wire before you start. All went as planned and install time was roughly 40 minutes. 182753
by: Larry J.05/19/2012
The trailer hitch for my 2012 Chevy Equinox fit like a glove ( perfect ). Your on line video and your instructions that came with the hitch were very helpful with installing the hitch. It was very easy to install. I would suggest your web site to anyone. ( Great Job - etrailer.com ) Keep up the great work. 41002
by: Joseph Gelinas04/08/2012
Fast simple and easy to install. This is of excellent quality and super easy to install. If you are wondering about this product, wonder no more, just purchase it. Took me about 30 minutes to install. Don't pay the high price to a have professional do it, when you can do it yourself. Great job etrailer. Joe 36533
by: Wayne E12/01/2014
Pulled it out of the box and in less than an hour it was installed. I watched the video first to get an idea of what was in store. Fit just like the video said, the unit was exact fit so I had to use two bottle jacks to hold it instead of one and my arm. I would recommend this to any person. 162841
by: Dave B06/28/2012
Hidden 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: Floyd D.02/21/2013
Sold enough build quality, however the product was protruding through the box and was missing paint (chipped away) in many spots, also the wire for pulling the bolts through was almost a foot too short. The website was very useful and informative, but the product dropped the ball. 67276
Got this hitch for a luggage rack. Free shipping. Arrived within days (very impressive considering we were less than 2 weeks away from Christmas). No damage during shipping. It was so easy for my husband to install. We can't wait to use it on our trip home for the holidays!!! 166358
by: noah s03/21/2014
perfect fit took about 15 to 20 mins to install. it looks good! during the install i found that i had dirty mounting nuts no big deal i just used a tap to clean them out but that wasnt the hitch it was the vehicle overall im am very happy with the price and install time 121627
by: Joe W03/17/2011
This is my 2nd or 3rd order for hitches from etrailer. I never bother looking anywhere else online because I just love the customer service here. They emailed me the moment the package was delivered. The Hitch and plug and play wire harness were both installed in 1 hour FLAT! 9644
by: Joe G.05/24/2014
I successfully installed the hitch myself, but unfortunately did not watch a provided video which advised how to treat corrosion in the car's screw holes -- which slowed me up quite a bit. The end result was great and it certainly is the perfect hitch for my Saturn Vue. 132277
Works Great! The hitch installed easily and works as expected. It helps to have a second set of hands to help with the installation. It's built well and should hold up for a long time. Shipping was quick and etrailer.com has been great. Thanks for a great product! 5572
by: Captain V03/31/2013
This hitch and optional wire package was purchased as an aftermarket for our 2012 Equinox to allow us to haul our road bikes and small boat trailer. No problems with installation and it snugs up nicely under the rear of the vehicle. Time to hit the road.... 73474
Fits perfectly. The installation went smooth. The only minor issue is that the fish wires for the center bolts were about 6" short. I had to give the bolt and washer a little shove into the box frame and hope I could then find the end of the wire. 176315
Order my hitch on Sunday and got it on Wednesday. Put it on the same afternoon. Ordered it because it is better than the factory hitch, more support and it took about an hour to install. Couldn't have been easier and looks great. 52664
Etrailer is an excellent source of all products related to hitches and trailers! Great customer service, very quick delivery times and freindly folks to deal with over the phone. I'll be happy to recommend to others! 69229
by: John Z04/07/2015
Easy to install and directions were spot on with what I needed to do for end results success. the only issue I had was that the wire spring tool was too short to go from hole to end of bumper as shown in video. 183805
The products I recived from etrailer were exactly what I needed. I installed all the products myself thanks to the great videos on the website. I would have to say this is one best company ever delt with. 68673
by: Gerald D10/16/2014
This hitch is great.It installed very easily. I watched the video before I ordered the hitch which made it helpful. The video on the installation of the Curt factory light harness was spot on also. 156190
I just installed the trailer hitch on my wife's 2012 Equinox. Install took about 1 and 15 min and went just like the online video. Delivery to my door was only 3 days from purchase. Excellent! 54029
by: Michael Costello09/20/2012
The Hitch was quite simple to install and it fit perfectly. I ordered it on Monday, was delivered Wednesday and I installed it by myself on Thursday of the same week. Hard to match that ! 55279
by: Kim L.09/28/2012
I ordered the hidden hitch trailer hitch receiver on Sunday and it arrived yesterday (Thursday). Fast delivery! My husband had it installed on my 2013 Terrain in under 40 minutes. 56015
by: Scott L.05/27/2014
Great product...easy to install. However, the factory holes and threads were crusted up making installation a pain. Make sure you have a tap to clean threads if your vehicle is older. 132569
by: Cody D.03/12/2015
Hitch went on my 2010 Equinox super easy. I actually did it by myself no jacks and it went super smooth. Recieved my package withing two days. Would recomend etrailer for sure. 178074
by: Robert D.08/07/2011
Product arrived within 4 days of my initial order. Overall I am happy with the hitch but the install took 4 hours rather than the 40 minutes according to the video. 21266
by: Rich W.06/23/2014
The hitch we ordered was delivered quickly. The online video was alot of help. I installed it in about 1hour 20 mins. I would buy this product again. 137247
by: Ben F.06/06/2011
Clean install, excellent fit on a 2011 Equinox. Fastener hardware kit includes wire guides for bottom-access carriage bolt installation - nice touch. 16178
The trailor hitch for my Equinox was just right and lives up to its billing of a Hidden Hitch. Well built and painted black to blend in. Thanks 175051
by: Mark S.10/11/2013
I love this hitch. It came to me faster than expected and installed as directed. I will not hesitate to order from etrailer.com in the future. 103440
Easy to install on Equinox. No fishing for bolts, just mounts to the frame with welded nuts. Order was filled quickly, actually 3 days early. 44453
by: Kenny Griffin02/21/2012
Excellent It fit great, Only took me a hour to do with the lighting kit. this is my 2nd Hidden Hitch Both times work out great for me THX 32185
by: Phil C06/20/2013
Easy to install hitch. Make sure you have a jack and a rubber mallet available - it was a tight fit. No drilling required! 85364
by: John H.04/07/2011
Watch videos a couple times each, made it a easy install. Had hitch on & wired one hour by myself with aid of cycle jack 11290
by: Philip N.06/05/2012
Easy to find the right hitch for our vehicle. Arrived sooner than was expected and was easy to install. Perfect fit. 42811
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