Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Nissan Altima 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.
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.
At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.
Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today on this 2013 Nissan Altima, we're going to install part number 24796. This is a Draw-Tite Class 1 inch and a quarter receiver hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the Altima. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 10 1/4 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 6 3/4 inches. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.
First thing we need to do, is go ahead and open up the trunk. We need to remove the floor coverings to get down to the body work underneath. In this case, we can just go ahead and take the floor panel and just push it up out of the way. The reason why I have to do this, we're going to actually end up drilling two holes from the bottom to the top and these stiffener plates will be installed here eventually. Our next step is go ahead and remove the mufflers.
This joint right here, we'll go ahead and loosen up the clamp and then let's go ahead and spread the muffler apart here and then release it from the rubber hangers on top. This is the passenger side, we'll do the same thing on our driver's side. We're using a 15 millimeter socket on this nut. To give us some extra flexibility, we're going to actually loosen up the exhaust right here, these two bolts. We'll go ahead and remove these guys so we can move it back and forth a little bit easier. I'm just using a 12 millimeter socket.
Now I'm going to add a strap just to keep the exhaust from falling down any more than it needs to, because we just need side to side movement. Now let's take our exhaust and slide it towards the back, it comes right off. Let's go ahead and work on our driver's side now. One other thing too, the older the vehicle gets, probably be a good idea to spray this down with some kind of penetrant as well to help the removal of the two pieces. Sometimes it's pretty stubborn. Use a soft mallet and you can slide it that way and help knock it off as well.
Now on the heat shield, we need to go ahead and push it this way, we're still on the driver's side, to give us room to install the hitch. This is pretty easy to move, just try to make a gentle curve out of it if possible and then we have room to install our hitch in this area here. When we're done, this will get pushed back in position. This is our driver's side, we'll do the same thing on our passenger side. Now with an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put the hitch up in position and then we'll go ahead and use some spray paint, we'll spray paint the holes that we need to drill out. Then we can go ahead and take the hitch down and then drill out our holes. When we put it up there, we want to pull all the way back towards the bumper. Now I like to drill out a small pilot hole first, like about an eighth of an inch or so and then we'll go ahead and make our holes bigger from the top down. Let's take our stiffener plate one more time and line it up with our holes just to double check ourselves and see if we need to make any adjustments. Once we're satisfied with the placement of our pilot holes, we'll go ahead and drill them out to their final hole size. Now we want to drill out to our final hole size, 7/16ths. You can also drill it out one size over if you need some extra wiggle room to install the bolts and to line up with the hitch underneath as well. We'll go ahead and clean up our shavings here before we work on the other side. Now we'll go ahead and get our hole ready to install our hardware. What we're going to do, we'll go ahead and add some gasket maker to seal up the holes in the trunk. We'll be using part number LT37467. Let's go ahead and just put a bead around it. I like to stay away from the hole itself, so the bolt stays clean when we put it into place. Let's go ahead and take our carriage bolts, put them into place. These are 7/16th bolts, they're from the kit. These are the bolts that come with the kit. We'll ease them into place. If you can, put some heavy object on top of them to hold them in place when we put the hitch up. I'm just putting a piece of plywood on top of it and maybe something else to hold them down. Once again, with an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put the hitch up. We'll line the bolts with the hitch and push it in position, then we'll install the lock washers and nuts. One little trick, it's a little bit of a tight fit to get up in there, so what you can do is actually put a piece of paper in the end of a socket, use an 11/16th socket and put your nut on top of that. Kind of gives it a little bit of springiness and a little bit more reach. Stack your washer onto that and then put it into the threads. It might help in that enclosed area. This is pretty much a tedious process here at this point, so it's a good idea to have maybe a small jack or something like that to help hold the hitch up while you install the hardware. At this point, with all our hardware loosely installed, we can go ahead and tighten down the bolts and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. At this point, we can go ahead and put the heat shields back into position and then we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Put some spray lubricant on the pipe right here to help it slide in and the rubber hanger and we'll put our exhaust back up. We'll go through the rubber hanger first, then back into the pipe. With it loosely attached, we'll go ahead and tighten down our clamps, reinstall our fasteners for the hanger in the center. Now we'll go ahead and take our strap off, then reinstall our floor covering on the trunk area and we're good to go. With that, that will finish it for our install of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver Class 1 inch and a quarter, part number 24796 on our 2013 Nissan Altima. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (34 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: Jim Frazee08/01/2014
Reasonably very priced! Easy to hook up balls, and hooking up chains on the 2 loops!!! We just caught a big small mouth bass with our old boat-----which we hooked up on the new car with our Draw-tight!! 144016
by: Gary R.05/07/2015
I ordered a trailer hitch for a 2012 Altima. The order arrived in a timely manner. I had the dealership install the hitch just to make sure I did not have any problems with the installation. I am not sure how long it took. I had them put sealant around the drilled holes and rubberized undercoating on the underside of the car to prevent rust that may otherwise occur in the future. The hitch seems to be a perfect fit for the vehicle. It is not nearly as obtrusive as I thought it would be. It actually isn't that visible. I am pleased with the look and would recommend this hitch to those looking for low profile 1 1/4" hitch. I would also add that the product was well painted and did not have any scratches as one would expect when order a new product. 191308
Product went on as described in the instructions. I had difficulty getting the muffler's off and ended up breaking the bolts that hold the two flanges together - so be prepared for this if the car has some miles and rust on it. Also broke the screw that holds the ground cable. In all, it took me about 3-4 hrs to install including a trip to the hardware store for new muffler bolts and good drill bit. It holds my bike rack very nicely and looking forward to towing some light loads with it! I will never look back at my trunk-mount bike rack again! Also, price was the best I found and shipping was speedy. 19317
by: Jim H05/30/2013
I normally reserve the highest ratings in any review for the truly exceptional. Etrailer was above my expectations on the order of this hitch for a 2011 Nissan Altima, an electrical harness and drawbar. The order went out the same day as my order and arrived a day before the promised date. Having the online video to watch before ordering gave me an idea of what to expect. There were no surprises. The hitch fit perfectly. 82577
by: Jim M.04/03/2012
This product is great! It was much easier to install than even the video made it appear. It took me about two hours only because I did not have the correct tools needed. I baught a 1400 pound pop-up camper and towed it 250 miles in the moutains of Arkansas and the hitch did just fine - no problems. Even the 2012 Nissan Altima I installed the hitch on pulled the camper with no prolems at speeds up to 80 mph. 36035
by: Mike M.06/26/2015
The hitch was fairly easy to install and very well made. I did it myself in one hour and 15 minutes start to finish. I used my floor jack to hold it in place once I got it where I wanted so drilling the holes in the right place would be easy. Now I can drive the car to the mt bike races in style and comfort and the bikes loaded on the Kuat bike hauler. On last thing: Shipping was really fast! 207363
by: Frank P.03/30/2012
Outstanding service. I called prior to ordering online, with a couple of questions. They were answered quicky. I then placed the order and it arrived sooner then expected. Etrailer is the only company I consider when buying hitches. The product is exactly what I expected. Etrailer is a pleasure to do business with. Fast delivery, best price and great technical knowledge, what else could I ask for. 35675
by: Art B08/20/2012
I found it a lot easier to hold the hitch in place, mark 1 hole, lower the hitch and then drill out the hole. Next I flipped the hitch upsidedown in the trunk and put in the 1 bolt, marked the rest of the holes with a center punch, removed the hitch, drilled the holes from the trunk side and then mounted the hitch from under the car. Worked easier than holding the hitch, marking it and drilling. 52385
by: Jim S.06/16/2009
Nice hitch. The hitch was shipped promptly. The only trouble with the installation was a problem with Nissan, not the hitch. You need to remove 5 fastners for the installation and all 5 threaded studs broke/sheared. I ended up drilling out the threaded studs on the muffler flanges and did not use OEM hardware again. 1995
had it installed this morning...looking forward to using it in a few weeks. Love that it hides well under the rear of the car and need to look for it. Pin holding the hitch on doesn't go through a hole in the pin..Don't like this..seems the pin could pop off if stressed versus going through a hole in the pin.... 203150
I received the hitch for my 2011 Nissan Altima and installed in a few hours. It looks great and I have already used my bike rack. I will be using the hitch for my cargo carrier in the fall. I worry that the carrier may drag if I go over a road with a recess in it but we will see. Overall I love the hitch. 146823
by: Mike M.03/23/2012
Perfect for my needs. Using for a Platform Bike Rack. Install was easy. Be sure to have Penetrating Oil for the bolts and juncture of the exhaust system that you will meed to take off. If your car has any miles or age on the clock, doing this will help. 34901
the hitch i ordered for my nissan altima worked really well, the only complaint i have is that i ordered wrong hitch and the ups shipping cost me 39.35 to send back. i think prepaid shipping labels could be used and deducted from credit. thanks 65446
This hitch looks and fits great on my 2010 Altima. The only trouble I had installing this was removing the mufflers, they had a little rust on them and were slow to come apart, after that it was smooth sailing. 41732
by: John H03/29/2011
Perfect fit and no problems whatsoever with the installation. Not my first Draw-Tite, and I will continue to come back both to the brand and to eTrailer as shipping and price are and have been the best. 10615
by: Denny S.01/27/2014
Although The 2 exhausts had to be dropped to access the sides of the tire well for mounting the unit went in cleanly and tucks up nicely with low visibility . All in all a nice unit. 114936
by: Duke S.03/24/2012
Cant say I liked the design of having to drill through the bottom of the trunk vs. normal frame mount, but it did fit well when done. Instructions were good, and good value at price. 35013
Love the hitch and hitch cover that was ordered. Great customer service with this company. Will definitely be spreading the word about this awesome company!!!! 116382
by: Travis H.04/09/2012
Excellent trailer hitch receiver. I received it right on time and the install wasn't difficult. The install youtube video was a great tool to have! 36630
by: Jack H.02/14/2015
Product was as described. Delivery was fast. This is the third product I have purchased from e trailer. Would gladly do business with them again. 174714
by: Bob U04/02/2011
Finally got a chance to install this. I installed it by myself with no problem. Great quality product and it fit on my Nissan Altima like a glove. 10953
very,very happy. great quality product,very professional,I would order again from you with out to think twice. Great instructional material. 123098
by: Kirt Greene02/21/2012
Easy Install and works great. Etrailer.com has been the best with shipping and customer service. Thanks Guys and Gals. 32093
I have purchase from etrailer before and as usual my order was priced right and delivered on time! Great Job! 62676
by: Jay W.12/23/2011
Shipped quickly and arrived as described. Provided instructions and video made installation quick and easy! 28609
by: Terry S,10/05/2012
Outstanding customer service, fast shipping and great instructions that made the installation easy. 56508
Great product. Fast shipping. Would buy from this company again. 36234
by: Derek R.08/23/2012
Excellent product - Service - shipping time - Price! 52707
by: Alex D12/18/2013
Great fit and finish, easy installation. 110279
by: Ken T.10/19/2011
Super fast shipping and a great product. 25816
Very fast shipping, great product! 179931
by: George J03/25/2013
Good item. 30 - 45 to install. 72175
by: Bill A.01/16/2012
Installed easily. 29764
Fit good 53236
Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch
Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?
Info for this part was:
At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.