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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness for the Factory Tow Package. This offers a seven way trailer connector. Part number is 118271. With our tester hooked up, let's go through our lights and make sure they're working properly. We've got our running lights signal there, left blinker, right blinker, brake. When we pull our wiring out of the box this is what we're going to have. We've got our connector right here.



Best 2016 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be taking a look at the best 3 hitch options available. Now up here starting from top to bottom, we're going to have part number 75528, and that's going to be our Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver. Next one down is going to the the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87435, and down here on the bottom with that square stock is going to be that Curt, part number 13424. The most significant difference is in our 3 hitches here, the top 2 are going to be pretty much identical and that bottom one is going to be a little bit different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch are going to have is it's going to have the J-pin stabilization hole, which is going to be the 1/2-inch hole that's right in front of the 5/8-inch pin hole that's going to be your stabilization device, as well as the mount for your 7-hole connector or whatever trailer wiring you decide to put on. The difference with the Curt is it's going to have that plate steel for the chain tie-down rather than your rolled steel like you have here for the chain tie-downs on the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Now, the next big difference between those Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch and the Curt is the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are going to have a 750-pound tongue weight rating. that's going to be maximum weight that you can place on the end of your receiver tube here, whereas the maximum that you can put on the Curt is going to be 500 pounds.



Best 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be taking a look at the best three hitch options available. Up here, starting from to bottom, we're going to have part number 75528. That's going to be your Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver. The next one down is going to be the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87435. Down here on the bottom with that square stock is going to be that CURT, part number 13424. The most significance differences in our three hitches here, the top two are going to be pretty much identical. That bottom one is going to be a little bit different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch are going to have, is it's going to have the J-pin stabilization hole, which is going to be that 1/2 inch hole that's right in front of that 5/8 inch pin hole that's going to be your stabilization device, as well as the mount for your seven hole connector or whatever trailer wiring you decide to put on. The difference with the CURT is it's going to have that plate steel for the chain tie-downs rather than your roll of steel like you have here for the chain tie-downs on the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Now, the next big difference between those Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch and the CURT, is the Draw-Tite and Hidden hitch are going to have a 750-pound tongue weight rating.



Best 2014 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be taking a look at the best 3 hitch options available. Now, up here starting from top to bottom, we are going to have part number 75528. That's going to be our draw-tite custom fit cluster trailer hitch receiver. Next one down is going to be the hidden hitch custom fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver part number 87435. And down here on the bottom with that square stock is going to be that curt part number 13424. The most significant difference is in our 3 hitches here, the top 2 are going to be pretty much identical and that bottom one is going to be a little different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with a draw-tite and hidden hitch. Another feature that the draw-tite and the hidden hitch are going to have is it's going to have the J-Pin stabilization hole, which is going to be that half inch hole that's right in front of that 5/8 pinch hole.



Best 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Traverse we'll be taking a look at the best 3 hitch options available. Now, up here starting from top to bottom. We're going to have part number 75528, that's going to be our Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Next one down is going to be the Hidden Hitch Custom Fitted Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87435. Down here on the bottom with the square stock is going to be that CURT, part number 13424. The most significant differences in our three hitches here, the top two are going to be pretty much identical and that bottom one is going to be a little different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are going to have is its going to have that J-Pin stabilization hole, which is going to be that 1/2 inch hole that's right in front of that 5/8 inch pin hole that's going to be your stabilization device as well as the mount for your seven foot pole connector or whatever trailer wiring you decide to put on.



Best 2012 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Traverse we'll be taking a look at the best 3 hitch options available. Now, up here starting from top to bottom. We're going to have part number 75528, that's going to be our Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Next one down is going to be the Hidden Hitch Custom Fitted Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87435. Down here on the bottom with the square stock is going to be that CURT, part number 13424. The most significant differences in our three hitches here, the top two are going to be pretty much identical and that bottom one is going to be a little different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are going to have is its going to have that J-Pin stabilization hole, which is going to be that 1/2 inch hole that's right in front of that 5/8 inch pin hole that's going to be your stabilization device as well as the mount for your seven pole connector or whatever trailer wiring you decide to put on.



Best 2011 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Traverse we'll be taking a look at the best three hitch options available. Now, up here starting from top to bottom. We're going to have part number 75528, that's going to be our Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Next one down is going to be the Hidden Hitch Custom Fitted Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87435. Down here on the bottom with the square stock is going to be that CURT, part number 13424. The most significant differences in our three hitches here, the top two are going to be pretty much identical and that bottom one is going to be a little different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are going to have is its going to have that J-Pin stabilization hole, which is going to be that 1/2 inch hole that's right in front of that 5/8 inch pin hole that's going to be your stabilization device as well as the mount for your seven pole connector or whatever trailer wiring you decide to put on.



Best 2010 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse we will be taking a look at the best three hitch trailers available. Now, up here starting from top to bottom. We're going to have part number 75528, that's going to be our Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Next one down is going to be the Hidden Hitch Custom Fitted Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 83745. Down here on the bottom with the square stock is going to be that CURT, part number 13424 The most significant differences in our three hitches here, the top two are going to be pretty much identical and that bottom one is going to be a little different with that square stock compared to the round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are going to have is its going to have that J-Pin stabilization hole, which is going to be that 1/2 inch hole that's right in front of that 5/8 inch pin hole that's going to be your stabilization device.



Best 2009 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be taking a look at the best 3 hitch options available. Up here, starting from top to bottom, we're going to have part number 75528, that's going to be our Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Next one down is going to be the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 87435, and down here on the bottom, with that square stock is going to be that Curt, part number 13424. The most significant differences in our 3 hitches, the top 2 are going to be pretty much identical, and that bottom 1 is going to be a little bit different with that square stock versus that round stock that you see here with the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. Another feature that the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch are going to have is it's going to have the J-pin stabilization hole, which is going to be the 1/2" hole that's right in front of that 5/8" pin hole, that's going to be your stabilization device. As well as the mount for you 7-pole connector or whatever trailer wiring you decide to put on. The difference with the Curt is it's going to have that plate steel for the chain tie downs rather than your rolled steel like you have here for the chain tie downs on the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch. The next big difference between those Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch and the Curt is the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch are going to have a 750-lb tongue weight rating.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today, on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH912XTR. Now, we already have our bike on the rack. We're first going to show you how we secure that down. Then, we'll go over some other features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place holding our bike down with three straps. Two on our frame and then one on the back as our anti-sway strap. We're just going to pull down and release those straps. Then, we can pull our bike straight off of our rack and set it off to the side. Now, anytime that you remove your bike, I always suggest you replace the straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. All right. Now, with all of those in place, we can take a few measurements. Our first one is going to be our overall, added to the back of the vehicle with our arms hanging out.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is CC-100. Now, this is designed to work with two-inch hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. First thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance is going to be first. To the bottom our bolt way down here underneath the carrier, we're going to have about 15 3/4 inches.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test fit of the Maxxtow 48 by 21 cargo carrier. That part number is MT70422. This has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and is designed to work with two-inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do while it's on our vehicle is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance here is going to be first. We're going to have about 17 inches of clearance.



Lets Go Aero Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today, on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test fit of the Lesko Arrow Gear Cage, HCR 222 Cargo Carrier. It has a 300 pound weight capactiy, is 48" x 32", and designed to work with our 2" hitches. We've already got this loaded up on our vehicle, first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance is going to be first, to the bottom of our carrier, we're going to have about 16 1/4" there, overall to the back of our vehicle, we're going to have about 39 3/4", and our closest point is going to be about 5 1/2" away. With our Traverse, we have a single, passenger-side exhaust here. It's up under our fascia, and it comes straight down at the ground, so you shouldn't have to worry about carrying any heat-sensitive materials on your carrier since it does come straight towards the ground there. If we check our hatch break over point here, we've got that automatic hatch, so it's going to open up, but we're not going to make any contact with the carrier, which is great. We close this up a bit, we can check our break over point with our platform.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our two thousand fifteen Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test fit of the Curt folding twenty by sixty cargo carrier. That part number is C18151. It is designed to work with two inch hitches, and has a weight capacity of five hundred pounds. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance is going to be first. We have about seventeen and three quarter inches of clearance. Overall to our vehicle, we're adding about thirty one and a half inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test-fit of the Curt 20 by 60 Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18150. It has a weight capacity of 500-lbs and it is designed to work with 2" hitches. The first thing we're going to do with it on our vehicle is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance here is going to be first, we're going to have about 20" of clearance, that's because we do have that nice, raised shank in the back which is going to lift the carrier even higher than your hitch. Overall to the vehicle, we're adding about 27", and our closest point is going to be about 5-3/4" away there. On our Traverse, we do have a single, passenger side exhaust.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, we're doing a test fit of the Carepod 23x47 Walled Cargo Carrier. That part number is M2205. This is a folding 450 pound weight capacity, 2" hitch adaptable cargo carrier. I already have it on our hitch. The first thing I'm going to do is take a few measurements here. Our ground clearance is going to be first.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to be test fitting the Thule Raceway Pro hatch or truck mounted bike rack, part number TH9001PRO. As you can see we already have a bike rack installed on there, let's go ahead and get a little bit closer and show you some of the features. As you can see there are three points of contacts on the bike frame. You have the two straps on top and the anti-sway strap on the side. This keeps it from going back and forth and possibly hitting the other bike that you have installed on it. Let's go ahead and take this off. It's always a good idea to reattach your straps so they're not flapping around while you're driving or possibly losing them while you're driving. Next I'm going to give you a measurement about how far this sticks out from the back of your vehicle so you know that.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Archway 2 bike carrier. Part number TH9009XT. This is for both trunks and hatches. As you can see we already have a bike on our rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at some of the features. First off, I'd like to point out, this has 3 points of contact with your bike frame. You have 2 straps up here, and 1 anti-sway strap down here, which keeps the bike from gong back and forth and possibly bumping into the bike you have in front of it, or even into the car if it we're close enough.



Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Today in our 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, we're going to be test fitting the Hollywood Rack's over the top 2 bike rack, part number HRF2. As you can see, we already have a bike installed on our rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look at some of the features. Here we have 3 points of contact to the bike's frame. We have the 2 straps on top, plus an anti-sway strap on the side here, which keeps it moving back and forth, possibly hitting the vehicle or the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take it off. Now it's always good practice to reinstall your straps after you've taken them off, just so their not flapping around while you drive, and so you don't lose them while you drive. Now I'd like to give you a measurement to give you the distance from the back of of the hatch, how much is added to it.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, we're going to be showing you the Thule Gateway XT 2-bike rack, part number TH9006XT. As you can see, we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show you some of the features. Now, with this bike rack, there are 3 points of contact on the frame. There are 2 straps on top to hold it in place and an anti-sway strap here which keeps it from going back and forth hitting maybe your vehicle or possibly the bike in front of it. Let's go ahead and take that off.





Chevrolet Traverse Questions

  • I found an online copy of the owners manual for the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse and it does indeed indicate in section 10-57 that tire chains are not to be used on the vehicle due to limited clearance in the wheel wells. It also indicates that another type of traction device can be used on the front wheels if its manufacturer rates it for the vehicle and tire size. Chevrolet does not specify what these other types of approved traction devices are. We do offer a product from Heininger...
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  • I've linked you to install instructions for the wiring harness you mentioned, but I'd recommend using the Tow Ready # 118270 which doesn't require a power wire that's run to the vehicle's battery. The # 118270 includes a wiring harness that plugs into the tow package connector located under the vehicle on the passenger side to the right of the muffler, as well as the fuses and relays necessary to activate the factory trailer wiring tow package. The video I've linked shows the...
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  • I have added a link to the instructions below for you to review. There are 6 hex head, M12X1.75X45 CL10.9. The M12 bolts should be tightened to 92 Lb.-Ft. There are also 2 hex head 1/2inch-13 X 1-3/4 inch Gr.5 bolts. These should be tightened to 75 Lb.-Ft. If you need replacement hardware, I would suggest using part # RHK. Enter the brand and model of the hitch, and we can send you a complete hardware kit with all the bolts, washers, nuts etc. for that hitch.
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  • The connector you need for a 2010 Chevy Traverse with Towing package is part # 3026-P. I have added a link to it below. I am looking at the instructions and it appears you will need a small flat head screw driver to gently pry the plastic push-rivets out to release the panel. I have added a link to the instructions below so you can see where the connector is located.
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  • The EZ4 base plates, # 523175-4, and EZ5 base plates # RM-523175-5 will both work with the Falcon tow bar. Both of these base plate sets are only compatible with Roadmaster tow bars that fit into a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver and thus mount on the motor home. The Falcon tow bars do fit this description. In addition to the base plates and the tow bar you will also need safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow the vehicle. For safety cables you can use...
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  • The wires with the circuit you are using are not big enough to handle the draw you have so increasing the fuse is not recommended. I recommend replacing the lights you have with LEDs. The replacement for the # ST9RB lights you have now would be part # STL9RB. These draw about 1/10 of the amperage draw the # ST9RB does. This would decrease the draw on your system and a larger fuse would not be needed. Occasionally when LED lights are installed you will have what is called...
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  • Since your 2015 Chevy Traverse does NOT have the tow package but Does have the rear AC unit I recommend wiring harness # 118270. It includes the necessary fuses and relays to activate the wiring tow package and will be easier to install that trying to adapt a different harness to fit.
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  • There are basically 2 types of brake controllers: time delay and proportional. I would only recommend using a time delay controller if the trailer weight never changes since they require a lot more adjustment and fine tuning to get the trailer braking right when compared to proportional controllers. A proportional controller will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much your 2015 Chevy Traverse is braking. As such it is the safest way to stop and reduces wear and...
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  • I do not recommend using an extender because doing so will cut the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent. A longer dual purpose ball mount is not available. What I recommend is a different type of bike rack. You could use a towing bike rack like # S64600 and a super extra long ball mount # 80232. With this set up, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rack should measure 7-7/8 inches, which should clear the back of your 2012 Chevy Traverse.
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  • The trailer connector you need will depend on the type of trailer you are planning on towing and whether or not your Traverse is set up with factory tow package wiring. If you are going to tow a smaller utility or flat bed trailer that does not have electric brakes or on board accessories that would require power like an electric jack or interior lighting, then a 4 pole connector should be just fine for you. To provide a 4 pole connector on your Traverse without factory tow...
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  • The answer to your question will depend on different factors. My research indicates that the manufacturer stated maximum towing capacity as being 5200 lbs. If you were planning on occasionally towing a small trailer that only weighs 2000 lbs over relatively flat terrain, you will be fine without an additional transmission cooler. However, if you are planning on frequently towing a trailer that comes close to that maximum weight figure through the mountains a transmission cooler...
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  • We do offer some universal towing mirrors for your 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, but we do not have any custom fit mirrors available. One option I recommend is the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, part # KS3891. This mirror will clip to most factory mirrors, and has a quick-release button to make it easy to adjust or remove. You may want to take a look at the attached product review video for this mirror. Another mirror you may want to check out is the CIPA Deluxe Door Mount...
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  • The Thule Raceway 2 Trunk-Mount Bike Carrier, part # TH9001PRO, will fit on your 2010 Traverse but will not fit on your 2010 Honda CR-V. None of the Thule trunk-mount carriers will fit properly on your 2010 CR-V. Yakima offers many trunk carriers that will work on your CR-V but none of these will work on your Traverse! Hollywood Racks does offer their Over-the-Top 2-bike carrier, part # HRF2, that will work on both vehicles (as long as the CR-V does not have a trunk-mount...
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  • In order to install a 4 and 7 way trailer connector you are going to first need to install a 4-Way wiring harness using # C56181. Then, you will need a 4 and 7 way installation kit # ETBC7. The ETBC7 provides the 7-Way while retaining the 4-Way. It also provides the wiring and parts needed to make the 12 volt pin hot and the wiring and parts needed to install a brake controller if you wanted to add one. We do not have specific installation instructions for the ETBC7 because...
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  • First, you do not necessarily have to remove the front clip on your 2012 Chevy Traverse to install a supplemental transmission cooler. It just makes installation a lot easier if there is nothing in the way. We have not yet installed a transmission cooler on a Traverse so I do not have a video or specific instructions on removing the front clip. When our installers perform an installation they have to determine where the fasteners are that hold on the front clip (if it is a...
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  • For your 2012 Chevy Traverse I recommend Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75528. This is the most popular hitch for your Traverse. It is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. The 2 inch receiver is going to have a higher capacity and be compatible with more accessories compared to lower class hitches. I have included a link to a video showing installation of the hitch for you. For owners of the 2012 Traverse the most popular carrier is Pro Series carrier # 63153....
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  • There isn't any air helper spring fits determined for a 2015 Traverse, as of yet. According to my research, the 2015 Traverse is capable of towing up to 5200 lbs. Air helper springs are more meant to suspend cargo carried in the rear of your Traverse, but there are more effective ways eliminating the squat caused when a trailer is hitched to the vehicle. Using a weight distribution kit will distribute a portion of the trailer tongue weight to the front axle of your Traverse,...
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  • The trailer connector you purchased, # 118271, is designed to fit if your 2015 Chevy Traverse came with a factory tow package. If it did not come with the factory tow package then it is possible that some functions will not work. I checked the owner's manual for the 2015 Traverse and apparently in the under-hood fuse box there are 2 fuses each for trailer turn signal/brake lights. Two of them are labeled LT TRLR STOP/TRN and the other two are labeled RT TRLR STOP/TRN. You can...
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  • If you are talking about the fascia door that is removed from the lower center of the bumper, the Draw-Tite, # 75528, and Hidden Hitch, # 87435, will not allow you to replace the fascia door as the receiver opening sticks out just a little too far. The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13424, instructions, linked below, state that on some models, it is possible to replace the fascia door when the hitch is not being used. I spoke with my contact at Curt to clarify and she stated that on...
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  • There are several universal fit towing mirror options that you could use on your 2009 Chevy Traverse. I usually recommend the CIPA Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror, # 7070 because it has more adjustability and a secure connection that will fit on just about any mirror. Since we do not currently have a custom fit option for your 2009 Chevy Traverse a universal fit style towing mirror is your best option. Either the ones that you referenced or the # 7070 would be a great choice.
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