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Best 2016 Chevrolet Traverse Hitch Options

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be looking at our most popular hitch options. Here are our two most popular hitch options. They are both class 3 hitches. The top is a Draw Tite, part number 75528 and the bottom one's a Curt. Part number 13424. Both these hitches install exactly the same way.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on 2013 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4 Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number is C56245. Here's what our wiring kit's going to look like when you pull it out of the package. This is a really straight-forward, simple installation. Here you'll see our 4 pole trailer pole. This is going to give us all of our lighting circuits going back to our trailer or cargo carrier.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, we're going to be showing you how to install the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness for Factory Tow Package. This offers the 7 way trailer connector. It's part number is 118271. Here's what our wiring kit's going to look like. You'll see we have our 7 way plug right here, it uses a standard automotive style connector. This will give us all the signals that we need there at the rear of our vehicle and you can tie them in accordingly. This is going to give a full function 7-way there at the back of our trailer minus the reverse circuit. You can see inside we're going to have a gasket there, that's going to protect our plug from the elements, keep out any kind of moisture or debris.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be doing a test fit on the K Source Clip On Towing Mirror. Part number KS3891. It offers us a wide field of view, it's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. We can adjust our mirror to any angle we want and by simply removing the screw at the back we can bring the mirror out and rotate it horizontally. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, though we will not be able to rotate it in as the arm will hit the trim. The mirror measures 7 and 3/4s of an inch long and 5 and 1/8th of an inch wide. It comes in a quantity of 1 so if you'd like to pick up a second one for the other side just use the same part number.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Traverse - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 75528. Here's what a hitch looks like installed and not in use. As you can see, you can't even see that it's there. When we're ready to use it, we'll just undo the tabs on our cover here, pull down on it, and remove it. Now we have complete access to our hitch. Additionally, we have this nice bracket right here where we can mount a wiring harness using our four pull flap or a seven pull RV connector, depending on what type of wiring you need to tow your trailer. This hitch has really easy use 00:00:43 safety chain hooks right here, so you can hook up even the smallest diameter of safety chains through without a problem. You may have noticed, on the side of it here, there are two holes.



WeatherTech Front Floor Liners Review - 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the WeatherTech front auto floor mats. These are available in three different colors. Black is part number WT442511, tan is part number WT452511, and in gray, part number is WT462511. Here you'll see our mat installed on our driver's side. The thing I really like about the WeatherTech mats are the superior coverage they get. They use the mapping process to figure out all the contours of the car, and you can see they really fit it right around everything. Even here at our factory anchor point, you're going to see they've raised a ring all the way around that so we never have to worry about any moisture coming down and running out through that hole down onto our carpet. We've got channels that have been built in here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Traverse - Curt

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the CURT custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2" by 2" opening. Its part number is 13424. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, it's going to remain completely hidden behind our rear fascia. Then we've got an access panel here.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Today, on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to be test fitting the Kat NV 2.0, 2 bike rack, part number NV22G. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The most important feature of this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away with the bike still attached. To do that we'll grab hold of the bike, pull this level on the passenger side out, let it tilt down. At this point, we can go ahead and lift our rear hatch and, as you can see, we're able to get to the hatch to get whatever we need with plenty of space on either side. Now, we measured our handlebars and from the center to this point here is going to be about 9 inches so, you can see, we have plenty of space between this and the hatch so I don't think you'll have any problems with clearance with other handlebars. Now, to lift it back into its original position just grab it by the bike rack, push up, and there you go. Also, at the end here we have a station that you can use to make repairs to your bike while your on the trail if you need to.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to be test fitting the Yakima Holdup 2 bike rack for 2 inch hitches, part number Y2443. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show of some of the features. Now the most prominent feature of this rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, while holding on to the bike rack, we'll pull out on this red handle here and let it tilt forward. Now we have access to our rear hatch. However, as you can see here, it would actually make contact with our bike, so we can't have it fully open, but we have it partially open to get some of the items that we may need.



Husky X-act Contour 3rd Row Floor Liner Review - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be doing a test fit on the Husky liners exact contour custom auto floor liner, for the third row rear in black. Part number HL53041. To begin our test fit lets go ahead and remove our old factory floor mat from the third row rear of our Traverse. We'll need to undo the factory points. There's just one on each side. You can just kind of lift up on each side and pull it loose.



CIPA Clamp on Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Universal Bar Clip-On Towing Mirror, part number CM11980. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror but not the factory mirror. If I walk a few steps towards my trailer, this is the view you get from just your factory mirror. The mirror itself measures 7-1/4 inches long by 4-1/2 inches wide. We can rotate it 360 degrees and adjust it to most angles.



CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Dual View Clip-On Universal Towing Mirror, part number 11953. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror. Between both mirrors on the towing mirror, the larger mirror gives a closer, more clear view, the small mirror gives a wider view. As I walk a few steps toward my trailer, this is the view you get with just your factory mirror. Both the smaller and the larger mirror can be adjusted to most angles.



CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA clip-on towing mirror, Part number 7070. It offers a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror. If I walk a few steps over to my trailer, this is the view you'd get through your factory mirror. The mirror measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 5 inches wide and can be rotated 360 degrees. It can also be adjusted to most angles.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse we'll be doing a test fit on the Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Rack, part number TS03G. It's also available in a 2 bike rack, part number TS02G. As you can see it's a platform style bike. I've already got it loaded up just to give you a good idea of what it looks like on our Traverse and to see how it secures our bikes. It actually secures our bikes in 2 spots. We have this large wheel hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into our front wheel cradle, and then we have a rear wheel strap going over our rear wheel and going into the ratcheting mechanism there.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Today in our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse we'll be doing a test fit on the Kuat NV Style 4 Bike Rack. That's part number N105-107. So I've already got it loaded up on the Traverse just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to work with our Traverse. So it actually secures our bikes in two spots. We have a wheel hook going over our front wheel, putting down pressure into our front wheel cradle. In the rear here, we have a rear wheel strap going over our wheel and then ratcheting down into this mechanism here.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse we'll be doing a test fit on the Stromberg Carlson Cargo Carrier. That's part number CC-100. I've already got it loaded up on the Traverse just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to work with our Traverse. As you can see it's a sizable carrier, we've got plenty of spots to tie down our cargo if we wish. It has a mesh floor, so it's going to be easy to clean. Dirt and debris just going to fall right through. It's dimensions are 23 by 60.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, we'll be doing a test fit on the MaxxTow Aluminum Cargo Carrier, part number MT70422. I've already got it loaded up on the Traverse to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to look with our Traverse. It's made out of aluminum, so it's going to be really lightweight and easy to load up into our receiver. Its dimensions are 48 by 21. It has a 500-pound weight capacity. It has an open-plank floor here, so dirt and debris is going to fall right through.





Chevrolet Traverse Questions

  • 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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  • 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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  • Tow Ready wiring harness # 118271 is designed for 2014 Chevy Traverse models that came with a factory tow package. It is possible that your model does not have the factory tow package. But, it is also possible that the connector you need is tucked up where you can't easily see it or reach it. You would need to fish around for it up above that panel in the location where it is supposed to be. If you do not have the factory tow package (have the dealer run the VIN if you are...
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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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  • 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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  • If your tongue weight is going to be right at 555 lbs the E2 system part # FA92-00-0800 that you referenced would be a great choice as it has a tongue weight range of 500-800 lbs. Most likely your loaded tongue weight will be slightly over 555 lbs too. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the...
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  • For your 2013 Chevy Traverse and Sterling tow bar I recommend the EZ4 base plates # 523175-4. Base plates can be tricky to install so I have included a link to the instructions so you can see the steps ahead of time. In addition to the tow bar and the base plates you will also need safety cables (if the tow bar did not come with any) # RM-645-76, lighting, and supplemental braking. For lighting you can use a simple magnetic kit such as # C-ATL20A but for a more permanent solution...
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  • That is simply too much to spend on adapter bars, I agree. You don't have to use a specific adapter bar so you can use # HE6009 which costs much less than some of the other options. You don't necessarily have to use bike adapter bars. But there are some situations where using one is the only way to load certain bikes. Take a look at the video I have linked for some examples. A regular women's bike frame that has the slanted bar doesn't have to have one (though the bike would...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rola offers a folding carrier, part # 59550 that's compatible with the # 59516 light kit. To see if the basket would work on your vehicle, you'll need to measure the distance between the hitch pin hole in your receiver to the furthest rearward edge of the rear bumper, as shown in the FAQ article I've linked you to. As long as this distance is less than 7 inches, the carrier would be compatible with your vehicle. Unfortunately, Rola doesn't make a folding version of the # 59502. The...
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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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  • For your 2016 Chevy Traverse I recommend Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87435. This 2 inch hitch is rated for 750 pounds tongue weight and 5,000 pounds gross trailer weight (7,500 pounds when using weight distribution. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a trailer wiring harness I recommend # 118270. It will fit models that do not have the factory tow package. It includes the necessary fuses and relays to activate it. I have linked a video showing...
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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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  • The USA-made Saris Porter 3 Bike Rack # SA313B is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Chevrolet Traverse LT. On your particular vehicle you will also need their matching Hatch Huggers # SA3035 which replace the rack's top straps. If you'd like to be able to lock your bikes to the carrier you can add Saris' 8-foot cable lock # SA981.
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  • According to my contact at Tow Ready, as along as all the fuses and relays included with the # 118270 are correctly installed, the trailer connector should work just fine. The # 118270 will work regardless of if the vehicle was equipped with the tow package or not, as long as the connector for the harness is in place under the vehicle. If you click the provided link, you can see the installation instruction for the # 118270 wiring harness. I've also linked you to a video showing...
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  • The T-One wiring harnesses for the version of your 2014 Chevrolet Traverse that HAS the factory tow package are parts # 118271 for the 7-way type and # 118270 for the flat 4-pole type. Both use the rectangular OEM connector included in tow packages that is shown in the linked photo. If this is what you have on your Traverse you can test the pins on it to see if the wiring is active. Some vehicles may not have the required fuses and relays installed (by the way, those are included...
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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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