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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2016 GMC Terrain

Today on our 2016 GMC Terrain we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number BX1689. Here's what the base plate is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, everything's pretty well hidden. The holes for the arms along with the safety chain connection points, those are about all that's visible. Other than that, everything's pretty well hidden. It does come with a bracket for the break-away switch, which is mounted up right behind the license plate here. If you've got a supplemental braking system you will be able to mount that break-away switch in a convenient location.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 GMC Terrain - Curt

Today in our 2016 GMC Terrain, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Curt T connector vehicle wiring harness, with four pole flat trailer connector, part number 5-6-0-9-4. Here's what the wiring looks like once it's installed on the vehicle. Right now, it's well hidden. It's just tucked up here behind the rear fascia. When you need it, you've got access to it. Here, it comes with this little dust cover to go over it to help keep water and any moisture out to help prevent corrosion. The system's very easy to install.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 GMC Terrain - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 GMC Terrain we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76028. Here's what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the vehicle. As you can see, everything's pretty well hidden. You don't really see a whole lot other than the receiver tube and the safety chain loops right here. When you get down low you can see a little bit of the crosstube right there, but there is also the option for the cover that needs to be taken off in order to install it. You can trim this cover, but you'll be trimming it most of it out because all you'll really have left is the edge around here.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on our 2013 GMC Terrain, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Gateway XT Trunk Mount 2-Bike Rack. That part number is TH9006XT. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do it. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one is our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on our 2013 GMC Terrain we're doing a test fit of the Thule Passage trunk-mount 2-bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on our 2013 GMC Terrain we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount 2 Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. I already have our bikes secured down, first going to show you how we do that. Got 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and 1 as our anti-sway in the back. I'm going to pull down and lift up to release those. I'm going to be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima LiteRider 2-Bike Rack, part number Y02472. As you can see, 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. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have the two zip strips up top here and the one off to the side here, which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep it from swaying too far back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also, on the back side of the bike rack here, we have an integrated cable lock that will wrap around the bikes and go up to this point here to keep the bikes nice and secure as you travel.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today in this 2013 GMC Terrain we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Rack, part number TH9029XT. As you can see we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how this bike rack is actually attached to the rack, you're going to have three points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up top here and one strap off to the side here, which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also, up at the front here, you'll see that there's a cable lock which will wrap around the bikes and attach up at the front here for added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside for now.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today in this 2013 GMC terrain, we're going to be testing in the two wheel road way two bike rack, part number TH912XTR. As you can see we already have a bike on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the bike actually attaches two direct we're going to have three points of contact with your bikes frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side, which is going to service as kind of an anti sway strap to keep it from going back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside side. Now when you take the straps off, it's always a good habit to put them back into place primarily so you don't loose them while you're driving. Now in fact, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman Trailhead Four Bike Rack, Part Number S63380. As you can see we already have a bike on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike attaches to the rack, you're going to have 4 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 3 straps up at the top here, and one off to the side which is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. When you take the bike off and take the straps off, it's always a good idea to put them back in their place, just so you don't lose them while you're driving. Just be downright naughty 00:01:09. All right, next I'll go ahead and give you some measurements now. The first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the bike rack is installed.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the 48 by 21 MaxxTow cargo carrier, part number MT70422. This has a 500 pound carrying capacity. It's made out of sturdy aluminum and it has tie down points about the front and the rear for your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. Next I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements here. The first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to measure from the bumper since that's the furthest point out.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier, part number M2205. This has a carrying capacity of 450 pounds. Has this mesh floor on the bottom here which makes it easy to clean. It has these walls here to keep anything that you'll be traveling with, nice and secure. Plus, on the top here has points which you can use as tie-downs for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. The first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the carpod's installed. Go ahead and measure from the bumper to the furthest point out.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the 23 x 60 Stromberg Carlson Cargo Carrier, part number is CC-100. This has a 500 pound carrying capacity. It has a mesh floor, which makes it easy to clean and it has these tie down points all around the cargo carrier to use for ratchet straps or bungee cords. It has these holes here on either side for taillights, if you need to put those in, as well as a mounting case you're blocking your license plate it can be moved to this area here. Let's go ahead and get some measurements. The first one I'm going to show you is the distance added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper since that's the furthest point out. To this edge here, it's about 27-1/2", right here to the bottom of this bolt that's going to be about 11" and our closest point to this edge here that's about 4-1/4". Now the exhaust on this vehicle is going to be on the driver's side and face slightly away from the cargo carrier, so you really don't have to worry too much about any heat sensitive material while you're traveling. With nothing in the cargo carrier we have complete access to our rear hatch to get whatever we need, however I'm going to go ahead and give your a break over point measurement, which is the point where your hatch would actually come to contact with whatever it is you're hauling.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain we are going to be test fitting the 20 by 60 Curt cargo carrier, part number C18151. This cargo carrier has a 500 pond carrying capacity, it also has this mesh floor on the bottom which makes it easy to clean and it has this rail around the border of it which can be used as a toe-down port for either your ratchet straps or your bungee chords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now, the first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is actually installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper since that's the furthest point out. To this rail here it's about 33 and 3/4 inches, our ground clearance is going to be about 13 inches. Then our closest point which will to be this rail here, that's going to be about 13 inches. Now the exhaust is going to be on the drivers side, faces slightly away from the cargo carrier and since it's a pretty decent distance away from the vehicle you don't have to worry to much about heat sensitive material when you are loading that up. With nothing in the cargo carrier we have a complete access to our rear hatch with plenty of space in between to get whatever we need.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 60 curt cargo carrier, part number C18150. This cargo carrier has a 500 pound carrying capacity. It also has this mesh floor on the bottom that's going to make it easy to clean and has this rail around the borders of the cargo carrier, which you can use for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. The first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the furthest point out. To this rail here, that's just about 28 and a half inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 48 curt cargo carrier, part number C18110. This has a 300 pound carrying capacity, has a mesh floor, which makes it easy to clean, and has these tie down points here, all around the cargo carrier, for your ratchet straps or your bungee cords, whatever you use to tie up your gear. Next I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper, since that's the further point out. To this edge here, we're at about 27 inches.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today, on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we'll be test fitting the CURT Premium 4 Bike Rack, part number C18064. Now, as you can see, 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. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up top here, and one off to the side, which is going to be an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack, or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. I would also like to point out at the front here how the arms narrow as you get closer to the rear of the bike rack, just to accommodate bikes of different sizes.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2013 GMC Terrain, we are going to be fitting the Rola TX-102 2 bike rack, part number 59400. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Let us go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how the bike is attached to the rack, we are going to have three points of contact with your bikes frame. We are going to have two straps at the top here and one off to the side here which is going to act as kind of an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going back and forth hitting either the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Also there is an integrated cable lock here that will wrap around the bikes and come to this point here for added security. Let us go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 GMC Terrain

Today this 2014 GMC Terrain we're going to be test fitting the the Thule Roadway 2 bike rack part number TH912XTR. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack. Lets go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. First off, how the bike is attached to the rack. You are going to have three points of contact with your bikes frame. Were going to have two straps on the top here and we're going to have one strap off to the side that is going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from back and forth possibly hitting the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Lets go and take the bike off and set it aside for now. It is always a good habit to put the straps back into place once you have removed them primarily so you do not lose them while your driving.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2014 GMC Terrain

Today on this 2014 GMC Terrain, we're going to be test fitting the 48x21 max tow cargo carrier. Part number MT70422. This cargo carrier has a 500 pound carry capacity. It's made out of a very strong and durable aluminum. It has these points at the front and the rear, which are going to be used as tie on points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee chords. Whatever it is you use to tie down your gear. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. The first one being how much distance is added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed.





GMC Terrain Questions

  • All of the Class III receivers available for your 2012 Terrain are similar in the way they would sit in relation to the rear bumper of the vehicle. The primary difference between the Curt # 13591, the Hidden Hitch # 87572 and the Draw-Tite # 75681 is that the Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite models use two additional connection points into the bottom of the frame member. Although all three hitches share the same weight rating, having extra connection points to the vehicle frame is desirable....
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  • As a first step, I would verify the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer to ensure that the TW does not exceed the manufacturer stated 350 lb TW limit of your Terrain. Remember that the weight of any gear stowed behind the rear axle in the cargo area of your Terrain needs to be included as tongue weight. I have linked you to an FAQ article that shows how to determine your actual tongue weight. The 600 lb system capacity you mention is a maximum amount,...
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  • The first thing I would recommend to do is to check your owners manual or with the GMC dealer on the proper procedure for towing the vehicle. Some vehicles might need to be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed. To flat tow your 2012 GMC Terrain you will need a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. Also, the Discrete Logic Ignition Switch fuse (fuse...
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  • If your Pro Series 16k hitch uses a two piece jaw system the correct jaw kit is the part # 58056. If instead you have a slidebar style jaw we do not have a replacement jaw kit for that. I attached a picture that shows the difference between the two jaw designs.
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  • Use a circuit tester like part # 40376 on the wire in the # 11 terminal on the black BCM connector, as shown in the diagram I provided. The wire colors can vary during a production run, which is why we typically recommend that folks wire by function, not by wire color. As an alternate method, you can use a fuse tap like part # F2526 on the CHMSL (center high mounted stop lamp) fuse in the fuse box. The lid of the fuse box should have a legend that will tell you which fuse location...
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  • Yes, the Trailer Mate wiring harness # TM780072 is listed as a fit for the 2012 GMC Terrain. It will install similarly as on the 2013 Equinox in the video I have linked for you. I have also included a link to all of the tow bar wiring options for a 2012 GMC Terrain for you. If using a supplemental braking system in the Terrain when towing it you will need to add a brake light relay, # RM-88400, to use the Trailer Mate harness. I have also found that you will need to pull...
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  • The 2011 GMC Terrain FWD can be flat towed behind your motorhome if you have the six speed automatic transmission. Also, you are correct, the Discrete Logic Ignition Switch fuse (fuse #32) needs to be removed from the instrument panel fuse box. The instrument panel fuse box is located on the passenger side of the center console, behind a cover. That fuse needs to be removed to keep the battery from being drained when towing. With that done you should be able to flat tow your Terrain...
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  • To tow a vehicle behind a motor home with all wheels on the ground the first step is to consult the vehicle owners manual. Some vehicles have special requirements or restrictions and procedures for flat towing. If your model can be flat towed then the first thing you are going to need are base plates on the 2014 GMC Terrain. The base plates provide a proper and secure attachment point for the tow bar. Blue Ox base plates # BX1689 are listed as a fit for all models of the 2014...
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  • This kit installs over the existing body side molding and is held in place with pre-applied high-strength 3M adhesive tape. The Putco product you reference, part # P403531, fits the 2007 through 2009 model years of the GMC Yukon XL, but it is not a specified fit for the GMC Terrain. No comparable product is offered for the 2013 Terrain. Putco recommends a thorough cleaning of the application area with soap and water, followed by a wipe down with alcohol (to remove any residue...
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  • The hitch mounted bike rack I recommend for your 2016 Terrain is the Swagman Chinook, part # S64683. This bike carrier will hold 2 bikes that weigh up to 45-lbs each. The center mast padded hooks ratchet to hold the bike securely to the carrier. The bike carrier comes with a lock in the arms that secures the bikes to the carrier and also comes with a locking hitch pin to deter theft of the carrier. The hitch pin also doubles as an anti-wobble device. Another nice feature about...
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  • I do not have any vehicle specific instructions, because the part can be used on just about any vehicle. I'd be happy to walk you through the process. You'll need the brake controller, like the # 5504 you were looking at, or a proportional controller like the Primus # TK90160. A proportional controller has an internal sensor that can determine how quickly the tow vehicle is braking. It will then send the appropriate amount of voltage to the trailer brakes so the vehicle and...
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  • The brake stoplight signal can be accessed at the BCM, As you are sitting in the drivers seat, the BCM (Body Control Module) is located under the dash above where your left knee would be. The module (think of it as a junction box) will have 7 different wire connectors that plug into it. Look for the black connector (all the connectors are different colors) that has 26 different slots for wires to insert into. In wire position # 11, there will be a white wire that carries the brake...
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  • Between the Curt hitch # C12291 and Draw-Tite hitch # 36408 both hitches are positioned the same on the 2016 GMC Terrain. Take a look at the picture I have included showing the hitches installed. The receiver locations are identical and the crosstubes and mounting brackets are hidden behind the fascia/bumper. If it were me I would use Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36408 if carrying bikes or cargo. The reason is that the Curt hitch requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050...
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  • If you had the Curt Cargo Carrier part # C18110 installed in a hitch like the # 13591 on your 2016 GMC Terrain it would interfere with the backup sensors. The sensors are in the bumper and would end up picking up the carrier. You would just have to be extra careful when backing up with the carrier installed.
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  • I looked over the installation instructions, and found mention of fascia trimming needed for the Equinox, but no specific mention of the Terrain. I phoned Blue Ox, and they told me that the most models of the Terrain should not need the fascia trimmed, but there will be trimming needed on the flanges that extend out from the front of the frame members as well as some other structures that are hidden by the fascia. I was told that if any of the fascia DID need to be trimmed,...
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  • You can use the CURT 20x60 Folding Cargo Carrier, part # C18151, with a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch hitch adapter on your 2011 GMC Terrain, but you will need to remember that when using the hitch adapter on your hitch it will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. If you have a Class II 1-1/4 inch hitch on your GMC Terrain the tongue weight capacity is 300 lbs. Using the hitch adapter will reduce that to 150 lbs. So, after adding 70 lbs for the weight of the...
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  • Actually, on the 2012 GMC Terrain, most of any of the available hitches will be covered by the rear fascia like in the pictures you see on our site of similar vehicles that take the same hitch. Only the receiver and part of the cross tube will be visible. Because visually, they will be visible the same amount, I recommend going with a Class III trailer hitch, # 87572, that you have referenced. It will have a higher capacity and will afford you more accessory options since...
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  • When the choice is available, I would always recommend going with a Class III over a Class II. Going with the Curt Class III Receiver, part # 13591 would offer more choices in bike racks and cargo carriers. The Terrain features a removable door in the rear bumper fascia for the receiver opening to pass through. The receiver opening and a small portion of the bottom of the crossbar would be visible from the rear of the vehicle. All of the hitches available for your Terrain...
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  • The pull wire needed to install Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 76028 is included with the hitch. There are 4 of them included and they are 1/2"-13. For a single one it is # 80101-1. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation of this hitch for you.
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  • I would recommend the Curt Class III receiver, part # 13591 for your 2013 Terrain. Not only would a Class III receiver offer a convenient attachment point for a bike rack or other hitch mounted accessory like a cargo carrier, if a trailer wiring harness like part # 118494 is added, you would also be able to tow a trailer weighing up to the tow capacity of the vehicle (1500 lbs for 4-cyl models or 3500 for 6-cyl models). If you have not yet decided on a bike rack, the Thule...
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