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Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Toyota Tacoma

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How to Install the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma


Hey everyone, Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2024 Toyota Tacoma, I'm going to walk through how to install the CURT Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's installed. As you can see the cross tube is pretty much hidden behind the bumper itself, all we can really see is our receiver tube, so it really maintains a nice clean look. Adding a class three hitch like this onto the back of your truck, it's gonna give you a lot of different options, whether that's towing, or you wanna put a cargo carrier on there to bring a few extra items with you, or maybe you want to get a bike rack because you're like our customer here, and they have a tonneau cover. You don't want to put the bikes in the back of the truck because then you can't keep everything else out of the weather.

Adding hitch is gonna give you that option to put a bike rack on, get the bikes outside, with your tonneau cover covering all your items so they stay out of the weather. Steel construction, black powder coat finish, it's gonna hold up really well against rust and corrosion. Two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, reinforced collar to give us a little extra stability there. Having a two inch by two inch, as I mentioned, is gonna give you a lot of different options for hitch mounted accessories. Hitch pin hole is gonna be five-eights inch in diameter, it's gonna be right here.

Standard five-eights hitch pin, pin and clip does not come with this hitch, however, they can be found here at etrailer as well. Rolled steel safety chain loops, if you're pulling a larger trailer, you're gonna have some larger size safety chain hooks, then you'll see it will accommodate those as well. Now let's go ahead and get down on the ground, I'll give you some weight capacities and measurements. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper, it's gonna be about four inches. This number is important for any of your hitch mount accessories like your cargo carriers and bike racks that fold up, and we wanna make sure they're not gonna make contact.

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube is about 18 and a quarter inches, 18 and a half inches actually. So you know we have plenty of height for different hitch mounted accessories, like your ball mounts. I will recommend, if you tow different size trailers, get an adjustable ball mount so you can adjust it to the different heights of those, the couplers on the trailers, so you can find different kinds here at etrailer. As far as our weight capacities go, we're gonna have a 900 pound max tongue weight. That's gonna be the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube.

So whether you're putting the trailer on, bike racks, cargo carrier, whatever it may be, make sure you're not exceeding that. We're gonna have a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. You can use weight distribution with this hitch, tongue weight is gonna say the same, however, the trailer weight is gonna go up to 8,000 pounds. I always recommend checking the owner's manual of the vehicle, make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're gonna go with the lowest number between the vehicle and what the hitch can handle. Now that we've gone over some of the features, lets walk you through how to get it installed. To start your installation, you're gonna have two weld nuts on each side, they're gonna be open. Spray some lubricant in there, some cleaner, take a tube brush, if you don't have one, you can find one here at etrailer. We need to make sure we clean those threads out really well. Take one of your bolts that come in your kit, and you wanna be able to hand thread that bolt in there. Once you can hand thread it in there, then you know you've gotten things out the weld nut hole. Next, we're gonna come to the center of our vehicle, underneath. You're gonna have a hole right here in the middle, these two holes are the ones we're gonna be using. We're gonna take a pull wire, we're gonna feed it through one of them towards the outside. We're gonna follow the frame rail, and right here at the end there's a hole. When that wire comes out, we're gonna put on a spacer block, and then thread on a carriage bolt. Feed it in through the hole. And you're gonna have to work with it and we need to get it to drop out of that hole. So what I found was, put the spacer block on, put the bolt on. We'll add the spacer block onto the bolt, keep and bolt in the hole at the same time. There's actually a couple of bolts that hang down from up top that stuff gets caught on. So, if for some reason you can't get them both in at the same time and you pop the spacer block off, once you get it past that bolt, you stick your finger up in there and rotate it and then pull the bolt through the spacer block, and then it'll come down through the hole. Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position. We're gonna feed our pull wires through the corresponding holes on the hitch. Next we're gonna take a conical tooth washer, put it on the hex bolt, your gonna make sure the teeth are facing up towards the hitch. We're gonna get one on each side to hold our hitch into place. If for some reason you get it up there and it's tight, take a soft blow hammer and hit it right on the backside, you'll be able to line up the holes here on the frame rails. Once you get your four bolts, two bolts on either side, we'll come to our center ones, we'll take off her wires, put on a flange nut. We can come back and tighten everything down. Three quarter inch and socket will tighten all of our hardware and we'll come back and we'll torque it to the specifications in the instructions. Once you have everything torqued down, you're ready to go. That's gonna do it for the look at and installation on the CURT Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma..


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