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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Toyota Sienna

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Toyota Sienna


Hey everyone, Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2021 Toyota Sienna. I'm gonna walk you through how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is visible. However, it doesn't really take away from the back of the vehicle.

Adding a hitch onto the back of your Sienna's gonna give you a lot of different options. Maybe you wanna put a cargo carrier on there and give you a little extra room, move some cargo from inside to the outside and make a little bit more room for your passengers. Maybe you have some bikes and you're tired of trying to put them inside the vehicle to take 'them. Maybe you don't wanna put a roof rack on. Adding a hitch, it's gonna make it a little bit easier to put a bike rack on the back to be able to load and unload your bikes.

Maybe you wanna pull a small trailer. Hitch is gonna allow you to do all of those things. It's gonna be a Class III hitch, steel construction, black powder coat finish so it's gonna hold up really nice. Over time it's gonna really deter rust and corrosion. It's gonna give us a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, reinforced collar give us a little extra stability there.

Hitch pin hole, is gonna be this one. It's going to be five eighths inch in diameter. Gonna take a standard five eighths hitch pin, It does not come with a pin and clip. However, they can be found here at etrailer. We're going to have rolled steel safety chain loops, very large opening, so it's going to give us plenty of room for some of those larger hooks.

Now I'm going to give you a few weight capacities and measurements to help you when deciding on any of those hitch mount accessories, like your bike racks, ball mounts, and cargo carriers. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our bumper is going to be about four inches. That number is important for any of your hitch mount accessories, like your bike racks and cargo carriers that may fold up against the vehicle. You want to make sure that it's not going to make contact. From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube is going to be about 11 and three quarter inches. Keep that number in mind, for any of those hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance. I will recommend since our receiver tube does not sit higher than 13 inches. If you're going to be putting a ball mount on, put it in the race position. As far as our weight capacities go, we're having a 675 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. So when you're putting a bike rack on, cargo carrier, you're loading it up, the trailer. You want to make sure you're not exceeding that. We're going to have a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight, which is a trailer plus the load included. I always recommend checking the owner's manual of the vehicle. Make sure that the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're going to go with the lowest one between the vehicle and the hitch. Can use weight distribution with this hitch. Those numbers will stay the same. Now we've gone over some of the features. Let's walk through how to get it installed. Start our installation on our driver's side, we need to remove this panel. We're going to run a couple of push pin fasteners. We're going to need to remove. Flathead screwdriver, we're going to pry out the center and then pull out the base. We'll just work our way around removing all those. And we're going to come right over here on the front side, 10 millimeter socket. We're gonna remove the couple of bolts that are in place. Now, if you follow this inside edge, right to the back right up inside here, we'll have another 10 millimeter head bolt. Once you get those off, remove this panel. And with a flathead screwdriver on each side of the vehicle, remove this cover, this cover, and this cover. This is going from the back towards the front. Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to hold our hitch into place. We're gonna take a bolt with a conical tooth washer. You wanna make sure the teeth are facing up towards the hitch. And we're gonna thread one end to the very back hole on each side. That's going to hold our hitch up into place while we install our remaining hardware. Once you got the two in, it's holding the hitch up, you're going to take another tooth washer and you're gonna put it on the most forward hole. And then we're going to come back for our center hole, same bolt, lock washer and flat washer. Three quarter inch socket tighten all of our hardware. And we'll come back and we'll torque it to the specifications in the instructions. That's when you need to trim our underbody panel. This would be towards the front. This would be at the very back where the 10 millimeter head bolt was, up inside. We need to trim off about from here all the way up. So this whole edge right here is going to be cut off. You can do it with a rotary tool, tin snopes, plastic's not real thick. So you could probably do it with a utility knife as well. Once we get it trimmed up, go ahead and test fit and make sure we don't have to make any other adjustments. And we can re-install it. Once you've already installed your panel, you're ready to go. It's going to do it for look at and installation on the Draw-Tite class three trailer hitch receiver on our 2021 Toyota Sienna..


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