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EcoHitch Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install the EcoHitch Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


Hey everybody. Today we're going to be going over and showing you how to install the EcoHitch Hidden front mount trailer hitch here on our 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. So here's what our trailer hitch is going to look like installed here. The majority of it is actually going to be tucked up behind our front bumper facia here. So the only thing we're really going to be seeing is the actual receiver tube. Now, with this hidden install, obviously we're going to get the best overall appearance, but we're also not going to reduce our ground clearance near as much.

It actually doesn't even stick down below this plastic panel here so it won't be reducing our ground clearance at all.So a front mount trailer hitch receiver can be used for a number of different things. Probably the most common purpose would be to help position a trailer. If we have a tight parking space we need to park our trailer in, or we need better help maneuvering our trailer in the campground, the front mount trailer hitch is going to be an excellent option for that. Something else a lot of people use them for as well is if we want to mount a winch on the front of our truck here. We don't have a grill guard with any sort of mounting integrated into it.

So we actually sell some winch mounting plates that'll fit perfectly inside this two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, allowing us to utilize a winch on the front of our truck.So another common use of a front mount trailer hitch here is going to be for a snow plow. Now we have plenty of snowplows. It'll be an excellent option here for this 2500 that'll fit directly into the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. So if you are planning on using it for pushing some snow, make sure you check out all of our snowplow selection.So if we are going to be using our trailer hitch for a front mounted winch, keep in mind, we have a 10,000 pound line pull rating, so it's going to be plenty enough to help your buddy out of the ditch or get yourself out of the ditch. We're also going to have a thousand pound tongue weight rating.

So pretty much, no matter how heavy your trailer is, you're probably going to be able to utilize the front mount hitch to help maneuver it around. You just have to make sure the fully loaded tongue weight of our trailer does not exceed this thousand pound rating.So on the side of our trailer hitch receiver here, we're going to see we have a standard five-eighths inch diameter hitch pin and clip. Keep in mind, this is going to be sold separately, but this is what we're going to use to secure our ball mount if we're using it to maneuver a trailer or a winch plate, if we're going to be using it for a front mounted winch.A few things that set EcoHitch apart from their competitors is number one, where they're going to be using recycled steel. So definitely going to be environmental friendly options. And they're also made right here in the USA so you know that you're getting a quality well-made product.So now, we have a couple of measurements here for you.

They're going to help you when you're selecting your hitch mounted accessories. The first one we're going to measure from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube. That'll be useful when you're selecting your ball mount. That's going to be 15 and a half inches. And then lastly, we have the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper there. That will be useful when you're selecting your hitch mounted accessories, such as a bike rack, cargo carrier. That way we can ensure that while they're in the stowed position, they don't contact the bumper. It looks like you got about an inch and a half there, so you shouldn't have any issues with that.So in regards to installation, it's pretty simple and straightforward. We do have to take off a couple panels here, but nothing's particularly difficult, just going to take it a little bit of time. We actually don't need to do any drilling into the truck either. There will be some minor trimming, which you can't really see once done so, but aside from that, it's definitely something you guys can do at home by yourself. Now let's go ahead and jump into installation now.So the first step of our installation today, we're going to take a seven millimeter socket. We're going to come to the front bumper facia of our vehicle here, this lower panel in particular. We're going to have eight screws we need to remove along the bottom side. So now we're going to come inside our bumper here directly behind the front bumper portion. If we look in about the center, we're going to see four screws, two up top here and two on the bottom. Need to go ahead and remove those. So now that we have the four center screws out, we're going to have two more here on either side we need to remove as well.So now with all of our fasteners removed, we're going to go ahead and remove this lower section here of our front bumper facia. We should be able to do this by just pulling straight out. Now we can go ahead and set this aside.So the next thing we're going to do is we're going to have to cut into our lower part of our facia here, which is going to be behind that panel that we just removed. As you can see here, we've already got our outline, but the first thing you're going to do is you're going to take the center point of these two mounting holes here on the outside. We'll mark our center line here, and then we're going to have a little bit of a indented surface here. We're going to have one on the top one on the bottom. We're going to be using this middle one here. So we're going to take our center line and then we're going to mark over in the amount in our instructions here to get our outside lines, then we're going to draw those straight down all the way to this bottom lip here. And then we'll simply make a line on the top here where our two ridges meet. So we'll go ahead and mark out that surface there.Now we're going to take a Dremel. We're just going to cut that out. Before we do so we want to make sure we check behind here, make sure we're not going to be cutting into any wires or anything.So now that we have our cutout here, we're going to go ahead and take a file here or a razor blade and just clean up all the rough edges. So the next thing we're going to do is we're actually going to begin trimming the piece that we took off a few steps prior. Now, in order to do this, again, we're going to need to take the distance. We're going to find the center line here. So we're going to measure from the inside of this bracket to the inside of this bracket. That's going to give us our center line measurement and then we're going to measure out a little bit on each side. The exact amount is going to be specified in the instructions. And then we're going to measure for the top, which is going to be from the bottom of our tab here to the top of this inside here. So once we have our cutout lined out, we can go ahead and take our Dremel tool and make sure that we get everything out to the correct size.Now we'll go ahead and, again, take a file here and clean up all the rough edges. So once we have all our edges cleaned up, in our kit here, we're going to get what they referred to as the trim lock. It's basically a little bit of rubber trim here that's going to go around the edges that we just cut for a little bit of a cleaner finish. So it installs pretty easily, just open up the channel a little bit and then slide it on. We'll just work our way up and around until we come out the other side.This is what it should look like when we're done. We'll simply just trim off the excess here. Come to the outside here, we're still going to be working down in this lower portion of the front bumper facia. We're going to have two screws here. We're going to have two on either side for a total of four. We need to remove those.So now if we come to the inside here, we're still going to be using, working with this lower trim piece here. We're going to have one screw here, which goes down. So it holds this top plastic portion to this bottom trim piece. We're going to have one on either side. We need to go ahead and remove both of those. Once done so, this lower piece should come out altogether. Just go ahead and set this aside.So now we need to go ahead and remove the bolts which are holding our tow hook in place. We're going to have these two here, two on either side. We're going to remove these using an 18 millimeter socket and wrench. We're going to have a nut on the backside we're going to need to hold as well. And keep in mind, once we get this hardware out, we will not be reusing it. Now we're going to get a good grip on our tow hook here, so it's going to slide out of position when we get that last bolt through. We'll just go ahead and repeat that same process on the other side.If your particular truck here has a wiring harness, which is going to be secured to one of these holes here, this one right here, right behind our tow hook bolts. We're going to go ahead and remove that. We're going to zip tie it to our cross member back here. Our particular model doesn't have that wiring harness here, so we don't have to worry about it. But if you do have that, we'll unclip it here. And again, just zip tie it to the cross member here using the provided zip tie.Now we need to go ahead and remove our factory skid shield here. It's going to be held on with four bolts, two on the top, and then two on the bottom. We'll take a 15 millimeter socket, we'll remove those now. And go ahead and set this aside.So now what we're going to do is we're going to come to either side here where we just removed the factory tow hook. We're going to take our longer five inch hex bolts here. We're going to need two of them for this step. We're going to place a flat washer on each one and we're going to come from the outside and push our bolts in towards the inside of the vehicle here.Then what we're going to do is we're going to take our spacer plate here. It's going to have some three sided tape on the back or some double-sided tape on the back, remove that. Then we're going to place that, we're going to align the two holes here with our two bolts and we're going to press it against the frame there so it can stick. And now we're going to flush up our bolts with that spacer plate, just like that.We'll repeat the same process on the other side. So now we can take our center panel here. We're going to go ahead and re-install this back on the vehicle here using the reverse order that we used to take it off. Now with an extra set of hands, we can go ahead and set our hitch up into position. Once we align our holes, we should be able to push our bolt through to secure it in place. Now that we have our hardware in place, go ahead and install a flat washer. Follow that up with a lock washer, and then finally, our hex nut. We'll just repeat that same process on our other three bolts there.So the next thing we need to do is we need to secure our hardware to this last attachment hole here on the outside of our flange. In order to do that, we're going to take our fish wire here that comes in our kit. We're going to feed the coiled end through the hole in the hitch. We're going to feed that through till it comes out the opened end at the top of our frame here. We'll simply pull that down. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our spacer block, put that over there like so. I'm going to follow that up with one of our conical tooth washers and finally we'll thread on or hex bolt.Now what we'll do is, set everything on the bolt, take it. We'll pull it back through and lineup our holes there. Now we're going to remove this fish wire here. We're just going to do that same thing on the other side. Now that we have our hardware in through the frame, we're going to place a flat washer over this. We're going to use that to pin the side of the bolt. So we don't push it back up into the frame. Then we're going to take a split lock washer and then a hex nut. We'll again, just repeat that same process on the other side.So now we'll take our 19 millimeter socket. We're going to torque down all of our fasteners to the amount specified in our instructions. So once we have our two outside bolts torqued here, before we torque the middle ones, we want to make sure we go ahead and slide our tow hooks back into position. We'll have to remove the bolts for that, but then the tow hook should slide in pretty easy. Then we can just put our bolts back through and torque everything done. Then we'll go ahead and reinstall our skid shield and our little lip here on the bottom of our bumper facia in the reverse order that we took them off.And that'll do it today for a look and installation of the EcoHitch Hidden front mount trailer hitch receiver here on our 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500..


Dan H.

6/15/2022

You used a 2020 Silverado - hitch was for a 2021. Make any difference?

David B.

6/16/2022

Doesn't matter Dan! The EcoHitch Hidden Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # EH57FR will fit 2020, 2021 and 2022 Silverado 2500s.

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