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EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Toyota Sienna

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How to Install the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Toyota Sienna


Today on our 2019 Toyota Sienna, we're gonna be installing EcoHitch's class three two inch trailer hitch receiver. And this is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's installed. The cross tube is gonna be hidden completely behind the bumper, so you're only gonna see the receiver tube sticking out the back here. It's a class three, two inch by two inch receiver, so it's gonna be great for all of your towing needs, from bike racks, to cargo carriers, to trailers. It uses a five-eighths inch hitch pin and clip, now one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can pick one up here etrailer.com. It features plate-style safety chain loops, they've got a nice large opening with a smaller edge there so it'll be able to accommodate just about every shape and size of safety chain.

You do wanna verify in your vehicle's owner's manual to ensure that you don't exceed any of its towing capacities. Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 13 inches. This is important when determining if you need to drop, raise, or a raised shank on any of your accessories. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the the rear bumper, it measures about three inches.

This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper. We'll begin our installation at the back of the vehicle by removing our under shield. There are five bolts across the back that we're gonna remove using a 10 millimeter socket. There's one Phillips-head screw on the driver's side that we need to remove. There are then seven push pin fasteners that we'll need to remove.

To remove those, you'll simply take a flat-bladed screwdriver or a trim panel remover tool, work your way underneath of it, and pull it down. We'll repeat that for all the ones that are remaining. There's a small black piece as well that this slides into, you wanna take those out as well so you don't lose them. There are then four plastic nuts you'll need to remove, they've got kind of a plus in the middle that you can put your screwdriver in and you just wanna unscrew those. I have to put a little bit of downward pressure on these when unscrewing.

We'll repeat that for the remaining fasteners. We can then pull our panel down and set it aside. We'll now I need to trim our under shield for our receiver tube to fit, you'll refer to your instructions for the outline that I've drawn out here, and you can cut this out with either a rotary cutting tool, or a pair of tin snips. And once you get to the back you can fold it back, and I find it easier to get a straight cut by just using the razor knife. So you can just kind of work it back and forth and slide your knife along there and it'll cut right through. Now we'll locate the holes where our hitch is going to be mounted. On the side of your frame on each side, you're gonna have some stickers and a little rubber plug, and we're gonna remove all the stickers. So, take your screwdriver, you can also push up and then pull it down, however you wanna get your the stickers off, really, it doesn't matter. We'll be leaving the rubber plug in. And then we'll remove the stickers on the other side as well. So now to give us more room getting our hitch into position, we're gonna take the rubber isolator loose on the passenger's side. So we're gonna spray that down with some lubricant to make it easier to push off, and then we're just gonna use a pry bar to push off that rubber isolator. We'll not prepare the hardware for the hitch. Take the larger bolts that come in your kit, you're gonna slide on a lock washer, followed by two flat washers. When you're done, you should have six bolts prepared like this. Now with an extra set of hands, we're gonna lift our hitch into position. Now the instructions do recommend that you take the fascia off, however, I've found that if you take the hitch and start on the passenger's side, you can pull the tabs back, get the hitch to go underneath of it. You gotta make sure you go above the tab on the inside here that has the bolt sticking down the bottom as you work it up. Once you get the passenger's side up, then you can move over and start getting the driver's side up. Now we'll take the hardware we've prepared and thread it into the holes. We wanna make sure you go through the hitch into the weld nuts in the bottom of the frame. Once you get one started on each side, the hitch will hold itself in position making it easier to install the rest of your hardware. Now we can tighten down our hardware using a 19 millimeter socket. Next, we'll prepare the hardware for our straps, take the smaller bolts in your kit place on these smaller lock washers and flat washer, you'll have four of these total when you're done. We'll now take our straps, we're gonna put those in position. They're gonna go on each side of your receiver, you wanna make sure you've got the correct side. The flange here should face towards the rear of the vehicle and angle outward towards the outside of the vehicle. so this is our driver's side one we're gonna be putting on here, we're gonna slide it up. Between the hitch and the bumper after you've set it up, you need to turn it, and slide it back over. We'll then take our bolts, we're gonna slide them through our strap, and through our hitch. Now on the other side, we're gonna place our serrated flange nut. We're gonna repeat that for the other hole and then perform the exact same procedure to install the strap on the other side. And now we can tighten down our hardware using a 15 millimeter socket and wrench. Now we can go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. We can now re-install our under shield and put our exhaust back in place. And with our exhaust back in place, we're all set. And that completes our installation of EcoHitch's class three, two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Toyota Sienna..


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