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etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Toyota Sienna

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Toyota Sienna


Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at Etrailer.com. Today on our 2018 Toyota Sienna we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Etrailer.com class three two inch trailer hitch receiver.What I really like about this hitch, unlike some of the other ones out there, is that it's going to be completely hidden and help maintain that clean factory look. Now since our hitch is concealed and sits up behind our bumper, it's also going to give us another inch or two of ground clearance. That extra clearance is going to be beneficial when we're going up and down those steep driveways or hills. Another thing I really like is the hitch's finish. It's going to be a matte black carbide finish, which is going to be scratch resistant, look good, and blend in to the back of our van.

Our hitch is going to have a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, and a reinforced collar fracture strength Now it's going to have the standard five-eighth size pin hole. Now keep in mind a pin and clip does not come included, but it's you need one you can find it here at each trailer. It's going to have loop style safety chain openings, which are going to give us plenty of room to use just about any size hook.Now many of our Sienna customers use their vans for a little bit of everything. Whether you plan on doing some towing, using your hitch for a bike rack or cargo carrier, this is going to work great. It's going to free up some space and the inside of your van.

Our hitch is going to have some pretty impressive weight capacities as far. As the maximum gross tongue weight rating goes, it's going to be 525 pounds, the amount of weight pushing down on our hitch. That's going to be plenty of capacity to use just about any bike rack or cargo carrier you want.Now when it comes to the maximum gross trailer weight rating, that's going to be 3,500 pounds, the amount of weight pulling on her hitch. That's the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it. Now I do want to point out it is always a good idea to check with your Toyota's owner's manual to make sure your van can pull that much weight.

Now if you do plan on doing a little bit of towing, I'd recommend some trailer wiring. That way your lights work when you're going down the road and you'll be safe and legal.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements. These are going to help you when deciding which hitch mounted accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening it's going to be about 12 and a half inches. You're going to use that to figure out if you need to get a ball mount with either a drop or rise.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, it's about four inches. You're gonna use that measurement to figure out if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in an upright position without hitting our back bumper.Now some of our customers had some issues during the installation, but I'll show you some tips and tricks along the way to make it a lot easier. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and do it together now.To begin our installation we're going to need remove our underbody panel. Now what we're going to take out first is a handful of white pushpin fasteners. To get these removed we're just going to take a small flat head screwdriver. Then get underneath the head of it, and work it down. Get underneath the base, and pull it out completely. There's going to be a total of eight of these white pushpin fasteners. Now we're going to have a total of four of these plastic Phillips head style twist nuts, and so we'll just loosen all of these off. They won't fall down or anything like that. You just want to give them a few turns to the left to help unseat them.Now we're going to have five 10 millimeter bolts we're going to have to take out here at the edge of the bumper. Now keep in mind when you remove all these our splash guard will no longer be supported, so you're going to want to use your hand. That way it doesn't fall on top of you. Now if it doesn't drop down right away, you may have to come back with your Philips head and on these twist knobs kind of just give light pressure pulling down on the splash guard and unseat these a little more. Once we have it off we can set it over to the side.Now we're going to need to lower our exhaust, but before we do that I'm going to use a support strap to run from one side to the other. That way we have a little bit of control on how fast our exhaust comes down. Now we're going to have a rubber isolator hanger here a little bit before the end of our tailpipe, and that's what we're going to have to remove. Now I went ahead and sprayed it down with some soapy water to make it a little easier, or you can use some general purpose lubricant to do the same thing. Take a pry bar and work that rubber portion of the hanger off the tailpipe.Now on our frame rail we're going to have three stickers and one rubber plug we're going to have to take off. To get the plug just take a flat head and just pop it out. As far as the stickers go, just use a razor or your fingernails. Be Really careful and peel those off. Now the other side is set up the same way, so we're going to repeat that process over there.With our stickers out of the way, I'm going to use a tube brush to clean out the threads in our weld nuts. Now I went ahead and spray them down with some penetrating oil just to help clean them out. Keep in mind from this point on anything we do to one side we're going to do to the other. Our attachment points are going to be three factory weld nuts. Here, here and here. It will be the same on the other side.Now instead of removing our entire rear fascia, we found a trek that'll save us a ton of time and allow us to easily sneak our hitch into place. All we have to do is bend these two tabs down flat. To do that I'm just going to get a pair of pliers and carefully bend it down like that. Now with an extra set of hands we can put our hitch into place. You're going to want to go over the exhaust and kind of raise that hitch behind our bumper, and just pull these tabs behind it.Then once we have it up against our frame rail, we can secure it using a bolt and a conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that the teeth on the washer are facing up towards the hitch. It's a good idea to get one started on each side. That way the hitch will support itself while we work on the rest of them.With all of our hardware in place, now we can go ahead and tighten them down. Now using a torque wrench you can tighten everything down to the proper specification, which you can find in your instructions. Now with the hitch in place and torqued down, don't forget to push your tabs back up.Now we're going to trim our underbody panel according to the diagram in our instructions. I went ahead and marked where I'm going to cut here. Now this is pretty thin plastic, and I'm going to use a Dremel tool to cut it. However you can, use a utility knife or even a pair of snips. Before we put our panel up, don't forget to raise your exhaust back in position. Now we can raise our underbody panel back into position and re-secure it using the same fasteners. With everything in place we can now remove our support strap.That'll do it for our look at and our installation of the Etrailer.com class three two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2018 Toyota Sienna.


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