Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome


Speaker 1: Today, on this 2017 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 65053.This front mount hitch is a great way to add a spare tire carrier to the front of your motorhome, or if you want to use a bike rack on the front of it, as you're towing a car behind your motorhome, this is a great solution for you.Many of our customers have expressed issues when installing this hitch, as far as difficulty with dealing with the hardware, getting the bumper in position and trimming around the bumper, as well as relocating the license plate if they have one. We'll get to that later and show you how simple that really is.On the end of our receiver, you'll find this nice welded on collar, which helps improve the strength of the receiver opening and also gives us a nice, finished look.This hitch features a 500 lb max cargo carrying capacity. So, if we're using a motorcycle carrier or a cargo carrier or bike rack, that's how much weight will be forcing down on it. It also features a 9,000 lb max line pull capacity. So, if you're using it for a winch plate carrier, it can withstand a winch that can pull 9,000 lbs. So, just keep that in mind for whatever you plan on using with your front mounted hitch.Now, for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need.

You're looking at about 16" from the ground to the top of the 2" receiver opening and about 2" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the forward most part of the front bumper.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we'll be at the front of our motorhome and we need to remove one panel. We'll have four 8mm fasteners, just like this one, to remove.With those fasteners removed, we'll grab the panel, pull it down and back, away from the front bumper and we can set it aside.And each one of our frame rails will have this forward hole, right next to where our bumper beam bolts too. We need to enlarge this to a half inch. You can either use a drill bit, or you can use a step bit, which is what I'm going to use.Now, on each side of our frame rail, we'll have a 21mm nut just like this. It's the same on both sides of the vehicle, so keep in mind, everything we do on one side will repeat on the other.

We need to loosen these nuts. We don't need to remove them, we just need to loosen them far enough that we can slip our hardware in between the bumper and the frame and yet still keep the bumper in place. So, just keep it on a few turns.Now we'll take our pull wire and go through this large oval hole here. This is our rear attachment point for our hitch and we'll work the pull wire out the front of the frame and it'll come down behind our bumper.Now, we'll take one of our square spacers, stick it over the pull wire and we'll thread a carriage bolt onto the pull wire and we'll feed this into the frame and then pull the bolt through the hole and remove our pull wire.We'll now take our pull wire, go through the small hole in the front, that we enlarged earlier and we'll repeat the same process of attaching our hardware.Right, with our hardware now in place in the frame rails on both sides of the vehicle, we can refasten the nuts that hold our bumper beam in place. Now because our bumper beam can be moved up and down, we'll line up the nuts with the marks where they originally we're on the frame, so our bumper's at the correct height.Now, in our particular case, this motorhome is equipped with a front license plate, so we need to remove the factory bracket for the time being.

We'll push up on these tabs in the bottom and we'll use a flat head screwdriver to release the tabs on the top and it'll pull off the vehicle and we can set it aside.I went ahead and marked out on our fascia here an area right in the center, where we need to trim out. Right until this line right here where the two sections meet; and this is all according to the instructions.I'm going to use a rotary tool to do this. You can also use a sharp utility knife, or a pair of tin snips but a rotary tool I found works the best.We found that we actually need to trim out this entire section right here, so we'll just go ahead and do that.Now, with an extra set of hands, we'll take our hitch and we'll raise it into position.With our hitch in position, we'll now take a conical tooth washer, the teeth will face up towards the hitch and we'll thread on a nut. Now we'll tighten down our hardware.Now, we'll torque all our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions.On our underbody splash here, we marked out on each side areas that we need to cut out, according to the instructions. I'll use a rotary tool again; and here's what it looks like once we have it trimmed.Now we can take our trimmed underbody panel and reinstall it.Now, when it comes to our front license plate, we won't be able to reinstall the bracket in the original location because that's where the hitch is.

If we cut off one of these tabs on the top, we'll be able to reinstall it. If we cut off this one right here, closer to the driver's side of the vehicle, we'll be mounting it on the driver's side. If we cut off this one, we can mount it on the passenger side.I'm going to cut off this tab right here, flush right there. Then we should be able to mount it okay on the driver's side.So, this tab here that we left will go onto the driver's side location into its original hole and the bottoms will just clip onto the bumper.And that completes our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 65053, on this 2017 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome.


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