Mount-n-Lock HiLoHitch Installation - 2017 Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer

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How to Install the Mount-n-Lock HiLoHitch on a 2017 Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer


Hey, guys. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Mount-n-Lock HiLoHitch for 4" RV bumpers here on our 2017 Keystone Hideout. So the Mount-n-Lock HiLoHitch is going to be an excellent option for any trailer or RV with a 4" x 4" standard bumper. This is an industry standard size. So it would be good to go ahead and measure. But chances are, if you have the square bumper on the back of your RV, it's going to be this 4" x 4".Basically what this does is it's going to give us a connection point for a 2" hitch-mounted accessory, such as a bike rack that you see here, or a cargo carrier.

So if you're familiar with RVs, you've probably heard of the hitch-mounted bumpers before. It's probably not a new theory to you guys. But the Mount-n-Lock HiLoHitch is definitely going to be an excellent option for a few reasons.Number one, on the top here, we actually have a built-in tension bolt. Essentially what this does is when we tighten this down, it's going to help pin the shank of our hitch-mounted accessory inside the trailer hitch here. Therefore, it's going to cut down on that excess movement and rattle making for a much more stronger and secure connection point.Another nice thing about the HiLoHitch is that it doesn't use any U-bolts, like some of the other bumper mounted hitches do use.

Now, the advantage of that is number one, we're going to have a much more even spread of pressure here across the entire plate. So we're not going to risk deforming or damaging our bumper. It's also going to ensure that it stays tight. Sometimes U-bolts can work themselves loose over time, and again, causing damage or possibly losing our accessory.We're not going to have any issues with the HiLoHitch. As you can see here, the bracket design is quite intricate.

Everything's sort of sits in one way, locks into place, and it really has a nice firm grip hold on our bumper here.All of our components are going to be made of steel, and they're also going to be coated with a nice black powder coat. So this only looks nice. It actually blends in pretty well with most of the bumpers are painted black. But it's going to help it hold up in due time, making it more durable, hiding any nics or scratches and help preventing it from rust and corrosion. It's also going to be made right here in the USA.

So you know you're getting a well-made, quality product.With our hitch here, we're going to be getting a 300 pound weight capacity. And this is a lot. However, you actually are going to be limited to what the RV manufacturer allows for the bumper. So chances are, it's not going to be this high, but we actually do sell some brackets separately that allow you to beef up your bumper if you really need to obtain the higher weight capacity here of this hitch.It can actually be installed one of two ways. Right now we have it sort of in the rise position so that the receiver tube is on top of the bumper. There's also another position where we can install it so the receiver tube is on the bottom of the bumper. Now, depending on which location you want to install this in, it is sort of preference, but also in regards to what we're going to be using it for.If we're going to be using this for a bike rack or cargo carrier, which is what most likely you guys are going to be using it for as well, we probably want to go ahead and install it in the rise position. That way we gain some clearance for our accessories, such as our bike rack or cargo carrier.Along with this, our receiver tube opening here, it's going to be an industry standard as well, it's going to accept 2" hitch-mounted accessories. It does look a little overwhelming at first, but everything really goes only in one way. It's actually pretty easy to install. But essentially this bracket design, the tension bolt, all this allows it to do is it evenly distributes the weight of the accessory across the entire surface of the plates on the bumper. So we don't have to risk deforming our bumper or the bolts coming loose and lose our accessory.So we just removed the HiLoHitch, and as you can see, this is what our bumper looks like. We don't have any scratches to the paint and there's no deformations here to the bumper tube. So it's just like factory.In regards to installation, I know what you're going to think. As soon as you get this out of the box, you're going to see that there's quite a few different brackets and they all sort of have these weird jagged cuts on them. It's honestly a little overwhelming at first. I thought this was going to be a little bit more difficult to install initially, as well. However, everything fits into place really one way and it's actually super easy. You really only need a couple of sockets to install everything. So I would definitely encourage you guys to try this one at home by yourself. But now that we've gone over some of the features in the installation, let's go ahead and jump right into that so we can show you how it's done.The first step of our installation here, we want to determine if we're going to be installing a trailer hitch so that the receiver tube is on top of the bumper or on the bottom. Now this is really going to vary by preference. Most trailers sit a little lower to the ground there. So in which case, if we we're just using it for a bike rack or cargo carrier, the best position would be on top.But once we determined which one we're going to install it on for our particular application, we're going to be going on top of the bumper. We want to get about the center point. So we'd go ahead and measure our bumper to get the approximate center point. We're using it for a bike rack, so that doesn't matter as much. If we we're towing, we would definitely want to make sure we get it dead center.We also have a spare tire over here. So it sort of limits how far we can go over. But in this general area here will be perfect. So we'll take the base plate here that comes with our kit. You can see here, we have these four slotted holes, as well as these rectangular portions at the top and bottom. We'll go ahead and set this on our bumper here, with those little rectangular portions facing the front and rear of our bumper, just like that.Now we'll take our two side plates here. As you can see, there is going to be a difference between the top and bottom. This bottom, we have sort of this flat edge here. Whereas, the top we have more of the curve. We're going to be taking the flat edges here. They're actually going to be going face down on our base plate there. You can see the little grooves are going to line up. It should really only install one way, just like so. We'll go ahead and do that for the other side as well.Now we'll take our pressure plate here. You can see sort of this rectangular bracket with tons of those little rectangular holes. We'll go ahead and set that into position now. The slot should align on the outside and it should really only fall into position in the one place. Just like so.Now we're going to take our retention brackets here and go ahead and set those into place now. Again, everything should really fall into one place.Now we're going to take our pressure nut here, and we're going to go ahead and slide that into the size of the opening here on our pressure plates. We want to make sure that the flat edge. We can see one edge is flat. One edge is beveled here. The flat edge needs to be facing up, away from the bumper.Now we'll take the hook faceplate as they call it. We'll go ahead and slide it onto these top two hooks there and then down towards the bottom of the bumper.Now that we have the front plate on, we'll go ahead and repeat this process on the rear plate. Then we can go ahead and take our tension bolt here, and spread that into the nut that we installed a few steps previously.Now we're going to have two other bolt holes here on the bottom of these faceplates here. We need to go ahead and secure those using the coupler, our bolts and our flat washers. We'll go ahead and show you that sequence now. The bolt is going to go through the outside, follow that up with a flat washer, and then we can screw on our coupler. We'll go ahead and repeat that same process for the back side.Now we're going to take a crescent wrench along with a 1/2" socket. We're going to torque down our two bolts to the specifications in our instructions.Now we're going to take a 19 millimeter socket. We're just going to snug up our tension bolt here.And that'll do it today for our look and installation of the Mount-n-Lock HiLoHitch for 4" RV bumpers here on our 2017 Keystone Hideout..


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