Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Volkswagen Routan - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2010 Volkswagen Routan

Today on our 2010 Volkswagen Routan we're going to be taking at then showing you how to install the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch. This is a two inch opening, part number on it is 87451. This is what the hitch is going to look like once you get it installed on the vehicle. It's a really nice clean look. There's no trimming of the rear fascia required, it just kind of rests right on top. We don't have to worry about changing the factory setup. There's a dual pin. As you can see this is going to accept the J-pin which is a stabilization and also a locking device.

The main bracing that you can see is hidden up underneath the car so it's a very small exposed area, really clean looking. Of course you're going to have your safety chain loops on either side and with it being a two inch hitch, that's going to give us lots of options as far the bike racks, the cargo carriers and things like are concerned. Hitch is going to offer a 400 pound maximum ton weight rating and 4000 pound gross trailer weight rating. You do want to refer into the instruction manual/owner's manual of your Routan and see what it's rated for and just off of whichever those of those weights are the lowest. Let's go over a couple measurements that's going to help you in selecting your ball mounts, cargo carriers or bike racks. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is about is 4-3/4 of an inch. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is about 13-1/4. Before we get started we'll go over the tools that we're going to need. It's a really, really, easy installation.

You're going to need a 13mm socket, a 15mm socket and an 18mm socket. Of course you'll need a socket wrench and a torque wrench, maybe a larger Phillips screwdriver, just to kind of use as a hitch pin aligner. Sometimes you need it sometimes you don't but a really easy basic installation. We're going to start by dropping down the exhaust here. Before we do that we always put a safety strap along the bottom to kind of support some of the weight here. Then we've got three bolts to remove.

We'll start at the back and go forward. Just in front of your small tail pipe here at the very back. There's an exhaust hanger and there's a 13mm head bolt right here. That, we're going to remove. We'll remove the one located just behind the muffler here in the middle. Now retain all of your bolts we're going to be reusing those to put the exhaust back up.

Then finally the last one it's located to the passenger side of that muffler that's in the middle. With that out, the weight will be resting on our strap and we'll just give that some slack. As you can see it's still supported slightly but just for safety. We're going to remove the bolt that requires an 18mm socket right here. You want to be careful of the air line or the AC line here. We don't want to do any damage to that. We'll be reusing that so we'll set it aside. We're also going to remove the one here at the very back. This one is going to require a 15mm socket. Of course we'll be saving these for reuse. We can go over to the driver's side. We've got three bolts to take care of there. We'll start with the two here in the front. These are going to be 18mm. You'll see once I get these two out that nut plate. It kind of kicks over just a little bit. That's where we'll be putting that screwdriver in and then just kind of prying over to get those holes to line back up. Then we'll remove the last one here at the rear which is going to be a 15mm socket. We're going to raise the hitch up into position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to kind of help. What we'll do is just guide it right over our exhaust here on this side. We're going to start one of our bolts. We've got the support I'm going to go ahead and start the second one over here. We can transition over to our driver's side. To line our hitch pins up we're going to use the Phillips screwdriver I told you about. In this case we're going to use a hitch alignment tool. That's just to press that nut plate over far enough to where we can get our bolt started. We'll go through after taking a quick look to be sure we've got our hitch centered and tighten down our hardware. The smaller bolt uses a 15mm, the larger bolt uses an 18mm. Be careful when tightening this one down that you don't pinch your AC line. We can go over and take care of the driver's side. We'll switch to our torque wrench and torque all of our hardware down. With everything torqued down to the specifications in the instructions we'll start replacing the bolts to our exhaust hanger. Then we'll pull down our safety strap and our hitch is in place ready for use. With our exhaust put back in place that's going to complete today's look at the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch, part number 87451 on our 2010 Volkswagen Routan. .

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