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How to Install the Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Toyota Sienna

Speaker 1: Today on our 2011 Toyota Sienna, we're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Etrailer Class Three Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number E98853.So here's what our hitch looks like once we have it installed. Now what's really gonna set this one apart from others on the market is that that cross two is gonna be completely hidden behind the bumper. So all we're gonna see is the receiver tube sticking out. And the big benefit to that is we're not gonna have that section hanging down all the way below the bumper, so we're gonna have better ground clearance, and not have to worry as much about scraping a driveway or speed bumps when we go over them.Now our hitch is gonna give us a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, so we're gonna have a lot of different options when it comes to accessories we're gonna mount. The way we're gonna mount them is through the hitch pin hole here on the side, and it is gonna accept a standard 5A pin and clip. While these are not included in the kit, you can pick them up here at as far as the safety chain connection points go, it's gonna be a loop style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, and as you can see, we're gonna have plenty of room to get most sized hooks on or off.

And since that loop style, we're gonna have plenty of room, not have to worry about any kind of interference with our hitch pin.And one of my favorite things is the finish on this hitch. It is gonna have a flat black carbide finish on it, so it's not gonna have that really high gloss. But it is gonna protect the hitch, and help hide scratches and dirt a lot better.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is gonna have a 525 pound tongue weight, which is gonna be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube. It's also gonna have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight reading, which is the amount it can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now with those numbers in mind, you should always double check your Toyota's owners' manual, and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.

But with the tongue weight being that high, it is gonna be ideal for some of those larger cargo carriers or bike racks all the way up to five bikes.Like to give you a few measurements, and that'll help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's gonna be right about three and a half inches. Now that measurement's gonna come in handy whenever you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have adequate clearance, and it doesn't come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's gonna be right about 12 inches. That measurement's gonna come in handy when you're looking for ball mounts to make sure you find the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer, but also at that height, I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank to give us a little bit more ground clearance.So now that we've seen what the hitch looks like and gone over some features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're gonna come to the back of our Sienna, and we'll come underneath, and we're gonna have this appearance panel that we're gonna have to remove.

We're gonna have a total of five bolts, just like this one right here, going along the back edge. So we'll grab a 10 millimeter socket, and pull those out.Then we're gonna have multiple pushpin fasteners like here, and with these, you're gonna wanna get a flathead screwdriver, and you're gonna wanna pop that center section out. And it'll release the tension, and we can pull the rest of the clip out.Finally, we're gonna have three of these screw-type fasteners. You wanna grab a large Phillips head screwdriver that's gonna be big enough that it'll engage the fastener, and we can unscrew it. Now a lot of times when we go to unscrew this, it'll just start spinning, so if you need to, you can kinda slightly pull down while you're loosening it.

And for now, we're gonna set this panel aside.Now we're gonna have to lower our exhaust. So I went ahead and sprayed some spray lubricant on the rubber hanger here, and we're gonna wanna slide that rubber isolator off the exhaust, we'll have just a little bit more room to move around. Just take a pry bar, and pry against the hanger so we can slide that isolator off. And the exhaust isn't gonna come down very far, but it's gonna give us enough room so that we can get our hitch up to the frame.Now as we come to the bottom of the frame, we're gonna have several plastic plugs. We're gonna need to remove those. The ones that have the notch in it, we can take a flathead screwdriver. We're just gonna loosely unscrew them, and then we can pull them out. Now the one towards the front, there's just gonna be a flat plug. You're just gonna wanna take that flathead screwdriver and pry the plug out. We're gonna wanna remove all the plugs on both sides of the frame.Now underneath those plugs, we're gonna have some weld nuts that are inside of the frame. You wanna make sure that those are nice and clean, and there's no dirt, debris, or rust. So I'm gonna spray a little spray lubricant inside there, and then take a nylon tube brush and clean each one of them out. Once you have them cleaned out, it's not a bad idea to grab one of your M12 bolts, and make sure that you can easily thread it in by hand.While we're here, we can go over the mounting locations and hardware we're gonna use. In each one of the weld nuts on both sides of the frame, it's gonna get an M12 bolt, and we'll follow that up with a conical tooth washer, and you wanna make sure that the teeth are facing up. It'll go through the hitch, and into the frame.Now we found an easy way to get our hitch in place without fully removing the fascia. If we look on the bottom, we're gonna have these metal tabs that have a stud coming through. That's really about the only thing that's gonna prevent our hitch from coming up behind the bumper. So if we, very carefully, just bend these down, it'll give us a little bit more room, and also we can always kinda flex on the fascia a little bit to get the hitch in place. You just wanna be careful when you're bending these, you don't wanna bend them too much or too fast, because we don't wanna break them off. We'll bend them out of the way so we have just enough room to get our hitch in place.Now with an extra set of hands we're gonna lift our hitch over the exhaust, and you will need to kinda slightly pull out on the fascia tabs as we're lifting up to go around the hitch, and we can lift our hitch up, and line it up with the holes in the frame. Once the hitch is lined up, we'll take our volt and conical tooth washer, and we're gonna get one secure on each side so the hitch'll support itself.With the hitch supported, we can put in the rest of our hardware. We'll come back with a 19 millimeter socket. We're gonna snug up all of our hardware. We're gonna come back, and we're gonna torque all of our hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. You wanna make sure you repeat that for all the remaining hardware. With our hitch in place, we can put the exhaust back up. We'll go 'head and take those tabs, we're gonna bend them straight so they're coming out flat again.Now we're gonna have to trim our underbody panel here so that we can fit it back in place. I already went ahead and marked out the area that needs to be trimmed, and we'll find a diagram in our instructions. I wanna come back with a razor knife. I'm just gonna score the plastic a few times, going over it a couple times. And once I have a nice, clean line, I can push a little bit harder, and cut all the way through. Now it's a good idea to go 'head and test fit the panel and make sure that everything fits properly, and we can always trim more if need be.So we'll lift our panel up. It's gonna get everything kinda loosely in place. Wanna line up the studs with those screw fasteners, and we can actually just push those back on, we don't have to screw them back into place. That'll help hold the panel up as well. And now we can put all the fasteners back in that we took out earlier. If the white section came out of the pushpin fastener that's okay, we'll just push the black part in, and we'll take the center section, line it up, push it in, and it'll lock it down.That'll finish up your look at the Etrailer Class Three Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number E98853 on our 2011 Toyota Sienna.

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