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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Toyota Sienna - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Toyota Sienna

Today on our 2012 Toyota Sienna we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Offering the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening opening, its part number is 75237. Now here's what the hitch is going to look like installed on the Sienna. The crosstube's going to be visible all the way across the rear here. Our brackets come down from the side mounts. Receiver tube opening here in the middle. Now this is a Class 3 hitch, so we've got the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening.

It offers the nice rounded reinforcement collar here to clean up the appearance. Now with this being a Class 3 hitch, it's going to be very versatile. It's going to work with your ball mounts, bike racks, cargo carriers. If they make accessories that work in a hitch, it's probably going to come in a Class 3 variety. You'll notice our safety chain connection points are going to be a plate-style here. There's a nice large opening. It's going to give us plenty of room for whatever size chains we might connect.

When it comes to securing items in our hitch, there are going to be two holes. We only want to use the hole that's closest to the front of the vehicle, the larger 5/8 diameter hole. Whatever accessory you might choose, it looks like there's going to be plenty of room around it for that to work. The smaller hole closer to the rear is only for use with the j-pin stabilization system. There is a welded-on wiring bracket if you decided to bring your wiring outside of the vehicle. It's been pre-drilled with three holes, so you can attach maybe a seven-pole or a four-pole back here if you'd like.

It is definitely the stronger of the two options available from Draw-Tite. This offers a 675 pound tongue weight rating. That would be the maximum downward force we can put at our receiver tube opening. It's going to give us a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That would be the total weight of your trailer and anything you we're to load up on it.

It is rated for use with weight distribution. The tongue weight's going to stay at 675 but the gross trailer weight rating, it goes up to 5,000 pounds. You definitely want to check out the owner's manual on the Sienna to see what it's rated for and then go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a few measurements that will be helpful for selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening we've got about 11". Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about 4-3/4". With that being said, we would recommend items with a raised shank to help promote better ground clearance. Now the first step in the installation process is going to be to remove this cover. Pretty much covers the entire bottom side here underneath the rear hatch panel. You have the option of leaving this off or reinstalling it. That's going to be up to you. If you plan on reinstalling it, you're going to be cutting the majority of it away. There's a little line right here that you'll follow all the way around and up this edge. That's the part you're going to be putting back on what these six fasteners here. In our case today, we're going to be leaving the panel off, but that will be the process you'll do to get that removed. Now to get the panel removed, we're going to have a series of push pin fasteners, a few screws, and a few push nuts there. Our push fasteners have the white center to them. There's two right here in the center. You're going to pop the middle of that out. Then the whole thing should come with it. We'll do these two and the ones that go all the way across the front edge there. If they do pull apart, it's not a big deal. You just push it back in. Once those are out, we'll go across the rear edge here. They're screws, but they've got bolt heads. You can also use a Phillips bit and get those removed. Now if you are returning this panel after you cut it, you want these four screws and those two push nuts. For these it's best just to use a big screwdriver. Got two here at the back, one here, and then one right over there. We'll get that pulled down. Now we need to clear off the weld nuts here. We're on the driver side. They've just basically got stickers on them. You see we've got the forward. There's a rubber plug here we can skip. Then we've got the two here on the backside. Now with these covered, our weld nuts should be nice and clean, but it's always a good idea to get a nylon tube brush in there and some spray lubricant to clean them out. Then we'll go to the passenger side and we'll remove the exact same stickers there. Now if you don't have a tube brush, this is part number 814092 on our website. You can pick one up. Now on our passenger side, in order to get to those attachment points, we want to separate this rear exhaust hanger, spray it with a little spray lubricant there. Then you can use a large screwdriver or a pry bar. Just try to pry out on that bottom edge, sliding it off of the post just like that. That will give us enough room to get our hands up in there and get to those. Now we can guide our hitch up over the exhaust on the passenger side. We'll get one of our bolts started here on our driver side. Now we're going to use the provided hardware. We want to have a flat washer on it, also a lock washer. Then we'll just thread it into our three weld nuts. With one started here, let's get one started on the passenger side. Once we have four or five turns on each of our bolts, we'll just let our hitch rest there, get the rest of our hardware started on each side. Now we'll just take a quick look. We want to be sure that we've got our hitch centered with the vehicle, and we'll start snugging down those bolts. Now we'll go through and torque our bolts down to the specifications, which are listed in our instructions. Now we can get our exhaust back in position. I like to pull the hanger off of those upper mounts. Take the single and slide it on. Then that will be easier to just raise that up and roll it into position. That's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75237, on our 2012 Toyota Sienna.

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