Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Nissan Quest - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Nissan Quest

Speaker 1: Today on our 2013 Nissan Quest, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13078. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is visible, however it does have a round tube design, so it's going to fit nicely with the contour of the vehicle. It's going to be a class three. It's going to be two inch by two inch. Your hitch pin hole is going to be 5/8 inch in diameter.

It is going to have a reinforced collar to give you a little extra stability on your receiver tube. It's going to have a plate style safety chain ring, gives you plenty of room for different size safety chain hooks. Here you can see it's nice and flush with the edge of the bumper fascia, so you're not going to have to worry about hitting your legs or your shins on it when loading and unloading the vehicle.You're going to have a 300 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. You'll have a 3,500 pound max trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. Now I do recommend checking your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight.

You're going to want to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch. Now you can use weight distribution with this hitch. Tongue weight is going to go up to 500 pounds and trailer weight's going to go up to 5,000 pounds. As far as the installation goes, it is a fairly simple install. It's going to use existing holes in the frame.

It's going to come with all necessary hardware. The only thing I recommend is getting an extra set of hands to help lift the hitch into place.Now let's give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mounted accessories you may need such as a bike rack, ball mount, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the outermost part of the bumper, will be about two and a half inches from the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 11 inches. Now it's a good idea to get a raised shank for better ground clearance. Now let me show you how to get this installed.

First thing we need to do to start our installation is when you get in the back of the vehicle, you pull up your floor pans here. We'll just flip them over. What need to do is on each side, right about here, we need to pull back the carpet just a little bit. You're going to have two rubber plugs. You're going to need to remove those and you're going to have the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. You're going to want to hold onto those, because we're going to be reinstalling them. On your driver's side, you're going to have two bolts that are going to have to remove. Now these are holding up your tow hook. We're using an 18 millimeter socket.Now, here on our passenger side, you can see the two threaded holes here. You want to make sure you clean those out. What does it take Some lubricant. Spray it in there. Each hole. And we can take a . just a tube brush, make sure you clean those threads out good. Once you got them cleaned out, take one of your bolts and you want to thread it in the hole to make sure that you're not cross threading. You're going to want to repeat this process on any of the holes that are going to be open to the element that the hitch is going to be attached to. Now underneath the vehicle, we're going to take out these two remaining bolts that are holding up our tow hook, because the boat was not coming loose, I don't want to take a chance to use a power tool to start removing it. I don't want it to strip out or break off, so I use the regular wrench to loosen it and then I'll go back to the power tool and take it out, and then we'll set this aside. We will not be reinstalling this.Now, with an extra set of hands. We'll get our hitch into position. You're going to take one of your hex bolts, conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that the teeth of the washer are facing up for the hitch. Next, using a 19 millimeter socket, we'll tighten down our four bolts on the bottom of our hitch, you have two on your passengers side and two on your driver's side. Now we're gonna repeat that same process on the other side. And here in the back of the vehicle, where we took out our rubber plugs, we're going to do that same process again, hex bolt, conical tooth washer, teeth facing toward the hitch. Now we can go ahead and tighten these down and then install the two on our passenger side. Once you have all your hardware installed, torque everything down and specifications in the instructions. Now we're going to reinstall the rubber plugs that we took out. We're going to repeat that on the remaining three holes and then we can tuck our carpet back in place. Now we can put our floor panels back in place. Once you have your four panels back in place, you're ready to hit the road. And that'll do it for our look at an installation on the Curt Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13078 on our 2013 Nissan Quest.

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