etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500


Today on our 2016 GMC Sierra, we're going to take a look at and install the two inch class IV etrailer.com trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch looks like installed. It has that nice, matte black finish, and stays relatively hidden for the most part. Now, with our hitch on our truck, it's going to allow us to tow trailers or campers or boats, or even use it for things like bike racks or cargo carriers.Being a class IV hitch, it has a two inch by two inch receiver opening. It has a nice reinforced collar that uses a standard five eighths pin, which can be found on etrailer.com. Our safety chain loops are welded onto the hitch, and there's quite a bit of space, which allows just about any size hook over it.

The hitch's maximum tongue weight is 1,000 pounds. That's the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. The maximum trailer weight, however, is 10,000 pounds. That's the weight of the trailer plus anything on it. Now, you can use a weight distribution system, which does increase the maximum trailer weight to 12,000 pounds and the maximum tongue weight to 1,200 pounds.

However, it's always a good idea to check with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure your truck can pull that amount of weight.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements. These'll help you when choosing an accessory for your hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the bumper is about three inches, and from the ground to the topmost part of your receiver is about 18 inches. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go ahead and show you how to install it.To begin our install, we're going to remove our spare tire just to give us a little more room to work with. Next, we're going to remove these two bolts right here.

We'll do that with a 21 millimeter socket. On this one here, you will need a box wrench to hold the top of the bolt steady. And we'll complete that step on the other side. Before we put our hitch up on the truck, I do just want to point out which holes we'll be using for what. These first two holes here, these are the ones that we'll be reusing our factory hardware with, and these rear two holes, we will use the new supplied hardware.All right.

With the help of a friend, we'll go ahead and set our hitch in place. Now, with all of our factory hardware hand tight, we can go ahead and install our new hardware. The first thing we're going to want to do is grab a washer and slide that in between the frame rail and the hitch. Make sure the holes line up. All right, once you've done that, you will grab a carriage bolt and a spacer. Go ahead and put it in like that. Then just drop it through the hole on the top of the frame rail. Make sure when you do this that the bolt actually does go through the washer that we put in between the frame rail and the hitch. Now, with our bolts in place, we can take our nut and go ahead and get that hand tight.Now that all our bolts are in place, we can go ahead and snug them up. For our existing factory hardware, it will be a 21 millimeter socket and for our new hardware, it will be a three quarter inch socket. Now, with all the bolts snugged up, you can go ahead and get them torqued down. You can check your instructions for the specification. That'll finish up our look and install of our etrailer.com trailer hitch receiver on our 2016 GMC Sierra.


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