Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris


Shane: Hi, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today you're going to be taking a look at, and I'm going to walk you through the installation, of the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver on your 2016 Mercedes Benz Metris.This is what our hitch is going to look like when it's installed. What are some of the reasons you add a hitch to a vehicle A lot of people pull trailers. Maybe you want to put a cargo carrier on there, or a bike rack. A van like this, probably going to use it for work, so maybe you want to get some items out from inside, put them on a trailer, put them on that cargo carrier so you can make more room inside for some of your smaller tools.We can see our cross tube is visible. One of the comments that it said that it hung down too low.

In my opinion, I don't think it hangs down low; it sits pretty tucked up right here against the bottom of the bumper and fascia, so I don't think it looks real bad. Again, this is a work vehicle, so as far as it being hidden or anything like that, in my opinion it wouldn't really bother me. It's going to have a black powder-coat finish so it's really going to resist any rust or corrosion.As far as weight capacities go when pulling a trailer or putting a cargo carrier on here, we're going to have a 900 pound maximum tongue weight, which is a downward pressure right here on the inside of the receiver tube. So whatever trailer you're pulling, whatever you have on it, or whatever cargo carrier and anything you have on that, you want to make sure you're not exceeding that downward pressure. We're going to have a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included.

That's how much the hitch can pull.You can use weight distribution with this hitch, but the weight rating will stay the same.This is going to be a Class III hitch, 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, reinforced collar give us a little extra stability there. Hitch pinhole is going to be 5/8" in diameter. We're going to take a standard 5/8 hitch pin, hitch pin and clip does not come with this hitch, however it can be found here at etrailer.com. We're going to have plate style safety chain loops, you can see we have very large openings to accommodate different size safety chain hooks.Now I'm going to give you a few measurements to help you in deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, a ball mount, or a cargo carrier. From the center of our hitch pinhole, to the outermost part of our bumper, is going to be about 3".

That number's important for any of your hitch mount accessories that may fold up against your vehicle. You just want to make sure you have enough room so it's not making contact.From the ground to the top innermost part of your receiver tube is going to be about 11-1/4". Keep that number in mind for any of your hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance. With any hitch that is under 12", I always recommend getting a raised shank.To begin our installation, what we need to do is we need to get underneath our vehicle. We're going to have a tie down strap, or a hook right here.

You're going to have two bolts, and two nuts. We need to remove this. We're going to use an 18 millimeter socket, and 18 millimeter wrench. Now if it makes it a little bit easier, you can lower your exhaust. There's a hanger that sits right here. Take some spray lubricant and soapy water, spray it on there, and you can pull it off one side of the hanger there, or one side of the rubber hanger.And we're going to have two bolts right here; we're going to use a 16 millimeter socket and remove those. Remove your top two bolts, remove your tie down, and this will not be reinstalled.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to get our hitch into position, we're going to take our hitch bolt, conical toothed washer, make sure the teeth are facing towards the hitch. We're going to slide our hitch up, we're going to line it up with the three holes on the outside of the frame rail. We're going to go from the outside in. We're going to get at least one in on each side to hold our hitch in position while we install the remaining hardware. And then on the inside, we're going to put a flange nut.Now we're going to take a 3/4" socket, we're going to tighten all of our hardware, and then we're going to torque it to the specifications in the instructions. Once you have all your hardware tightened and torqued to the specification in the instructions, you're ready to go.Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video has helped you whether you're still deciding or installing the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver on your 2016 Mercedes Benz Metris.


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