Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today, on this 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, you'll be having a look at and being shown how to install the Draw-Tite class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76016. Here's what the hitch looks like installed. Now, this hitch features a 900 pound gross tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 6,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull. It does support the use of weight distribution, and when we're using that on our trailer, our tongue weight rating increases to 1,000 pounds, and our trailer weight rating increases to 10,000 pounds. Now, you want to make sure that you consult with the owners' manual of your Silverado and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for.On the side of our hitch, you'll notice there's two holes. The largest one closest to the front of the vehicle, that's your industry standard five eighth of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure any of your hitch mounted accessories.

You can pick up a pin and clip on our website as part number PC3. Closer to the end of the receiver, you have your smaller hole here, and what that's for is for a J-pin stabilization device. That's a separate device, which you can get on our website, which takes away the shake, play, and rattle from what is inserted into your receiver. Anything from your bike rack to your ball mount to your cargo carrier .. this will take care of that.Welded on to the bottom of our receiver are rolled steel safety chain loops.

These are a fairly large opening, and so they should be easy for us to hook on most safety chain hooks without a problem from our trailer. Now, the collar and the fact that our hitch is mostly recessed behind our bumper here helps give us a very factory-like appearance on our vehicle.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening . so you're looking at about 18 and a half inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper, you're looking at about four inches.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.

To begin your install, you'll need to remove your spare tire temporarily. For the purposes of video, we've already done that. Now, we're having a look at the driver's side of the frame on our vehicle. Right here, we'll find a 21 millimeter bolt and a 21 millimeter nut. These help hold in place the factory bumper hitch reinforcement bar.

We'll need to remove both these bolts and nut. The bolt goes into an existing weld nut in the frame. The nut has a 21 millimeter bolt head on the top that we'll hold in place with a wrench while we remove the nut. Then, we'll remove the bolt.Where the bolt was, and right in front of this cross, remember, we have another small hole, and then another small hole right next to that one. We'll be putting carriage bolts in with a block, so you'll stick the bolt through the block. This will keep it from rotating, and you'll drop it through the hole. The passenger side of our vehicle is the exact same way, so we'll repeat the same process. Now, for the weld nut in the frame, we won't be reusing the factory bolt. We'll be using a new M14 bolt that comes with our hitch, a split lock washer, and a flat washer.Now, with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position over the exhaust. Place on a conical tooth washer onto our carriage bolt, with the teeth facing the hitch, and then thread on a nut. Now, with the hitch supported by our conical tooth washers and the nuts, we can reinstall the . or we can install the new 14 millimeter bolt into the frame weld nut. Now, we'll snug down our bolt that goes in the weld nut by hand a little bit with the 22 millimeter socket so we don't have to worry about cross-threading it. Once we have a few turns on it by hand, we can fully tighten it.Now, we'll fully tighten all of our hardware. For nuts on our carriage bolts, we use a three quarter inch socket. Okay. Now that all of our hardware is tightened down, we'll torque it to the manufacturer specifications found in the instructions. We can now reinstall our spare tire. It'll fit back up in place even with a full sized spare around the hitch without a problem. And that completes your look at and being shown how to install the Draw-Tite Max Frame class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76016 on this 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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