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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ford Explorer

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76034.This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. As you can see, the cross tube is visible. However, most of it is up behind the bumper. This is going to have a nice, round design, so it's going to fit with the contour of the vehicle. The hitch does sit nice and tucked in behind 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 you're loading and unloading the vehicle.It's going to be a class III. It's going to be a 2 inch x 2 inch.

It's going to have a reinforced collar to give you a little extra stability on your receiver tube. This hole right here, your hitch pin hole, is going to be 5/8 inch in diameter. This hole here is for a J pin stabilization device only. What that's used for is for taking the shake and play out of any of your hitch-mounted accessories. This is going to have a plate style safety chain rings.

You can see they have nice large openings. Gives you plenty of room for different-sized safety chain hooks.This hitch is going to have a maximum weight of 675 lbs., which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. It's going to have a max trailer weight of 4500 lbs., which is the trailer plus the load included. Now, you can use weight distribution with this. However, the tongue weight's going to go down to 500 lbs.

Trailer weight is going to go up to 5000 lbs. I always recommend you check your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight, and you're going to want to pick the lowest number between the hitch and the vehicle.Now we will give you a few measurements to help you in 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 4 inches. From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 16 inches.Now let's show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do is we're going to need to lower our exhaust.

We're going to take a strap and you can hang it from anywhere that's solid. What I like to do, because the springs are easy to get to, is just hook it on the springs and cinch it up.Next thing we're going to do is we need to remove our rubber isolators that are holding our exhaust in place. We're going to have three of them. You're going to have one on your passenger side, one on your driver side, and we're going to have one right here in the center. What we're going to do is we're going to spray a lubricant. Soapy water works just fine. Then we'll take a pry bar and we're going to slide them off. We'll repeat that same process for the other two.Next thing we need to do, we're going to take an 18-mm socket and we're going to remove these two bolts that are holding our exhaust hanger bracket up. Here on the driver side, our exhaust hanger is actually going to have this hook. We're going to have two bolts here on the bottom, and we're going to have a third one up here on the inside of the frame.Next we need to remove the two rubber isolators from our brackets. We'll just pull them off. The brackets will not be reinstalled.Next we'll take our carriage bolt. You have a bracket on the inside of your hitch. You're going to feed it from the outside in, put on our rubber isolator, flat washer, and lock nut. Using an 11/16 socket, tighten it into place.On our passenger side, we're going to have a carriage bolt, spacer block, and our pull wire. We're going to go right into this hole right here on the back side of the frame. What we're going to do is called a reverse pull. First we're going to put on our spacer block. Then we're going to thread our carriage bolt onto our pull wire, push the bolt up first, and then we'll push our spacer block into place just like that. We're going to leave our wire attached this time.Now, with an extra set of hands we'll load our hitch into place on our passenger side. Remember to put your pull wire in the corresponding hole in the hitch. We're going to take a hex bolt, conical tooth washer, make sure that the teeth are facing toward the hitch. We'll get an end on each side of the hitch to hold it in place while we install our remaining hardware.Now we can remove our pull wire. We'll add on a conical tooth washer and nut. If you find it's a little difficult to get that washer and nut on there, if you tighten your bolt just a little bit, that'll give you a little more extra room. To tighten those, we'll use a 20-mm socket. Now we can tighten all of our hardware in place.Next we'll torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. You're going to repeat that for all remaining hardware.Next we're going to put our exhaust back in place. We're going to start with the center isolator, slide it into place like that. Now we can remove our strap and we're ready to go.That'll do it for the look at and installation on the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76034 on our 2018 Ford Explorer.

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