etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Toyota Highlander

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Toyota Highlander


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be installing etrailer.com's class three two-inch, trailer hitch receiver, part number E98844.This is what your hitch is going to look like when it's installed. You are going to be able to see the cross tube underneath the bumper, but it's going to be tucked back, and the matte finish is going to nicely flow right into that lower fascia.This is a class three, two inch by two inch receiver. So it's going to be great for all your towing needs. From bike racks, to cargo carriers, to trailers, this thing will tow it all.It uses a 5/8 inch hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with the kit, but you could pick one up, here at etrailer.com. It has plate-style safety chain loops, with large, rectangular openings that should accommodate both small and large safety chains.It features a 900 pound tongue weight, and that's the force going down on top of the receiver.

And a 6,000 gross towing capacity. That's how much it can pull behind it. It is rated to be used with a weight distribution system. When you do that, the gross towing capacity increases to 8,000 pounds. Tongue weight's going to stay the same.Now I've got some measurements for you, to help you in deciding on accessories.

From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiving tube, it measures about 16 inches. This is important when determining if you need to drop, rise or raise shank on your accessory.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about two inches. This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position, without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation underneath the vehicle on the driver's side. We're going to need to remove this paneling. There will be seven fasteners holding it in.

You'll need a 10mm socket, 12mm socket, and a flat bladed screwdriver.Remove the tabs by pressing out the center and pulling it down. There's one there, and here. Then with your 10mm socket, remove the bolt located here at the rear, and the two by your mud flap.Then use your 12mm socket to remove the two nuts next to your spare tire. You may have to pull down slightly to get these inaudible 00:02:09 There's one in the front, and one in the back. We can then pull our panel down and set it aside.For on our driver's side frame rail here, underneath our plastic panel, we're going to need to remove the three plastic plugs there, and the two rubber plugs here.

You can use your flat bladed screwdriver to pop the rubber plugs out. And then you can unscrew the plastic plugs.Then remove the two rubber plugs on your passenger side. Then remove the three bolts on your passenger side, using a 17mm socket. Then next to the 17mm bolt that you removed towards the front, there's a 10mm bolt that also needs to be removed, so remove that with your 10mm socket, and then we're going to drop that tab down and set it aside.You'll then need to trim off the exhaust deflector here. So you just want to fold that down. you can use your tin snips. We're just going to cut this off.Then prepare all of your hardware. You'll have six bolts. You'll place a conical tooth washer on each one, with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt.We'll then raise our hitch into position. You want to make sure on the passenger side, you go up over the exhaust. Then line the holes in your hitch up with the holes in the frame, and thread your bolts right into the factory weld nuts.Once you get one bolt started on each side, it'll make it easier to install the rest of your hardware. Now tighten down all your hardware with a 19mm socket. Then torque all of your hardware to the specifications in your instructions.You gotta leave your under panel off on the driver's side, or you could trim it and then reinstall it. Gone ahead and marked out where you want to trim it so it'll fit properly. There's two locations you'll need to trim. You can cut that with a cut off wheel, or with a pair of tin snips.Here we've got our panel trimmed out, and now we can reinstall it. The nuts by the spare tire, those can just be pushed back into place. Then you can insert your push pins, and reinstall your bolts. The black bolt goes on the inside of your mud flap.And that completes our installation of etrailer.com's class three, two-inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2018 Toyota Highlander.


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