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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox


Speaker 1: Today on our 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class II Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36642.The nice thing about this one, compared to a lot of the other ones on the market, is the fact that our cross tube is going to be hidden behind the bumper here, and all we're going to see is that receiver tube sticking out. Now, the big benefit of that is not only does it look better, but it is going to provide us a little bit better ground clearance because we're not going to have this tube sticking down below the bumper, going all the way from side to side. Our hitch is going to provide us an 1 1/4" by 1 1/4" receiver tube opening, which is going to be great for bike racks and some smaller cargo carriers.The way we're going to mount any of our accessories is through the hitch pin hole here on the side. It is going to accept a standard half-inch pin and clip, and while these aren't included in the kit, you can pick them up here at etrailer.com. As far as the safety chain connection points go, it's going to be a loop style, welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, and as you can see, we're not going to have too much trouble getting most size hooks on or off, and we'll have plenty of room.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward pressure at the receiver tube, along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer rate rating, which is the amount it can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now, with all those numbers in mind, you should always double check your Equinox's owner's manual and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements, and that's going to help you whenever you're looking at accessories for your hitch, like a bike rack or a cargo carrier.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is going to be right about 5 1/2 inches. That measurement is going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance so it doesn't come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 10 1/2 inches. At that height, I would definitely recommend a cargo carrier or a bike rack that has a raised shank. That way we get a little bit more ground clearance.Now that we've seen what the hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.

To begin our installation, we're going to come to the back of our Equinox and at the very bottom of the bumper, we're going to have these two bolts, one on each side, that we're going to have to remove. I'm going to use a T15 Torx bit to pull those out. On each side of our muffler, we're going to have these hangers that are attached to the bumper core here. There's going to be two bolts going through, so we're going to want to grab a 15 millimeter socket and take those bolts out. And we're going to have those two bolts on each side of our muffler.Before we fully lower it, you want to make sure that you have a support strap so our exhaust doesn't come down too far.

Let's find a sturdy spot that we can hook our strap to, and that will prevent the exhaust from coming down too far. Right behind the muffler, we're going to have this rubber isolator that's really close to the rear axle. I'm going to go ahead and spray down that rubber isolator with some spray lubricant. Then I'm going to take a pry bar, and our main goal here is to pry that rubber isolator off so the exhaust will hang down. Now we can move back to the muffler where we took those bolts out.That bracket that's attached to the muffler, where those bolts are going through, we're going to want to lift up slightly on the muffler and then slide that bracket out.

Now, we're going to want to do that on both sides, but you want to be careful because the exhaust is going to start to lower down at that point. We can either slide that bracket off of the hanger here, or we can just pull the fascia out slightly, to where we can get the hanger to the outside of the fascia. And you want to do that for both sides. Now we'll have plenty of room to get our hitch in place and reach the top of the frame here.In the passenger side only, we're going to have this wire that's attached to the bottom of the frame. We're going to want to remove that push pin so it'll be out of the way when we go to put our hitch in. Just take a flathead screwdriver or a trim panel tool and we want to just pry it out of the frame and push it aside for right now. On each side of the frame, we're going to have several holes on the bottom. We're going to have one large hole. That's going to be our access hole to get our hardware in. And then on each side of that, we'll have a few more round circular holes. The three small ones are going to be our attachment points.In order to get our hardware in place, I'm going to take our pull wire. I'm going to take the coiled end. I'm going to put a bend in it. I'm going to feed the coiled end into the frame of our attachment point. Then I'm going to push it towards the access hole` to where it comes out. It's important that you leave both ends sticking out of the frame. You don't want to pull it all the way through. Then we're going to take one of our square hole spacer blocks. We'll slide it over our pull wire. Then we're going to take a carriage bolt and thread it onto the end of the wire. And you want to feed each piece into the frame, one at a time. And we'll pull on our pull wire until the bolt drops down through. We're going to repeat that for all the other mounting locations on both sides of the frame.With an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch. We're going to go over the exhaust and get the hitch inside the fascia. Then we'll take our pull wires, and we're going to feed them through the hitch. And on the back here, we're going to have two holes. You're going to want to put your pull wire through the large oval hole. Once we have them all through, we'll lift the hitch up. Then we're going to take a conical toothed washer. You want to make sure the teeth are facing up towards the hitch, and a hex nut, and you want to make sure you get at least one on each side so the hitch will support itself.Next, we'll come back with an 11/16 socket and tighten up all of our hardware. Then you'll want to make sure to come back with a torque wrench, and we're going to torque all of our hardware down, and you'll find that specification in your instructions. Then we can put our exhaust back up, and again, we're going to want to pull out on the bottom of the fascia, get one side in. Just get it above the fascia, and then we'll do the same thing on the other side. Slide our exhaust hanger back in place, and then we can put the hardware back in at the brackets. You just want to make sure that little tab on here lines up with the bracket so that we can get our bolts back in place. Finally, we can put the hardware back at the bottom of the fascia. Finally, we'll remove the support strap with the exhaust.That'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite Class II Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36642 on our 2019 Chevrolet Equinox.


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