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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-tite Class III custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 76419. The nice thing about this one is that the cross tube is gonna be pretty well hidden behind the rear bumper here and all we're going to see is that receiver tube sticking out.The big benefit to the cross tube being behind the bumper is that we're gonna have a lot better ground clearance. So whether you're backing out of a driveway or going over a bump, we are gonna have a little bit more clearance than some of the other ones that have the cross tube below the bumper.Our hitch is gonna offer us a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening, so we're gonna have a lot of different varieties when it comes to any kind of accessory that we wanna mount. Now the way we're gonna mount all of our accessories is through the large pin hole here on the side. Our hitch is gonna accept a standard 5A spinning clip, and while these aren't included in the kit, you can pick 'em up here at eTrailer.com.The secondary hole towards the back of the receiver tube here is gonna be exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device. That's gonna be nice if any accessories don't have a built in anti-rattle, and the way it's gonna work basically it's gonna have this hook, we'll slide threading section into our pin hole, and then that hook is gonna go into the secondary hole and it's gonna apply pressure to our accessory inside the receiver tube.

It's gonna have a nut that we're gonna tighten up, and that's gonna drawn that in, and also it is a locking device, so it's gonna keep all of our accessories nice and safe. Again, this is sold separately and you can find it here at eTrailer.com.Our safety chain connection points are gonna be a loop style weld to the bottom of the receiver tube here, and as you can see, we're not gonna have too much trouble getting most size hooks on or off. There is a slight offset from the pin hole, so we're not gonna have to worry about any kind of interference.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is gonna have a 675 pound tongue weight, and that's gonna be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube. It's also gonna have a 4500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. It's also rated for use for weight distribution systems and that's gonna be a separate component that's gonna be mounted on your trailer, however, those weight ratings are gonna stay the same.

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.Like to give you a few measurements and that's gonna help you whenever you're looking at accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper, you're right about 5-1/2 inches. That measurements gonna come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance and that it's not gonna come in contact with the rear bumper.From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening it's right about 10-1/2 inches. That measurements not only is gonna come in handy when you're looking at a ball mount, to find the appropriate riser drop to match up to your trailer, but at that height I would also recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank, that way we get a little bit more ground clearance. Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and going over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're gonna come to the back of our Equinox, and at the very bottom of the bumper, we're gonna have these two bolts, one on each side that we're gonna have to removed.

I'm gonna use a T15 torque spit to pull those out. On each side of our muffler, we're gonna have these hangers that are attached to the bumper core here. There's gonna be two bolts going through, so we're gonna wanna grab a 15 millimeter socket, and take those bolts out. We're gonna have those two bolts on each side of our muffler.Before we fully lower it, you wanna 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'll prevent the exhaust from coming down too far.Now right behind the muffler, we're gonna have this rubber isolator that's really close to the rear axle.

I'm gonna go ahead and spray down that rubber isolator with some spray lubricant, I'm gonna take a pry bar and our main goal here is to pry that rubber isolator off so the exhaust will hang down.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 gonna lift up slightly on the muffler and then slide that bracket out. We're gonna wanna do that on both sides, but you wanna be careful because the exhaust is gonna 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. You wanna 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 gonna have this wire that's attached to the bottom of the frame, we're gonna wanna remove that pushpin so it'll be out of the way when we go to put our hitch in. Take a flat edge screw driver or trunk panel tool, and just pry it out of the frame, and push it aside for right now.Each side of the frame we're gonna have several holes in the bottom. We're gonna have one large hole, that's gonna 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 gonna be our attachment points. In order to get our hardware in place, I'm gonna take our pull wire, I'm gonna take the coiled end, gonna put a bend in it, I'm gonna feed the coil then into the frame of our attachment point, and I'm gonna push it towards the access hole to where it comes out. Now 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 gonna take one of our square hole spacer blocks, we'll slide it over our pull wire, then we're gonna take a carriage bolt and thread it onto the end of the wire. You wanna feed each piece into the frame one at a time, and we'll pull on our pull wire till the bolt drops down through. We're gonna repeat that for all of the other mounting locations on both sides of the frame.With an extra set of hands, we're gonna lift our hitch over the exhaust, you may need to pull down just a little bit, and then we're gonna put our pull wires through the holes in our hitch. There is gonna be an extra hole in the hitch, you wanna use the two oval holes towards the back. Lift it up until all the bolts come through the hitch, I'm gonna remove one of the bolt wires, then we're gonna take a kye 00:08:00 level 2 washer, I'm gonna make sure that the teeth are facing up towards the hitch, and then we'll secure down with a hex nut. You wanna make sure you get at least one nut onto each side so that the hitch will hold itself up. Sometimes it helps if you put the washer up and hold it with your finger, make it a lot easier to start the nut so it won't be moving around so much.I'm gonna come back with an 11/16th socket, and I'm gonna tighten up all my hardware. I'm gonna torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. With our hitch torqued down, we can put our exhaust back up, so just like we took it out, we're gonna have to pull down on the fascia a little bit, and get the hanger and everything in place one side at a time, and then we can put all the hardware back in. Just wanna make sure that little tab on here lines up with the bracket so we can get our bolts back in place. Then we put the two fasteners back in place at the bottom of the fascia. Finally, we'll remove the support strap for the exhaust.That'll finish up your look at the Draw-tite Class III custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 76419 on our 2019 Chevrolet Equinox.


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