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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Curt 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 Curt class 3 custom trailer hitch receiver, part number C123307. The cross tube is gonna hang down below the bumper and it is gonna visible. But the main part we're gonna see is that receiver tube sticking out. Our hitch is gonna offer us 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. We're just gonna have a lot of different varieties of accessories that we can mount up. Now the way we're gonna mount any of our accessories to the hitch pin hole here on the side and it is gonna accept a standard 5/8 pin and clip and while these aren't included in the kit, you can pick them up here at etrailer.com.

Now as far as the safety chain connection points go, it's gonna be a plate style welded to the bottom and as you can see, we'll have plenty of room to get most sides on or off and since it's kind of set back a little bit from the pin hole itself, we're gonna have more room and not have to worry about interference.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is gonna have a 525 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward force of the receiver tube, along with a 3500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's gonna be the amount it can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now with those numbers in mind, you should always double check your Equinox's owner's manual and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight. Now Curt does recommend using a safety strap when carrying any non-trailer loads, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. I'd like to give you a few measurements and that's gonna help you in deciding for accessories for your hitch, such as the ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, you're right at about 5 1/2". Now that's gonna come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance and it's not gonna come in contact with your rear bumper.From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's gonna be right at about 11 1/2". Now that measurement's not only gonna come in handy when looking at ball mounts to make sure you find the appropriate rise or drop for your trailer, but also at that height, I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank. That way, we get a little bit more ground clearing and although our hitch does sit below the bumper, it is gonna offer us an easier install because we're not gonna have to contend with anything behind the bumper or anything underneath, like the exhaust. Now of 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 head screwdriver or a trim panel tool and we'll just pry it out of the frame and push it aside for right now. Now if we come to the bottom of the frame, we're gonna have several holes.We'll have one large hole in the center and then two smaller ones on the outer side of it. Now the large hole is gonna be our access hole and each one of these is gonna be one of our mounting locations. But as you can see, our hardware's just a little too big to fit through the holes to get it into the frame.

We're gonna need to cut that hole just a little bit bigger or file it down so we can get the hardware in place. I'm gonna be using a rotary tool. However, you can use a hand file. You just want to periodically check and take your hardware and see if you can fit it in because we want to file it as little as possible. Now that our hardware can fit through, we're gonna wanna make sure we do it to both sides. Now it's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your vehicle. So I'm gonna take a little bit of spray paint. I'm gonna spray everywhere that I filed down. In order to get our hardware in place, we're gonna take one of our pole wires.I'm gonna put a bend in it. I'm gonna feed it through the very rear hole toward the back of the bumper. I'm gonna feed it into the frame until I can have it come out that large access hole. Now it's very important that you leave both ends coming out of the frame. You don't want to pull that wire all the way through. Then we're gonna take a square hole spacer block, go over the end of the cable and then we'll take the carriage bolt and we're gonna thread it onto the end. Then we're gonna feed each piece into the frame one at a time and we'll pull on the end of our wire until it drops down from the bottom of the frame. Now we're gonna do that for each of the outer locations and the middle one's gonna be a little bit different though. For the middle hole, we're gonna take one of our square spacer blocks. We'll slide it over the coiled end and we'll thread on our carriage bolt before we put it into the frame and we'll put our bolt in first, push it into the frame, followed by the block.Then we're gonna pull it all back down through. Now that this side is done, we're gonna repeat that entire process over on the other side. Now with an extra set of hands, we're gonna lift our hitch up and make sure you feed your pole wires down through the top of the hitch, going down. We're gonna lift our hitch up, making sure all the bolts come through. We'll pull one of our pole wires off. Then we're gonna take a hex nut and secure the hitch down. Now you want to make sure you get at least one nut on each side. That way, the hitch will support itself and we don't have to worry about it falling down. We'll come back with a 3/4" socket and we're gonna tighten up all the hardware. Then we'll come back and we're gonna torque our hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. That'll finish up your look at the Curt class 3 custom trailer hitch receiver, part number C123307 on our 2019 Chevrolet Equinox.


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