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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Jeep Cherokee

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How to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Today on our 2019 Jeep Cherokee, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver.So here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. The cross tube is going to be visible and it's going to sit right below our bumper. Now, the big advantage to this hitch where it sits below our bumper is the fact that we're not going to have to modify or cut at all on the bottom of our Jeep.It is a Class III hitch, which means it's going to give us that 2" x 2" receiver tube opening, so we'll have a really wide variety of options when it comes to the accessories that we can mount up. Now, the way we're going to mount any of those accessories is the hitch pin hole here on the side. It is going to accept a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now, these are not included in the kit but you can pick them up here at along with some locking devices to keep your accessories secure.And our safety chain connection points, they're are going to be a plate inaudible 00:00:54 welded to the bottom of the receiver tube.

And you can see even with some smaller hooks, we'll have plenty of room to get them on or off. And the fact that they are set back just slightly from that hitch pin hole means that there's less of chance of our hooks interfering with our locking device or the pin and clip.Now as far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 750 lb tongue weight, which is the maximum downward force of the receiver tube, along with a 5,000 lbs gross trailer weight rating. That's how much our hitch can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it.Now, it is designed to work with weight distribution systems as well and that's going to be a separate component that's mounted onto your trailer. The tongue weight's going to stay the same at that 750 lbs but it is going to jump our maximum gross trailer weight rating up to 6,000 lbs. But with all those numbers in mind, you want to double check your Jeep's owner's manual because you don't want to 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 for accessories for your new hitch.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be right at about 5-1/2". That measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance and that they're not going to come into contact with the rear bumper.From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right at about 12-1/4". That measurement's going to help you when you're looking for a ball mount so you can make sure you find the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer. But also at that height, I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier that has a raised shank. That way, we get a little bit more ground clearance.Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.

To being our installation, we'll come to the back of our Cherokee. We'll start on the driver's side and we're going to come underneath to where we can see the bottom of the frame rail here. Now we're going to have this wire that's going to be attached to the bottom and the side of our frame. We're going to need to remove that. We don't have to remove the wire itself but we need to remove those clips so that it's not attached anymore.

You can take a trim panel tool or a flat edge screw driver. We're going to pop those clips out. The one on the bottom, as well as the two on the side of the frame on the outside and inside. That way, we have plenty of room and the wire is not going to be in the way. So for now, we'll just kind of push it to the outside so we'll have full access to the bottom of the frame as well as the side.On the bottom of the frame, we're going to have two openings here. We'll have a large one towards the front and this oblong hole towards the back of our Jeep. Now if we look on the side of the frame, we're going to have two more holes. Our mounting locations are going to be these two on the bottom and then the one directly on the side here that lines up with it.You're going to have to get some hardware in place, so we'll start with the most rearward hole on the bottom. Take our pull wire and we'll put a slight bend in it. We're going to feed it, coiled end into the frame. We're going to push it back until we can grab it and come out this large hole. Sometimes it helps if you reach in and you grab the coiled end to help guide it towards there. You want to make sure you have the coiled end and the tail still sticking out.We'll grab one of our square hole spacer blocks. We'll slide it over the coiled end and push it into the frame. Then, we'll take one of our carriage bolts and we'll thread it onto the end of our wire. Then, we'll push that into the frame as well and we'll pull on our pull wire until we can the bolt drop through. Now, we're going to repeat that for the hole on the side of the frame as well.Feed everything in. It will take a little bit of wiggling but we want that bolt to come out. Now for now, we're actually going to leave the pull wire attached and just push it inside the frame so we won't have to worry about it interfering when we lift up the hitch.Now the third mounting spot is going to be the large hole towards the front. It's going to be a little bit different how we get our hardware in. We'll still take our pull wire and slide the block over first. Then, we'll thread on the carriage bolt. Then one piece at a time, we'll push the bolt in, followed by the block and then we're going to pull it back down through. Now, we're going to repeat this entire process in the same locations on the other side of our frame.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch up. We're going to make sure you feed your pull wires through the corresponding holes. With the ones on the bottom, we're going to be using the very back hole and the very front hole. We're not going to use the middle hole for the pull wires. When you get your hitch lined up, if you actually pull the side bolts through the hitch it will help support it, then we can work on getting the hardware in place.So we're going to remove our pull wire and each one of the carriage bolts that we have in place is going to be getting a flange nut to secure it down. So we're going to loosely put our flange nuts in place on all the carriage bolts.You want to come back with a 3/4" socket and I'm going to snug up all the flange nuts. You want to double check your instructions and come back and torque all your hardware down to the specified amount. You want to make sure you repeat that for any remaining hardware you have. Now with our wire, we may not be able to get it back in the exact position, but we should be able to at least clip it back into the bottom of the frame because there is that hole at the bottom to keep it off the exhaust.That will finish up your look at the Curt Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Mike D.
Excellent instructional video, thank you so much for this. I got so close to having this on by myself, but I could not get to the upper bolt sticking out sideways on the muffler side to place the washer / nut on there. Is it relatively easy to remove the bumper and get full access? I can't seem to find any info specifically on dropping the rear bumper on a 2019 Cherokee. Thank you! Mike
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Reply from Les D.

@MikeD You should be able to use the pull wire to fish the bolt to where you need it and place the nut. It can be helpful to have a friend hold things in place to get the nuts started. You should not need to remove the bumper.

Reply from Mike D.

@LesD Thank you Les, I could not get my hand up there at all though, the bumper is blocking the access almost completely. Very frustrating.

Charles B.
Can I do this job myself I'm pretty much a loner I have a 2019 Jeep Cherokee latitude 2.4 l engines 2 wheel drive
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Reply from Les D.

Many people have installed this by themselves. They frequently say it would have been easier to have a helper for 5 minutes as you put the hitch up to the car for the first time. I think if I were doing it solo that I would use a piece of rope to hold one side up roughly in place while I started the bolts on the other side loosely, then return to the other side.

David C.
My 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude did not have the wiring harness as shown in the video which sped up the installation.
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Reply from Jon G.

Thanks for sharing!

Will this same hitch fit on a Jeep Wrangler?
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Reply from Jon G.

The Curt Trailer Hitch # C13171 yo referenced will fit the following vehicles: 2016 - 2019 Jeep Cherokee 2014 - 2015 Jeep Cherokee excluding Trailhawk 2014 - 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk For your Jeep Wrangler I recommend using our fitguide to see which trailer hitches fit your Jeep Wrangler. You can also reach out to us directly for help narrowing down the selection if you need to.

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