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Is Drilling Required to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Nissan Altima


Im looking at the Draw-Tite trailer #24796 - the only thing Ill be towing is my waverunner, so not sure how strong it needs to be. Is there a hitch that doesnt require drilling and/or removing of muffler that would still do the trick? If not, and I need to purchase hitch that requires drilling/muffler removal, is this something I can do without lifting the car? I dont mind the drilling or removal of muffler, I just dont exactly have a shop, and not sure if I would need a jack. If I need a jack, whats the best part of car to lift it.


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All of the trailer hitches for your 2011 Nissan Altima require drilling and temporary removal of the muffler for installation. All of them also are rated for 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 200 pounds tongue weight so they can handle a trailer up to those capacities. Check the Altima owners manual for its towing capacities and go by the lower rating.

Given what is required to install the hitch it may be worth saving yourself the time and effort and having it professionally installed by a trusted mechanic or RV dealer that has a service center. I have included links to the installation instructions and a video showing installation for you. Having the car lifted will definitely make it easier to perform all of the installation steps.

If you decide to perform the installation yourself at home you will want to follow the owners manual as to where to jack up the car. I then recommend using some jack stands to hold it up.
The hitch does come with the proper ball mount, pin, and clip. If your trailer requires a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and if it needs a 2 inch ball use # 19258. For trailer wiring use # 118470. I have linked instructions and a video for the wiring as well.

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