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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Nissan Murano

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Nissan Murano

Ryan: Hey everybody, my name's Ryan. And here at etrailer, we install, test, fit and review a lot of different parts, that way we can try to answer any questions those of you might have. And that's exactly what we're doing here today on our 2020 Nissan Murano. We're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver. So before we kind of dive in and start talking about all the hitches features and what you can use it for, I would like to address one of the main questions that we get asked. And that is if the hitch is going to interfere with your hands-free lift gate assist.And it will not.

The hands-free assist will still work. You are obviously just going to have to go to one side or the other where our hitch is. So give you an example. If you just kicked to one side of that hitch, you can see the left gate will open up as it should. So my first impressions of the hitch, as far as the appearance goes, I think it's going to look pretty good actually.It does sit up nice and tight against the bottom of our Nissan.

And so it almost looks like it's supposed to be there, like it's a part of our SUV. And because of that, and since it does sit a little bit further back, to me, it's really not too much of an eyesore. I really wouldn't notice it too much on the back of our Murano. So this is a Class III hitch, so it's going to have that two 2" x 2" receiver tube opening and it's a super common size and you'll be able to use a ton of different types of accessories.It's going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength, and it's going to have that standard five, eight pin hole. Now keep in mind a pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one, you can pick it up here at etrailer.

This is going to have plate style safety chain openings, which are a little small, but they are easy to get to and still should provide us enough space to use just about any size hook that we might have.That's something I do want to mention is the hitch is going to sit back a little bit, but not as far back as what it looks. I think the way the bumper comes down is a little deceiving. So more or less what I'm trying to get at is, I think we're going to have more than enough room and enough clearance to use just about any type of folding accessory, whether it be a bike rack or even a cargo carrier.Now, as far as the hitch's weight capacities go, it's going to have a 350 LB maximum gross ton weight rating. That's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. So that's good for those one to four bike racks and most cargo carriers for example.

As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 3,500 LB and that's going to be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch. So does the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it.I do always like to suggest never a bad idea just to grab your Nissan's owner's manual, that way you can make sure your Murano can pull up much weight safely. And if you are going to be doing some towing, I would recommend picking up some trailer wiring, that way the lights on your trailer will match up with the lights on the back of your Nissan and you'll be safe and legal.And we do get a lot of questions about bike rack recommendations. So I figured I'd share a couple of my favorites. And a couple that I really like is he Thule Hitching Post Pro, it's super easy to use and has a nice clean appearance to it. And if you're looking for something that's really lightweight and super easy to use as well, and which will look awesome on the back of your Murano, I really like the Thule Helium.Now let's go ahead and take a couple of measurements. If you go from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, that's going to be right at 13-1/2 inches. And you're going to use that measurement if you plan on doing any towing, you can figure out if you need to get a ball mount with a drop or a rise. And in this situation, you definitely need to get a ball mount with a rise.If you go from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, that's going to be right at six inches. And you're going to use that measurement to find out that if any folding accessories you might have, can it be stored in that upright position without contacting the bumpers. So at the end of the day, a great all around hitch it's one you really can't go wrong with. So whether you plan on doing some towing or using accessories, or a little bit of both, it's going to be able to handle pretty much anything you want to throw at it.Now, as far as the installation goes, it is very straightforward. You more or less hold the hitch up in place and bolt it right in. So shouldn't really give you any issues or take you a whole lot of time. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our installation, we're going to be underneath the back of our Murano. And the first thing that we're going to need to do, is locate our attachment points, which will be located on each one of our frame rails.On the passenger side, we're going to have two attachment points and will be right here, and right here. And over on the driver's side, we're going to have a total of three attachment points. Will be this one, this one, and this one. Now these are just threaded weld nuts. And so what I suggest doing, is taking a tooth brush and spraying some penetrating oil in there, and just cleaning out all of the threads from any potential debris, or anything like that, that could be inside.So once you have that done on each side, now we can go over the hardware that we're going to use to secure the hitch. It's going to be the same for all of our attachment points. We're just going to take a hex bolt and a conical tooth washer, make sure that the teeth on the washer are going to face up towards the hitch, so when we're holding our hitch up here, these are simply just going to thread right into place.Now with an extra set of hands, we can take our hitch and raise it into position. We're going to line up the holes in the hitch with our attachment points. And what we want to do, is get at least one bolt started on each side, hand tight. That way they hit your support itself while we work on the rest of them. Now that we have all of our hardware in place and hand tight, we can come back with a 19mm socket and snug everything down.Then we can come back with a torque wrench and tighten down all of the hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. And that'll finish up our look at in our installation of the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2020 Nissan Murano.

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