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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Audi Q5

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Audi Q5


Shane: Hi guys. Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2020 Audi Q5, and I want to walk through how to install the Draw-Tite class three trailer hitch receiver. Adding a class three hitch to your vehicle is going to give you a lot of different options. If you want to pull a trailer, put a cargo carrier on it, maybe a bike rack. Adding a bike rack, we're not going to have to load the bikes inside the car or on top of the vehicle it's going to make it a lot easier.

Cargo carrier, we can get a lot of items from inside the vehicle, put them on the cargo carriers and make more room for our passengers. Maybe we want to pull a small boat or a small trailer. If you want to pull a small trailer, keep in mind you're only getting the hitch. You may want to go ahead and get some wiring also. You can find the wiring here at etrailer.com.Again, class three hitch.

We're going to have a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, reinforced collar to give us a little extra stability there. Hitch pin hole is going to be 5/8 inch in diameter so it'll take a standard 5/8 hitch pin. The hitch pin and clip does not come with this hitch, however it can be found here at etrailer.com. This hole here is for a J pin stabilization device. What that does, it takes any shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories.

You can find that here at etrailer.com as well. We're going to have rolled steel safety chain loops. You can see, we have very large openings. It's going to accommodate different size safety chain hooks. You'll notice the black powder coat finish on this hitch, nice thick black powder coat finish.

It's going to be a steel construction hitch. It's going to hold up very well in all weather conditions. It's going to stay looking nice for a very long time.In my professional opinion, I really like this hitch. The crosstube is completely hidden behind the fascia. Being an Audi, very expensive vehicle we don't want something that's going to be hanging out and making a look gaudy. The only thing we really see is our receiver tube and it's nice and tucked up, back up far underneath our fascia and up close to it so it's really not an eyesore from the back of the vehicle. That being said, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements and some weight capacities to help you when deciding on any of your hitch mount accessories, you may need such as your bike racks, ball mounts, and cargo carriers.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper it's going to be about four inches. That number is important for when you have your hitch mount accessories, like your bike racks and cargo carriers that may fold up against the vehicle. You want to make sure they're not going to make contact. From the ground to the top innermost part of your receiver tube is going to be about 15 inches. Keep that number in mind in case you need, you have any hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance.As far as our weight capacities go, we're going to have a 750 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. When you're putting the cargo carrier or bike racks on, you want to make sure you're not exceeding that downward pressure. We're going to have a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is how much the hitch can pull. That's going to be trailer plus load included. Always recommend checking the owner's manual of the Audi. Make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight and go with the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's walk you through how to get it installed. To start our installation, we're going to take a T25 torx bit. We're going to have four bolts right down here on the bottom of our fascia. We need to remove all four of those. Then we're going to come over between our tire and our wheel well, we're going to take that same T25 torx bit, right down here in the corner we're going to have another one we're going to need to remove. We need to do that on both sides of the vehicle. Then we have this trim piece right here that we need to remove. We need to remove it at least up to about this point. We're going to pull it out, take a plastic trim panel tool. Work that just like that. Once we get the first one out, as we're working up, kind of goes in and hooks like this so we're going to pull out and back. We need to get access to this bolt right here. We're going to do this on both sides of the vehicle.We're going to use the same T25 torx bit, remove this bolt on each side of the vehicle. And we're going to take our liner right here on this edge and we're going to fold it back and we're going to have three more right on the inside of this lip. We're now one here, one here and one here. We need to remove all three of those on both sides. And again, we're going to be using the same T25 torx bit. Before we move to up to the inside and start moving stuff in there, what I like to do because we're going to be removing our fascia, is take some painters tape and put it along this edge of this piece and along this edge right here, so that as we're taking our facial off and putting it back on the two pieces hitting together, don't potentially scratch the paint.I'm going to do that on both sides. We're going to open our hatch, we're going to have a plastic nut here and one on the other side. We're going to take a T20 torx bit and remove those. You want to make sure that you're using wrench not a power tool, because these are plastic and you don't want to damage the inside of it there. They're really not in there tight. Pull that one off. We're going to do the same thing on the other side.Next thing we're going to do is we're going to remove this panel on each side of the vehicle. We're just going to twist the knob, pull this out and we'll set it aside. We'll do the same thing on this side. You may have a wire here for a plug for a 12 volt outlet. You can either unplug that or you can leave it connected and just set it up like that. Then we're going to come down here and we're going to remove this piece. Take a trim panel tool, we're going to come right under the edge and we're going to pop it up. And we're just going to work our way across. Just like that.Once we remove this panel, down here, we're going to have two rubber plugs. We're going to remove the largest one on each side. Can use your trim panel tool or screwdriver, pop those out. Now we're going to take a 10 millimeter socket, we're going to go inside this hole to a 10 millimeter nut that's on a stud in there. One thing I will say is because it's recessed, you want to make sure you don't lose that so what we're going to do is we're going to loosen it. I'm going to get it to where it's all the way loose on there. Might be a good idea if you take a magnet. Like that. We're going to do that same thing on this side. Then we're going to take that same 10 millimeter socket, there's going to be another hole right here. It's not going to have a grommet on it. It's right behind this panel and we're going to remove that nut. And this is going to be the same on both sides. Again, it's kind of recessed in there so use a magnet to get that out.Next thing on our driver's side, we need to disconnect these two plugs. Our black one is going to have two little tabs here on each end. We're going to push them in. Like that. And this brown one is going to have small tab here on this outside. This one, we're going to push this little bitty tab right there. Reason we need to disconnect this because this is attached to our fascia. And when we take our fascia off, we're going to remove this grommet, pull the whole thing out.Next, we're going to start removing our fascia. It's a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help you. If you don't, take your hitch out of your box, set your box down underneath your fascia so that as you're taking it off, you can set this side down onto the box and you don't have to worry about it touching the ground. We're going to start on the outside and work our way to the center. What we want to make sure is we're just going to take this and we're going to pop it out just like that. What we might want to make sure is that we just don't take our fascia and just pull it off in case there's any wiring in here. You can see, we have sensors that we may have to disconnect.And as I mentioned over here on the driver's side, we're going to have this rubber grommet. We need to pop it out, and then pull out our wiring. We're going to take a 16 millimeter socket or wrench, we're going to have our bumper beam here. We need to remove it. We're going to have four bolts on each side that we need to remove. I'm going to leave them loosely installed just in case the bumper beam wants to fall off. Then I don't have to hold it. Pull this off and set it aside.Next thing we want to do is we're going to take some silicone sealant and we want to go around the hole on each side of the vehicle. I'm going to go around the larger hole. Silicone's not going to come in your kit, but you can find this here at the etrailer. Now we're going to take our hitch, we're going to slide it up into place and we're going to use our factory hardware and reinstall it. I'm going to get one on on each side, hold it in place and then we can install our remaining hardware. 16 millimeter socket, we're going to tighten our hardware and then we're going to come back and we're going to torque it to the specifications in the instructions.Your instructions are going to tell you to cut this area out. We have found a few customers that have said they we're able to get this on without cutting it. What we're going to do is we're going to test fit first and see if we can do it without cutting it. And if we have to, we can slide this back off and trim out what we need. I did find I did not need to trim the fascia. Now that we have our fascia sitting in place, we can go ahead reinstall it. And we're going to reinstall it in reverse order from the way we took it off.When reinstalling your fascia, don't forget to plug in your wires and we're going to do it opposite from the way we took it off. We're going to start in the center and work our way to the outside. Now, for getting these four nuts, the recessed ones that we're back in here, back in place, because obviously can't use a magnet to put them on. If you take a paper towel, you put it over your socket, take the nut, and push it down in the socket, it holds it and keeps it from coming out. You can get in there, get it started on the stud. And we can come back and tighten it up. Repeat that process for the three remaining nuts. Once you replace the four nuts on the inside, don't forget to plug in your wiring and you can reinstall all of your interior panels. Once that's done, you're ready to go.That's going to do it for a look at and installation on the Draw-Tite class three trailer hitch receiver on your 2020 Audi Q5.


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