Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox


Hi there, Chevrolet owners. Today on your 2019 Chevrolet Equinox with a diesel engine, we'll be installing Draw-Tite's Class III 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver.The crosstube is going to be completely hidden behind the bumper, so you're only going to see the receiver sticking out the back here. It's a Class III 2" x 2" receiver, so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs, whether you're putting a bike rack or a cargo carrier in it for your accessories, or if you want to haul your trailer down to the campsite for a weekend bringing your boat or maybe bringing a pop-up camper with you.It uses a 5/8" hitch pin and clip. Now, one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com. It features vertical plate-style safety chain loops with a pretty large opening that should accommodate most safety chains. Just to the rear of our hitch pinhole, you'll also find a smaller hole and this allows for the use of a J-pin.

A J-pin is similar to a hitch pin and clip, but it has a small loop that comes around and presses into this little hole here, pressing against anything that you have in your receiver keeping it nice and tight preventing any rattles.It features a 675 pound tongue weight. That's the force going down on top of the receiver. 675 pounds will be more than enough for a bike rack with four bikes on it or a cargo carrier loaded up to the max. It also features a 4,500 pound gross towing capacity, and that's how much you can pull behind it. That's plenty for your pop-up campers or your boat trailers that you might be bringing along with you for the weekend.The hitch is rated for use with a weight distribution system.

The weight ratings will remain the same when using one. A weight distribution system can be helpful when hauling a heavy load that pushes down the back of your vehicle. You can redistribute that weight on your front axle, so that way your vehicle sits level again and restores your lost braking and handling performance you had with the weight pulling down on the back of your vehicle. As always, you want to verify in your vehicle owner's manual to ensure you don't exceed any of its towing capacities.Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about 5", and that's important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper.

From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 12". This is important when determining if you need a drop, rise, or raised shank on any of your accessories, and since it is kind of low, I would recommend a raised shank on your accessories. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go over the installation together so you can have the confidence to do it at home.We'll begin our installation at the back of the vehicle. We'll need to access our hatch to remove a couple of bolts. Down here in the bottom corner of each side, you'll have a Torx bolt we're going to want to remove.

We'll use a T20 Torx socket to remove it. We're going to remove the one on the other side as well. We're now behind the passenger side wheel. We're going to remove the four Torx screws located along the inner fender liner here. We'll use a T15 Torx to remove the bolts. After removing your last bolt, peel back your fender liner and that will reveal another bolt underneath. We're going to remove that with a 7mm socket. We'll repeat this exact same process on the other side.We're now underneath the vehicle again just behind the rear wheel. You'll have a Torx bolt on the bottom side that you're going to want to remove. We're using a T15 Torx. There's one on the other side we're going to remove as well. On the bottom of your fascia, if you go towards the center of the vehicle, you will find some more bolts that we're going to use a 7mm socket to remove. There's one on each side of these as well.We can now remove our fascia. We're going to start on one side and gently peel it back. After you've got one side released, I recommend that you go to the other side and release that side. With both sides released, we can come towards the center and pull it out. Once you come out a little bit like this, you want to check behind for any electrical connectors and disconnect them if any are present. Since we have no electrical connectors on ours, we're just going to set it aside, but depending on the options you have on yours, you may have some electrical connectors for sensors in the back.Now that we've got our fascia removed, we'll lower down our exhaust here in the back. There's two bolts we're going to remove with a 15mm socket. There are more exhaust hangers towards the front, so the exhaust will support itself. We just want to get this bracket out of the way. We'll now remove the bracket for our DEF tank on the other side of our bumper beam. There's two bolts on the bottom we're going to take out with a 13mm socket, and then we'll take out the two bolts in front there facing you with a 15mm socket. We'll now remove the entire bumper beam. There's two bolts left on top on each side. We'll use a 15mm socket to remove those. We'll now set this aside as we will not be reinstalling it.We'll now need to lower down our DEF tank to give us a little bit more clearance. We're going to pop the electrical wires off of the studs that are on here. You can use a flat-bladed screwdriver or trim panel tool to just remove those. This will just give us little bit more wires so we're not pulling anything tight when we're dropping our tank down. Next, we'll remove the undershield for our DEF tank. We'll remove the push pins by pushing out on the center and then pulling the whole pin down. There is a total of four pins holding the cover on. Once we've removed all of those, we can pull our cover down and set it aside. We'll now disconnect all of our electrical wires from the DEF tank. Push out on the lock tab, and then you can press in on the release lever and pull the connector out. We're going to repeat that for all the remaining connectors.We're now ready to lower down our DEF tank. There are three bolts that hold it in. We're going to use a 13mm socket to remove those. Once you remove the rearmost bolt like we did there, it will drop down and give you clearance to access your bolts there. If you want more clearance, there are two more bolts that hold this tank in. One is located just at the front of the tank here towards the front of the vehicle on the side. You'll probably need a long extension to go up to get it, and there's another one located towards the inside here in the front of the tank as well. If you can get your hand in there and access it, then I would recommend that you don't remove those and just let it hang where it is.We can now take our hitch and put it in position. It will slide into the bumper beam. Make sure not to pinch any of your electrical wires. If they're in your way, you can pop them back up, couple on there just to keep the wires out of your way. We can now fish wire our hardware in. Now, instead of fish wiring like the instructions recommend to fish wire the spacer and bolt, you really can just take your spacer and your carriage bolt, set it up like that and just kind of slide it in. You can get it to drop down the rearmost hole in your hitch and that's where you're going to end up if you fish wire it. So it's a little bit easier to do it that way. We're going to do that on the other side as well.On the bottom of your carriage bolt, place the conical tooth washer on it with the teeth facing up towards the frame, and then place a nut on it. Next, we'll take our handle nuts. They will fit in the frame on the large hole towards the front of the vehicle. We want it to line up with the hole just to the rear of that. So, I'm going to go ahead and hold it in place, kind of get a good eyeball for where I want to bend it. We're going to bend it there. Now we can slide that in and bring it forward to line up with the hole just rearward to that. Then take the hex bolt that comes in your kit, place a conical tooth washer on it with the teeth facing up towards the frame, and we can now push that up through the frame and thread it into our handle nut. We're going to do the same thing on the other side.The DEF tank side is a bit tighter, but it is still doable to kind of counteract the tank being there. After you thread your carriage bolt in, you will likely have to bend it back, so that way it sits kind of flush against the frame. We'll do just like on the other side, line it up with the hole and thread our bolt in. We can now go back and tighten down all of our hardware using a 19mm socket, then torque your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions. You can now either cut off, break, or bend your handle nut so they're out of the way. I prefer just to bend mine flat like that, so in the event that I ever need to remove it, I easily have access to the handle again to do so.We can now reinstall all of our component following reverse order. When you get to putting your fascia back on, we'll take a pause there and we'll trim it our around our receiver. We'll now need to trim our fascia out for the receiver tube to fit through it. We want to trim it out in the center of the fascia here. For more detailed measurements, refer to your instructions. I've gone ahead and marked it out. We're going to use a cutting wheel to trim this out. Now we'll take a file and clean up all the rough edges.We'll now put our fascia back on and test our cut to make sure we don't need to trim it any further. If everything looks acceptable, it's nice and even and it fits, then you can proceed with reinstalling the fascia. With all of our fasteners reinstalled, we're all set, and that completes our installation of Draw-Tite's Class III 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver on your 2019 Chevrolet Equinox with a diesel engine.


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