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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica


Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer.com. Today on our 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver. Personally, this is my favorite hitch for Pacifica, as far as appearance goes. That's because it's going to be completely hidden for the most part. The only thing you're going to be able to see is that receiver tube opening. And I also really liked this hitch exposure if you plan on doing some towing that's because it already has a bracket mounted to the hitch.

And that's going to mean mounting your wiring, It's going to be very easy and it's also going to look really clean.Many of our Pacifica customers plan on using their van for a little bit of everything, this hitch is going to work perfect for that. Since it is a two inch by two inch receiver, you're going to be able to use just about any accessory. So whether it be a cargo carrier, to free up some space on the inside of your van, or even a bike rack, it's going to get the job done. And if you plan on using a bike rack or even any other folding accessories, even though the hitch is completely hidden, it's still going to give us some pretty good clearance. It's going to sit just behind the edge of our bumper.The hitch is also going to work good for some towing as well.

Since it is a Class III, it's going to have some pretty high weight capacities. Our maximum gross tongue weight rating, it's going to be 675 pounds. That's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on our hitch. So that's going to work perfect for just about any bike rack or cargo carrier you might want. Now, as far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, that's going to be 4,500 pounds, the amount of weight pulling on our hitch.So that's the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it.

Now, our hitch can be used with a weight distribution system, which is a separate component. What if you are using that The maximum gross trailer weight rating does increase to 5,000 pounds, but it doesn't affect our maximum tongue weight rating of 675. Now it is always a good idea to check with your Pacificas owners manual to make sure your van can pull that much weight.Now, the hitch is going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength, and it's also going to have a five eight size pinhole. Now keep in mind a pin and clip does not come included. When if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer.com.

It's also going to have plate style safety chain openings, which I really like that they sit a little bit further back, that way we're not going to have any interference at all with our pin and clip. And they are going to be big enough to use about any size hooks that you might have. A hitch is also going to have a smaller hole and that's going to allow the use of a J-Pin.Now J-Pin is a stabilization device. And when you use that, what it's going to do is eliminate any slop or play here in the connection point. Now, there are a couple of things I would recommend. If you do plan on doing some towing, I'd pick up some trailer wiring. That way your lights on your trailer will work. You'll be safe and legal. Now, if you're looking for a good bike rack, that'll match up perfectly with the hitch. I'd recommend the Tooley Helium Pro.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements and you're going to use these to help figure out which hitch mounted accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be about 11 and a half inches. So chances are pretty good. You're going to need to get a Ball Mount with a rise, from the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of our rear bumper it's going to be about four and a half inches. And you're going to use that to help figure out if any folding accessories you might have, can be stored in the upright position without contacting the bumper.Now, even though the hitch is completely hidden, the install isn't super involved, but it does take a little bit of time. Speaking of which let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our installation, we're first going to need to remove our underbody panel. So to do that, we're going to take out six, eight millimeter screws along the bottom edge of our bumper, as well as two over here on the drivers side. Now here on the drivers side wheel, we're going to have four more eight millimeter screws that we need to take out. There'll be two on this bottom edge and then two more up here on the side.Now, here in the center, we're going to have two 10 millimeter bolts that we'll take out. Once ease or out of the way, you can pull this panel down some and that'll expose these other two 10 millimeter nuts, and we'll take out too. We're going to have five more, 10 millimeter nuts we need to take down as well. Now we're going to have two Phillips head plastic fasteners that we need to loosen up. And when we do have them loose, our whole panel should come down. Sometimes you're going to have to put some downward pressure on the panel while you're unscrewing those, to get them to come completely free.Now we can work our panel from underneath our vehicle, we'll set it off to the side. Before we lower our exhaust, it's a good idea to use a strap and run it from side to side, that way the exhaust will have a little bit of support. We're going to have two rubber isolator hangers, you need to take off. One right here next to our tailpipe, and one back here. Now, to get these off, it's a good idea to spray them down with some soapy water or some penetrating oil, and we'll use a pry bar to work that hanger off of the exhaust.Now we're going to take our heat shield off. That's going to be held in place by two 10 millimeter nuts. Now, what we're going to do is trim out our heat shield. Now I went ahead and marked it according to the diagram in our instructions and to get it cut, I'm going to use some tin snips. With our heat shield trim, we can now put it back in place. And we're going to secure it with only one of our plastic nuts.Now, I like to point out our attachment points and they're going to secure our hitch to our frame. Over on the drivers side we're going to have three, on here, here and here. Now over here on the drivers side only, there's going to be a stud with a 10 millimeter nut on it. We're going to need to take that off. And over on the passenger side, we're also going to have three attachment points right here, here, and here. To get our hardware in place we're going to use the fish wire technique.So we'll take the coiled end of our fish wire and feed it through this hole first, we're going to push it towards the back to get that coiled end of our wire and drop through this larger access hole. You might have to reach in there and bend your wire a little bit to give you a better angle to get it to drop through. But once we do have it through, we're going to take one of our smaller spacer blocks, put it over the wire and one of our carriage bolts, or add that on to the fish wire, feed our hardware through that hole. We can pull it all the way back to get it to drop through our attachment point. Now I'm going to use that same method and same hardware for this hole. Smaller spacer block, a carriage bolt, put it under the frame and pull it through.Now this hole, it's going to be a little bit different. We're going to use the reverse fish wire technique. So we'll take the coiled end of our wire and we're going to put on one of the larger spacer blocks over that wire and another carriage bolt, get that threaded on, we'll push a bolt into the frame, as well as the block, pull the bolt back down to get it to drop here at spacer block and out of our hole. Now the other side uses the same hardware setup as we have over here, as well as the same fish wire technique. So I'll just repeat that process over there.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll put our hitch in place and put our fish wire through the corresponding holes in our hitch. Get all of our hardware to drop through, and we can secure the hitch using a tooth washer. Make sure that the teeth are facing up towards the hitch. We're going to follow that up with a nut. Now, you want to get one started on each side, that way the hitch will support itself, while we work on finishing their hardware. In the same hardware, it's going to be used to secure the hitch for all of our fasteners. With all of our hardware in place and hand tight, now we can snug it all down.Now using a torque wrench, we can tighten all of our hardware down to the specification followed in the instructions. Now we can trim our underbody panel and I went ahead and marked out the area that we need to trim according to the diagram in our instructions. Now I'm just going to use a pair of tin snips, whatever this is. Like cardboard material almost. So I'm sure you could use a Dremel tool or even a sharp utility knife to get this done.Before we put our panel back up, it's a good idea to rehang the exhaust the same way that we've moved it. Just slide it back on to our rubber hangers. With it secured, go ahead and take off our strap. Now we can go ahead and take our panel and put that back into place in the opposite order that we removed it. And that'll do it for our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Chrysler Pacifica..


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