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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Coachmen Leprechaun Motorhome

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Coachmen Leprechaun Motorhome


Shane: Hi, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today, I'm going to walk through how to install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch on our 2015 Coachmen Leprechaun motor home. Adding a front mount hitch on your motor home is going to serve a lot of benefits. Maybe you don't have enough room on the back of the vehicle, you need some extra. Maybe you want to put a cargo carrier on the front. Maybe you flat tow a vehicle and the bike rack that you currently carry on the back is too wide to carry with the vehicle that you're flat-towing.

So you need to move that bike rack up to the front. It's again, going to serve a lot of purposes.It's going to give us a 500 pound max tongue weight, which is going to be our downward pressure on the inside of our receiver tube. So for if we're putting that cargo carrier on her and loading up with that cargo, or maybe the bike rack, we want to make sure we're not exceeding that downward pressure. We're going to have a 9,000 pound max winch pull, which is going to be how much the hitch can handle going this way.Hitch is going to be a steel construction, black powder coat finish. It's really going to help resist any rust or corrosion, stay looking nice for a really long time.

It's going to be two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, reinforced collar, give us a little extra stability there. Hitch pin hole is going to be 5/8 inch in diameter and take a standard 5/8 hitch pin. Hitch pin and clip does not come with this hitch, however they can be found here at etrailer.com. This hole here, this is for a J-Pin Stabilization Device. And what that does is it takes any shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories.Now let's go over some measurements.

From the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our bumper is going to be about two inches. Keep that number in mind for any of your hitch mount accessories that may fold up against your vehicle, you want to make sure they're not going to make contact. You will notice that our hitch does stick out a little bit past the front face of our bumper itself. From the ground to the top innermost part of our receiver tube, is going to be about 16 and a quarter inches. That number is important for any of your hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance.

Now that we've gone over some of the features, let me walk you through how to get it installed.To start our installation. We need to remove this lower panel. There's going to be four bolts, we're going to use an eight millimeter socket. We're going to have one here, one over on this side, and then two right up front. Our panel will not be re-installed.Next we need to remove our license plate holder. We're going to have a couple of tabs on the inside, and we'll just push up on and pull our license plate out. And these are going to be your tabs. Then we need to trim our lower part of our fascia. We're going to find center, go over an inch and a half, down three inches from here. You can see where I have it marked, we're going to cut this square out. I'm just going to use a rotary tool with a plastic cutting blade.Then we're going to take a 21 millimeter socket. We're going to have two bolts, I'm sorry, two nuts on the right on end of our frame rail that are holding the bumper on. We need to loosen those so that we can get our hardware, when we install it, up through the end of the frame rail itself. This forward most attachment hole, we need to open it up to a half inch. So we're just going to use a half inch drill bit. We're going to take a pull wire, spring in. We're going to go through this large hole and come out the end of our frame rail. Going to take a spacer block, go ahead and push that up into the frame rail. Carriage bolt, we'll thread it on the end and pull it down just like that.We're going to do the same thing with this hole and repeat the process on the other side of the vehicle. Then we're going to go ahead and tighten these back down that are holding our bumper on. Keep in mind when you loosen those, the bumper will drop. So just make sure you raise it back up into position before you tighten those fully.Next, we're going to raise our hitch into position. We're going to line up our holes, pull our wires through the corresponding holes in the hitch. It may be a little bit easier if you have a second person holding the other side while you do this. We're going to take one of our pull wires off. What I'm going to do is I'm going to thread one nut on that'll hold my hitch up, so I have two free hands. We'll remove the other pull wire, we're going to put on a conical tooth washer, teeth facing towards the hitch. Then a nut. Once we get one of those on each side, we can remove this nut, put on our conical tooth washer and reinstall the nut.Next, we're going to tighten and then torque all our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Once you have all your hardware tightened and torqued to the specifications in the instructions, you're ready to go. Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video has helped you, whether you're still deciding or installing the Draw-Tite Front Mounted Hitch on your 2015 Coachmen Leprechaun motor home..


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