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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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Installation o the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Nissan Pathfinder


Hi there Nissan owners. Today in your 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install, Draw-Tite's 2" trailer hitch receiver.A portion of the crossbar is going to be hidden behind the bumper, but towards the center here, you will be able to see it sticking below. But it doesn't detract from the vehicle's looks too much because it is tucked back pretty nicely.At the end, we have our 2" x 2" receiver, which is going to be great for all of your towing needs, whether you're just wanting to put a bike rack in it and load it up with some bikes to hit the trail, or if you want to hook up a ball mount in it, and do some work with a trailer. It uses a 5/8" hitch pin and clip.Now one doesn't come included with the hitch, but we have plenty here at etrailer.com. You also notice that there's a small hole just to the rear of our hitch pin hole. And this allows us to use a J-Pin.

A J-Pin is similar to a regular hitch pin, but a small portion of it will wrap around and go into the small hole here, pressing against whatever's in the receiver.The other end of our pin will have a nut that tightens down, and that will act as an anti-rattle device, keeping anything in the receiver from moving around.Just to the driver's side of our receiver, we also have a mounting bracket and this will allow us to put a four or seven pole connector right onto it, which is nice because a lot of vehicles don't have this and you then have to either mount it into your fascia or purchase additional no-drill brackets that will attach to your hitch.On bottom, we have plate-style safety chain loops with a very large opening. However, the ends here are pretty thick. It should work with most of your medium and larger size safety chains, but your smaller ones may have some difficulties getting on there. If you do have some small safety chains that you're having difficulties getting on there, we do have quick links here that you can open up, slide onto your hitch and tighten them back down, and this will easily give you an attachment point for any type of safety chain.It features a 900 pound tongue weight, which is the force going down on top of the receiver. And that's going to be more than enough for a four bike platform rack fully loaded up with four bikes, or the largest cargo carrier that's available here at etrailer.com, fully loaded up to the max.

And it also features a 6,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is how much that it can pull behind it.And that's going to be plenty, if you want to get some work done and pull a utility trailer, or maybe you want to hit a campsite, you can bring a small camper or a pop-up camper with you as well. You can also use a weight distribution system with this hitch. A weight distribution system will take some of the weight that is here on the back of the vehicle, loading down the back end and redistribute that on the front axle, bringing your vehicle back level, restoring lost handling and braking performance. We've got a few different styles of weight distribution systems available here at etrailer.com, so you can pick the best one that matches your setup.Now, as always, when you are towing, I recommend that you verify in your vehicle's owner's manual and ensure that you don't exceed any of its towing capacities. Now I've got some measurements for you to help you in deciding on accessories.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about five inches.

This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper. And from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 14 and a quarter inches. And this is important when determining, if you need to drop, arise or raise shank on any of 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 underneath the vehicle on the driver's side, by removing the tow hook.

There's four bolts that hold it in, we'll take those out with an 18 millimeter socket. We'll take out the two on the bottom first. Then we're going to take out the two on the side.We can then take our tow hook down and set it aside. We won't be reinstalling it. On each side of the vehicle, on the frame, you're going to have three holes with weld nuts in them. You can look up and see the threads. We want to clean those out to make sure we don't have a difficult time getting our hardware in, so we're just going to use some spray lubricant and a bristle brush. If you need one, we have them available here at etrailer.com. So we're just going to get them both cleaned out on each side.Now, before we can put our hitch up, the charcoal caster here does have a small portion that we need to shave off, just this little edge right there. I'll go ahead and mark it out so you can see what we're going to be trimming. And here we've got it marked, and we're just going to take this corner off here, so that way our hitch will clear it. We're just going to use our cut-off wheel to do so.Then we can take a file and just clean up any rough edges we got. We'll now take each bolt that comes in our kit, we're going to place a lock washer on it, followed by a flat washer. Now the next set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch into position. They can try to go up over the exhaust and we'll line up the holes in our hitch with the weld nuts in the bottom of the frame, and thread our prepared hardware. right into the weld nuts. Once you've got one started on each side, the hitch will hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware.We can then go back and tighten them down using a 19 millimeter socket. Then we can go back and torque our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions.Now with everything tightened down, we're ready to load up our favorite accessories and hit the road. And that completes our installation of Draw-Tite's 2" trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Nissan Pathfinder.


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