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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Nissan Rouge

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Nissan Rogue


Hey, everybody. How's it going Today, we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver, here on a 2021 Nissan Rogue. So, this is what our trailer hitch is gonna look like installed. Now, thankfully, most of it is actually gonna be hidden behind the bumper here, so the only thing we are gonna be able to see is the actual receiver tube. So, this is gonna do a couple different things. Number one, it's gonna give us the best overall ground clearance, but it's also gonna provide us with a very factory-like finish.

And I would like to point out that the receiver tube and the rest of the hitch, it has a nice black powder coated finish. It's gonna help protect it from rust and corrosion, also helps it blend in a little bit better with the vehicle's underbody paneling. So adding a trailer hitch to your Rogue, it's gonna be an excellent option, because it's gonna make your vehicle that much more versatile. Now, we can obviously use a trailer hitch for towing, but if we wanted to hit the trails or free up some space inside the vehicle for those long road trips, we could easily attach either a bike rack or hitch-mounted cargo carrier. So if we are towing, our trailer hitch is gonna provide us with a 3,500-pound gross trailer weight rating.

That's the amount we can pull outward on the receiver tube, and it also has a 525-pound tow weight rating. That's gonna be the downward force on the receiver tube. Now, keep in mind these ratings are for the hitch only, which is tested separately of the vehicle, so you'll wanna verify the vehicle's towing capacity in the owner's manual, and then abide by the lower of the two rated components, whether that's the hitch or the vehicle. So, thankfully, we have the larger 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. And what this is gonna do is, it's gonna allow us for a much greater variety of hitch-mounted accessories to choose from.

We have a great selection here at etrailer. Now, on the contrary, the smaller 1 1/4" by 1 1/4", it really limits your options in regards to, number one, the number of bikes we can carry, and also the amount of available carriers. So, if we take a look at the side of the receiver tube, you're gonna see we have a couple different holes here. The larger one here to the rear, that's gonna be our standard hitch pin hole, that will accept a 5/8" diameter hitch pin and clip. These are actually sold separately, but we do have plenty here at etrailer to choose from.

This other hole here is gonna be designed to be used with the J-Pin stabilization device, and that extra hole allows the pin to put extra pressure on your hitch mount accessory to help cut down on rattle. It also has a lock for security as well. But then on the bottom of the receiver tube, we're gonna have our safety chain loops. Those are gonna work great with both the smaller S-type, as well as the larger Clevis style. So now we got a couple measurements for you guys here. The first one I like to do for these vehicles is sit a little lower to the ground. That's just for ground clearance. So, the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, that one's gonna be 11 3/4 inches, and that's gonna be useful when you're selecting your ball mount. That way, you can make sure you get the correct rise and drop to tow your trailer level. And then last but not least, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper, that one's gonna be right at 4 1/2 inches, and that will be useful when you're selecting your folding accessories. That way, you can make sure that while they're in the stowed position that they don't contact the vehicle. So, in regards to installation, this is probably one of the easiest hitches you can get to install in your vehicle. I definitely, definitely recommend you guys try this one at home. There's no need to pay a shop to do this for you. We just simply need some basic common hand tools. But aside from that, we're just lifting it up into place and then bolting it to the frame. There is one tool you may not have, and that's gonna be a torque wrench. But you can actually rent this for free at most local auto parts stores. We'll go ahead and walk you through this entire process step by step now. So the first thing we're gonna do, we're gonna take one of our hitch hardware bolts. Now, we're gonna have three weld nuts in the frame on either side that we're gonna be using to secure the hitch. So those weld nuts are gonna be on the outside of the frame rail. So what we wanna do is, we wanna take one of our bolts here, and it doesn't matter which hole we start with. But we're basically gonna be checking each of these three holes on both sides to make sure that our bolt threads in freely. As you can see here, we don't have any resistance here trying to thread in our bolt. If we did, there's one of two things we're gonna try. Number one, we're simply gonna take some sort of spray lubricant. We're gonna be spraying it as best we can inside that hole, and then we're gonna be taking some sort of wire brush so we can clean that weld nut out. And once we get this nice and clean, we'll go ahead and recheck our bolt, and then if it's still won't thread in, we're gonna actually have to use a tack to clean those out. Now, you can get these at most local hardware stores. They aren't too expensive. You just need to be careful that you don't cross-thread some tap going into the weld nut. But most newer vehicles are probably not gonna have any issues threading your hardware in, so only the older ones that probably have a little bit more extreme road conditions that they're subjected to that you would really have any issue. But we're gonna go ahead and repeat that process for each of our six attachment holes. So before we get our hitch up into position, we're gonna go ahead and prep our hardware. So, again, we need three bolts per side. Each of those bolts is gonna have a conical tooth washer. We just need to make sure that the teeth out in the washer are gonna be facing up towards the hitch. Now, with an extra set of hands, we can go ahead and set our trailer hitch up into position. We only need to secure it with one bolt per side for now. Then once we have one started on each side, that's gonna hold our trailer hitch up, and then we'll simply insert the remaining hardware. Now we're gonna take a 19-millimeter socket. We're gonna go ahead and snug up all of our hardware here, and then we can torque it to the specifications in our instructions. And that's gonna do it today for our look and installation of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, here on a Nissan Rogue..


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