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etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


Ryan: How's it going Ryan here at etrailer.com, today on our 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL unlimited, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the etrailer.com Class Three, Two Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver. So one of the things that separates this one from some of the others is that it's going to have a shorter receiver tube. So it's going to sit a little bit further back here behind our bumper. And in my opinion, it's going to be less noticeable. And one of the better looking ones available, one of the other things that sets it apart is its finish. It's going to be a matte black carbide finish.

So not only is it going to look good, but it's really going to stand up well against the elements that way if you're out four wheeling or doing any other outdoor activities, you're not going to have to worry about this getting rusty and all scratched up.Now, since this is a class three hitch, it's going to have that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening and a reinforced collar for extra strength. It's going to have the standard five, eight size pin hole. Now something I do want to point out is that the pin and clip does not come included. But if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer.com. The safety chain openings are plate style, and they're not going to be huge, but they're going to give us more than enough room to use just about any size hook that we might have.Now, as far as the hitches weight capacities go, it's going to have a 350 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating.

So that's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. So that'll work for those one to four bike racks and many different types of cargo carriers out there. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 3,500 pounds. That's going to be the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. So that's the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it.

And this can be used with the weight distribution system, which is a separate component. But if you do use that your weight capacities do increase. The maximum tongue weight rating goes up to 400 pounds and the maximum gross trailer weight rating increases to 4,000 pounds. Now it is always a good idea too, to check with your Jeep's owner's manual to make sure you can pull that much weight.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 19 inches, and you're going to use that to figure out whether you need to get a ball mount with either a drop or a rise.

From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of the bumper, it's going to be about six inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the spare tire, it's going to be about 10 inches, and you're going to use those measurements to figure out if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in the upright position without contacting either the bumper or the spare tire. Now keep in mind, those measurements can vary a little bit depending on your tire size and the tire size that we have here today on our Jeep is two 45 by 75 by 17.So overall, really good looking hitch, it's not going to take away from the looks of your Jeep. It's going to allow you to pull your trailers or even thrown an accessory like a bike rack or cargo carrier. Now, as far as the installation goes, the hitch is really straightforward. Shouldn't take you a whole lot of time. It can be easily done at home. Speaking of which let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our installation, we're going to be working here underneath our Jeep, right behind our bumper. So here on our bumper beam, we're going to have four holes that we're going to use for our attachment points to hold the hitch up into place. Now I do want to point out on some models, they're going to have some hardware in those holes, as well as a spacer plate that kind of sets up right here along our bumper beam. On those particular models, what you're going to do is remove those bolts as well as the spacer plate.And you want to make sure to hold onto those factory bolts, because we're actually going to use those to secure the hitch into place, but you can set the spacer plate aside because that will not be getting reinstalled. Now, the hardware that we're going to be using for all four of our attachment points will be a bolt. And then we're going to put a flat washer on over it. Now, what I like to do before we put our hitch up into place is to take our bolt and just make sure it easily goes through all of our attachment points. That way, when we get the hitch up there, it'll be nice and easy and we don't have to fight it. So I've come across certain Jeeps that the bolts don't just slide right through, you may have to take a file or a drill bit and kind of open them up a little bit, to get them to easily go in.So we'll check all four of them. Now that we've verified, it goes through easily on all four, we can put our hitch into place. We're going to grab our hitch and line up the four holes in it with our attachment points, slide it up over our beam, we're able to push our bolts through it. Now you want to get at least a couple of them started and that'll hold the hitch out, in order to support itself.Then put the other two bolts through. Now, on the other end of our bolts, we're going to put on a flange nut, to kind of reach up in there, line it up and get the two threaded together. Now this Jeep has some pretty decent space in between the hitch and the bumper here, but I have come across a few that it's a little bit tighter and it can be difficult to try to hold the nut in there and get it stunning. So one trick that I found is if you take an open-end wrench, put the nut in it, and just a piece of tape, kind of tape the nut to the wrench.What you can do is then just hold that up there, line it up with the bolt and get it stunning that way. Once you have it hand tight, you can simply just pull that wrench down to release the tape. Now I'm going to repeat that same process for the two remaining bolts. Now with all of our hardware in place and in tight, you can use a couple of wrenches to snug it all down. Now we're able to use a torque wrench to tighten everything down to the amount specified in the instructions. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the etrailer.com Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL unlimited.


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