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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 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.One of the things that separates us hitch from some of the others is that it's going to have a longer receiver tube. So the end of the receiver tube is going to sit about flush with our bumper and closer to the edge of our spare tire. And that's going to provide us with more clearance and make it a lot easier to use any folding accessories. This one's also going to blend in, not be very noticeable because it's going to have a matte black finish and really comes close to matching the color of our back bumper. And because of its finish, it's going to stand up really well to the elements.

So if you're doing any off-roading or outdoor activities, you're not going to have to worry about this rusting out or getting all scratched up.Since it 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. That's going to have the standard five- eighths size pin hole. Keep in mind does not come included with a pin and clip, but if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer. That's going to have plate style safety chain openings, which aren't huge, but they are going to give us more than enough room to use just about any size hook that you might have.Now as far as the hitch has 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 good for those one to four bike racks and many different types of cargo carriers. Now, as far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 3,500 pounds. That's the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. So that's the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it.Now this can be used with the weight distribution system, which is a separate component, but if you are using one of those, your weight capacities do increase. The maximum tongue weight rating goes up to 400 pounds and the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes up to 4,000 pounds.

But I do want to point out it is always a good idea 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 rise. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper, that's going to be about two and a half inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the spare tire, that's going to be about seven inches. And you're going to use those measurements to figure out if any folding accessories that you might have could be stored in the upright position without contacting the spare tire or the bumper.Now keep in mind, depending on your tire size, those measurements could change a little bit.

The tire size that we have on our Jeep today is 245 45 by 75 by 17. So overall a good all-around hitch. It's going to have some decent weight capacities that'll allow you to tow, and it's going to give you that extra clearance and work really well with those folding accessories, and look really nice doing it at the same time.As far as the installation goes, it's very straightforward. Shouldn't take you a whole lot of time and can easily be done at your house by yourself. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put the hitch 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 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 on to 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 use for our four attachment points, it's going to take a bolt and a flat washer. Put that flat washer on. Now we put our hitch up, what I like to do is just take this bolt and make sure it easily goes through each one of the attachment points, because I have run into instances where those holes aren't lining up perfectly and it doesn't allow you to easily push that bolt through. And sometimes you might have to take a file or a drill bit and enlarge that hole a little bit. And it's a lot easier to do that now, as opposed to trying to hold the hitch up and get all of our hardware through. So that easily goes through all the holes. So now we're good to put our hitch in place.Now we can take our hitch and line up the holes in it with our attachment points. You take our bolts and push them through. Once we get a couple of them started, we'll know that the hitch will hold itself up and it'll make everything a little easier to get aligned. Once you get a couple of bolts in place, the hitch should support itself. Then we can finish putting our other two bolts through.Now we can secure all of our bolts using a flange nut. I can just go up and through that opening and thread the bolt through the nut and just get it hand tight. Now in some cases, this gap here in between the hitch and the bumper can be smaller than this. This one actually is pretty decent, so we can get our hands up in there. But if your gap is smaller and you're having a hard time getting the nut held up in there to get the bolt started through it, one thing you can do to make it easier is to take the open end of a box wrench, slide the nut into it, and then just use a piece of tape to tape that to the wrench. That makes it a lot easier to feed that up there and get everything started. Once that bolt is ran through there, all you got to do is pull down on the wrench to pull the tape off. Now I'm going to repeat that same process for the other two bolts.With all of our hardware in place and hand tight, now we can snug it down using a couple wrenches. Now we can use a torque wrench to tighten down all the hardware to the amount specified in the instructions.And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the etrailer.com trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited.


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