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etrailer Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the etrailer Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Chevrolet Colorado


Hey everyone, Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, I wanna walk you through how to install the etrailer Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. The cross tube is pretty much hidden behind the bumper. So all we can see is our receiver tube and it maintains a nice clean look on the vehicle. Steel construction, we're gonna have a triple carbide black powder coat finish which is gonna hold up really well against rust and corrosion.

This is gonna be designed for towing heavy loads. We're going to have a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening so it's gonna work really well for a lot of different hitch mount accessories. Maybe you have some bikes and you're like our customer here has a tunnel cover. You put the bikes inside. You're going to take up a lot of room.

You're not gonna be able to cover everything else. You maybe take it on your trip. Having a hitch on like this, you can put a bike rack back here. Keep everything you need to keep dry underneath your cover. Cargo carrier, maybe you want to bring some extra stuff with you.

Cargo carrier is going to give you that extra space needed. Maybe you want to pull a trailer. This hitch is going to allow you to do all those. As I mentioned, two inch by two inch receiver tube opening and reinforced collar gives us a little extra stability there. Hitch pin hole, 5/8 inch in diameter.

It's going to take your standard 5/8 hitch pin and the clip does not come on the hitch. However they can be found here on etrailer as well. Bite style safety chain loops. You see very large openings. So if we have a trailer, that's got some bigger size safety sheen hooks We know it's going to be able to handle it. I'm going to give you a few measurements and weight capacities to help you when deciding on any of those hitch mount accessories. From the center of our hitch pin hole, to the outermost part of our bumper, we're looking at about three inches. That number is important for any of your hitch, Mount accessories, like your bike racks and cargo carriers that are going to fold up. You want to make sure they're not going to make contact from the ground. The top innermost part of the receiver tube. We're looking at about 18 inches. That number is important for any hitch mount accessories that may hang a little bit lower and maybe need a little bit more ground clearance. As far as our weight capacities go, we're going to have an 800 pound max ton weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. So whether you're putting a cargo carrier on bike rack, or you're holding that heavier trailer, make sure you're not exceeding that Ram an 8,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included, can use weight distribution with this hitch, ton weight is going to go up to a thousand pounds, trailer weight's going to go up to 10,000 pounds. Always recommend checking your owner's manual of the vehicle. make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You're going to go with the lowest number between the vehicle and what the hitch can handle. Now that we've gone over some of the features we'll walk you out to get them installed. For our installation we need to remove any wires that are connected to our bumper. We'll have two plugs right up here. They're both going to have a red lock tab on them. you're going to push that tab back. Then you're going to push this black tab to disconnect. You have another one here. Once you get those two off we're going to follow our wires over to our driver's side. This main one runs right up to this plug. We're gonna take your trunk panel until my head screwdriver. We're gonna pop this fastener off for a frame rail. We're going to come up to this plug. Pull that red tape down and in again. Push, separate the two. Sometime these bigger ones can get quite a bit of dust and stuff in them. So they can be a little bit difficult to get off. We're going to come to each side of our frame rail. You're going to have a bolt here and a bolt here, bolt here, and bolt here. We're going to take one of these completely out. One of these and one of these completely out. We're going to loosen one of these where we get hand-thread it back in. And then one of these. That way when we're doing the other side, this doesn't fall off and our bumper doesn't just fall off. 13, 16 socket. Right in the center we're going to take a half inch socket and we're going to remove these two bolts. The next set of hands we'll take the side bolts out. We'll slide our bumper out and set it aside. we'll come back. Then remove the last two bolts for our receiver. We'll slide it off. Once you have your bumper removed and your receiver, we're going to come back and we're going to lower our spare tire so we can have access to the two bolts right here, half inch socket. We're going to remove those two bolts and then remove this plate. Raise your hitch up into place. We're going to take our factory hardware. We're going to start in the bottom two holes first. We'll get one on each side. It'll hold our hitch up in place while we install our remaining hardware, as well as our rear bumper. Once you get your hitch installed, go ahead and reinstall your bumper. Get these bolts at least halfway in. Once you get those halfway in, We're going to come back and we're going to tighten and then torque these to the specifications in the instructions. Once you have your hardware for your bumper tightened down, which is the two on the side of the frame rails, go ahead and torque those to specifications and instructions. Don't forget to plug in any wiring that you disconnected to remove the bumper and you're ready to go. It's going to do it for look at and installation on the etrailer Class Three trailer hitch receiver on 2021 Chevrolet, Colorado..


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