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etrailer Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the etrailer Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado


Ryan: How's it going Ryan here at etrailer.com. Today on our 2020 Chevrolet Colorado we're going to be taking a look at and showing how to install the etrailer.com Class 3 2" trailer hitch receiver. With Colorados being such versatile trucks, many of our customers use them to do a little bit of everything, which that not only includes towing but also some hitch-mounted accessories as well.This hitch is going to give you the best of both worlds. It's not only going to give you same good clearance here at the back for folding accessories, but it's also going to have same pretty impressive weight capacities. Now compared to some of the other hitches out there, this one is really going to blend in good. It almost looks factory in my opinion.

Really the only thing you're going to be able to see is the receiver tube opening here, as well as your safety chain openings.Now it's going to have a carbide matte black finish which not only helps it blend in too, but it's going to be really tough and scratch-resistant to help keep it in good shape for a long time. Now this is a Class 3 hitch, so it's going to have that 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. It's also going to use the standard 5/8 size pin and clip. Now keep in mind, a pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one you can find it here at etrailer.com. Going to have plate-style safety chain openings, which are pretty large and give you a lot of room, so you should have no problem using just about any size hook that you might have.Now when it comes to the hitch's weight capacities, it's going to have a 800-pound maximum gross tongue weight rating.

That's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. That's more than enough to use just about any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you'd want. When it comes to the maximum gross trailer weight rating, that's going to be 8,000 pounds. That's going to be the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. That's the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it.

This can be used with a weight distribution system, which is a separate component. But if you are using one of those, the weight capacities do increase. The maximum gross tongue weight rating goes up to 1,000 pounds and the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes up to 10,000 pounds. Now I do always like to suggest you check in your Colorado's owner's manual to make sure your truck can handle that much weight.But if you do plan on doing a little bit of towing, I would suggest picking up some trailer wiring. That way it'll be safe and legal.

But overall, a good all-around hitch. It's going to be one of the better looking ones in my opinion. It's going to allow you to do those activities that you always enjoy.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements. 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 that's going to be about 18-1/2". You're going to use that measurement to figure out if 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 our rear bumper that's going to be about 3". You're going to use that to figure out if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in the upright position without making contact with the bumper.Now as far as the installation goes, it's really not too technical, but it does take a little bit of time. However, if you stay patient and keep at it, you should have no problem getting it done at home in your driveway or even in the garage. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put the hitch on together now.To begin our install, we're going to be here at the back of the truck. The first thing we're going to do is temporarily remove our spare tire. Now moving underneath the truck, we're going to have the center bracket here that we're going to take off. It's going to be held in place with four 13mm bolts. Once we have it off, we can set it to the side as we will not be reinstalling it.Now what we're going to need to do is remove this factory bumper beam support. Now whenever we remove this, there's going to be nothing actually supporting our back bumper. There's a couple of things we could, one being we can use some jack stands to place underneath our bumper. That'll help keep it up in position. That way, we don't have to worry about holding it up or messing around with it really. Or you can even use some straps and tie into one of the bumper brackets. I used this one right here to the frame, tighten up the strap. That'll pull that bumper against the truck. Now personally, I just like to use a combination of both. That way, we know we're not going to have to mess around and really worry about it too much.Once we have our bumper supported, that's when we can come back to the bumper beam and get it removed. Now this is going to be held in place with four bolts. Going to have one here, one here, and two more on the side, there and there. I'll grab a 21mm socket and get those removed.Now you want to make sure to hang on to these bolts because we are going to be reinstalling them. Now once you get three of the bolts completely removed on one side, what I like to do is leave this one in just hand tight. That way, this'll still be supported over here, because what we're going to have to do is go over to other side of the truck and remove those same bolts that set up the exact same way. That way, once we remove them, we don't have to worry about this falling down. We can just support this, come back over, pop this one out, and get this removed.With the bolts out on the other side, I can support the bumper beam support here. Take those two bolts out by hand, lower this down out of the way and we'll set it to the side as we won't be reinstalling it. Now since we're going to be using those factory bolts and holes as our attachment points for our new hitch, it's a good idea to clean out the threads just to get out any potential debris. I'm using a tube brush, which you can find here at etrailer if you need one, just work inside of those threaded holes to get them nice and clean. We're going to do that for all of the attachment points.Now with an extra set of hands, we can lift our hitch in place. Way it's going to work is these side plates are going to fit in between the frame rail and the bumper itself. Once you have the hitch up, what you're going to do is take your factory hardware that we removed. We're going to get these bottom ones started hand tight on each side. That way, the hitch will support itself and we can make any adjustments if we need to while we work on the rest of the hardware. With the hitch in place, we can now come back and tighten down all four of the bolts that are on the bottom side of the hitch.Now you can work the bumper back into position. What you're trying to do is get the bumper bracket right here to line up with the holes in the hitch as well as those factory weld nuts in the frame. Once you maneuver it back and get everything to line up, you can reinstall your factory hardware. We'll get these hand tight and then do the same thing over on the other side. With our side bolts in place and hand tight, we can come back and snug them down.Now once we have them both snugged down, what we can do is remove our strap and our pole jack because the bumper will then be supporting itself. With everything tight, we can come back with a torque wrench and torque all of our hardware down to the amount specified in the instructions.Now that we have the hitch all torqued down, all we have left to do is raise our spare tire back into position. As you can see, it has no problem fitting and not interfering with our hitch. That'll finish up our look at and our installation of the etrailer.com Class 3 2" trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Chevrolet Colorado.


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