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etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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How to Install the etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica


Shane: Hey guys, Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, and I want to talk to you how to install the etrailer class three trailer hitch receiver. Adding a class three trailer hitch to your vehicle is going to give you a lot of different options. Whether that's pulling a small trailer, maybe you want to put a cargo carrier on it to get items out from inside and make more room for your passengers. Or maybe you want to put a bike rack on. It'll also work great for your wheelchair carriers.

So it's just going to be two inch by two inch receiver tube opening reinforced collar give us a little extra stability there. Hitch pin hole, which is right here. It's going to be five eighths inch in diameter. It's going to take a standard five eighths hitch pin. Hitch pin and clip does not come with this hitch.However it can be found here at etrailer.

We're going to have plate style safety chain loops, it's going to be welded plate on the bottom of our receiver tube. It's going to accommodate different size safety chain hooks. Now let me give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any of your hitch mount accessories you may need such as a bike rack, a ball mount, or cargo carrier. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our bumper is going to be about five inches. The number's important for any of your hitch-mounted accessories that may fold up against your vehicle.

You want to make sure they're not going to make contact with the bumper. From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube, it's about 13 inches. That number is important for any of your hitch mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance.As far as our weight capacities go, we're going to have a 400 pound max tongue weight, which is a downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube, 4,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is a trailer plus the load included. I always recommend checking the 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 the hitch. You can use weight distribution with this hitch. Tongue weight is going to go up to 500 pounds. Trailer weight's going to go up to 5,000 pounds. In my opinion, I really like the way this hitch looks on here. Having the round tube design really fits nicely with the contour of the vehicle. The matte black powder coat finish, I really like how durable it is.I like how it sits nice and tight up against the bottom of this panel here. The two inch by two inch receiver tube opening is really going to give you a lot of options for different accessories. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's walk you through how to get it installed. To start our installation, you're going to need a 10 millimeter socket and an eight millimeter socket. We're going to first remove the underbody panel if you have one. We're going to have eight millimeter bolts that run across the back. We're going to have a couple of 10 millimeter that run along the inside here. We'll start with the inside, with the 10 millimeter socket. On our driver's side quarter panel here, we'll start removing our eight millimeter bolts. On the driver's side behind your tire where your panel hits your fender liner, they're going to be two eight millimeter bolts inside here we need to remove. I found another one right behind the tire right here. This panel wraps down underneath. So we need to take off this inside one and we'll add two more 10 millimeter plastic nuts right here.We're going to take a large screwdriver. We're going to take this attachment point right here. You kind of pull down on it as you're undoing it. A little bit of pressure on that. That'll come off a little bit easier just like that. Then we'll have one more fastener right here. We use our flat head screwdriver, remove that. Then we need to lower our exhaust. We're going to have a rubber hanger here in the back and then one up towards the rear axle. Take some soapy water and we're going to spray down the hanger. We're going to take a pry bar and we'll work it off.We're going to repeat the process for the second one. Next, we need to remove our heat shield and trim it. We're going to take a 10 millimeter socket. We're going to have a plastic fastener here, and we're going to have one right up here. Next we need to cut out our heat shield. If you notice how I'm holding it here, we're going to cut this part off, which is touching our frame rai.l directions are going to tell you to go five inches up, 10 inches. What we really need to do is I'm going to cut it right along just above where that rolls right there. This is the only thing that covers that frame rail. So that's what I'm going to cut off. I'm going to use aviation shears to cut it off and we can reinstall our heat shield. For hybrid models, your emissions canister on your driver's side we need to temporarily remove that. We use a 10 millimeter socket. We're going to have a bolt here on the backside and one on the front.We're going to let our canister hang kind of like that for now. On the driver's side, we're going to have a ground wire. Take a 10 millimeter socket. We need to remove that nut and we're going to end up relocating the ground wire somewhere else. On our driver's side we're going to take our pull wire. We're going to go through this very back hole here. What we want to do is we're going to push that over along this outside edge. There's actually a wall that goes in right here and it makes it hard to get your hardware through there. We want to feed this through and we want to come out this hole. Once you got it through, make sure you got it on the outside of that wall. Feed the spacer block on, go ahead and push it inside the hole, take your carriage bolt. We're going to thread it onto the end of the screen.We can see our bolt inside and pull it down just like that. This hole we're going to do a reverse pull. We'll attach our hardware to our wire, put the head of our bolt up first, then our spacer block, and pull it back down. Spacer block, thread your bolt on your wire, put your bolt first, then spacer block, then pull back down. For our passenger side, we're actually going to be using three holes. We're going to be using this one, this one, and this one here. You're going to use the same techniques with the pull wire. Start at your very back hole, the smallest. Come to the front one and work your way forward towards the front of the vehicle. With an extra set of hands, we're going to raise our hitch into place. We're going to go over the passenger side exhaust first. We're going to take our pull wires, put them through the corresponding holes in the hitch. You're going to have two holes on the back. You want to go into the very back hole on the drivers side. We can remove our pull wires and install our flange nut.You want to install all of your remaining hardware onto your bolts. We'll use three quarter inch socket, tighten all of our hardware. Then you're going to come back once you have everything tightened and torque it to the specifications in the instructions. So the directions are going to tell you to use, there's a long bolt that comes in the kit to put your canister back in place, but they're not really clear on how to do it. We're finding that it's hitting the factory bolt here and we're not going to be able to get our bolt back in the front. So we're going to take this bracket off and we're going to modify it so we can get our canister put back in with both bolts.To take it off, you take a 10 millimeter socket and wrench. The head of the bolt sits right up inside here. The bolt is going to come down with the nut side. You're going to have one on the back here and one on the front. Once you get those off, take this bracket off and then we can get it modified. I'm just going to use a rotary tool with a plastic cutting blade to trim this out.We can re-install our canister. We're going to use a factory bolt on the most forward hole. Our kit is going to come with a long bolt like this for the back hole. Then we can reinstall our ground wire. We're going to have a small hole right here. Kit's going to come with a small X bolt and nut. We'll drop our bolt down like that. Then we'll use an 11 millimeter socket and wrench and tighten that down. Then you can reinstall your exhaust in reverse order from the way you took it off. So now before we put our underbody panel back in place, we need to trim it. They're going to say to go six inches over from the center of this hole. You can see I marked it once. I've got it set up in place here and it's way off. So I'm actually the reason I have it up here so I can line it up where the hitch is and I marked it in this spot.Now we'll take it back down and mark this 10 inches back and make it just wide enough so we can fit it around the side plate of our hitch. This is just cardboard. So I'm just going to use a utility knife to cut this out. Once you get your underbody panel trimmed, you can go ahead and get it put back in place. Then you can reinstall all of your hardware for your underbody panel in reverse order from the way you took it off. Once you have your underbody panel put back in place, you're ready to go. That's going to do it for a look at an installation on etrailer.com class three trailer hitch receiver on your 2020 Chrysler Pacifica.


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