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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


Hi there Chevrolet owners. Today on your 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Draw-Tite's front hitch. And this is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. It's a two inch by two inch receiver so it's going to work great with a lot of different accessories whether you're wanting to put an over-the-cab extender in the front here, or maybe a winch plate on the front for an easy installation of a winch. Just slide that in there. Or maybe depending on where your layout is where you park your trailer you have a difficult time backing up to get the trailer into place, and sometimes maneuvering around just in your, right around your home hooking up a ball here in the front can make it a lot easier to get a trailer into a certain location.

Your accessories will secure to the hitch using a 5/8 inch hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with the hitch but we've got plenty available here at etrailer and you can get locking ones to protect your investments. Another thing you might notice is that there's a small hole just to the front of the hitch pinhole here. And that small hole wall allows to use a J-Pin. A J-Pin's similar to a regular hitch pin, but one end here is going to curve around and it's going to have a smaller end that goes into that hole, and the other side will be threaded.

So when you tighten this down, it's actually going to draw in tight against whichever is in your receiver here. And it's going to pull that tight, acting as an anti-rattle device. This hitch offers a 500 pound tongue weight which is the force that's going down on top of the receiver. So if you are going to use this as an over-the-cab extender, that should be more than enough to bring some lumber with you, or maybe if you're using it recreationally. If you want to throw some kayaks up on top of there to free up some room in your bed for other gear you could also do that as well.

It has a 9,000 pound line pole on it as well. So if you've got a winch on here you can put a pretty massive winch on here with that 9,000 pound pulley. You should easily be able to pull out another truck like this by hooking your winch right up into here. Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on your accessories. From the center of our hitch pinhole to the edge of our front bumper here, where our license plate is it's right at about 5 1/2 inches.

And this is important when determining if your accessories can be placed inside the hitch without contacting the front bumper. And from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 15 inches. And this is important when determining your ground clearance, especially if you're going to be doing any off-roading while leaving this device on the whole time. And now that we've covered some of the features of our hitch, why don't you follow along with me in the shop so we can get it installed. This is a pretty quick easy installation. So you should have the confidence to do this at home. We'll begin our installation underneath the vehicle by removing the rearmost bolt on our tow hooks for each tow hook. You'll need an 18 millimeter socket and wrench and it's just around the underside here. Here, you can see the tow hook where it passes through, that's the front bolt and here's our boy the rear bolt. First, going to take our 18 millimeter socket and our wrench and remove those. We only want to remove the rear bolts. Once we got this one out we're going to remove the one on the other side the same way. Next we'll take the fish wires that come in our kit, and we're going to poke this up through the hole in the bottom of the frame, just rearward of where we had removed the bolt that we just taken out. So it's just going to slide up-- and then it's going to come out right there at the front of the bottom opening of the frame. We can then take our carriage bolt and our spacer. You're going to make sure that you have the spacer with the square hole in it. We're going to slide the spacer over at first and then thread our carriage bolt onto the coil. Then.we can then take our coiled wire feed our hardware up into the frame and pull it until it comes back down the hole. We're going to do the same thing over here on the other side of the frame as well. Next you want to refer to your instructions. You'll see they'll have a small diagram there showing you where to mark to cut out for your hitch. Gone ahead and marked it out here so you can see where we're going to cut. You can cut this however you want whether you're wanting to use a cutoff wheel or reciprocating blade or a pair of snips, whichever one works best for you. You can go ahead and use. We're just going to trim it out in the area indicated here. After I get done trimming, I always like to take a file to clean up the work, you can end up making it look much nicer once you get the bulk out of the way. Next, we're going to prepare our hitch. The spacers with the round hole on them are going to sit on top of the ears here. So we're just going to take some tape then. and then just put it right on top of our spacer, taping it into place. We'll do the same thing on the other side. And then you can take a screwdriver or something and just knock out the center. That way our hardware will pass through easily. That'll hold our spacer in place for us. So now we're next to the hands, we're going to feed our fish wires through our holes. I've gone ahead and taken this one off, and then we'll lift our hitch up. Being careful not to push any of the hardware up into the frame. Once we've got it lifted up we can take our long bolts that come in our kit. We're going to place a conical tooth washer on it with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt. We want them towards our hitch. We'll then slide it through the hole here all the way through to the other side. Once you've got each of those slid through the hitch will hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware. Then we'll use that factory nut to secure it over here on the other side. Then the bolts that we had that we're coming down bottom you can remove your fish wires and slide on a conical tooth washer with the teeth facing up towards the hitch, and then use one of the nuts included with the kit to thread on to the carriage bolt. We can then go back and snug down our hardware. We're gonna use a 7/8 for our lower ones. And then you use an 18 millimeter wrench and a 19 millimeter socket for your bolts. And then torque all of your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions. And now with everything torqued down, you're ready to load up your accessories and then load up your truck up with some gear and hit the road..


Questions and Comments about this Video

Andy P.

Is this the right piece for my Motorhome to carry my grandchildren’s bicycles. I use my rear hitch for my car dolly. Thank you...

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

What chassis do you have on your motorhome? Front mount hitches are vehicle specific so I'd need to know year/make/model to be able to confirm fitment.

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