Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the draw tight max spring trailer hitch receiver, class 3, part number 76028. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. You can see it's going to tuck up very nice, almost flush with the bottom of our bumper face. Notice it's got the nice barge style ring safety chain loopholes. It's going to have your standard 5 8ths head spin hole but also it's going to have this half inch hole which is going to be for our J pin 00:00:33 stabilization device. It's designed for 675 pounds of tongue weight, which they're downward force and 4,500 pounds of gross trailer weight, which is our loaded trailer weight. When we go to weight distribution, your numbers are going to remain the same.

You definitely want to check with your owner's manual or your manufacturer to make sure your vehicle's able to tow that and always use the lower number for your towing. It's going to be a complete bolt on design, no drilling required. All your hardware's going to be supplied. Now we're going to give you some measurements. This is going to help you in selecting your accessories such as ball mount, bike racks, or cargo carriers. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper, it's going to be about 4 and a half inches and from the ground to the top of the inside of the receiver tube, it's going to be about 14 and a quarter inches.

Now let's go ahead and show you how to install it. We're going to go ahead and locate our attachment points. We're going to have 2 weld nuts on the side here that we're going to use from the factory. We're also going to use this hole here. We're going to put a block and a carriage bolt in there. It'll be the same on both sides.

We're up 2 more attachment points here on the bottom of our bumper. Some vehicles are going to already have a pre-drill and threaded insert. If it does not, it comes with a block and a carriage bolt and you're going to run a fish wire, a block, a carriage bolt into place and attach your hitch. We're going to start by removing this lower inaudible 00:02:07. We're just going to squeeze the tab on the backside. Do that for both sides, pull it down, then we can unsnap it.

We're going to go ahead and clean out our weld nuts. We'll be using a tubing brush, inaudible 00:02:32 on our website. Part number 814092. Let's spray a little bit of lubricant in there. We can take our tubing brush and we'll just clean out any dirt and debris that might be built up in there. We'll do that for both sides. It's always a good idea to take one of the bolts that we're going to use to attach it with and just start it in all the holes to make sure that everything's going to go in nice and smooth when we have our hitch hanging in there. Before we slip our hitch up into place, we have 2 different size spacer blocks. The smaller spacer block is going to go inside the bumper support and the larger one is going to go in this hole here. This one, we'll be doing a reverse fish wire so we're going to take the fish wire, we'll attach it to the bolt, going to push the bolt up into place first followed by the block. Then we can go ahead and remove our fish wire. We'll do the same thing on both sides. Now our next step's going to be we're going to fish our smaller blocks and carriage bolts into each of these round holes here in the bumper and we're going to put our fish wire in and we'll feed it out the end of our bumper here on the other end. Then we'll take our smaller block and our half inch carriage bolt and we'll go ahead and push them in. We'll bring it down and remove our wire. Now we'll do the same thing for the other side. Now we're going to get a second set of hands and we're going to slide our hitch up into place. Maybe using one of the supplied bolts, an economical tooth washer with the teeth facing in. We're going to put those into the factory weld nuts. The bolts that did go in the side are going to be the 12 millimeter bolts. We're going to put all 4 of those in, 2 in each side, then we can go ahead and install our economical tooth washer and half inch nuts on our carriage bolts. Now we'll do the same thing for the other side. Now we're going to put our economical tooth washer on this lower bolt here, the bottom of the bumper and hold a little bit of pressure on it and maybe start the nut. Now you want to be careful not to push this bolt up inside the bumper. If you take a small screwdriver and hold pressure against it, you work on it a little bit, you can get it in there. We'll install it on the other side and then we'll be ready to snug them down to make sure everything's centered up. We're going to start by tightening up the ones that go in inaudible 00:05:53 nuts. 18 millimeter socket. We'll just run those down. We'll do that for both sides. Then we can take a 3/4 inch socket or a 19 and tighten up the ones on the bottom, followed by the 2 on the bottom of the bumper. Now we can torque them down to specification listed in our instructions. Let's start with the ones on the side with the 18 millimeter socket. We'll get our 3/4 or our 19 millimeter. We'll tighten up the 2 on the bottom and followed by the 2 on the back of the bumper. That's going to do it for a look at and install of the draw tight, max spring trailer hitch receiver class 3, part number 76028 on our 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. .

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