Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Chrysler Town and Country - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country


Today on our 2016 Chrysler Town and Country, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a class III, which is going to offer the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. It's part number is 75579. Here's what the hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, not a lot going on back here, just the receiver tube opening and our safety chain connection points. The rest of it stays hidden up here behind our bumper where we don't have to see it. We're not going to have that cross tube going all the way across.

Really nice, again, not adding too much to the back of the vehicle here just a really useful addition. This is the class III hitch, so we've got a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. It's going to work out really good for bike racks, cargo carriers, ball mounts, whatever you want to secure there. It's going to have the rounded kind of end cap or the collar that goes around it is going to be a little bit of a rounded look. For securing our items, we've got two pin holes. Now we want to use the pin hole closest to the front of the car, that's the large or the 5/8ths diameter pin hole.

As you can see, we've got plenty of room on each side here, so whatever accessory we wanted to use shouldn't have any issue getting that attached, with the exception of the hitch immobilizer. I don't think it's going to fit around there properly for you. That smaller pin hole that you see there in the front, that's for use with the J pin stabilization system, so you can attach it and then kind of run it down to where it will get everything secured that way as a stabilization option for you there. Now we're going to have a rolled steel style safety chain connection point. Plenty of room in there, we should be able to get any type of safety chain connected in there without really running into any type of interference. As far as towing is concerned, we've got a 400 pound tongue weight rating.

It's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening. We're going to have a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, so that's the total of our trailer and then anything that we've got loaded up it. When we move into a weight distribution setup, the tongue weight rating goes up to 500 pounds. The gross trailer weight rating is going to go up to 5,000 pounds, but of course, we do want to look into the manual of the Town and Country, see what it's tow ratings are and we'll go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a few measurements that will be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we've got about 13 1/4 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper is about 4 1/2. Now to begin our installation, we're first going to lower down the exhaust.

That's going to give us a lot better access to get up to the bolts that we need to remove. Now to do this, we're going to take off three hangers. You have your tailpipe here, we're going to go just in front of that, there's going to be a rubber hanger here and a bolt that goes into the bottom of the vehicle. We'll just back that out just like that, then we'll move on up the exhaust. Our next one is going to be just behind the large muffler here in the middle of the vehicle. The final one will be just in front of that muffler to the passenger side. All right, that will come down and rest right there on our rear axle. As you can see, that's going to allow us good access to the bolts we need to remove. We've got one that's going to require an 18 millimeter socket here on the front and then the one behind it is going to require a 15. Now on our driver's side, we're going to have three. These two are going to be the 18 and then the one in the back there is going to be a 15. Now we want to hang on to our hardware, we're going to reuse this to put our hitch into place. Now we're ready to lift our hitch up into position. We're going to get an extra set of hands when we do and we're going to replace the hardware that we removed up through our hitch, right back into it's original hole location. Once we have four or five good turns on this, we'll be able to come down, let the hitch rest on top of it while we get the rest of our hardware in place. Now we'll take a quick look just to be sure we have our hitch centered and we can snug down our hardware. Now this is one area right here where the passenger side plate comes up, this is that AC line. Now they've given you a piece of wire loom to go around there if you choose to. We've got plenty of room here, we're not going to have to worry about any interference but you want to check that out and you also as you're putting your hitch into position, you don't want to smash that, so just keep that in mind. Now we can look in the instructions, find our torque specifications and torque all our bolts down appropriately. Now we're ready to get our exhaust put back into place. That's all there is to it. Nice and easy install. With our exhaust back in place, that's going to complete today's installation of the Draw Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75579 on our 2016 Chrysler Town and Country.


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