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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Nissan Murano

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Nissan Murano

Today on our 2016 Nissan Murano we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Offering the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, its part number is 75952. Now this is what our hitch is going to look like installed on the Murano. You're going to see that rounded tube's going to come across, meets here at our receiver tube opening. Now with this being a Class 3 hitch, we're going to have the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. It's going to be a very versatile hitch. This is going to work out with just about any hitch accessory they make.

They probably offer it in a Class 3 variety. See it's got the rounded reinforcement collar here around the end. Plate-style safety chain connection points here are going to be nice and open for even the largest safety chain hooks. To keep all of our items secure, we've got the larger 5/8 diameter pin hole you see here. That's the only one you use for securing any of your items. It's going to be the one located closest to the front of the vehicle.

The one just behind it is for use only with the j-pin stabilization system. Now you will see there's plenty of room around our pin hole there for whatever type of anti-rattle device, locking hitch pin, or hitch pin and clip that you'd want to use. There's a welded-on wiring bracket here. It's going to offer three pre-drilled holes. That will allow for wiring attachment, but something you want to keep in mind is most of the wiring designed for the Murano, the plug stays in the back of the vehicle. If you want it to be mounted out here, you will have to route it out.

Or if you plan on installing a seven-pole, you're definitely going to have to route that out. This would give you a great mounting point. Now the hitch itself is going to offer some pretty high weight ratings as compared to other hitches for the vehicle. It gives us a 600 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening. It's going to give us a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating.

That would be the total weight of your trailer and anything that you we're to load up on it. It is also rated for use with weight distribution. However, your weight ratings are going to stay the same at 600 pounds and 4,000 pounds. Now you'll definitely want to take a look at the owner's manual on the Murano. You want to see what its tow ratings are and use whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a few measurements that are helpful when it comes to selecting ball mounts, bike racks, or hitch cargo carriers will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening we're going to have about 12-1/4". We'd recommend the use of carriers or bike racks with raised shanks just to promote better ground clearance. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's going to be about 3-1/2". Now to begin the installation process, it's going to be really simple. We don't have to remove anything except for tow hooks if they're hanging down here. Going to remove those. We can take a look at our attachment points. Now on our driver side we've got three attachment points. We'll have one here, one located here. We're going to skip the second from the back of the vehicle. Our third one's going to be here. Now on the passenger side we're just going to have two. We've got one located right here and one located right here. You'll want to clean those out, use a little bit of a spray lubricant and a nylon tube brush. That's 814092 if you don't have one of these. Just clean it out. That way our bolts will thread in nice and easy. You can see we're going to use short little M12 bolts, conical tooth washers with the teeth facing upward. Now we can get our hitch raised into position. Want to align the holes with our weld nuts that we have. We'll want to get one started on each side. Then we can let our hitch rest down on those. That will allow us to get the rest of our hardware started. Now we want to take a quick look just to make sure your hitch is centered with the vehicle. Then we can snug down our five fasteners. With those snug, we want to look in our instructions. There we'll have our torque specifications. We'll get all five of them torqued down appropriately. Now with everything torqued down properly, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75952, on our 2016 Nissan Murano.

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