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etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Dodge Journey

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Dodge Journey


Speaker 1: Today in this 2017 Dodge Journey, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the e-trailer.com class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number E98845. Here's what the hitch looks like installed.What's great about this hitch is that we have plenty of clearance around the receiver, so it makes this a great hitch to use with bike racks and cargo carriers. We don't have to worry about any interference with the rear fascia, and we run much less of a risk of scratching it as we're installing our accessory.Now this hitch fits nicely around our spare tire, so we can still use our spare tire if needed, without having any interference from the hitch.Compared to some other options out there, this hitch also doesn't require any cutting or trimming of the rear fascia in order for it to fit. Makes your install a little bit easier.This hitch also features a very unique finish compared to other hitches out there. It has a carbide matte black powder coat finish, which is very durable, and highly scratch resistant. So as we're installing accessories into our receiver, we don't have to worry about scratching it.

Same with hooking on safety chain cables to it. Also, this finish will be very corrosion resistant, so we don't have to worry about our hitch rusting for a very long time.Now even though this hitch has somewhat small openings for the safety chain hooks, even if you have a large one like this, you can still easily clip on and clip off. So it is very easy to use.On the side of our receiver, you'll find our industry standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure your hitch mounted accessories with a pin and clip. We have a pin and clip available for you separately on our website.On the end of our receiver, you find this collar that's welded on. Not only does this give us a nice finished look, but it also does help reinforce the strength of the receiver opening.This hitch features a 400 pound make tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down.

And a 4000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull.It does support the use of weight distribution, and when you're using that with your trailer, one thing to keep in mind, the numbers don't change. They stay the same. As always, you want to make sure you consult with the owners manual of your Journey, and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number's less.Many of our customers have found this hitch to be a great addition to their vehicle. It allows them to take all their gear with them, such as with their bike racks and cargo carriers, as they go on their journey.Now we'll give you some measurements to help you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as eight ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

You're looking at about 13 inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening, and about four inches from the center of the hitch pin hole through most part of the back bumper.Now that we've covered some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we're going to take a strap to go underneath our exhaust to help support the weight so it doesn't get damaged as we lower it.On the passenger side of the vehicle, clipped to the muffler, we have a ground strap. We need to remove this, just by pulling it off. We can just set it to the side like that.Now this is one of our exhaust hangers. We have one on each side of the muffler at the back. We're gonna spray some lubricant on it to make it slide off a little bit easier.Now we use a pry bar to pry off our exhaust hangers.Now we'll do the same on the other muffler on the drivers side of the vehicle.On the drivers side frame rail, on the inside edge, we have this wiring harness that's clipped to the frame rail.

We're going to unclip it to give ourselves a little more clearance here, so it doesn't get pinched by our hitch. To do that, you can use a trim handle tool, or a flat head screwdriver. There we go. For the time being, I'm gonna pull it up and over our exhaust hanger here, just to give ourselves extra room.Now we'll point out where our hardware is gonna go on our frame rail. We're looking at the passenger side, the driver side's just a mirror image of this. We have these two round holes here, on our frame rail. Then we have this round or oval hole in our bumper beam.We'll start by doing our ones in the frame rail first. We'll take a pull wire and go through the hole that's closest to the front of the vehicle. And then it'll come out the back of our frame rail.Now we'll take one of our small, square spacer blocks, place it on the pull wire, and we'll stick that inside the frame rail. We'll thread on one of our carriage bolts now. Stick that in the frame rail. And we'll pull it through the hole. And we can remove our pull wire. We'll take our pull wire and go through the hole closest to the rear, and we'll repeat the same process.Now we'll take our pull wire and go to the oval hole in the bumper beam, and out the side of it. Now we'll place on one of our large blocks. Threat on our carriage bolt, place those inside the bumper beam, and we'll pull the bolt through. Remove our pull wire, and we'll repeat the same process on the other side of the vehicle.Now where our rear carriage bolt goes through the bumper beam, the bumper beam's not completely level. That's where this wedge spacer comes into place. This will get sandwiched between our bumper beam and the hitch to level it out. Now the angle is different on this. I found that if you install it with the writing on it facing up towards the bumper beam, it will make it the most level.Now to make it easier on yourself, you can take some tape and use the tape to hold it in place. You don't have to fight it as you're raising the hitch into position. We want the fatter part of the wedge to face towards the rear of the vehicle.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position and we'll secure it into place with a flange nut. Once we have one started on each side, it'll help hold up our hitch, and we won't have to worry so much about holding up on it.Now we'll get the rest of our hardware started.Now we'll tighten down all of our hardware.Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the the mount specified instructions.With our hitch now in place, we can now take our wiring back down and clip it into place where it won't get pinched. And we can raise our exhaust back up now.Here with our hangers back on, we'll be sure to clip our ground strap back to the exhaust.With our exhaust back in place, we can now remove our strap that we used to support the weight.And that completes our look at and showing you how to install the e-trailer.com class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number E98845 on this 2017 Dodge Journey.


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