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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Nissan Murano - Curt

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Installation on a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Nissan Murano

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Nissan Murano we'll be having a look at and showing how to install the CURT Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number C13205. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. Many of our customers have been surprised how easy this hitch is to install, even with having no mechanical experience. Also, several of them have mentioned how great of a hitch it is to use with Class 3 accessories. Many have even sent us pictures of them using it with their bike racks.You'll notice that this hitch sits up tight against our fascia to maximize ground clearance. One thing that I like about it is that the end of the receiver does sit back away from the edge of our bumper here so when we're loading cargo into our hatch we don't have to worry about banging our knees or our shin into the receiver.

On the side of our receiver you'll find our industry-standard 5/8" diameter hitch pin hole to secure your hitch-mounted accessories. You can pick up a pin and clip on our website as part number PC3. On the end of our receiver you'll find this collar that's welded on to help give it a nice finished look. It also will help reinforce the receiver opening.On the bottom you'll find our plate-style safety chain loop attachment points for the safety chains on our trailer. What I like about these is that even with a large diameter safety chain hook such as this one, it'll still clip in very easily and clip off easily as well.

This hitch does feature a 350 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull. You'll want to make sure that you consult with the owner's manual of your Murano and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Now if you are planning on using this for a non-trailer application such as with a bike rack or a cargo carrier, CURT does recommend the use of a stabilization strap to help support the load. You can pick one of those up separately on our website. The high-gloss black powder coat finish on our hitch not only will resist rust and corrosion over the years, but it'll also blend in nicely with any colored Murano that you may have.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory that you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier, you're looking at about 13" from the ground to the top of the 2" receiver opening and about 6" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper.

Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install we're going to locate our attachment points that our hitch is going to be held in place with. We're having a look at our driver side frame rail right now. You'll notice there's multiple holes here. I went ahead and circled the holes that we're using. We have two weld nuts that are closer to the front of the vehicle that we'll use, and the one that's closest to the rear that we're going to use.

Our passenger side's a little bit different. We only have two weld nuts on it. We'll be using both of these. Now because these weld nuts are exposed with nothing protecting the threads, it is very easy for dirt and debris to get inside and for rust to build up. So it's a good idea to spray some lubricant in there, which we have available on our website, and use a wire brush which we also have as part number 814092, and run it in and out of the threads a few times just to clean up any of the debris that's inside. We'll do this for all of our attachment points.Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch into position and we'll secure it with the hardware that comes with our hitch, a bolt and a conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face up towards the hitch. When you have one started, it'll support the weight of the hitch and you can get the other ones in position. Now we'll tighten down our hardware using a 19mm socket. Now we'll torque our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. That completes our look at and showing how to install the CURT Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number C13205, on this 2017 Nissan Murano.

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