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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ford Edge - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ford Edge


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ford Edge we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install the Draw Tite Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75234. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. The cross tube is going to be completely hidden by the bumper, and all we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out. It is a Class III hitch, which means it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, which means we'll have a really wide variety of options when it comes to accessories. The way we're going to mount all of our accessories is through the larger pin hole, towards the front of the vehicle, and it is going to accept a standard five-eighths pin and clip, and while these aren't included in the kit, you can pick them up along with locking devices here at etrailer.com.If you're wondering what this secondary hole towards the receiver tube end is, that's going to be used exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device, which is Draw Tite's version of an anti-rattle, if your accessory doesn't have one. Again, it is sold separately and you can pick it up here at etrailer.com.

As far as the safety chain connection points go, it's going to be a plate style, and they're going to be welded on either side. And as you can see, we're not going to have too much trouble getting most sized hooks on or off, but keep in mind that phalange is a little thick, so if you do have some smaller hooks, it may be a little difficult to get them on. The benefit of having them on the side, and down below our receiver tube, is that they're not going to interfere with our locking device or pin and clip at all. But also since they are on the side and hang below the receiver tube, that is going to effect our ground clearance.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 675 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward force at the receiver tube. It's also going to have a 4500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull including the trailer, and everything we have loaded on it.

The hitch is rated for use with weight distribution systems, which is a separate component that's mounted on your trailer. With using a weight distribution system, our hitch is going to have the same weight ratings.With all those numbers in mind, you always want to double check your Edge's owners manual, and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended towing weight. One thing to keep in mind we get a question about a lot, is the lift assist. Ours isn't equipped with it, but if it were, it's still going to work away from the receiver tube, you're just going to have to put your foot or your leg further out than from directly in the center. As far as the backup sensors, that's another thing to keep in mind.

If you have a bike rack or any kind of accessory that's in here that's going to stick up to the bumper, it is going to set that backup sensor off, until we put it in drive.I'd like to give you a few measurements, and that's going to help you when looking at accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about five inches. That measurements going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories, to make sure you have adequate clearance, so it doesn't come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 12 and a half inches. Not only is that measurement going to come in handy when you're looking for a ball mount to find the appropriate riser drop to match up to your trailer, but also at that height I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with a raised shank, that way it gives us a little bit more ground clearance.

Now, that we've seen what the hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to come to the outer edges, and we're going to have some plastic panels on the bottom. We're going to need to remove both of them from the driver and passenger side. Along the edge here we're going to have two bolts holding it in place, so we'll grab a five and a half millimeter socket, we'll put those of those out. If we move into center a little bit towards the tailpipe, we're gonna have two more nuts that are holding the plastic panel in place, so we'll grab a 10 millimeter socket and pull those out. We're going to take our panel and pull it out, and set it aside for right now. We're also going to have to remove this center panel, that's going to be right behind our muffler. Along the edge we're going to have six more of those five and a half millimeter bolts. And then right in the center, if we look directly up, we're going to have another 10 millimeter nut holding that in as well. We pull that panel out, and this panel will not be getting reinstalled.Now, the stud where that nut was attached to, we're going to have to trim off, because it is going to interfere with the hitch. I'm going to be using a rotary tool, I'm just gonna cut it as close as I can to the actual bottom of the trunk. Now, in order to get our hitch in place, we are going to have to lower our exhaust down. I'm going to be putting a support strap back here so it won't hang down so far. You just want to find a solid point to connect your strap to. Now, on each side of our muffler, we're gonna have this rubber isolator and a metal hanger. I'm going to take a little bit of spray lubricant, I'm going to spray down the isolator and the hanger, and the main goal here is to slide that rubber isolator off of the metal post. I'm going to take a pry bar, I'm going to pry against the muffler and try to push that away. Once it gets to the end, just push that isolator with our hand, and we'll remove the other side as well.Now, I'm going to adjust my strap so I can lower my exhaust down a little bit, give myself a little bit of extra room. I'm go ahead an point out our attachment points. On the bottom of our frame here, we're going to have three holes. We're going to be using the two round ones as our attachment point, and then on the side of the frame, we're going to be using the two holes towards the back. Now, in order to get our hardware in place, we're going to have to be using a pull wire. Start out at the very back hole, and we're going to take the coiled end of our pull wire and we're going to feed it back towards the front of our Edge, we're going towards this large oblong hole at the end of the frame here. It is going to take a little bit of patience, and possibly reaching in and twisting the wire at the same time in order to grab a hold of it.Once we get our pull wire out, I'm gonna put a bend in both ends, that way we don't have to worry about the wire falling back inside the frame. On the coiled end, I'm going to take a square hole spacer block, slide it over and then I'm going to take one of my carriage bolts and I'll thread it onto the coiled wire. Now, one piece at a time I'm going to feed my hardware back into the frame, and then I'll pull on the tail end of my pull wire until the bolt drops down through that spacer block and engages it. Now, we're going to repeat that for all the remaining spots of both sides of our frame. Now, for the side hardware, we're going to pull our hardware through to make sure that it engages all the way, but to make it easier when we put our hitch in place, we're going to leave the pull wires attached, but we're going to push the hardware back into the frame.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're gonna lift our hitch up, but we're going to make sure to put our pull wires through the corresponding holes in the hitch. Once we have all the wires going through, we're going to have a little bit of tension on, and that helps guide us through, make sure the bolts come down to the bottom of the hitch, and we'll pull on our pull wire until the bolts come through the side, that way the hitch will hold itself up while we get our hardware. For our bottom bolt that's going to be towards the front, and our two side bolts. We'll go ahead and remove the pull wire, we're going to take a conical tooth washer, slide it over the bolt, make sure those teeth are facing towards the hitch, and we'll secure it down with a hex knot.The bolt on the bottom of the frame that's going towards the very back is going to be a little bit different. We'll still pull that pull wire off, and we're going to put a lock washer over the bolt and we'll secure it down with a hex knot. Sometimes it helps if you push in on that lock washer to help keep the bolt still so we can get it started and keep it from spinning. This is going to be the same combination of hardware on the other side as well. With all of our hardware in place, I'll come back with an 11/16th socket and tighten all of it up. I'm going to come back with that same 11/16th socket and a torque wrench and I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. With our hitch in place, I'm going to take a little bit more spray lubricant, I'm going to spray it inside that rubber isolator so when we put our exhaust back up, it'll slide on a little bit easier. Lift it up, slide it over to one side, and slide it back into place.I'm going to push the isolator out of the way and slide the hanger back in. We can loosen the strap and remove it. We'll go ahead and put our trim panels back and then we'll take one of the nuts, we'll just get it loosely started that way we know it won't fall down so we can line up the rest of our hardware. Making sure we tuck the outer section to the inside, so it's on the top of the fascia here. That will finish up your look at the Draw Tite Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75234, on our 2018 Ford Edge.


George G.

12/1/2021

WHERE CAN I GET TO BUY THE HARD WARE

George G.

12/1/2021

HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST ME TO PUT ON THE TOW HITCH ON MY 2019 FORD EDGE I BOUGHT THE TOW HITHH BUT IT DID NOT COME WITH THE HARD WARE I AM LIVING IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Les D.

12/2/2021

@GeorgeG Getting help with installation is easy. Just go to the page of the hitch you purchased and click the link, "Locate Installers Near Me." If you only need the basic hardware to install your hitch, just go to the RHK product page linked below and use the drop down menus to specify your hitch.

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