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etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


Rob: Rob here at etrailer.com and today you're going to be taking a look at the etrailer Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Now here's what our hitch is gong to look like once we have it installed. I do want to mention this is the shorter receiver tube of the etrailer hitches. There is another one available that's going to stick out right about where the bumper is, but this one's going to be more for those off-road enthusiasts because that way we don't have to worry about our departure angle and the hitch catching on anything. But it is going to be a Class III so we're still going to be able to use all of those accessories like bike racks, cargo carriers, or a ball mount to pull a trailer.But regardless of how you're going to be using your hitch, all of your accessories are going to mount through the hitch pin hole here on the side. Our hitch is going to accept a standard five ace pin and clip.

Now these are not going to be included with the hitch but you can pick them up here at etrailer.com along with some locking devices to make sure your accessories are secure.Now if you are going to be towing a trailer, obviously you're going to get a spot to hook up your safety chains and our connection point is going to be welded to the bottom of the receiver tube. You can see we've got plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off, but if you are using some smaller hooks, I recommend going from the front because you can see we're going to have a little bit of trouble getting it to fully engage because of the thick flange right here. But it is nice that the hitch pin hole is just slightly back away from the safety chains because that means we're going to have a little bit less than a chance of interference with our pin and clip and the hooks hooking on.Now whether you're going to be using your hitch for a bike rack, cargo carrier, or if you are going to be towing a trailer, you want to make sure that it's going to be up to the test that you put it to. So as far as the weight rating goes, our hitch is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight. That would be the maximum downward force at the end of the receiver tube.

That'd be great for some of those larger bike racks or larger cargo carriers. And our hitch is also going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's how much the hitch can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now it is rated for use with weight distribution systems as well, and that's going to be a separate component that's mounted on your trailer. However, that's going to bump the tongue weight up to 400 pounds and the gross trailer weight rating up to 4,000 pounds.

But you do always want to double check your Jeep's owner's manual because you don't want to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.Now one thing that's really going to set the etrailer hitches apart from the others, it's going to be the finish. Our etrailer hitch is going to have a really nice flat black carbide finish on it opposed to the traditional glossy finish and you combine that with the fact that the hitch is actually recessed behind the bumper a little bit. This is going to be the one of the most hidden good-looking hitches in my opinion.I'd like to give it a few measurements and these are going to help you whenever you're looking for accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is going to be right about 5 1/2 inches. But since we have a spare tire and that's going to be the furthest point out from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our spare tire is right about 10 1/2 inches.

And that measurement is going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough room that they can be stored in the upright position and not make contact with the spare tire. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we're right about 20 1/4 inches. That measurement is going to help you when you're looking for a ball mount so you can find the appropriate size to match up to your trailer and get that riser drop matched up.But now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's walk through the installation together. To begin our installation, we want to come to the back of our Jeep. Now if we come underneath, at the very center, we're going to find a few bolts that we're going to have to remove. All right, in the bottom here, right behind our muffler, we are going to have our bumper beam. In the center, We should have two bolts on the outer edge and two holes going through the center. We're going to pull these two bolts out so we can grab an 18mm socket or wrench and we'll pull those out.Well we want to hold on to these bolts and remove the other one as well. Once you remove those two bolts in between the muffler and the bumper beam, if we move towards the back, we'll see this plate here and that's what those bolts we're going through. There's a couple of weld nuts. We need to loosen this up so we can get our hitch in place. So you want to loosen up these four bolts in the center of our bumper. The two outer one's, we're going to be using a 10mm socket to pull it out. And then for the two center bolts, we're going to be using a 7mm socket to pull those out. Yeah, you can see that plate's going to be a little loose, which is good because it'll give us just enough of a gap because we want to get our hitch to go around the bumper beam, but on the inside, sandwich it between this bracket and the bumper beam.At this point we can grab our hitch. Now this is going to go and straddle the bumper beam itself. We want to make sure that that bracket is on the outside of this plate. These four holes line up with the four holes in our bracket and our bumper beam. So we'll lift it up, kind of want to get it pretty close because once we get it up there, it is going to be a pretty tight fit. So you want to get it pretty close to lining up. And then we'll take our factory bolt, we'll come from the backside and we want to get at least one of those factory bolts in. Get at least one bolt in on each side. We don't have to worry about the hitch falling down. Just get a couple threads started. Then we'll sneak the other bolts in on the other side.Now for our two center holes, we're going to grab one of the new bolts out of our kit. We're going to slide a flat washer in place, kind of want to keep it towards the end with the threads because then we can lift our bolts up, going over the muffler, we can pass the bolt through making sure it's going to go all the way through the hitch and on the other side of the frame.Now you can see the bolts sticking out from the frame here. I'm going to leave it just a little bit sticking out because then we want to grab our flange nut and if you can you can use your fingers to get it in there but it is pretty tight so I'm going to use a 19mm socket. Just going to raise up the nut so I can get it to line up with the bolt and I'll reach on the back end, tighten it up by hand till I know it's threading out. I'll repeat that for our other hole on the other side of the receiver tube. And I tighten up our two center bolts. I'm going to use a 19mm socket and wrench. I'll hold the nut on the outside while I tighten up the bolt.And then for our two factory bolts on the ends, I'm going to use an 18mm socket to tighten those up. I'm going to grab a torque wrench. I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. I'm going to go back and repeat that for all your remaining hardware. And finally we can put those four bolts back at the bottom of the bumper. Once you have our last bolt in, that'll finish up your installation and your look at the etrailer Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.


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