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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 three custom fit trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Now this eTrailer hitch is going to be the long version, or have the long receiver tube on it, which is going to bring that end of, the receiver tube right to the end of the bumper here. That's going to be great for some of those folding accessories like bike racks or cargo carriers because it's going to give us an extended hitch so we can clear our spare tire.Since it is a class three, it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, and have the widest variety of accessories that are going to be available; whether you want to put some gear on the outside, put a cargo carrier on there. You want to hit the trails We can put a bike rack so we can take our bikes with us. Or, if we want to tow a trailer, we can have a ball mount.Regardless of how we're going to be using our hitch, we're going to mount all of our accessories to 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 included with the hitch, but you can find them here, along with some locking devices to make sure your accessories are secure.Our safety chain connection points are 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 do have some really small hugs, you'll probably want to come from the front because the flange here may interfere with getting them fully engaged. The nice thing is is our hitch pin hole is just slightly forward of the safety chains, so we'll have less of a chance of interference with our pin and clip, and the hooks themselves.Regardless of how you're going to be using a hitch, you want to make sure that it's going to be up to the task. As far as the weight ratings go, our hitch is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight on the maximum downward force at the end of the receiver tube. That's going to be great for some of those larger bike racks, or even some of those larger cargo carriers.

It's also going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's how much the hitch can pull, but that does include 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 is mounted on your trailer. That's going to bump the tongue weight up to 400 pounds and the gross trailer weight rating up to 4,000 pounds. With all those numbers in mind, you do want to check your Jeep's owner's manual because you don't want to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you 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 our spare tire, we're right about eight and a half inches. Now that measurement is going to help you when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough room, and they're not going to make contact with the spare tire when they're put up in the folded stored position. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is right about 20 and one quarter inches. That measurement is going to help you when you're looking for a ball mount so you can match it up, find the appropriate rise or drop to match your trailer.Now that we see 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. Right on the bottom here right behind our muffler, we're 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 18 millimeter socket or wrench, and we'll pull those out. . We want to hold onto these bolts, but we'll remove the other one as well.Once you removed those two bolts in between the Muffler and the bumper beam, if we move towards the back, we'll see this plate here. 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. We're going to loosen up these four bolts in the center of our bumper. The two outer ones, we're going to be using a 10 millimeter socket to pull it out. .Then for the two center bolts, we'll be using a seven millimeter socket to pull those out. Now, 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 rack and the bumper beam.We're going to grab our hitch, and we'll have four holes. We want to align those four holes up with the ones in the bumper, as well as that bracket. You want to just lift it up, eyeball where the bolts are before you push it up all the way. Then to hold it all in place, I'm going to reuse the factory bolts on the ends just to make sure it's not going to fall down. You can move it around and get all the holes to line up, and then we'll hang the hitch and work on getting the rest of the hardware in place.Let's get a couple threads on each one of the outer bolts. Then I won't have to worry about the hitch falling down. I'm going to grab one of the long bolts out of our kit, as well as one of the flat washers. If we keep the washers pretty close to the opening of the hole, we should be able to just bend the bolt up to clear the muffler, and we won't have to pull our exhaust out. Now slide the bolt through like that. We'll do the same thing for the other hole.Now, if we come to the other side of our bumper, we'll see the bolts coming through. Now, obviously that's a pretty tight spot. You may be able to get your fingers in there to get the bolts started. If you can, that's fine. What I like to do is I like to take an open ended wrench, hold the nut, slide it into position, and I'm going to turn the bolt on the other side so I can get it started. .Once we have the nut started, we'll repeat that process for the other remaining over here. I'm going to use that same 18 millimeter wrench to tighten up the two factory bolts. . I'm going to come back with a torque wrench. I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. You want to make sure you go back and repeat that for all your hardware. Then we can put back the four factory bolts at the bottom of the bumper here. Now, it will help to use an extension when you go through the safety chain loop to put those two center ones back in. ..Once you have that last bolt in, that'll finish up your installation and your look at the eTrailer class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.


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