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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Toyota Sienna

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Toyota Sienna


Today on our 2019 Toyota Sienna, we're gonna be installing Draw-Tite's class three two inch trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's installed. The cross tube's gonna be completely hidden behind the bumper, so you're only gonna see the receiver here at the back. It's a class three two inch by two inch receiver, so it's gonna be great for all of your towing needs, from bike racks to cargo carriers and for just about all of your towing. It uses a 5/8 inch hitch pin and clip. One doesn't come with the hitch, but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com.

The small hole located just to the rear of the pin allows you to use a J-pin. A J-pin is very similar to your hitch pin except one end wraps around and comes back in this small hole, pressing against whatever device is in your receiver, keeping it nice and tight and acting as an anti-rattle device. It features hoop style safety chain loops with a very large opening, so it should accommodate about every shape and style of safety chain. It features a 525 pound tongue weight. That's the force going down on top of the receiver.

And a 3,500 pound gross towing capacity. That's how much it can pull behind it.It is rated for a weight distribution system, however it doesn't change any of its weight ratings. You do wanna verify in your vehicle's owner's manual and ensure you don't exceed any of its towing capacities. Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 13 inches.

This is important when determining if you need a drop, rise, or raised shank in any of your accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about four inches. This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation at the back of the vehicle by removing our undershield. There are five bolts across the back that we're gonna remove using a 10 millimeter socket. There's one Phillip's head screw on the driver's side you'll need to remove.

There are then seven pushpin fasteners that we'll need to remove. To remove those, you'll simply take a flat bladed screwdriver or trim panel remover tool, work your way underneath of it, and pull it down. We'll repeat that for all the ones that are remaining. There's a small black piece as well that this slides into. You'll wanna take those out as well so you don't lose them. There are then four plastic nuts you'll need to remove. They've got kind of a plus in the middle that you can put your screwdriver in, and you'll just wanna unscrew those. I like to put a little bit of downward pressure on these when unscrewing them. We'll repeat that for the remaining fasteners. We can then pull our panel down and set it aside. We'll now need to trim our undershield for our receiver tube to fit. You'll refer to your instructions for the outline that I've drawn out here. You can cut this out with either a rotary cutting tool or a pair of tin snips.Once you get to the back, you can fold it back. I find it easier to get a straight cut by just using the razor knife. You can just kinda work it back and forth and slide your knife along there it'll cut right through it. Now we'll locate the holes where our hitch is going to be mounted. On the side of your frame, on each side, you're gonna have some stickers and a little rubber plug. We're gonna remove all the stickers. Take your screwdriver. You could also push up and then pull it down, however you wanna get the stickers off. Really, it doesn't matter. We'll be leaving the rubber plug in. And then we'll remove the stickers on the other side as well. To give us more room getting our hitch into position, we're gonna take the rubber isolator loose on the passenger's side. We're gonna spray that down with some lubricant to make it easier to push off and then we're just gonna use a pry bar to push off that rubber isolator. We'll now prepare our hardware. Take each bolt that comes in the kit and slide a lock washer on it, followed by a flat washer. You'll have six in total when you're done.Before we lift our hitch up, I recommend you use some kind of spacer to keep your exhaust over out of the way. I'm just using a piece of 2x4 here, just shoved between our differential and the exhaust there. Now with an extra set of hands, we'll lift our hitch into position. You wanna line up the bolts on the bottom of your frame with your hitch here. At the back, you wanna pull out on your fascia on the tabs there to get the hitch up behind the bumper. Now, the instructions recommend that you remove the fascia to get this in, but you can just angle it with these sides down and the receiver up and just pull these back one at a time and slip it between these brackets, and then you can rotate it back up. Now we'll line up the holes with the hitch with the ones in the frame. We'll take the hardware we've prepared and thread it in. Once you get one started on each side, the hitch'll hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware. We can now go back and tighten all of our hardware using a 19 millimeter socket.We can now go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. We can now reinstall our panel. Then we can put our exhaust back. Simply push over to remove the wood or whatever you had holding it in there and then you can simply slide your hangers back in place. Little bit of lubrication will make it easier to get those to go back on. That completes our installation of Draw-Tite's class three two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Toyota Sienna.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Jeff C.

This install went smoothly on a 2018 Sienna LE. However, the issue I'm having is that on tight right hand turns, the exhaust is hitting the tow bar. There's not much space between the exhaust and the tow bar (which is why you have to loosen the exhaust from the hangers during the install and move the exhaust out of the way). Is there a way to stop the exhaust from hitting the tow bar (besides not turning right)?

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Reply from Jon G.

There is a way! The exhaust coming into contact with a hitch is actually common enough that we have a helpful article about this (see attached). In short, the 3 solutions that we offer for you to do on your end is bend the hanger, reposition the bolt-on hanger, or replace the rubber isolator. One of these methods should work.

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