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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado


Hi there, Colorado owners. Today in our 2020 Chevrolet Colorado we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Draw-Tite's class four two inch trailer hitch receiver, and this is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. The receiver tube is really the only thing you're going to notice here is our cross tube is for the most part tucked up behind our bumper here. It's a class four two inch by two inch receiver, so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs, whether you're wanting to put accessories in the back like a bike rack or cargo carrier, or if you're wanting to get some work done and hook up a trailer. It uses a five inch hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with our hitch, but you can get at etrailer.com here.You'll also notice that just to the rear of our hitch pin holder's a smaller hole, and this allows us to use a J pin.

A J pin is very similar to a regular hitch pin, but it has one side that loops around into this small hole and the other side is threaded so when you tighten it down, it pulls the J pin up against whatever's in our receiver here acting as an anti rattle device. On the bottom, we have hoop style safety chain loops with a very large opening. It should accommodate just about every shape, size, and style of safety chain. Our hitch features an 800 pound tongue weight, which is the force going down on top of the receiver, and that's going to be more than enough for a cargo carrier fully loaded up to the max or a bike rack fully loaded up with four bikes, and if you've got larger trailers out there, that'll be enough weight to accommodate those loaded up as well.It also features an 8,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is how much they can pull behind it. So if you've got a horse trailer or a car hauler or anything, you can easily hook that up and have no issues.

Let's take it a step further though. To ensure that your Colorado is going to have peak handling performance when hauling those heavier loads, this hitch is rated for use with a weight distribution system, and when you are using a weight distribution system, the tongue weight will increase to 1000 pounds and the gross towing capacity will increase to 10,000 pounds. If you're interested in a weight distribution system, we have those available here at etrailer.com, and we've got plenty of videos showing you how to get those set up so you can see how it takes the weight at the back of the vehicle, transfers it to the front to level your vehicle back out, which restores lost braking and handling performance.Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, it's about two inches. As our receiver does stick out just a little bit past our bumper, that's important if you're trying to determine if any of your inaudible 00:02:19 accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper, and from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube, it measures about 18 and a half inches.

This is important when determining if you need a drop or rise or raise shank in any of your accessories. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go over the installation together so you can have the confidence to do it at home.We'll begin our installation underneath the vehicle by removing the bumper as well as the bumper support beam that's located behind it. We'll start removing it by taking off the side bolts. If we come in on the side here, we'll have two bolts that we'll have on each side. We're going to take those out.

What I like to do with these is after I get them out on one side, I like to take one of the bolts and just put it back in a turn or so, so that way the structure can't fall because we still got something in it, but that way we can easily remove it. A trick I like to use is an extension with the default socket on it to make my ratchet longer. If you're worried about your ratchet breaking, you may want to use a cheater bar instead. So now that we've got this one out, I'm going to go ahead and use this one as the one I want to reinstall, again, just to turn or two like that, just to ensure nothing's going to fall when we take out the rest of our bolts.So we're going to do the same thing on the other side. We'll have one bolt just like this with a couple of turns in and we're going to completely remove the other one. Make sure that's done on both sides. Now depending on the options you have on your vehicle, you will have some electrical connectors underneath. We want to make sure we disconnect all of those. We've got some that come down through the hole here that hold into clips here at the bottom onto our bumper. You can see here that are whole bumper is loose now that we've got those bolts out that we took loose. So we just want to make sure we disconnect these. There is a wire located here. This is for your camera feed, and you'll see the release tab located right there. Press in on the release tab and then you can pull out on the other side. Then we'll move over to the other connector here. This one has a red locking tab, so you will need to use a small flat bladed screwdriver to release the lock.Once you've pushed the lock out of the way, we can press it on the release tab and pull the connector out, and then if we go down to our driver's side frame rail, you're going to see an electrical connector located here. This is the main harness connector for our bumper. So in most events, regardless of your options, you're probably going to need to disconnect this one. So we removed the black tab just like we did on the smaller connector towards the center. We'll press in on the release tab and then we can disconnect the connector. You will also need to use your flat bladed screwdriver to pop out any tabs holding it into the frame rail, and we can also see there's a connector located on top here. So I need to reach out and unplug that as well. To make it easier to disconnect this connector, you can also stick your flat bladed screwdriver underneath and pop it up out of the frame.That way you can pull it off to the side here, and it's just like our video feed camera connector. There is a release tab, and then pull out the inaudible 00:05:59 on the other side. Now that we've got everything prepared for our bumper beam to come loose, the only thing that's really holding it in there is it will hit the support beam here when you try to take it off. So we're going to loosen these bolts up. We don't want to take them completely out because the whole support beam will drop down. So we're going to do just like we did with the side ones. We're going to take one completely out, and we're using a 21 millimeter socket just like we did for our side bolts. We're going to thread it back in, just a few turns to support it. Then we'll take out the other bolt on this side right here, and then we're going to prepare the other side in the same way where we've got one bolt, just a few threads in there.We'll then come to the center of the vehicle and there are two bolts here where our support bracket attaches to a portion of our spare tire bracket. We're going to take both of those out using a 13 millimeter socket. Make sure you save these bolts because we will be reinstalling them later. We can now start removing the bumper. The side bolts that we had barely threaded in, we're going to take both of those out. Make sure to support your bumper when you're doing this. We're going to slide the bumper beam back. Once we've gotten that lifted up and out of the way, we'll just set it aside where it won't get damaged. We can then do the same thing with our support beam. The two bolts that we had barely in there, we'll finish taking those out on side, and then we can set this beam aside. On the support beam that was behind our bumper, you'll have a couple of clips that was here in these holes. You want to just pop those clips out and we're going to have to move these over to the vehicle since we're not going to be reinstalling this, but we need this for our nuts to thread back into.We're simply just going to come in from the side and slide those in on the support bracket here for our spare tire. If they are down like this, they will actually interfere a little bit with your hitch, making it hard to get installed. I know they're kind of loose, but if you can try to keep them out towards the sides. We're now going to prepare our hardware before we put our hitch up. Take the bolts that come included with your kit, slide on a lock washer, followed by a flat washer. You'll have four of these when you're done. Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch up, lining up the holes in our hitch with the weld nuts on the bottom of our frame, and then we'll use the hardware that we prepared to thread it directly into those factory weld nuts. Once you get one bolt started on each side, the hitch will hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware.The small bolts that we took out of the middle here, we can thread those into those small nuts that we slid on here, and we're just going to go ahead and leave those loose for now. It's okay to run them up just a little bit. Having it be just a little bit loose will make it easier when getting your whole bumper and everything back on. We can now put our bumper back into place. So we're going to slide that back into position. Now at this time we've got the bumper kind of sat into place, I recommend just snugging these bottom ones up a little bit. This will help make the holes in the side line up. We're not going to go crazy with them, just trying to draw it up until it's flush with the bottom, and then we'll use the factory bolts that we had removed from the side to thread through our bumper, our hitch directly into the factory weld nuts on the side of the frame.We can then go back and tighten down all of our hardware. Your lower bolts are going to be slightly larger than the side bolts which we're 21 millimeter. These are going to be a 22 millimeter, and don't forget the ones here in the middle. These are going to be a 13 millimeter. We can then go back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions, and then we can come back and plug in all the electrical connectors that we have here on the bottom, and that completes our installation of Draw-Tite class four two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Chevrolet Colorado.


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