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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado


Hi there, Colorado owners. Today in your 2020 Chevrolet Colorado we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Curt's class three two inch trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. You will be able to see the cross tube here at the back, but for the most part the cross beam is hidden behind our bumper. It's a class three 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 a bike rack in it fully loaded up or a cargo carrier or if you wanted to get some work done and put in a ball mount and hook up your trailer.

It uses a 5/8 inch hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with the hitch, but you can pick one up at etrailer.com here. On the bottom we have plate style safety chain loops with a very large opening that should accommodate just about every shape, size, and style of safety chain.It is a little thick as you see there at the front, so on some of your books or ones with a smaller islet, you may have to come in from the side. It 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 bike rack with four bikes fully loaded on it or a cargo carrier loaded up all the way to the max and it's sufficient for some of your medium and larger sized trailers loaded up as well. It also features an 8,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is enough if you want to bring a horse trailer or maybe a medium sized work duty trailer, you can easily hook that up.

And if you're wanting to go with something a little bit larger, you can use a weight distribution system with this hitch and it increases our tongue weight to a thousand pounds and our gross towing capacity to 10,000 pounds.So in addition to the extra weight we're going to get, a weight distribution system is also going to help level out our vehicle by taking some of that weight off the rear axle and distributing up to the front, improving our handling back to where it was when our vehicle was unloaded. As always, I recommend that you 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 center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, it measures about two inches. And our receiver does stick out a little bit past the bumper there.

This is important when determining if any of your folding 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 3/4 quarter inches. This is important when determining if you need to drop or rise or raise shank on 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 cause we still got something in it, but that way we can easily remove it. Trick I like to use is an extension with a deep well 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, it's just a 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 our whole bumper is loose now that we've got those bolts out that we took loose, so we just want to make sure we disconnected 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 and 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 in 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 tabs 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 up 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 silver end 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 cause the whole support team 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. Slide the bumper beam back. Once we've gotten that lifted up 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. Finish taking those out on each side, and then we can set this beam aside. We won't be reinstalling this one.Now that we've got our bumper and everything out of the way, there are a couple of bolts that still hold this bracket on here and they're located underneath our spare tire here so we are going to have to lower that down. Our spare tire tube is right here. This is where it's slid into the bumper. You could have gone all the way through the bumper beforehand, but to me it's just a little bit easier with everything out of the way to see to line up your spare tire removal pool, and then we're just going to lower down that tire. We're just trying to access these two bolts right here, so really this is as far as we need to lower the spare tire down, so we'll grab our 13 millimeter socket now. We're going to remove those two bolts and then we're going to set this other bracket here aside. See you just push your spare tire out of the way and get those out.We'll set this aside and then we can reinstall our spare tire. It's easiest if you've kind of got a little bit of support on it so it doesn't get into a bind when you're going up with it. Little tip on your spare tire. Give it a little bit of a wiggle just to make sure it's tight. Sometimes it can seem like it's all the way up there, but actually it was just in a small bind. We're all good there. We can now raise our hitch into position. We're going to line up the holes in our hitch with the holes in the bottom of the frame and then use the factory bolts we removed to thread it right into the factory weld nuts. Once you get one started on each side, the hitch will hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware. Once you've got all those started, we can go ahead and snug them down. It's just going to make it easier for the side bolts to line up.We can then put our bumper back into position, and then use the factory bolts to re-secure it. Once you've got all of your hardware loosely installed, just kind of visually check your bumper to make sure it looks like it's all lined up, and then you can go back and snug down all of your hardware. We'll then torque our hardware to the specifications found in our instructions. We can then go back and plug all of our electrical connections in. And that completes our installation of Curt's class three two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Chevrolet Colorado.


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