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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Dodge Durango

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Dodge Durango

Today, we're gonna be going over, and showing you how to install, the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, here on a 2020 Dodge Durango. So, this is what our trailer hitch is gonna look like installed. And, as we can see, everything is actually hidden behind the bumper here. So, the hitch has a completely factory-like appearance, while we have the cover panel installed. When we're ready to use the hitch, it's very easy to remove this. There's gonna be two tabs at the bottom.

We'll simply twist those, and we can pry the bottom section out. And there'll be a couple of clips at the top. As you can see here, here is the receiver tube for our trailer hitch. So, adding a trailer hitch to your Durango, it's gonna be an excellent option, because it's gonna make your vehicle that much more versatile. Now, we can obviously use the trailer hitch for towing, but if we wanted to hit the trails, or free up some space inside the vehicle for those long road trips, we can easily attach either a hitch-mounted cargo carrier, or a hitch-mounted bike rack.

So, in regards to towing, our trailer hitch here has a class three rating. That's gonna provide us with a 7,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the amount we can pull outward on our receiver tube. Now keep in mind, these capacities are for the hitch only, the vehicle is rated separately. So, we need to abide by the lower of the two rated components, whether that's the vehicle or the hitch.

The vehicle capacities can be found in your owner's manual. I would also like to point out that, if we wanna use a weight distribution system, this trailer hitch is rated for this. So, you'll be happy to know that, because of the larger two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, we're gonna have plenty of bike rack and cargo carrier options to choose from. Make sure you check out our selection here at etrailer. So, if we take a closer look at the receiver tube, on the side here, we're gonna get our industry standard 5/8 inch diameter hitch pin hole.

That's gonna accept a standard 5/8 inch diameter hitch pin-and-clip. Keep in mind, these are gonna be sold separately, most bike racks and cargo carriers, however, do come with their own. You have plenty to choose from here at etrailer, as well, along with some locking options. Now, tucked back behind here a little bit more, we're gonna have our safety chain loops. Those are gonna accept both the larger clevis style hooks, as well as the smaller S-type hooks. So, now I have a couple of measurements for you here. They're gonna help you when you're selecting your hitch-mounted accessories. The first one is gonna be the distance from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube. That's gonna be useful when you're selecting your ball mount, so you can make sure you get the correct rise and drop to tow your trailer level. So, this one's gonna be about 19 3/4. And then finally, we have the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper. That'll be useful when you're selecting your folding accessories, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. That way you can make sure that while those accessories are in the folded position, that they don't contact the vehicle. And this one here, is gonna be right about three inches. So, in regards to installation, this one's pretty straightforward. It's definitely something I think you guys can do at home by yourselves. Keep in mind, we do have to remove the rear bumper. I know that may sound like a daunting task, but it's actually not that hard at all. And we can walk you through the entire process step by step now. So to start off our installation here, we're gonna be coming to either side of the vehicle. We're over here on the driver's side, just as a point of reference for you guys. So, we're gonna be coming directly in our wheel well here, so directly behind our rear wheel. So, we're gonna be focusing on the fasteners inside here. So, to start off, we're gonna take an eight millimeter socket, and you're gonna have one bolt at the very bottom here. We're gonna go ahead and remove that. Once we get that one out, we're gonna take a 3/16 inch drill bit, and we're gonna have two plastic rivets. We have one down here, one up here. We're gonna remove these both by drilling out the center of them with our drill bit. So, it's kinda hard to get the drill into this area here, so you will have to go in at an angle. Now, they don't always come right out, once you drill a hole, you may have to come back with a pry tool, and get it to remove the rest of the way. So, as we said, they don't always come out in one piece, so I'm gonna take a trim panel tool there, just gonna pry it the rest of the way out. Now we'll switch over to a 10 millimeter socket, and directly above these two rivets here, we're gonna have one bolt we need to take out. Now, what we're gonna do is, we're gonna peel back this fender trim here, it should be fairly easy. Just release those clips, work your way back. So, I'm gonna stop about right here, and what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna take a piece of paper towel, I'm gonna wrap this up, and stick it between the fender and the quarter panel here, to pry this away. And then, I'm gonna tape up the tabs on the inside here. This is just some preventative measures. That way we don't have to worry about scratching our bumper when we're removing it and reinstalling it. So, just take some painter's tape, whatever you have, and just cover up those tabs there, so they don't scratch your paint. But, once we get this all taped up, we're gonna be removing another bolt here, you're gonna need a seven millimeter socket. And that bolt is gonna be just directly behind this little fender trim piece here, hiding behind there. So, I'll go ahead and remove this now. And now, we'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the other side. Next, we're gonna open the hatch on our vehicle, on either side here, sort of in the bottom corner. We're gonna have a torque screw. We'll remove those bolt with a T30 Torx bit. So, now we're gonna come underneath the vehicle here. We're gonna have a bolt on either side, attaching the lower part of the facia to the bumper beam. We're gonna take a 10 millimeter socket and remove both of those bolts. So, now we're gonna come back to either side of the vehicle here. We can actually begin removing our facia. So in order to do that, we're gonna grab on the inside edge of the fender here. And there's a little alignment tab, so we need to actually just bend this out. It's pretty easy. And then we can begin undoing the clips along the side here, by just simply pulling out. So, we're just gonna continue doing this, working our way to the other side. So, now once we have all the clips released on both sides, we can pull the facia out. Before we remove it completely, however, over here on the driver's side, we do have one electrical connector we need to unplug. We'll just simply depress this tab at the top here, and we should be able to pull the connector out and away. Now we'll go ahead and set our bumper facia aside in a safe place, so it doesn't get scratched or damaged. So, now that we have our face off, we're gonna go ahead and set it on a table here, 'cause we do need to make some cuts. Luckily, everything's gonna be behind the scenes. We're gonna have a removable hitch cover here, so we're gonna go ahead and take that out. Simply just twist those two tabs at the bottom there to free the keepers. And then we're gonna have some clips at the top, they'll just simply pull out. So, this is gonna reveal the inside section here, and what we need to trim. Now, we've already marked this out for you, but it's super simple. So, we're gonna be taking the existing lines here, and just gonna take those straight down, on either side here, and then we're gonna take it to the sort of curvature here, where these two body panels meet. We're just gonna be following this, and cutting out this section here. So, I'm gonna take a Dremel tool and do that now. Now that we have our piece cut out, I'm gonna take a file or a razor knife, and clean up all those rough edges. So, next we're gonna be turning our attention back to the vehicle here. We're gonna lower our exhaust. Before we do that, we need to take some sort of support device. If you're on the ground, you could use jack stands, a block of wood, whatever you have. Since we're in the air, we're gonna be using a strap. And basically we're just gonna attach the two points on the vehicle here. That way, when we break the hangers free of our exhaust, it doesn't fall down too far and cause any damage. So, I'm just gonna find two points over here, like so, and I'll pull our strap tight here. And here's our exhaust. Once we break those hangers free, it can rest on our strap. So, we have two of these isolators on either side here. In order to help us by removing them, we're gonna spray them down with some spray lubricant here. There's gonna be one in the front here, and then one sort of tucked back in the back. And again, we'll need to do this on both sides. Now we can take a pry bar, or if you actually have a set of exhaust hanger removal tools, we can obviously use those, but we're simply just gonna break the hanger free from the isolator. We got that one out. We have one more on the back, and then two on the other side. Next, we need to lower our spare tire. So, in order to do that, we're gonna come into the rear of the vehicle here. We're gonna open up the lid here, for our floor covering. We're gonna have another panel here we need to remove. And then, if we remove this cap here, this is gonna locate the stud here that we need to use, to lower the spare tire. Now, we're gonna be using some tools we have in the shop here. However, you will have the tools inside the vehicle to lower the spare tire. If you need further assistance with that, be sure to reference your owner's manual. So, now we're gonna be removing the bumper beam here. So, we're gonna have three bolts per side. We'll need a 21 millimeter socket. Those bolts are gonna be here, here, and then one on the bottom. So, you may, or may not, need to breaker bar to get those out. They are pretty tight. Now, with all of our hardware removed, we should be able to slide the bumper beam out and away from the vehicle. So, now we can take our trailer hitch, and go ahead, and set it into position. Now, with our hitch into position, we can go ahead and begin installing our hardware into the frame. Now, it's super easy. In order to do this, we're gonna take one of the pull wires that comes in our kit here. We're gonna come on the inside, to one of the holes that we removed the factory hardware from. I'm gonna be starting with the forward most hole. So, here's that hole there we we're talking about. I'm gonna feed the coiled end through there, and then I'm gonna wrap that up to the opening in the end of the bumper. So, now we have it routed out the hole there. What we're gonna do is, we're gonna take a spacer block here, we're gonna slide that over the coiled end of the pull wire, and then we're gonna thread on a carriage bolt. Then I'm gonna stick the spacer block and the carriage bolt back into the frame there. Now, we can pull the pull wire through that hole. We should bring our carriage bolt along through it. You may need to maneuver the hitch a little bit to get everything to line up. Then we can pull off the pull wire. We're gonna place on one of our conical tooth washers, with the teeth facing the vehicle. And then we can thread on our nut. We're gonna repeat this same process for our other two holes, one here, one on the bottom. And then we'll just do that same process again on the other side of the vehicle. Now, we're gonna go ahead, and tighten and torque down all of our hardware to the specifications in our instructions, using a 19 millimeter socket. Now, all that's left, is to simply put everything back together in the reverse order that we removed it. And that's gonna do it today for our look and installation of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver here on a 2020 Dodge Durango..

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