Our new Nissan Rogue has been treating us well, but we’d like the ability to carry our bikes to the trails or add some carrying capacity for our camping gear. We figure the simplest solution is to install a tow hitch receiver, so we installed a Draw-Tite Class III two inch hitch receiver.
How To Install A Tow Hitch Receiver
TIME: About 75 minutes
- Hitch Receiver with Hardware
- Ratchet and sockets
- Combination wrenches
- First we had to remove the factory tie down hook from the right rear frame rail. Then we removed the plastic frame rail covers, which exposed the bolt holes for the hitch receiver frame. There is a cover on each side.
- Before you go any further, thread the bolts supplied with the kit a few turns into the bolt holes on the car to ensure the threads match. If the vehicle is older it’s also a good idea to visually inspect the threads and clean or chase them if necessary.
- Next, support the hitch receiver with a floor jack so you can line up the bolt holes and start each of the bolts by hand.
- Now tighten all of the bolts. Remember to gently snug them first, checking that the hitch receiver is properly aligned. Then torque them down in a criss-cross pattern.
The hitch receiver installation on our Nissan Rogue was simple and straightforward, but we had some factors working in our favor. For one thing, the car is brand new so we didn’t have to deal with any rusted or stuck bolts, or damaged threads. The frame rails and mount holes are also very accessible on this vehicle, which is not the case on all cars. It would be a good idea to check the installation instructions for your specific vehicle online before starting this project to ensure you don’t have any unpleasant surprises waiting for you. We don’t have any plans to pull a trailer with our Rogue, but if you do, don’t forget to install a four pin trailer wire kit too!