Trailer Hitch DIY - Buick Envision Forum
 13Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2016, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 10
Trailer Hitch DIY

Completed the trailer hitch installation today. Bought a Curt 13292 hitch: Hitch Lookup for 2016 Buick Envision
Note there's a link to download the instructions on that page.

This was an extremely simple install. Curt rates it as 20 minutes for a pro and 40 for an amateur. I took an hour, pausing to take pictures, fetch a soda, find a sweatband and gather a couple items I'd failed to look for in advance. The install can be done without raising the vehicle, although it might have been a bit easier if I'd gone to the trouble of getting it up on ramps. Or perhaps not. I left one end of the hitch on the ground while lifting the other end into place and getting the bumper bracket nut on a couple threads. On ramps or a lift I'd have needed the other end to be supported.

You'll want to do this with a cold exhaust system. And without the key fob in your pocket unless you want the tailgate opening and closing...

Pictures 1-2 are what you get, 3 is the driver side install location, showing the bumper bracket nut and the attachment and "fish" holes. Picture 4 is how the spacer and bolt are inserted, and 5 is ready to remove the fish wire. Note a narrow vice-grips is what I used to make sure I didn't accidentally pop the bolt back up into the frame.

Instructions call for periodic checking to make sure everything is tight. In a couple weeks, I plan to loosen each nut (one at a time), add Loctite and re-torque.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0192 (2).jpg (140.9 KB, 43 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0194 (2).jpg (180.7 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0195 (2).jpg (116.6 KB, 47 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0196 (2).jpg (156.2 KB, 41 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0198 (2).jpg (144.9 KB, 41 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0200 (2).jpg (85.9 KB, 43 views)
General, NormT and whatsupdoc like this.
FloridaMatt is offline  
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-05-2016, 10:43 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 67
I am not handy at all. Was removing the middle plastic portion in the rear bumper easy?
NormT likes this.
General is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by General View Post
I am not handy at all. Was removing the middle plastic portion in the rear bumper easy?
Almost trivial. At the bottom corners are a pair of screws that are easily removable with a Torx T15 screwdriver/bit. There are 3 plastic tabs along the top edge and one tab on each side. While the instructions show prying it open at the top with a screwdriver, all it took was a firm tug.

I don't have a current need for the hitch but just wanted it available if needed, so I put the center cover back in place.
NormT likes this.
FloridaMatt is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-08-2016, 04:00 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 123
Not a job for everyone to do and maybe not something you want to take to the dealer, unless you know them really well, well enough to not charge you much for a job like this.

Anyone going to an independent shop instead of their dealer?
NormT likes this.
Napoleon is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-25-2016, 09:45 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 67
That sounds relatively easy actually, a few screws and tabs before the whole bumper goes free. Its good to know in case I ever want to install a trailer hitch.
NormT likes this.
General is offline  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 07:47 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 1
FloridaMatt, thank you for sharing this useful info. Good to know that you can replace the center cover even with the hitch in place.

Another question: Did you install the wiring harness too? If so, can you comment on the skill level required, and also whether having the wiring harness installed disables the engine autostop system? There's been some speculation about that.

Thanks again.
NormT likes this.
John Williams is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 11:19 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by General View Post
That sounds relatively easy actually, a few screws and tabs before the whole bumper goes free. Its good to know in case I ever want to install a trailer hitch.
While the DrawTite hitch does require removal of the bumper, the Curt hitch does not. This makes the Curt easier to install, but the DrawTite is rated for pulling heavier loads.
NormT likes this.
frogg is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-10-2018, 09:40 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: OH-IO!
Posts: 257
The Curt install was a breeze. I've got wiring harness that plugs into the tail light harness behind the tailight but see a electrical module sitting on the lower bumper valance next to the removable towing close out panel. Would it be a leveling sensor?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20180409_202238.jpg (158.6 KB, 9 views)

2016 Envision Prem ll
NormT is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2018, 08:52 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 49
You may be looking at the sensors for tailgate hands-free operation.
NormT likes this.
frogg is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2018, 09:06 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: OH-IO!
Posts: 257
Yup, you're right. Now just have to figure out how to add a light to it so projects Buick tri-shield on the ground.

2016 Envision Prem ll
NormT is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trailer Hitch FloridaMatt Buick Envision General Discussion Forum 0 08-23-2016 06:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome