Last post on Feb 07, 2010 at 8:02 PM
You are in the Nissan Murano
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Nissan Murano, SUV
#6 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [kjsmitty]
Jan 30, 2010 (7:44 am)
Thanks for the info! Do you know what the brand is? If you could post pics that would be great.
#7 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [buffalo78]
Jan 30, 2010 (2:39 pm)
See if this works or not...
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#8 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [kjsmitty]
Jan 30, 2010 (4:33 pm)
To post a picture, use the form <img src="http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt250/KJSmitty/th_IMG_0993.jpg"> like this:
SUVs and Smart Shopper
#10 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [tidester]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2010 (10:30 pm)
Try adding height=400 width=600" after the jpg" and before the right angle - our forum software doesn't handle large photos gracefully and skews our pages.
#11 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [kjsmitty]
Feb 04, 2010 (7:59 am)
I just took delivery of 2010 murano and want to add a hitch.
Can you send me an email with your hitch info and how you installed it?
#12 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [67hat34c]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 04, 2010 (9:53 am)
Please don't ask for "personal" help via email. We all benefit when a problem is discussed on the open forum. Thanks.
#13 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [67hat34c]
Feb 07, 2010 (9:07 am)
I purchase all my hitch/trailer needs from etrailer.com. I found them very reasonable / good service etc.
I purchased a Draw-Tite Class-III two inch receiver hitch (pictured in above post). Hitch cost at the time was $116.99 (etrailer item number 75647 - now $140.95) This is the hitch only, you still need the receiver and ball portion - I already had several.
I also purchased the plug and play wiring harness item number 118481 / was and still is $54.99. I routed the plug down through one of the existing drain grommets.
The hitch was what I considered very easy to install - I did it in the driveway after backing up on a set of $30 dollar Rhino ramps from Autozone etc..
The hitch comes with instructions and all hardware. Basically you remove a small panel under the bumper, remove the shipping tie down hook from the left frame, and install the hitch - no drilling required - all "threaded" mounting holes are already in the frame (6 bolts total). The instructions tell you to lower the exhaust but it was not necessary. I placed double layers of painters tape on the bumper /exhaust tip areas to keep from scratching where they touched while sliding up/in with the hitch assembly. Took all of about 30 minutes.
The wiring harness was easy as well yet took a little more getting several of the interior trim pieces removed from the aft cargo area. Once removed however it was as easy as unplugging/plugging in a few connections, screwing in a good grounding point, and splicing into the existing large white wire going to the battery.
Hint: the harness instructions do not mention this white wire and want you to route your own. However, the white wire is right there for use with the OEM harness and is already "fused" for this purpose. I myself installed a separate fuse at the recommended amperage provided with the harness. Basically, a little redundancy - the fuse I installed was smaller than the factory thus I am ensured I don't' exceed the white wires circuit capability in the event of a short or harness malfunction.
All of the above took about 2 hrs and in my case under $200. The dealership wanted just under $1000 to install the OEM hitch and factory harness. I will admit the factory hitch is EXTREMELY robust yet the Draw-Tite is rated at the same. For the near $800 difference it was not remotely required (my opinion).
I'll type more if anyone requires or goes this route.
#14 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [kjsmitty]
Feb 07, 2010 (6:44 pm)
I do not plan on ever using electric trailer brakes, only towing jet ski or motorcycle trailers. It appears the wire harness you are using connects to the battery for trailer brakes. Since I dont plan on using this funciton can I simply hook up everything but the 12v wire? Believe the nissan harness is only 4pin and does not hook direct to battery would this be better for my application?
#15 of 15 Re: Trailer Hitch [67hat34c]
Feb 07, 2010 (8:02 pm)
Actually, then harness I used is just the 4 pin connector. No brakes here as well. The battery lead is required for the harness module. It facilitates powering the trailer lights to ensure the vehicle light circuit isn't overloaded etc.