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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Ford Van - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Ford Van


Speaker 1: Today on our 2003 Ford Van we'll be having a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame class five trailer hitch receiver, part number 41945. Now this is a class five extreme duty hitch. This hitch will work great if you're looking to tow a trailer loaded with your equipment or your construction supplies or whatever machinery you have to do your job. Or if you have a conversion van like us this will be great for your bike racks and cargo carries to haul your gear or your bikes when your van is loaded up with all your passengers.On the side of our receiver here you will find your industry standard, five-eights of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure any of our hitch mounted accessories. A pin and clip is available separately on our website, that's part number PC3. It's also reinforced on the outside so when you're towing a heavy trailer you don't have to worry about the hole becoming elongated from the pulling and the breaking action of you slowing down and accelerating.

To the rear of the receiver we have another hole for a J-Pin stabilization device, what that device does is take away annoying shake, play, and rattle out of what is inserted into your receiver. You can pick up a J-Pin stabilization device on our website separately.Welded on the bottom of the frame of our hitch and our receiver opening here are our safety chain loops. It's a plate style design, it's a really sturdy, strong design with a very large opening for you to insert your chains through.Now our hitch has a 1,500 pound max gross tongue weight rating which is the amount forcing down and a 10,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating which is the amount it can pull. It does support the use of weight distribution, but when we're using weight distribution our max gross tongue weight rating is actually a little bit less, it's 1,200 pound but our max gross trailer weight rating increases to 12,000 pounds. You want to make sure you consult with the owners manual of your van and not exceed what the van is rated for.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

From the top of our receiver opening to the ground we're looking at about 13 inches and from our bumper to the center of our hitch pin hole we're looking at about an inch and a half. Now that we've gone over some features we'll show you how to get it installed.For video purposes we've already removed our spare tire, you'll need to have it lowered and out of the way in order to get the hitch in place so if you do have one of these charcoal canisters in the same location above your frame rail here on the drivers side you will need to temporarily lower it down so you can get your hardware in place. In order to get that down we'll find two 13 millimeter nuts on the outside edge of our frame, with those nuts removed we can grab the canister, pull it out, and we'll just slide it down. These hoses are stiff enough that we can let hang off of those hoses.Now we're looking at the bottom side of our drivers side frame rail. Our passengers side is the exact same, it's just a mirror image of what we're looking at over here.

We have several different holes that run across the frame rail, we're gonna be using three holes on each side. This hole here that's behind our oblong hole here closest to the front, we'll use this one and these two round holes that are closest to the end of our frame by out bumper beam. We'll take a round block and a bolt and we'll drop it through our holes, the same on the other side.Now because our frame is not perfectly flat because of our welded on support here for our bumper beam we'll need to have some spacers and washers between our frame and our hitch. Now I find it easiest to use some silicone to secure our blocks into place so we don't have to hold them in place while we're raising the hitch up. We have the silicone available on our website.Now that we have all of our hardware in place we'll explain how the hitch is secured.

Once we raise the hitch up we'll have a block that goes underneath it and then a nut to secure it into place. It's the same for all six of our attachment points on the hitch.Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise the hitch into position and now we use a seven-eighths socket to tighten our nuts while we use a 13-16th's wrench to hold the bolts still. Now we'll torque our hardware to the amounts specified in the instructions.Okay will all our hardware in place and torqued down we can reinstall our charcoal canister. Now your spare tire will fit back up in position with the hitch installed and that completes our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame class five trailer hitch receiver, part number 41945 on our 2003 Ford Van.


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