Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota, we'll be installing and taking a look at the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, class three with a two inch opening, part number 13229. Here's what our Curt Trailer Hitch looks like installed on our Dodge Dakota. Very easy, three bolt installation, and it requires no drilling, using the assisting holes from the factory to install it. It's made from a nice sturdy steel construction, has nice black inaudible 00:00:23 finish that's going to resist rust and corrosion. This is a class three with a two inch by two inch opening and a five inch pinhole. You have easy access to your chain hold downs here when you hook up to your trailer for your safety chains, and this hitch is rated for 500 pounds of tongue weight and 5000 pounds of towing capability. You always want to double check your vehicle's capacity, and use whichever is lower between the vehicle and the hitch. I'll give you some measurements to help choosing some accessories for your new hitch.

From the center of the hitch pinhole to the nearest edge of the bumper is three inches, and from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is eighteen and a half inches. That will help you choose accessories such as ball mounts, bike racks, or cargo carriers. Now we'll show you how the hitch is installed. To start our install, I'll point out the mounting locations. We'll be using the hole here in our bumper and these two brackets that are attached to the underneath of the bumper. In a lot of applications from the factory there is a rubber cover here that you'll pop off, but for this application it's already been removed. The next step is to raise our hitch into position and secure it loosely through our bumper with the one and three quarter inch flathead socket cap screw.

Here's our bolt. You can see there's an Allan head, feed that through the hole in our bumper. Raise our hitch up into place, line it up with the hole, and loosely secure it here in the top of the hitch. That's going to hold your hitch into position so we can secure the rest of the hardware. Next we'll take our half inch bolt and our flat washer that comes with our install kit, feed it through the bracket on the bumper and through our new hitch. On the back side it will get attached and secured with a flange nut.

That will be the same hardware here on this side also. We'll tighten it down and torque it as specified in the instructions. I'm going to first tighten the bolt here in the middle and then our two sidebolts. I'll be using a half inch Allan socket to tighten this down. Tighten the two half inch bolts using the three quarter inch socket and wrench. Now I'm going to torque our hardware as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch tightened and torqued, we're ready to hook up our trailer and hit the road.

That will do it for our installation and look at the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class three, with a two inch opening, part number 13229, on our 2011 Dodge Dakota. .

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