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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ram 3500 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Ram 3500


Today on our 2011 Ram 3500, we will be taking a look at and installing the Curt Custom Fit Class V Extra Duty Receiver Hitch, part number C15409. Here's what our Curt Extra Duty Hitch is going to look like once it's installed. You're going to see that it going to sit directly below our factory receiver hitch. Whether our vehicle has one or not, It will sit directly below right down like so. Now this is going to have a two-inch-by-two-inch receiver tube opening. That solid-welded design, that's going to be great for adding extra durability. There's welded chain tie-downs on either side with that plate-steel-type design. This receiver hitch is going to have a 5/8 inch pin hole going straight through.

This receiver hitch is going to have that gusset-type or fully-welded-type-design for that receiver chain tie down and gusset up top for adding extra strength. It's going to have a two-inch-by-two-inch receiver tube opening with a 2550 pound max tongue weight capacity. That's going to be the maximum downward pressure that you're going to be able put right here on the end of the receiver tube. As far as towing capacity, it's going to have a 17000 pound towing capacity. That's going to be your trailer loaded up with all your accessories. Now whether you have weight distribution or not, that's not going to change this receiver hitch at all. You can see this is going to have a nice black powder coat finish to help prevent any kind of rust and corrosion, as well as that fully-welded design and plate steel around the outside.

That's going to add that nice sleek, rugged finish and last you a long time with it's durability. Now I'm going to go ahead and give you a few measurements to assist you in selecting your hitch accessories for your new receiver hitch. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is going to be about 19 inches. From the center of the pin hole to the outer-most edge of the bumper, it's going to be about four inches. First thing we're going to do is get underneath the back of our vehicle. You can see that we do have that factory hitch here on our vehicle because it's going to be welded, and that new hitch is going to come underneath of it. Locate our mounting points for our new receiver hitch which is going to be the big hole located here and the big hole located here. You're going to have two different types of blocks.

The skinny one is going to go towards the front, and the larger one is going to go here at the rear. It should be about like so on the other side of the frame rail. Now for this front mounting locating, we need to get the skinny block into position over the hole. So what we'll do is we'll put a small, little hook on the back side of our pull wire, and we're going to push it all the way out the back of the frame rail. Once we have it out the back of the frame rail, we'll go ahead and hook on. Go ahead and pull it through until we get it over the hole.

Once we get it over the hole, we can pull the fish wire out. We'll invert it where the coil goes out, through our block and out the access hole. Once we're out the access hole, we'll go ahead and thread on that carriage bolt. Slide it into the frame rail and pull it through the mounting location. Now we'll go ahead and put in that big square block at the back. Go ahead and slide it over the rail. You can do this by hand. Once we have it over, we can then drop it down like so. We'll go ahead and get our other fish wire, going through the hole once more with the coils. We're going to go up and into this hole up here where our receiver hitch from the factory comes out. Thread it on and pull it down. Let's go ahead and repeat that same process on the passenger side. Now that we've got all of our hardware in place, we're going to go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us hold the hitch up into place so we can mount it. Go ahead and slide it up over the bolts. Now that we've got the bolts through, we'll go ahead and place on our flange nuts. If you need to, have your extra set of hands hold it up into place while you hold the bolt so you don't push it back into the frame. Get that flange nut on and thread it down. Now I'll go ahead and tighten these down according to the manufacturer's specifications. Now we'll take our spacers and slide them up in between. Use as many as necessary to fill in that gap. We'll have our hex bolt and flat washer that will go through that top hole or top slot, sliding through that spacer and then placing our flange nut on the back side. Go ahead and take our open end wrench on one side and tighten it down on the other side. And that will do it for our review and installing of the Curt Custom Fit Class V Extra Duty Receiver Hitch, part number C15409, on our 2011 Ram 3500.


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