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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Dodge Ram - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Dodge Ram


Today on our 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup, we'll be installing Curt Hitch, part number C15572. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and take a couple of measurement to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2-1/2 inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 18-3/4 inches. Now, let's go ahead with the installation.

Note: We've already gone ahead and lowered and removed the spare tire. Now, we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. Starting here on the driver's side frame rail, we'll need to remove the second manufacturer's bolt from the very end of the frame rail nearest the bumper. We'll hang on to this bolt as we'll be reusing it to install the hitch. Next, our forward attachment point on the frame rail will be the open hole here where we'll fit hardware into the frame.

For our forward attachment on the frame, we'll be using the 1/2-inch carriage bolt, smaller 1/2-inch spacer block along with the 1/2-inch pull wire we'll use to pull it into position, and then a 1/2-inch flange nut to secure the hitch. Our center attachment points will be in the cross tube that run directly under the bumper. These predrilled holes here will get hardware pulled in to the end of the tube and into position to secure the hitch. For the cross tube hardware, we'll be using again the 1/2-inch carriage bolt, the larger 1/2-inch spacer block and then the pull wire and 1/2-inch flange nut. Now, we'll go ahead and put the hardware into the frame for our forward attachment point.

Using the bolt leader, we'll slide the block onto the bolt leader and then thread on the bolt. We'll feed the bolt into the frame followed by the block and then pull them back into position. Once in position, we can go ahead and remove the bolt leader. Now, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger's side. Next, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners.

We'll put the hitch up into position, installing the manufacturer's bolt back into the threaded weld nut and then the 1/2-inch flange nut for our forward attachment point. We'll install each of these fasteners finger tight to hold the hitch into position. Now, we'll go ahead and take the bolt leader. Feed it to the hitch attachment point into the cross tube and out at the end of the cross tube. Then we'll go ahead and slide on the block and feed it into the cross tube, followed by threading on the carriage bolt. Then we'll pull the carriage bolt and block into position down to the center of the cross tube and out to the hitch. We'll go ahead and hold on to the carriage bolt, remove the bolt leader, and thread on the 1/2-inch flange nut. Note: It's a good idea to hold on to the carriage bolt as it can possibly fall back into the cross tube once you remove the bolt leader. A quick tech tip: You can also use a flat-bladed screwdriver to assist in holding the carriage bolt by taking the flat plate and pushing down onto the carriage bolt, pinching it in position. Now with those fasteners installed finger tight, we can go ahead and tighten down all fasteners. Next, we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. That will complete our install for Curt Hitch, part number C15572, on our 2013 Dodge Ram Pickup.


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