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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Dodge Journey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Dodge Journey

Today on our 2014 Dodge Journey we're going to be taking a look at and selling the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver class III. Part number C13201. This is what it looks like once it's installed, you can see it's going to fit pretty flush under the bottom so that our bumper as a bit of a spare tire here. Still leaving enough room for your to drop your spare out of there. It's got a nice black powder coated finish that's going to make it look nice from the back of the vehicle and keep it from rusting and corroding. It's got a large flat style safety chain loopholes. It's going to accommodate most of your safety chains that are out there.

It's going to be a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver class III. It's going to be a bolt on design utilizing factory holes in the frame for some carriage holes and some blocks. This hitch is designed for 400 pounds of ton weight with the downward force, and 4,000 pounds of gross trailer weight which is the amount a loaded trailer can weigh. With weight distribution, your numbers are going to stay the same. Now whenever you're going to be towing that kind of weight, you want to consult with your owner's manual or the manufacturer to make sure your vehicle is able to tow that amount of weight and always go with the lower amount. I'm going to give you some measurements that's going to aid in selecting your accessories such as the ball mount, the cargo carrier, or a bike rack. From the center of the hitch in hole to the outer most part of the bumper, it's going to be about three inches.

From the ground to the inside of the top of the receiver tube, it's going to be about thirteen and three-quarter inches. Now, let's go ahead and show you how to install it. The first step in installing the hitch is to drop down our exhaust. We're going to go ahead and lube up our hangers here. Make it slide off a little easier.

There's going to be one on either side here, and one up on the front. Then we're going to do the same on the other side. Now before we're going to take our exhaust down, we're going to go ahead and put up a safety strap to stop it from falling down. Stretch it across and that's going to help keep it up in place while we remove our desmodromics. We're just going to want to pry those off. Just push those out of the way.

Now we can move back the interior ones. Just slide those off. Once we have all four of them loosened up, we're going to lower down our safety strap and give us a little room to work. Now on the passenger's side there's going to be this brown strap that just pushes over this rod here. We just pop that out of the way, or let that dangle. Now we can see where we are going to mount our hitch to. We're going to use this hole here, this hole here and this larger hole on our bumper. We're going to fish our hardware thought the end of the frame rail here and through the end to the bumper on this side. We're going to do the same on both sides. We're going to use a fish wire that's supplied with our kit. We're going to have two different style blocks. The three are going to go inside the frame rail. We're going to take these smaller blocks with the carriage bolt, and the one that's going to go on the end of the bumper is going to be this larger block with the same half size carriage bolt. We'll start by putting our fish wire up inside, and we're going to slide on our smaller block on our half inch carriage bolt. We're going to slip it up inside the frame rail then. You can help work the block around a little bit by putting your finger up inside this access part right here. Now we want to make sure we have the block end going forward to back because if it's going this way it's not going to drop down and let our bolts come out of the bottom far enough. We can go ahead and take off our fish wire, and we'll go ahead and install our next bolt. The last one's going to go through this hole here and com out the end of our bumper. Slide the larger block on. We'll repeat this same process for the other side. They're going to be identical side to side. Wen we have all our bolts in place, we're going to put this spacers on. They're going to go on the rearward most bolt with the thick part pointing to the rear. We're going to go ahead and tape them on to help hold them into place. Then we'll poke a hole in it for the bolt to go through. Get a second set of hands and we're going to place our hitch up on to the stubs. Go ahead and start the nuts on. Go ahead and saddle up out hitch in the center of the frame and we'll go ahead and run up these nuts. We're going to go ahead and twerk them down to the specifications in our instructions, and we'll repeat for the other side. We'll go ahead and raise our exhaust back up while pulling up on our safety strap, and we can reattach it. We'll reattach all three gronerts for each side. We'll remove our safety strap and that's going to complete our install. That's going to do it for our look here and install at the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, part number C13201 on our 2014 Dodge Journey. .

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