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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500

Today, on a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab, we're going to install part number C14006. This is a Curt Class IV 2" Receiver Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed in a truck. First off, general appearance, you can see that half the hitch body is hidden behind the bumper. This is a square tube construction that's actually curved a little bit to go around a spare tire. It has a built-in collar around it, which actually reinforces the end of the tube. Notice we've got some safety chain loops here.

inaudible 00:00:38 safety chain hooks work just fine. It has a long plate that goes up to the frame and uses two existing bolts on each side of the frame as well as existing holes on the bottom of the frame as well. The hitch does come with all provided hardware to install. A couple of other things to know about the hitch. By itself, it can pull a 10,000 pound trailer. Then it can handle 1,000 pounds of ton weight, which is pulling down on the hitch. With a separate weight distribution assembly installed to the hitch, the capacity will go up to 12,000 pounds trailer and 1,200 ton weight. Next, I'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier.

From top of the receiver opening down to the ground, it'll be about 18". From the center of the hitch pin hole to outside edge of the bumper, it will be a little over 3". Now, I'll go ahead and show how to install the hitch. First, off, we need to go ahead and remove the existing fasteners that are located on the end of the frame rail right here. This is the passenger side, and it's going to be identical on the driver's side. We need a 21mm socket to remove the bolt.

We'll also need a 21mm wrench for top of the second bolt. We'll do the same thing over on the driver's side. If the bolt is in a bind, like this right here, you can use a 10mm socket to unscrew it from the bind. We need to save our existing hardware because it will be reused for the hitch. At this point, we're almost ready to put our hitch into place. We'll go ahead and cover some of the hardware that goes into the frame.

We have a half-inch carriage bolt and a block with a square hole. These will fit together just like this on the inside of the frame. I'll go ahead and show you the attachment points on the hitch. Our original hardware that we took out earlier will be these two points and then these two as well. Now we get our carriage bolts and blocks. Attachment points once again is the same on both sides of the truck. Let's go ahead and add our hardware on the other side. When we install our hitch, we'll go ahead and install the original factory bolt at the very end of the frame that goes into weld nut on the end of the frame. We'll use this, one on each side to help hold the hitch up. Then we'll install the rest of our hardware on our hitch. It will be close quarters up there, so we'll go ahead and use an extension to help run the bolt in like this. With an extra set of hands, go ahead and hold the hitch up in position. Make sure you don't push the bolts back into the frame. Then we'll install our factory bolt. Next, we need to install two washers between the frame and the hitch. This will be on the new hardware we installed. We'll just lift the bolt out, and we'll slip the washer in. Leave the hitch a little bit loose so you can work the washer in. It may help to use a screwdriver or alignment tool to help get the washer in place as well. Now we'll go ahead and install the flange nuts. Again, we'll keep these loose, and we'll do the same thing over on the driver's side. Back over on the passenger's side, we'll go ahead and install our second original bolt and go ahead and put it back together. Do it once again on both sides. All right, now with all the hardware loosely installed, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Then we'll torque it down as specified in the instructions. With that, that will finish it for the install of part number C14006. This is a Curt Class IV 2" Receiver Hitch on our 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. .

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