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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ram 1500 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ram 1500

Today on our 2014 Ram 1500 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the CURT custom fit class there trailer hitch receiver. This is part number 13333. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on the vehicle. It's going to offer the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Very adaptable. This is really something that we can use ball mounts in, weight distribution setups, bike racks, cargo carriers.

You name it, if it's got a 2" shank, should slide right into our receiver here. You're going to have a 5/8" pinhole. That's a class three accessory pinhole. Any of your class three accessories should go on there without a problem. It's a really easy installation.

You'll have to lower down your spare tire, but outside of that it's pretty straightforward. This is going to offer a 600 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening. It offers a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total of our trailer and then anything we've got loaded on it. If we go into a weight distribution setup, we're going to increase the tongue weight up to 1,000 pounds and the trailer weight rating or the gross trailer weight rating up to 10,000 pounds.

However, we'll look into the owners manual of the Ram, see what it's capable of handling. We're going to go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a couple measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's 20-1/2". Then from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about 1-3/4". As the first step in our installation we're going to go ahead and lower down the spare tire, just get it out of the way so we'll have a little easier access. We can then remove the cap over the middle of the rear bumper are here. Just slide a screwdriver underneath there; pulls up nice and easy.

Now we'll take our hitch. You can see we've got a little notch cut out here. That's going to be where that main round part of the hitch slides into. We're just going to angle it up, rotate it up into position. Then we're going to take our 3/4" flat-top bolt, place it right down through the hole we just uncovered here on the top, and then get that threaded in. What that bolt hand tight, it's going to hold the hitch into position for us. Then we'll take one of our fish wires. Going to put it right through the rear of the hitch, into the bumper, and then just push it towards the outside here. You're going to see it's going to come out. Onto the end of that we'll slide one of our spacer blocks. Then we're also going to thread in one of our carriage bolts. We'll feed those into the end of the hitch separately and pull them through with our pull wire just like that. I'm going to use my finger to hold my bolt into position, remove my fish wire. We'll need to thread on one of our flange nuts, like that. Then we'll repeat that exact same process for the driver side here. Now with our bolts hand tight, we're going to look into the instructions and torque them down to the listed specifications. Then we'll go up and take care of our last one on top. Now we can put our cap back in place and lift our spare tire back into position. With the spare back in place, that's going to complete today's installation of the CURT custom fit class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 13333, on our 2014 Ram 1500.

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