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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 4 trailer hitch receiver. This is part number 14374. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. You can see we're got full main-tune visibility going side to side. It gives the back of the truck a really nice beefy look. This is a Class 4 hitch, so this offers a two inch by two inch opening. This works out really well for most accessories out there.

Anything designed to fit two inch, this should be able to handle it without any kind of an issue. You've got a 5/8 diameter pinhole. It's going to go all the way through. That's what we're going to use to secure any of the gear, ball mount, bike rack, cargo carriers, things like that we're going to put in. You can see there's plenty of room on each side, so any Class 3 accessory that you choose to use should work out fine there. Going to have safety chain connection points on each side about two fingers wide. You shouldn't have any issues getting whatever safety chains you want to connect to there.

Overall, the tow rating on it is going to be a thousand pound maximum towing weight, so that's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening. It's going to offer a ten thousand pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total of our trailer and anything that we've got loaded up on it. If we go into a weight distribution setup, our towing weight will go up to twelve hundred pounds. The trailer weight will go up to twelve thousand pounds. You do want to check the owner's manual, of course on the Ram, see what it's rated for.

Then, we're going to go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. A couple of measurements that you'll find helpful in selecting ball mounts, bike racks or even hitch cargo carriers will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. We're got about twenty and a half inches. Then, from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about two and a half. This is 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. Now, we're going to come to the underside, just in front of that rear bumper brace, we're going to have a bolt to remove on each side. You'll use a twenty-one millimeter socket.

Do that here on the passenger side and on the driver side. Now, we'll take one of our small spacers and slide it down on one of our fish wires, thread in one of our carriage bolts. We're going to go in the access hole just in front of that bolt we just removed, slide our bolt in. Then our spacer, we're going to pull it right back out the same hole. We'll leave our fish wire attached to that one. We'll do the same thing on the other side. With both of those in place, we can get our hitch raised into position. It's a good idea to have an extra set of hands just to help you guide it up into place. Then, we can use the fourteen millimeter bolts that we removed from the bottom side of our frame here. We're going to thread these in enough to get our hitch held up into position just like that. We'll do that on both sides. We can grab one of our flange nuts and we'll thread it on our carriage bolt that we just installed in the frame. Do that on both sides of course. Now, we're just going to snug up the factory bolt that we replaced. That's going to raise our hitch up into position so we can get our fish wires in the backside, here. What we'll do is place the fish wire through the hole in our hitch, also through the hole that's in that bumper structure. Then as we feed it through, it's going to come out the end, right down here. Now, we'll take one of the larger spacer blocks, place it on, then one of our carriage bolts. You thread it on. Then, we'll feed those up into our hitch and gently pull on that fish wire to bring it out of our mounting location. We'll take the fish wire off, thread on another one of our flange nuts. We'll do the same thing for our passenger side. Now, we can snug up the rest of our fasteners and torque them down to the specifications that we'll find in the instructions. All right. Now, we'll just raise our spare tire back into position and we'll be ready to use our truck. With our spare tire back in place, that's going to complete today's installation of the Curt Custom-fit, Class 4 trailer hitch receiver, part number 14374 on our 2014 Ram 1500.

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