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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Dodge Journey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Dodge Journey


Today on our 2015 Dodge Journey we'll be installing the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class III, part number C13201. Now as you can see, this is what our hitch looks like once it's installed. A very minimal amount is hanging down below our bumper. What is hanging down, though, is a nice round tube frame. Then we have our 2" receiver here. We have a nice steel plate here that has a black powder-coated finish.

This is our safety chain loops that are safety chains on our trailer will hook onto, in case we would ever have that come off of our ball mount, or something like that. This hitch has a 400 pound max tongue weight rating, with or without weight distribution. It has 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, with or without weight distribution. The numbers are the same for both. Now for a few measurements to help you choose any hitch mounted accessories you may need such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier. From the ground up to the top of our receiver we're looking about 14", and from the center of our hitch pin hole to the back of our bumper we're looking about 3".

Now that we've gone over a couple key features and given you some measurements we'll show you how to install the hitch. You'll want to support the exhaust. I'm using a cam buckle style strap here, and hooking it up on the rear subframe, drawing it tight around the exhaust for right now. Once we remove the rubber hangers we can lower it as needed to get access. There's three rubber exhaust hangers. One at the front of the muffler, spray it down with some penetrating oil, some lubricant, to help slide it off easier.

We'll do the same on the two in the back. Using a pry bar we can work our exhaust hangers off, or if you have a big pair of pliers like these it goes real easy. With our hangers removed we can loosen our straps slightly, and lower our exhaust down so we have some room to work. We're going to take our fish wire, feed it through this hole here in the frame, drop it back, insert our spacer plate, the smaller of the two provided. Take our carriage bolt, thread it onto our pull wire. Pull it through, drop it all down, unscrew our fish wire.

We'll do the same for this bolt here. We'll repeat the process for the other two bolts on the other side. With all of our bolts in on the frame rail we can do the bumper support bolts now. Take our pull wire, insert it, it comes out the bumper support. Take our large plate, insert and put our carriage bolt on, pull it through. We'll do the same on the other side. With all of our bolts in place now we can prep the hitch for installation. This spacer plate here, which is a wedge design, it's larger toward one end and narrow towards another, goes in the back bolt hole towards the rear of our hitch with the wide end going towards the rear of the vehicle. This goes between the frame of the vehicle and the trailer hitch itself, so in order to make it easier to install it's a good idea to tape it into place, that way you don't have to worry about dropping it, or it falling down while you're trying to put the hitch into position. Then we'll poke a hole where the bolt's going to go through, that way the bolt will slide easy into position, and we won't have to worry about pushing the bolt back inside the frame rail of the vehicle. Do the same on both sides of the hitch. With the help of an assistant we can raise the hitch in position, and we'll secure it using our six flange nuts. Get them loosely started a couple turns. With them all loosely started we can snug them down. The back one on the driver's side, you need to use a ratcheting wrench because there's not much clearance, because the bumper cover does not have a cutout for the exhaust like the other side does. Now that all six bolts are snugged down we can torque them to the manufacturers specifications found in the instructions. With that done we'll torque the other five bolts the same way. That completes the installation of our CURT Trailer Hitch 2" Receiver, Class III rating, part number C13201, on our 2015 Dodge Journey.


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