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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Transit T350 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ford Transit T350

Today on our 2016 Ford Transit T350, we're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Curt Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: C13193. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on our T350. As you can see it gives us a nice look here in the back of the vehicle. It's inset of our bumper just slightly, we're not going to have to worry about bumping into it or anything like that. It's going to provide us, since it is a Class Three hitch, with opportunities to use just about any hitch accessory that's available out there in the market; it's probably going to come in a Class Three variety. You'll see we've got plate-style safety chain connection points around the bottom side here. Plenty large enough hole for whatever connection type you might be making or whatever chain type you might have.

Got our flush reinforcement collar around the end here, gives it a nice clean look. You're going to see a pinhole there on the side that's five-eighths-of-an-inch in diameter. We want to be sure we're choosing Class Three rated accessories to go in there, but you'll notice there is plenty of room. Whether it's just a pin and clip, maybe a locking hitch pin or even an anti-rattle device, you shouldn't have any issues getting that in there. Now when it comes to tow ratings for the hitch, we've got a 900 pound tongue weight capacity. It's going to be the maximum downward force we'll put here at the receiver tube opening.

It's going to give us a 6000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total weight of our trailer and then anything we we're to load up on it. It is rated for use with distribution. If you are using weight distribution that gross trailer weight rating is going to go up to 8000 pounds, but you definitely need to check the owner's manual, see what the transits rated for and go off of whichever of those numbers is the lowest. Now a few measurements that will be helpful when 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. We're going to have about 14 inches.

Then from the center of our hitch-pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about seven. All right, now the first step in our installation is to come underneath the frame rail here. See our frame rail, right here in this thicker portion there are going to be two basically inserts there. If we take our self-tapping screws, we're going to be able to thread those inserts. As we do this though, we just want to make sure we keep our bolt nice and straight. Once we get our hitch into position, we're going to be able to put these up there.

Those are going to thread in place and allow us to secure it. For now we'll remove these and set them aside. Next, we're going to get our forward hardware in place, that will be just in front of those holes we just tapped out. Our pull wire and the frame rail, allow that to come forward. Simply going to slide on our spacer block, fit our carriage bolt onto that and we'll pull that right into our frame, down through. As long as you don't push those bolts back up in the frame when you put your hitch in position, you can take your pull wires off. We do the same thing on the other side as well. Now with the help of another set of hands, we can get our hitch lifted up into position. On that passenger side you do want to guide it up over the exhaust. Then we're just going to attach a flange nut right onto our carriage bolt. Once we have one of these started on each side, that should hold our hitch in position while we get our other bolts in place. Now we can take a quick look just to make sure we have got our hitch centered and start snugging down all of our hardware. Now if we look in our instructions, we'll find our torque specifications there. We want to grab our torque wrench and we can torque our hardware down appropriately. All right, now with all of our hardware torqued down, that's going to complete our installation of the Curt Custom-fit Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: C13193, on our 2016 Ford Transit T350.

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