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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ram 1500 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ram 1500

Today on our 2016 RAM 1500 we will be taking a look at and installing the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part Number 13333. Here's what our Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver's going to look like once it's installed on the back of our vehicle. You can see how it's going to stick out just a little bit and have a real nice, sleek, and stylish look on the back of our vehicle. It's going to have that gloss black powder coat finish that's going to prevent any kind of rust and corrosion as well as a fully welded design. We're going to have our real nice large chain tie-downs on either side as well as a 5/8 inch pin hole going straight through the center to secure all of our 2 inch accessories. This is going to have a 2 x 2 inch receiver tube opening, offering a 600 lbs tongue weight rating and 6,000 lbs towing capacity. With weight distribution that's going to go up just slightly up to 1,000 lbs tongue weight capacity and 10,000 lbs towing capacity. That's going to be your trailer with all your items included. Now that we've seen our receiver hitch installed on the back of our vehicle, let's go ahead and get a few measurements that will assist us in selecting hitch accessories such as ball mounts, bike racks, and cargo carriers. From the center of our pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper is going to be 1 1/2 inch. Keep in mind that in addition to that, our receiver hitch is going to stick out from the edge of the bumper out the back of the vehicle an extra 3/4 inch.

From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is going to be about 20 1/4 inches. Here will be our minimum tools required to install our hitch. We're going to have a 1/2 inch drive ratchet, a 3/4 inch socket, and a 13/16 socket. We'll have our bolt leader that will be supplied with the receiver, a flat blade screw driver, our torque wrench, and then it might be helpful to have a 6 inch extension. Now let's go ahead and see how our receiver hitch is installed. First thing we're going to do is lower down our spare tire just to give us a little bit more access underneath the back end of the vehicle. First thing we're going to do is identify our mounting locations. We're going to have two mounting points here on the back of the bumper beam as well as one in the center here at the back of the bumper. We'll go ahead and take our bolt leader and put it into the back of the bumper beam, sliding it out the bumper beam, out the end. Once it comes out the end, we'll place our locking block then our carriage bolt threaded onto the end.

We'll go ahead and pull this down. You can see we'll have it right there when we're ready for it, but we'll just leave it here for right now, while we go ahead and do the other side the same exact way. Next we'll take our receiver and lift it into place. Lift the front end up and rotate it over so it will poke around the bumper. We'll lift the backs up, threading both of the bolt leaders through our holes in the new receiver. Lift it up and into place and pull the bolt through. Go ahead and un-thread the bolt leaders and place on your flange nut with the teeth facing towards the receiver. Now we'll go ahead and bring the truck down a little bit and show you that third attachment point. I'll go ahead and remove the cap and cover here on the back end.

You'll notice that we have a nice little hole here and our threaded nut in our receiver. Go ahead and drop in our large bolt and thread it in. We'll go ahead and take our 1/2 inch Allen driver and thread that down tightly. Next we'll go ahead and torque it down to manufacturer specifications and then we'll go ahead and do the ones on the bottom side. Replace the cover over the top. That will do it for our review and installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, Part Number 13333, on our 2016 RAM 1500.

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