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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 5 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C15572. Here's what our custom fit class 5 trailer hitch receiver's going to look like once it's installed on our vehicle. It's going to have a nice rugged and sleek design. You see that it's going to have a very high quality powder coat finish. It's going to prevent any kind of rust and corrosion. With it's fully welded design, it's also going to be very durable and stand up against the elements. It's going to have a 5/8" pinhole going straight through the center to attach all those 2" accessories.

As well as a plate steel chain tie down welded to the bottom. With it's 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, it's going to offer a 1500 pound tongue weight capacity and 15,000 pound towing capacity. With weight distribution, it's going to go up a little bit to 1600 pounds tongue weight capacity and 16,000 pounds towing capacity. One of the main things that's going to set this receiver off from all the others is going to be that finish. You're going to see it's going to have that almost flat black, but yet have a real nice look on the back end of our vehicle. Tucked up underneath the back end, with only that receiver tube and the chain downs really visible. Let's go ahead and get you a few measurements to assist you in selecting your new hitch accessories such as ball mounts, bike racks, and cargo carriers.

From the center of our pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be about 2 1/2". From the top of the receiver tube to the ground, it's going to be about 20 1/8". Here will be our minimum tools required to install our hitch. We're going to have a 1/2" drive ratchet, a 3/4" socket, and a 13/16" socket. We'll have our bolt leader. That will be supplied with our receiver, a flat blade screwdriver, our torque wrench, and then it might be helpful to have a 6" extension.

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. Next thing we're going to do is locate the manufacturer hardware that's going to be securing our bumper beam on the inside of both our frame rails. Here on the driver side, we're going to use that forward most bolt, so we'll need to remove that one. Then, we're going to use this attachment point, here, for other hardware. We'll remove this forward most bolt and remember to retain these bolts, so that we can reuse those in the installation of our hitch. Now, we'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the passenger side.

For that forward attachment point, we're going to use our bolt leader, our small locking block, and carriage bolt. What we'll do is we'll slide the locking block over, thread on our carriage bolt, place the carriage bolt into the frame, and then place the locking block in. Pull it back down through itself and remove the bolt leader. For our rear attachment points to the bumper beam, we're going to be using these two large diameter holes at the rear. We'll need to put those bolt leaders through once we get the hitch held up into place, with the factory bolt on the outside. Now, we'll go ahead and raise our hitch up into place. We'll get an extra set of hands to help us do so. We'll take our N14 bolts from the factory and we'll thread those in first. Go ahead and thread them in by hand on both sides. That'll hold it in place while we take our 3/4" flange nuts with the teeth facing towards the receiver and thread those on to our back bolts. It may be good to get a flat blade screwdriver, just to hold that in place to assist you in threading it on. That way you don't push it back up into the frame. Once you got it started, go ahead and thread that down by hand. We'll go ahead and repeat this same process on the passenger side. Go ahead and take our bolt leader, thread it to the rear attachment points and down the bumper beam that exists in the vehicle. We're going to press it down and out to where it comes out the end. Once we have it out the end, we'll take our large locking block, put it into the bumper beam, over the top of the bolt leader. Then, we'll thread on our carriage bolt onto the bolt leader, so we can pull it back down through our mounting location. Once you have it out the end, we'll go ahead and remove our bolt leader, being careful not to press the bolt back into the frame. Use your flat blade screwdriver to hold it in place and thread on your flange nut. Once you got it hand tight, we'll go ahead and repeat that same thing with this other side. Once we have all of our hardware hand tightened, we'll go ahead and start tightening everything down. Go ahead and tighten down our N14 bolts first. Then I'll tighten down all of our 3/4" nuts starting with the two attaching the frame. Then, we'll tighten down our two that secure the back and follow the same pattern to torque them down to manufacturer specifications. That will do it for our review and installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 5 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C15572 on our 2016 Ram 1500.


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