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How to Install the Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ram 1500

Today on our 2016 Ram 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Class III 2" trailer hitch receiver. This is what the hitch is going to look like installed. Now what I really like about it is how concealed it is. The only thing you're going to see is the safety chain loops and the receiver tube. And I also really like the fact that the receiver tube opening just sticks out past the bumper. This is going to give us plenty of clearance for any accessories you might have.

That way we don't have to worry about them contacting or interfering with our back bumper. The finish also really impresses me. It's actually a carbide, matte black finish, which is going to be great for hiding any nicks or scratches if you do happen to get any, and it's also going to be corrosion resistant.This is a Class III hitch, so you're going to have that 2" by 2" receiver tube opening and a thick reinforced collar for some extra support. Now it does utilize your standard size safety pin hole, which is 5/8". It does not come included with the safety pin, so if you need one, you can find one on

It also has a plate-style safety chain opening, which is vertical instead of your typical style, and it's going to give you plenty of room to use any size hook that you might have.Another thing I really like about this hitch is how much weight it can handle. The maximum tongue weight is 600 pounds. Now that's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the receiver tube. The maximum gross trailer weight will be 6,000 pounds, and that's the amount of weight that's going to be pulling on the hitch. So that's going to be the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it.

Now it can be used with a weight distribution system, and if you're going to use one of those, your maximum tongue weight increases to 1,000 pounds, and your maximum gross trailer rate increases to 10,000 pounds. But it's always a good idea to check with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure your Ram can pull that much weight.Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements which will help you when deciding on which accessories to purchase. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening is about 20". This will help you determine if you need a rise or a drop style ball mount. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper is about 2".

This will help you determine if any accessories that you have will make contact with the rear of the bumper if you fold them upright.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how easy it is to get installed. To begin our install, we went ahead and removed our spare tire just to give us a little more room to work. Now we're going to take a flathead, and here in the center of our back bumper there's going to be this little round cap. Just go ahead and pop that out, because we're actually going to be using a bolt that'll drop down through here and connect to our hitch.There's going to be three connection points that will hold our hitch in place, so I'd just like to point those out. It will be here, here, and this hole right there. Here on our hitch, this hole with the threads in it, this is going to line up with that hole in the bumper where we removed the plastic cap from. It's going to use this Allen head bolt. So we'll drop it through the bumper and thread it into the hitch. Now to tighten it up, you are going to need a 1/2" hex head socket. That way, we can run it down and use a wrench to torque it. Now to do that, this is a technique that I found works pretty good. We'll take this front lip and slide it up and over the rear bumper. Then we can push it up onto the bumper tube. Now we'll take that big hex head bolt, drop it through the hole, and line our hitch up with it, and just get it hand-tight for now.And so now we can put our hardware in these two openings, and we're going to do that with a fish wire. Now just a trick: on the end of the fish wire, I like to bend it a little bit. That way it won't accidentally fall into the tube. But we'll take the head of it, where it's coiled, put it through the hitch into the bumper support tube, and feed it through, and it'll come out the side. Now what we'll do is take our block, put that over the fish wire, and then the carriage bolt . we'll thread that on. And we can push our block into the bumper support tube, and then our bolt. Now we'll pull the other end of the fish wire, might have to jiggle it around a little bit, and we'll get it pulled through the hitch. Now we're going to do that exact same thing to this hole.All right, so now we can take the fish wire off and put a nut on it. Now a little trick I like to use is take a flathead screwdriver, put it in the threads of the bolt. That way the bolt will stay in place and not fall back into the tube. Just take your time when you're doing this, because you really don't want that bolt to fall back in, and you don't have to spend all that time to fish it back out.Okay. Hold that in place.And we'll just very carefully put our nut on it, and go ahead and run that down hand-tight. We'll do the same thing to this bolt. Let me go ahead and tighten everything down. Now using a torque wrench and a 3/4" socket, we can go ahead and torque everything down to the proper specification. You can find that spec in your instructions.And that'll do it for our look at and installation of the Class III 2" trailer hitch receiver on our 2016 Ram 1500.

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