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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ram 1500 - Curt

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Ram 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 RAM 1500 we're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Curt Class V Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: C15572. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. As you can see, the cross tube is visible; however, it is a round tube design, so it's gonna fit with the contour of the vehicle. It does sit nice and flush with the edge of the bumper, so you're not gonna have to worry about hitting your legs or your shins on it when loading and unloading the vehicle.It's gonna be a Class V. It's gonna be 2" x 2". Right here's gonna be your hitch pin hole, it's gonna be 5/8" in diameter.

It's gonna have a plate-style safety chain ring. As you can see, it gives you plenty of room for different size safety chain hooks. Now, this is also gonna have a reinforced collar to give you a little extra stability on the receiver tube. Another thing about this hitch, that I like, is everything is a little bit thicker, being a Class V. And having that matte finish, it kind of gives it that rugged look for a truck.

You're gonna have a max tongue weight of 1,500 pounds, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. You're gonna have a max trailer weight of 15,000 pounds, which is the trailer plus the load included. Now, I do recommend checking your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight, and you're gonna want to pick the lowest number between the hitch and the vehicle. Now, you can use weight distribution with this hitch. Tongue weight is gonna go up to 1,600 pounds, trailer weight is gonna go up to 16,000 pounds.The installation on this is very simple.

It's gonna use existing holes in the frame. It comes with all the necessary hardware. The only thing that I recommend is getting an extra set of hands to help lift the hitch into place. Now we will give you a couple measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch-mount accessories you may need, such as a bike rack, ball mount, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper will be about 2-1/2".

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 20". Now let's show you how to get this installed.So, to begin our installation, we've gone ahead and removed the spare tire. What we need to do next is, you're gonna have a bolt on both sides of the vehicle. It's gonna be holding your bumper beam up to your frame, and it's gonna be this very forward bolt that we're gonna be removing. When you remove it, we're gonna hold on to it because we're gonna be reinstalling it. Be using a 13/16" socket. Now, because this is going into a weld nut, I would suggest, if you're gonna use power tools, loosen it with a wrench first. We'll do that same thing to the other side. We're also gonna remove the furthest one to the back on both sides of the vehicle.We'll take our small skinny spacer block and one of our carriage bolts, we'll take our fish wire, and we're gonna thread our bolt and our spacer block onto the pull wire, like this. What we're gonna do is we're gonna do a reverse pull in this large hole. Push your bolt up in the spacer block, pull it back down. At this point we're gonna take off the pull wire. You want to make sure you don't just pull it because the kit only comes with two of them, and you're gonna need them for our next step. We're gonna do this same thing on the other side of the vehicle.Next we're gonna take one of our pull wires, and on the back side of our bumper beam here, we're gonna feed it through the hole and we're gonna come out the end, just like that. Then we're gonna take one of our large spacer blocks with the square hole. We'll put it on first, go ahead and push it in the hole. Then we'll take one of our carriage bolts, thread it on the end, and we're gonna pull it out like that. Now, we're not gonna pull it through the hole just yet. We're gonna do the same thing on this one.So now, with an extra set of hands, we'll put our hitch into place. First thing you want to do is get your wires, your pull wires, into the proper holes. Now we'll put one of our M14 bolts that we removed out of our bumper bracket. We'll reinstall one of those on each side to hold our hitch in place, so we can put on our remaining hardware. Next we'll install our flange nuts. You're gonna do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Now we'll remove our pull wires from our bumper beam. We'll take our flange nuts, then you're gonna want to install your flange nuts on the two bolts that are underneath, on the inside of the bumper beam.Once you have all your hardware installed, we'll start tightening it down. For our hardware that comes in our kit, we'll be using a 3/4" socket. For the two bolts that we removed, that we're reinstalling on the bumper beam, we'll be using a 13/16". Next we'll torque everything down to the specifications in the instructions. Once you have all your hardware torqued down you can go ahead and reinstall the spare tire.And that'll do it for a look at, and installation, on the Curt Class V Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number: C15572, on our 2017 RAM 1500.

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