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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota - Curt

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota, we'll be installing and taking a look at the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, class three with a two inch opening, part number 13229. Here's what our Curt Trailer Hitch looks like installed on our Dodge Dakota. Very easy, three bolt installation, and it requires no drilling, using the assisting holes from the factory to install it. It's made from a nice sturdy steel construction, has nice black inaudible 00:00:23 finish that's going to resist rust and corrosion. This is a class three with a two inch by two inch opening and a five inch pinhole. You have easy access to your chain hold downs here when you hook up to your trailer for your safety chains, and this hitch is rated for 500 pounds of tongue weight and 5000 pounds of towing capability. You always want to double check your vehicle's capacity, and use whichever is lower between the vehicle and the hitch. I'll give you some measurements to help choosing some accessories for your new hitch.



Thule XB16 Snow Tire Chains Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota we're going to install and take a look at the Thule XB16 Standard Snow Tire Chain, part number TH01571565. Here's what the Thule XB16 Tire Chains look like installed on your Dodge Dakota, a very quick and easy installation that require no tools. It is a self-cinching tire chain so it's going to stay nice and tight on your tire when driving down the road. A lot of tire chains, you'll have to stop and adjust the tension to make them tighter. You don't have to do that with these Thule tire chains. It is a diamond pattern on top of your tire all the way around, and that's what's going to dig in to give you your traction. Another nice feature about the Thule Tire Chain is that all the connection points are color coded.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Yakima Swing Daddy, this is going to be your hanging style 4 bike rack with the swing away option and it will be part number Y02464. Let's go ahead and get it fitted on to our 2 inch receiver. All right once we have it sitting in the receiver, we'll make sure that the tensioner is all the way in there and slide it in. You may have to play with it just a little bit and once we get it in here, we'll be able to put in our pin once the holes are lined up, there we go. We'll get that pin in there and then we'll go about tightening up the tensioner here on the back end side to reduce a lot of that play, rattle and wobble. All right now that is nice and tight, let's get a few measurements. Our first measurement is going to be from the T handle to the bumper at about 2 inches.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit to the Thule Vertex. This is going to be your hanging style 4 bike rack. This rack comes with an 1 1/4 shank for your class 1 and 2 hitches as well as the 2 inch adapter for your class 3 hitches. It does have the tilting feature as well and it will be part number TH9029XT. Let's go ahead and get it fitted onto our 2 inch receiver. The nice thing is that it does come with a handle on the backside to, it is easy to lift up and handle with one hand.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit of the K-Source Universal Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. They do have the fully adjustable mirror front lens, that's going to be about the same size as your ordinary truck lens, or vehicle, or car lens. They do also have the adjustable elbows, which adjust and accommodate to almost any size mirror. Say even your bigger, older-style vehicles that have the big mirrors, you could adjust this to where it fits sideways, to fit those vehicles as well. You can also adjust it to fit your lower, more economic, compact cars, like so, and that would hang off the vehicle. We're going to go about showing you how everything goes on, between the pivoting arms and elbows, to the straps, buckles, and clamps, that are on these. First thing we're going to want to do is slide the ledge here over our mirror ledge on this side. Some are a little more difficult than others, just because the mirror comes out farther.



Cipa Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Review - 2000 Dodge Dakota

Today, on our 2000 Dodge Dakota, we are going to be doing an installation of the CIPA dual view clip-on towing mirrors, part number 11953. These mirrors are going to be fully adjustable, from the inside and outside mirrors, anything you would like to see in your peripheral view . as well, as they will have the adjustable, solid bracket on the back. So you can adjust your width, as well as the pivoting elbows. This will allow us to bring the nice rubber straps over the backside of our mirror, and clip it on tightly. You will tension these down, before you pull it over, and just make sure it's nice and secure.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2003 Dodge Dakota

Today on this 2003 Dodge Dakota we're going to install part number 118329 from Tow Ready. This is a T-One wiring connection kit. This kit will be very easy to install. First off we've got to look for our connection points. They're in between the inside edges of the frame rails. I'll start off with the driver's side. To take the connection apart there's a small tab on top that we have to push down.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Dodge Dakota - Curt

Today on this 2003 Dodge Dakota, we're going to install part number C13280 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on the truck. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 16 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 4 1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is look on the side of the frame at the the very end and remove the rear most bolt.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Dodge Dakota - Draw-Tite

Today, on this 2003 Dodge Dakota, we're going to install part number 75073 from Draw-Tite. All right, this is what the hitch looks like once installed on the truck. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground, we have got 15-1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3-7/8 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we have to remove two pieces of original hardware, located on the side of the frame towards the top. We'll go ahead and remove these fasteners first.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we're going to install part number 75251 from Draw-Tite. This is a class III 2" receiver hitch. To start off, we need to get our truck ready to install our hitch. There's two bolts on each side of the frame that have to remove. Here and here, this is the passenger side, and the same two bolts on the driver's side. We'll remove those first. We'll use a 21mm socket to remove these bolts.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we will be testing the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Rack for Compact Trucks. That's 54" wide. The part number is TH823. We can go ahead and start by putting our pad over the tailgate, with our two block pads facing upward. We'll come down to our three straps. What I like to do is go ahead and overlap them all so we can just feed all of them at once up underneath our tailgate. Once I have those stacked I'll go ahead and feed them between our bumper and our tailgate.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be doing a test fit of the K Source Universal Towing Mirro in a clip-on design, part number KS3891. With the Universal Towing Mirror installed, we do still have movement of our factory mirror. We can still move it around and it doesn't interfere with its movement. Now for the he K Source Towing Mirror itself, you will need to move that by hand. It is on a ball and socket style design so it allows you to move it in several different angles. You can also adjust it up and down depending on where exactly you want the towing mirror to be situated. We're going to first want to clean the back side of the factory mirror to make sure that there's no dirt and debris on the mirror. Next we'll go ahead and loosen up our straps by pushing in on this knob right here.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on this 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we're going to install Part Number PW3027C. This is the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. Today we're working with a tire size of P265 60 R18. It's a good idea to be familiar with the snow cables before you actually need them in the ice and snow, like what we're doing here. First off this side here faces the ice and snow. Flip it over this side is a lot smoother, this is the side that goes against your tires.



Surco Products 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we will be test fitting the Surco Cargo Carrier. That's part number 52018. Now, it's dimensions are twenty-four by sixty. It has a max capacity of five hundred pounds. It's for two inch hitches only. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver until our pinholes line up.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we'll be test fitting the Pro Series Solo Cargo Carrier, that's part number PS1040100. Now its dimensions are 31x47, has a max capacity of 400 pounds and it's for 2 inch hitches only. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver. We'll go ahead and line our pin holes up. All right once we get those lined up, we'll go ahead and take our included pin and clip. After we get that in we can go ahead and take a few measurements.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we'll be test fitting the Maxxtow Cargo Carrier. That's part number MT70107. Now it has a max capacity of 500 pounds and its dimensions are 17x50. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver until our pin holes line up. Once we get those lined up we'll go ahead and take our included pin and clip and then we can take a few measurements. Starting with our nearest point, it's going to be about 4 1/2 inches from here to our bumper.



Curt 17x46 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab, we will be testing the CURT cargo carrier. That's part number C18145. It's dimensions are 17 by 46. Has a max capacity of 500 pounds. It can be used for either inch and a quarter or 2 inch hitches. We can go ahead and start by loading our shank into our receiver. Go ahead and line our pin holes up.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 1996 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 1996 Dodge Dakota we're going to be installing the Curt T-Connector Wiring Kit, part number C55329. We're up underneath the vehicle. Now the spare tire has been lowered down out of the way just so you can see things. Now we're looking for this connection point right here on the driver's side. Over here on the passenger's side, we're looking for this connection right here. Now our wiring harness will go like this.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2001 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2001 Dodge Dakota, we're going to be installing the tow ready T-One vehicle wiring harness with 4-pole flat trailer connector. Part Number 118329. We're going to begin by pointing out the connection points that we'll be tying our wiring harness in with. We'll begin over here on the passenger side. Your connection point is right up here. Now over here on the driver side, we'll be connecting in right here. We're going to begin right here on the passenger side where we'll need to push in on this little tab right here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2001 Dodge Dakota - Curt

Today on our 2001 Dodge Dakota we will be installing the CURT hitch trailer receiver part number C13280. Now here's what our hitch looks installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch. Such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately five inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately fourteen and three quarter inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. We are going to begin here underneath the passenger side of the vehicle.





Dodge Dakota Questions

  • To install the backup camera on your Dodge Dakota, you will need to add a couple of steps. First, you will need to extend the wires coming from the camera going to the transmitter, so that the transmitter can be mounted inside the cab of the vehicle. Next, you will have to extend the wires coming from the transmitter going to the vehicles backup circuit, behind the rear taillights. You could wire the camera to a 12 volt constant power source or the tail light circuit and turn...
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  • The Warner Air Utility Brake Control, part # 1300-80, is designed for use with air brake systems of tow vehicles and automatically operates electric trailer brakes in synchronization with air brakes. This part has to be installed on the tow vehicle with an air brake system. It is not designed to be used on the trailer with electric brakes being towed by various trucks with air brakes. If the trucks you hire have a 7-way trailer connector on them I would recommend the Tekonsha...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Trailair and from your serial number we were able to determine that your trailer came with a 1621 HD pin box which is a long pin box style. I was unable to obtain the exact part number for your Trailair pin box but from the picture that you provided, it looks as though someone may have replaced the original long style pin box with a medium style. In order to determine this you will just need to take a quick measurement from the back row of bolts to the...
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  • It sounds like you do have a ground problem. You might want to check where your lights are mounted. If they are bolted on there could be some corrosion between the mounting bracket and the trailer or the bracket and the light. If this is the case you will have to clean out any corrosion you find. We have a wire brush Battery Post and Terminal Cleaner - Wire Brush # DW00254 that could be used in the cleaning process. There may be a ground loss if there is a plastic license...
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  • The wires exiting the rear of your controller serve the following functions. The blue wires carries the brake output from the controller, the white wire is the ground, the black wire supplies 12 Volt power, and the red wire is tied into the vehicle brake wiring. If the wiring adapter you have is an aftermarket harness, it should wire up color for color. To the right I have attached a picture of a diagram of how brake controllers wire to tow vehicles. To be safe, I would suggest...
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  • The Hopkins Plug-in Simple Brake Wiring Adapter - Dodge, part # HM47755 is designed to be used on vehicles that have a factory tow-package. Since your 2005 Dodge Dakota does not have the tow package, you will need to connect each of the wires individually from your brake controller to your truck. I attached a link below that details how this is done. To determine which wire you will use for the brake switch, you will want to use a circuit tester like the Quickee Circuit Tester,...
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  • The Dexter Hub/ Drum Assembly you referenced, part # 8-174-5UC3 uses 9/16 x 3 screw-in wheel studs. We do not offer a 1/2 x 3 screw-in wheel stud, nor do our suppliers offer one. To remove the wheel studs, you would use two lug nuts jammed together, like a reverse of the procedure shown in the video I will link you to.
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  • The Tekonsha PowerTrac brake controller # 39523 is a time delay brake controller. The other type of controller is a proportional controller. A time delay controller is so named because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes in your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches maximum power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, a time-delayed controller...
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  • The biggest differences between the TracRack Ladder Rack part # TA27000-01 and # TA37001 is the weight capacity and overall height of the racks. The # TA27000-01 has a 800 lb capacity and is 26-1/4 inches in height whereas the # TA37001 has a 1,000 lb capacity and has an overall height of 25-3/8 inches. Both are confirmed to fit your vehicle.
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  • In order to safely tow your 2006 Dodge Dakota Pickup behind your motor home, you will need a hitch on your motor home, base plates on the front of your vehicle, a tow bar and a few accessories. This Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch part # 31228 is intended for the front of a vehicle for use with snow plows, winches and tow hooks, so that would not work for your application. However, we carry the products you will need to get the job done. You will need base plates for your vehicle....
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  • The modern day equivalent of a 20.5 x 8-10 tire is going to be a 205/65-10. The dimensions are as close as you can get to the old size. We have several tires and tire and wheel combos in this size with various bolt patterns (if a wheel is needed). You can use the FAQ I have linked and click on 205/65-10 to see all the options. I have also included a link to an FAQ on how to measure for bolt pattern. For a 5 bolt you most likely have a 5 on 4-1/2. Tire and wheel combo # AM3H390...
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  • I see that you were looking at the 4-pole flat to 6-way square adapter, part # 30104. This adapter is meant for Jayco campers, and is not compatible with Coleman campers. I know that Coleman offers an adapter for their trailers, but I believe that it is a proprietary item that must be sourced through them. They would also be the best source for a wiring diagram. I would first start by using a circuit tester like part # 40376 to verify that the 4 way flat connector has been...
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  • For your 2003 Dodge Dakota with a 5 foot bed the Extang Trifecta Soft Tonneau Cover # EX44670 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit so it would work well for you. This is a great cover that we would highly recommend for your truck.
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  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, item # 13229, is designed and tested for fit and capacity, likewise the Dodge Dakota and Mitsubishi Raider have their own towing capacity ratings for the vehicle and bumper. In your case the vehicle attachment point is rated for 2,000 pounds capacity so that will be the maximum rating for your vehicle with the bumper mounted option. You always have to go by the lowest rated item in the towing system for maximum capacity. If you need more capacity than...
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  • Using the breakaway battery charger to charge another battery on the trailer is not recommended. The larger battery you are using to operate the trailer winch would take an extremely long time to charge with a breakaway charger and would likely never charge fully with the limited amount of time the trailer is connected to the vehicle, even if towing long distances. The breakaway battery may not be charged sufficiently in this situation either. The best bet for charging the...
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  • You are going to need to pull your hubs off and remove the bearings, races, and seals to determine what you would need for bearings. See the attached video to see how this is done. For brake assemblies on a 3,500 lb Dexter axle you would want the part # 23-469 for the right hand side and part # 23-468 for the left had side.
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  • Both the Prodigy # 90185 and P2 # 90885 brake controllers would use the same plug, so it would be easy to swap them out on your 1993 Dodge Dakota. The P2 brake controller # 90885 would offer a few upgrades in comparison with your current Prodigy brake controller, part # 90185. The P2 has a 360 degree mounting range, as compared to the 70 degree range on the Prodigy. The P2 is also compatible with electric over hydraulic brake systems, while the Prodigy only works with trailers...
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  • The Thule Transporter Combi Hitch Mounted Enclosed Cargo Carrier, # TH665C, will fit on your Dodge Dakota if it has at least a Class II hitch. You will need to check the tongue weight capacity of your hitch and the capacities of the truck in your owners manual. If you do have a Class II or higher hitch, then the 150 pounds capacity plus 70 pounds of the carrier will equal 220 pounds. A Class II hitch can typically handle 300 to 350 pounds of tongue weight capacity; more than...
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  • The female socket that the Tekonsha Brake Controller Adapter, item # 3020-P, will plug into, is located under the dash on the left side just above the emergency brake pedal, see photos at right. Normally this connector is blue and it is located in this area on all Dodge Dakota vehicles but is sometimes harder to see than others.
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  • The key to choosing weight distribution is to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. The total tongue weight is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and then adding the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the truck. Based on a tongue weight of 320 pounds, I recommend a system that is rated for 200 to 600 pounds tongue weight. A system like the Reese SC # RP66151 would be a good choice. It comes with built-in...
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