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Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Ram 1500 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Detail K2. This is going to be your 20 by 60" cargo carrier. It's going to be a steel construction with a 500 pound weight capacity and a 2" shank for your 2" hitches and class three hitches. Going to be part number K2HCC602. Let's go ahead and place it into our 2" receiver that we have here today. Insert the shank into the receiver, slide it in, and line up your pinholes. Another thing with the pin in this carrier, it is sold separately, so if you'd like to obtain a pin you can get it on our website, part number PC3.



Swagman Pick Up Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Ram 1500 we're going to be doing a test fit of the Swagman Pick-Up Truck Bed-Mounted Bike Rack. This is going to be for your fork style, inside the bed of your vehicle. It's going to be Part Number S64702. As you can see we do have the Ram box set up here today. We'll be having this rack here on the shortest set up. With it in all the way closed up as far as it will go, it won't quite go in.



Darby Extend A Truck Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Ram 1500 we're going to be a doing a test fit of the Darby Extend-A-Truck. It's going to be part number DTA944. This will be for your 2 inch hitches, and Class 3 hitches only. Let's go ahead and place it into the 2 inch receiver that we have here today. Now, if you have a ladder rack, or a headache rack on your vehicle, and you'd like to place something longer in the bed of your truck, and keep the inside of your bed open, this would be a perfect opportunity to do so, whether that be lumber, or anything else. Let's go ahead and line up our pinholes, and place in our hitch pin and clip. Now with our hitch pin and clip inserted you will see that this is adjustable at the top to meet multiple different heights depending on your cab and your headache rack, or ladder rack height. Simply pull the pin, lift and lower it to meet up with the pin holes.



Carr Hoop II Custom Fit Side Steps Installation - 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Ram 1500 we're going to be installing the Carr Custom-Fit Side Steps. These are the Hoop II. The 7" studs may come as a pair. Part number is CARR105771. Here's what the step is going to look like once you get it installed on your vehicle. As you can see it complements the vehicle nicely, really nice smooth edge and an extremely grippy top section here so you're going to get really good traction when getting on and off. It's a nice light weight anodized aluminum, or a coated aluminum.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 we're going to be doing a test fit on the Thule Gate Mate. This is going to be your Tailgate Pad for your bicycles, it'll be Part Number TH823. This is the 54 inch edition, there is also a 62, but we're going to be doing the 54 because this truck does have the Ram boxes. The built in toolboxes in the tailgate so this will be for more of the compact bed sizes. Also if you have a bigger one, you'll want the larger of the 2. As you can see this fits in there very nicely, both sides not even making contact.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Ram 1500

Today on our 2012 Ram 1500, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Curt Cargo Carrier 24x60 inch cargo carrier. It has a steel construction with a 500 pound weight capacity and a 2 inch shank for your 2 inch hitches and class 3 hitches only. Part number C18153. Let's go ahead and get it fitted into our receiver that we have here today. Insert your shank into your receiver and then we'll line up our pin holes. Do note with this rack that your hitch pin and clip are sold separately.





2012 Ram 1500 Questions and Answers


  • Does it Matter Which Wire on a Trailer Brake Magnet is Ground and Which is Power
  • First, I do not recommend doing any experiments until you know where all the wires are going and what the functions are. On a brake magnet, there is normally a set of wires, one for power and one for ground. It does not matter which wire does what. The ground wire should be attached nearby to a bare metal surface. All of the brake power wires will attach to the brake output wire from the trailer connector. There is no front and rear or left and right. All the brake power wires go to...
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  • Tow Bar Lighting Recommendation for a 2012 Ram 1500
  • Actually the Trailermate harness part # TM781028 that you referenced will plug inline with the factory taillight harness of your 2012 Ram 1500 but it would not actually splice into the wiring. Here is how you would know if you would need the brake light relay part # RM-88400: To determine if a brake light relay is needed to properly wire your vehicle to be towed, answer the following questions. Are you using a supplemental braking system that depresses the brake pedal in your...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Suspension to Reduce Porpoising
  • It sounds like you have done everything possible on the tow vehicle side to reduce the up-and-down porpoising you noted, so I suggest checking out the trailer's suspension. Leaf springs do wear out and lose their weight-carrying capacity and this can lead to more motion from the overall system than with new springs. Also items like shackle straps can wear, their round holes becoming enlarged and/or egg-shaped. If many components in a trailer suspension are worn you can end up with excessive...
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  • Will Installation of Rampage LED Tailgate Light Bar # RA960134 Interfere with Spare Tire on 2012 Ram
  • The Rampage LED Tailgate Light Bar # RA960134 that you referenced is intended to install in the gap between the tailgate and bumper on your Ram 1500 SLT using included automotive-grade pressure-sensitive tape. If your Ram is like the truck pictured in the linked photo (with the spare tire pulley access point on the right side of the bumper step) then this 60-inch light bar will block access to the spare. To be certain I checked the Ram truck belonging to an associate here at etrailer.com...
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  • Installing Westin Ultimate Bull Bar on 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The brackets for the Westin Ultimate Bull Bar actually pass under the bumper and attach to the frame members. I have provided a photo that will give you an idea of how the brackets attach to the vehicle. If your truck has the rubber splash guard attached to the underside of the bumper, it will need to be temporarily removed in order to install the bull bar.
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  • Comparing the Curt 16K and Reese 16K Cushioned 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • The original Curt Q16 hitches were fine but some people reported having problems with the heads getting damaged. The current generation # C16120 has an improved design and thus far has received favorable ratings from customers. The color indicator on the hitch should not fade for many, many years but it also depends a lot on the environment. If you keep the hitch head covered with something like # RP30055 or # CA80116 when not in use even extreme heat and sun or cold and ice won't be able...
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  • Recommended Nerf Bars With Black Finish For 2012 Ram 1500 Quad Cab
  • We do have Black running boards that are designed for your 2012 Ram Quad Cab. I have attached a link to the Black running boards on our website you can check out. I recommend the Westin Platinum Series Oval Nerf Bars, part # 21-3555. These bars are 4-inches wide and have a Black powder coated finish, and also require no drilling for installation. You can also check out the Rampage Xtremeline Running Boards With Custome Installation Kit, part # RA16180-14615. These 5-inch wide running...
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  • Would Reese Fifth Wheel Rail Kit part # RP50142-58 Fit 2012 Ram 1500 and Work with RBW Hitch
  • The Reese Rail Kit part # RP50142-58 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2012 Ram 1500 and is compatible with the mounting tabs of your RBW fifth wheel hitch. Your hitch is made to the industry standard dimensions which is what this rail kit is made for as well so the rails would work well for you.
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  • Leveling Ride Height of 2012 Ram with Air Bags and Weight Distribution when Towing Toy Hauler
  • As a first step, I would recommend determining the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. The weight of anything stowed in the bed of your truck behind the rear axle will need to be considered as tongue weight. I will link you to an FAQ article that lists several ways of doing this. Knowing the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer is essential, in order to choose the proper system for your trailer. Weight distribution systems are typically rated...
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  • Which WeatherTech Mudflaps Fit a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The WeatherTech mudflaps # WT110024-120024, are the correct flaps for a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 without fender flares/lip molding. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. If the truck does have fender flare/lip molding then you would need to use # WT110026-120026. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller on a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • If you have 7-way trailer connector at the rear of your vehicle you can simply plug a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P in under your dash in the plug you found and you would be ready to install a Tekonsha brake controller like the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885. If you have a 4-way at the rear of your vehicle you will also need a Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole # 37185. You will plug your 4-way into this adapter and then you would run a length of 10 gauge wire like our part # 10-1-1...
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  • Will Towing Mirrors # LVT-3100C Fit 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Longhorn Laramie With Chrome Backed Mirrors
  • I just spoke with my contact at Longview about the custom towing mirrors for your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Longhorn Laramie. They said that although the # LVT-3100C is listed as a fit for your truck, if you have the chrome skin on your mirrors, these will not fit. It seems the mirrors with the chrome skin are wider than the standard OEM mirrors, and will not allow the clips to secure the mirror in place. I recommend the K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror, part # KS3891 for your truck....
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  • How to Remove the Fifth Wheel Hitch Head
  • I assume you are wanting to remove the fifth wheel hitch from the base rails that are bolted to your truck bed. The hitch legs should only be held on to the rails using 4 pins and clips (See Photo). Once you remove those 4 pins and clips, lift up on the hitch and it should come out of the slot in the rails. If the hitch has become wedged in the rails, it may take some persuasion to lift the hitch. I recommend having someone help and make sure you are both lifting straight up. If you...
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  • How to Convert a Trailer J626 Clearance Lights to LED
  • I found that your J626 light is a standard 59 series clearance so what you would need to upgrade it to an LED is the part # 47-59-410. This will plug right into your current bulb socket and allow to convert to an LED setup.
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  • How to Update Software on an Edge Programmer
  • To obtain your update simply go to edgeproducts.com and on the left side of the page you will see Fusion Software Update, click on that prompt. You will then register your unit. After your unit is registered, you can plug your unit into your computer and download the specific updates needed for your vehicle.
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab ST Tradesman Edition
  • The brackets that you have referenced, # RP58186, are only part of a 5th wheel hitch installation kit. If you have a gooseneck trailer, you are going to need a gooseneck trailer hitch, not a 5th wheel hitch. For a 5-1/2 foot bed the only option is # BWGNRK1309. The installation kit is included. An offset ball, # BWGNXA4685, is recommended to provide 4 more inches of clearance. A Sidewinder is for a 5th wheel trailer, not a gooseneck trailer. It replaces the pin box on a 5th wheel trailer...
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  • Differences Between Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way # HM48470 and # HM47570
  • The Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow 7-, 5- and 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector # HM48470 is a combination 7-, 5- and 4-way trailer socket for a tow vehicle that connects to the vehicle through screw-down wire terminals on its rear. With this item in place you can connect trailers with either 4-pole or 5-pole flat connectors or a 7-way blade style. Hopkins Endurance Multi-Tow Trailer Connector Adapter # HM47570 serves a similar purpose but its connections are different. This part connects to...
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  • Is Drilling Required to Install Husky Liners Mud Guard # HL57151 on 2012 Ram 1500
  • On the 2012 Ram model, the molding or Large Rock Guard as it is referred to will need to be removed in order for the mud guard to fit correctly. It is not meant to be left in place. Once you remove the molding, you should not have to do any drilling to install the Husky Liners Mud Flaps, # HL57151. Check out the installation video I attached that we made on a 2012 Dodge Ram. As you can see in the video, no drilling is required because we are able to use the manufacturers holes. I...
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  • Length Of Pivot Arm On Topline Truck Bed Mounted Expandable Bike Rack
  • I went to the warehouse and measured the pivoting arm on the Topline 1 Bike Carrier Truck Bed Mounted Expandable Bike Rack, part # UG2500-1. As you can see on the attached photo, the arm measures 19 inches from the center of the frame bracket to the outside edge of the arm that is installed on the truck bed rail. This adapter will work with bike frames up to 1-1/2 inches diameter. To add an additional bike you can use part # AB2600.
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  • Replacement Air Bag for AirLift 1000 Helper Spring Kit # AL60818 in 2012 Ram 1500 4 X 4 Quad Cab
  • The AirLift Helper Air Spring Kit # AL60818 that you referenced fits both 2- and 4-wheel drive versions of the 2012 Ram 1500 Quad cab. We do offer the appropriate replacement air spring, which is sold as a single unit. The part is # AL60318. I verified with my contact at AirLift that this is the correct replacement part for your rear-axle kit.
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  • Towing Mirror Recommendation for a 2012 Ram 1500
  • For your 2012 Ram 1500 you would want the Longview Tow Mirrors part # LVT-3100C. The # KS80710 that you referenced only fits up to 2011 Rams so it would not work for you.
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  • What are the Dimensions of Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System # TDR1500DQ
  • I will be happy to provide some dimensions for you for the Timbren rear suspension enhancement system, # TDR1500DQ, for your 2012 Ram 1500. First, the height of the spring by itself is 5-1/2 inches. The springs have a diameter of 4 inches. I have included a picture showing the spring dimensions and a link to the installation details for you as well as a FAQ article on Timbren suspension enhancements for you to check out.
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  • Sidewinder Recommendation for a 2012 Dodge Ram with Short Bed to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Yes, a Sidewinder would be the perfect product to tow a fifth wheel trailer on a vehicle with a bed shorter than 6 feet like what you have on your 2012 Ram 1500. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have know in order to pick out the correct one. There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer. Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the...
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  • Will Timbren Suspension Enhancement Reduce Sag and Trailer Sway on a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn
  • Timbren suspension enhancement can help with rear end sag and trailer sway issues. However, with a trailer this heavy it would be more beneficial to use a weight distribution system with sway control. Since 8,388 pounds is the dry weight of your trailer, that puts the tongue weight range at 838 to 1,200 pounds (10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight) and heavier once loaded and ready to tow. I recommend going with a system rated for 800 to 1,500 pounds tongue weight like # RP66157....
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  • Recommended Tonneau Cover for 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Short Bed
  • For your 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Short Bed truck, I recommend the Truxedo Tonneau Cover # TX547901. Featuring automatic tension control, it rolls up in seconds to store conveniently behind your cab and can be installed in approximately 20 minutes with only a socket and a ratchet. Your chrome bed rails will not be affected as there is plenty of room to install this tonneau and maintain the clearance from your rails. I have included instructions to the proper installation of this product. You...
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  • Line Pull Capacity of Curt Front Receiver # 31374 on 2012 Ram 1500 Versus Capacity of OEM Tow Hooks
  • I do not have any information regarding the capacity of the OEM tow hooks. The 9000 lb line pull refers to the fact that the receiver is capable of pulling 9000 lbs in a straight line from the receiver opening (not at an angle from side to side or up and down). In order to install the receiver, the OEM tow hooks would need to be removed. I do not have a photo of the receiver installed on a vehicle, as we have not yet had the opportunity to install one, but if you look at the installation...
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  • Availability of Replacement Rubber Cover for 3/4 Inch Bumper Bolt on Hidden Hitch # 87530
  • Hidden Hitch doesn't currently offer that rubber cap as a replacement part. If you'd care to reply to this email with your name, address and phone number, I've managed to talk my Hidden Hitch representative into sending you a replacement cap free of charge.
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  • Hopkins Brake Controller Plug In Wiring Harness for a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500
  • I checked with Hopkins and brake controller wiring harness # HM53015 does fit a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 if it is equipped with a factory 4-Way or 7-Way trailer connector at the back. If you have a Hopkins brake controller that requires a plug in harness then this is the correct one for you. If you have a Hopkins brake controller that requires a hardwire from the controller to the harness use # 3021-S.
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  • Weight Distribution System for a 2012 Dodge 4x4 5.7L Towing a 4500 lb Travel Trailer
  • The important factor to consider when choosing a weight distribution system is the loaded tongue weight of your towing setup. The loaded tongue weight includes the loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight of any cargo that is loaded in your truck bed behind the rear axle. Once you find the loaded tongue weight of your setup, you will want to choose a weight distribution system with a tongue weight range that encompasses your loaded tongue weight. I have...
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  • Will the Tekonsha Plug-In Adapter # 3021-P work on a 2012 Ram 1500
  • As long as you have a factory 7-way at the rear of your 2012 Ram 1500 the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3021-P that you referenced would be the correct product for you. If you do not have a trailer connector you will first need to start with a 4-way. For that I recommend the Draw Tite Hardwire kit # 119178KIT. Next you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. For that I recommend the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions...
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