Perfect for marine and heavy-duty applications, this Dodge Ram Pickup trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a back powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately.
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Average Customer Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 Customer Reviews)Perfect for marine and heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a back powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately.
Review of Reese/Draw-Tite Titan Hitch, Model 45299: My Truck: ? 2008 Dodge Ram ? 2500 (3/4 ton) model, with single rear wheels ? Quad-cab ? Short bed ? Factory tow package installed, including the factory hitch ? My truck does not have the vibration damper (see the installation instructions, figure 1) that some models do. If your truck has the damper you will remove it from your factory hitch and install it on the Titan. Pros: ? This hitch looks sturdy. It has an additional attachment on the frame that the Dodge hitch did not have. The sides of this hitch extend quite a ways forward to the additional attachment. It looks like this will provide not only additional pulling capacity, but also the ability to resist a greater force (moment) from a weight-distributing hitch. ? This hitch does not interfere with using the normal, factory-installed spare tire winch system. You will remove the spare tire during installation and reinstall the spare tire in its normal location when you are done. ? This hitch also does not prevent the subsequent installation of Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs. ? Generally the instructions are excellent. They were very specific for my model and year truck. There were a couple of items that came up (see the discussions in cons), but if you are mechanically adept you should have no problem installing this hitch yourself. ? While installation does require fishing four bolts through the frame channel, Reese does provide a spiffy wire gizmo to make that job a bit easier. In fact, they provide two, I assume to cover you in case you break or lose one. ? Reese provides an extended length pin to attach the shank to the hitch receiver. This is a nice touch, since your standard pins won’t be long enough. This hitch takes a 5/8" diameter pin long enough to clear 3-3/8" . Cons: ? The sticker with the hitch’s capacities was installed upside-down and in a location where you wouldn’t be able to read all of it once the hitch was installed. I pulled it off and reinstalled it; it’s attached by pressure-sensitive adhesive. I hope it stays attached. ? The paint appears to be good, but there doesn’t appear to have been any surface preparation prior to painting. The paint chips completely off very easily. ? There are several locations where the welding could have been nicer. All the welds look strong, but one had a sharp point and most have spatter on the surrounding metal. All of this was painted over without grinding or other treatment. ? No nuts were provided to enable me to reinstall the bumper corner braces using the Dodge bolts. The instructions showed that I should use those bolts, but the nuts were welded to the factory hitch that I had just removed. Four bolts with nuts that were about the same size were provided. There was nothing in the instructions that told me where to use these bolts. These bolts were just a tiny bit too big to fit into the holes in the corner brackets. I could have gone to the hardware store and purchased nuts for the factory bolts, or I could have drilled the holes in the corner brackets to the size of the larger bolts. I drilled the brackets. ? The instructions tell you to remove six of the eight bed attachment bolts in order to lift the bed. This is probably required for long bed trucks that have eight bolts, but not for short bed trucks that have only six. For short bed trucks you remove only the rear four bolts. Other Comments: ? You can download the installation instructions at the Reese web site. I recommend checking the instructions before you order the hitch to make sure you can handle the job. ? If you intend to use any of your 2" square shanks or other items that are that size, be sure to get the 2-1/2" to 2" reducing adaptor. Be careful about which one you get. At least one adaptor’s data states, “... not to be used for towing. For use with bike racks and accessories only.” ? On Dodge Ram pickups in the 2003-2010 years (maybe others as well), you must lift the bed of the truck several inches to remove the factory hitch. You do not have to lift the bed to install this hitch if you don’t have a factory hitch, and you don’t have to lift the bed to remove this hitch after it’s installed. Lifting the bed is a pain, but it’s not Reese/Draw-Tite’s fault. You don’t need machinery to lift the bed, but you will need a helper to install the wooden blocks while you hold it up. (Unless you can talk your helper into holding it up. Good luck.) ? You will be drilling two 9/16" diameter holes into the bottom of the truck’s frame channel. Take steps to prevent chips from getting into your eyes or from burning you. ? You will need a helper to lift the hitch into place. It weighs about 90 pounds (according to my UPS driver) and is awkward to handle. ? If you have a 2010 (or probably a 2011) Dodge truck, don’t forget to install the spacer blocks that are in the bag of hardware. After the hitch was installed I was wondering what they were for after the hitch was installed, because they were left over. Fortunately, they are not installed on the 2008 truck. ? I installed Loctite on all bolts, including the Dodge bolts that were reused. A thread locker like Loctite will help prevent the bolt and nut from rusting together over the years by sealing the threads. Naturally, it will also help prevent fasteners from vibrating apart. ? My truck has lots of stuff in the bed that had to be removed to install this hitch. I also had to remove the bed cap. The entire installation job took two people about eight hours, including all the extra work. If your truck has an empty bed, I would estimate that two people could remove the factory hitch and install this one in about four hours or so if you’re fairly fast, but as meticulous as I am. One person may not be able to do the job at all, but if you insist on trying, it will take you much longer, and you’ll have to figure some other ways to do two things at once. (...like hold the bed up while you install blocks to hold it.) ? To lock the shank into the receiver will require a pin lock that has a clear area of 3-3/8". I like Trimax locks and their TBB4 lock will fit, but is about 1" longer than necessary. I suspect that this lock may rattle. Unfortunately, Trimax’s SXT5 is 1/8" too short (according to the specifications on the Trimax web site). 26749
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