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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Dodge Ram 1500

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500

Today on this 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 we are going to install part number C13326 from Curt. Alright, this is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on the vehicle. Next we will give you some measurements. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be 2-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground, on this particular vehicle, is going to be 17-3/4 inches. Now we will show you how the hitch gets installed on the vehicle. 0:23

Alright, the first thing we need to do on the hitch is we need to remove part of the plastic cover that is on top of the bumper. These two tabs here for the bumper cover, we are going to squeeze those and push up. We are not going to remove the whole thing. We just need to sneak it up, out of the way so we can get our hardware installed. There will be two on each side. We are going to take the bolts right here, these two with the counter sunk heads. And we are just going to them into place, just like that. 0:56

We will go ahead and attach our hitch to the threads below. Next what we want to do is go ahead and take the hitch and push it up in position. Make sure the bolts are sitting straight and then check to see if the hitch sits flat against the crossbar here. If it does, great, you can use the hardware as is. If you have a gap in there about like this, then you want to use the spacer bar that fits inside. Now we have to push the hitch forward to make it even do that. There is not enough room for the bar, so we are not going to use it. We are going to take our wire pull that comes with the hardware. We are going to push it through the hitch, into the crossbar and out the end of the crossbar. You can see right here. We will take our block, the 3 inch long block with square hole. Push that into the crossbar. And then thread on our carriage bolt. It is a 1/2 inch. Push it into the frame and pull it out. Alright, and we will put our flange nut on the back side and we will go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver side. 2:25

Alright, with all of our hardware installed, we can go ahead and snug the bolts down and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. To hold the bolts in place, we have to use a 3/8 Allen head wrench. Now we will go ahead and just reinstall our plastic covering. Then we will be good to go. Alright and with that that will finish it for part number 13326 from Curt.

Glenn B.


I have a question on this hitch on one side of the description it says 500 lb tongue weight but on the other side it has 1000 lb ed tw. Does this mean the tongue weight can actually hold 1000 lb. Thank you for your time

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Chris R.


This hitch has a 500 pound tongue weight capacity on its own, but this limit increases to 1,000 pounds if it's used with a weight distribution system. A WD system will essentially take weight off of the hitch which is why it could handle a larger trailer with one in place. A lot of trailer hitches actually have separate ratings like this for with and without WD systems.

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