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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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How to Install the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

Hello neighbors, it's Brad here at etrailer and today we're taking a look and installing the Curt front mounted hitch on a 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500. Now, this is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's actually installed. And you can see it's rather recessed here. But the main thing that we have is our receiver opening. And it's gonna be a two inch by two inch. Now this is gonna be great for a number of different things.

A lot of times in the Midwest here, we see snow plows attached to these but also you can mount a ball mount to here. If you need to move some trailers around the lot or even a bike rack or a cargo carrier can be mounted up front as well. Now, as far as trades go, a lot of times people will actually put a load extender up front as well and, that way, if you have conduit or long lumber or ladders even, you can support that on the front of the vehicle. And when you are ready to put your accessories in the front, you're gonna see there's gonna be a 5/8 hitch pin hole. Now it does not come with the pin and clip, but a lot of times your accessories will actually come with it.

And you can actually pick up a locking one, here available at etrailer. We have a bunch of different varieties. And that way, when you have your accessories loaded up that you can actually know that they're gonna be locked in place, and they're not gonna walk away in the hands of someone else. Now, as far as capacities go, this is rated for a decent amount of weight. In fact, you have a gross trailer weight rating of 5,000 pounds.

So, that's gonna be the weight of the trailer plus the accessories loaded up onto it. Now, as far as the tongue weight goes, the downward pressure here is gonna be 500 pounds. So, that's gonna be able to support those snow plows or anything up front that's gonna be heavy or cargo carriers. It also has a straight line pull of 9,000 pounds. So, overall, some pretty good numbers for the accessories you'll be loading up.

Now that straight line pull is gonna be if you have a winch mounted up here or if you wanna yank some trees out or whatever it may be. You're gonna have a decent amount of weight to work with and really put the truck to use. Just taking a few quick measurements. We're gonna measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point of the front bumper. We're looking about 5 1/2 inches. And that's important just to note when you do buy your accessories, making sure that they are gonna actually clear that front bumper. Now, something else we're gonna check is the ground clearance here. And it is rather low. So, from the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground you're looking at about 10 inches. So, that is something to think about. Not only when you have your accessories loaded up but if you are doing some off-road driving or maybe just rougher terrain this is gonna be hanging down a decent amount. So, just look out for any road clearances. So, if there's a road tire or something, you might not be able to pass over it anymore. But, again, this is pretty strong, it's mounted to the frame, so, don't worry too much. Now, if you are worried about that ground clearance there's other options available. In fact, the Eco front hitch is pretty nice in the fact that it mounts right here and it actually comes with a plate relocater, that way it looks factory and then when you need to use it, that plate can come out. It's also gonna gain you that ground clearance, so, you have a little bit more peace of mind. Now, as far as the installation goes this is actually really easy. You're just gonna be using an existing bolt that goes to the tow hooks. And then you're just gonna use a pull wire to get another bolt put in the frame rail. So, this can be done in your driveway or garage in probably about 20 to 30 minutes, assuming you have all the right tools. So, I'm gonna walk you through all those steps to make sure that you get your front hitch installed. Let's take a look at that now. Now, this installation is pretty straightforward and we're gonna be doing this on a lift, just to make it easier for you. But, honestly, this is something you can absolutely do in your driveway or in the garage. And really just to get this started, we are gonna have two bolts that we're gonna need to actually take out. We're gonna find our 18 millimeter bolt here. That's so you can just find your front tow hook and that's where it's actually gonna be mounted. And I'm just gonna be using my ratchet to get to it here. Then we'll go ahead and get this removed. Now, you're gonna want to grab your fish wire here, as well as a spacer block and your carriage bolt. And what we're gonna be doing is on this outside of the frame rail, you can see where the sway bar is, we're gonna feed our bolt in here, eventually, and that's where that front hitch is gonna actually mount up. But in order to get it there, we're gonna be taking the coiled end of our pull wire. And I'm gonna just feed it up to this square hole. Now this bolt is here, so you may have to feed it around but get your finger in here and grab that coiled section. Sometimes bending the fish wire also will help get it in a nicer angle to feed it. So, I'm gonna throw a little bend in it here and that's gonna make it a little bit easier to put it right here at this access hole. And then once you get that coil end in, what you're gonna do is just take your spacer block and you can go ahead and just feed that in. And then this coiled end, you're just gonna take your carriage bolt here and thread that on all the way. And then we can put our carriage bolt here in the frame as well. And I'm gonna just jostle this around just to make sure we have it in place. But when we actually put the hitch up, you're gonna want this pushed in. That way we can raise the hitch in place, but keep your pull wire on here and that's gonna make it a lot easier for the installation. You're gonna go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side of the vehicle. Like getting our bolt and pulling our fish wire through. Now, with an extra set of hands, or if you are working by yourself, you can use a floor jack to raise this up in place. But have your bolt that you removed handy 'cause what we're gonna do is we're gonna take our pull wire, feed it through here, as we raise this up, we'll just get this in place and just get a few threads started by hand. So, we'll pull our fish wire through here. And then as we raise this in place, the bolt that we removed is going to simply bolt it back up. So, just slide this up. And then you can take your bolt and just get it hand started on that weld nut there. Just a little tight here, so you may have to find a good angle. But, again, once we get this started, that's gonna hold it up in place for us. Now, if you're struggling to hand feed that in, you can also align the side hole here and then take your pull wire. And when you pull that bolt through, that's gonna create a nice stud that it can rest on as well. So, with that bolt pulled through that's gonna have that weight of the hitch holding it in place. I'm gonna go ahead and take my fish wire off and just take the nut that is included in the kit and I'm just gonna hand tighten this on here. That way we have all of our hardware in place. And then just make sure this doesn't push into the frame. Otherwise you're gonna have to re-pull it through with the fish wire. But generally this hitch is gonna put enough pressure to keep that in place. So, I'll go ahead and take our nut here. And I'm just gonna get this hand tightened on here and I'm gonna do the same on the other side. And that way we have all of our hardware in place. I'm just gonna tighten these down before taking our torque wrench to it. So, again, it's gonna be the 18 millimeter for that bolt that we originally took off from the tow hook. And then our nut that we got in the hardware kit is gonna be a 3/4. So, we'll go ahead and get those snug, but we don't really need to crank 'em down too terribly hard because like I said, we're gonna go back with the torque wrench to make sure they're at the proper torque setting. So, now we're just gonna go back and torque down our hardware. Now, there are gonna be two different torque settings that you're gonna find in the instruction manual. So, just make sure that you're accounting for that. And if you need a torque wrench, we actually have 'em available here at etrailer or you can generally rent them at an auto parts store but this is gonna be an important step. It's gonna make sure that they are tight enough to not become loose over time but also not too tight, putting stress on the threads. Now, we'll do the same on our new hardware here and, again, different torque setting. And this is gonna be a 3/4 inch socket. Now, with all of our hardware in, tightened, and torqued to spec, we're ready to start using our front hitch. And that was a look and installation of the Curt front mounted hitch on a 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500..

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