Curt Q25 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ram 3500

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How to Install the Curt Q25 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ram 3500


Today on our 2018 Ram 3500, we're going to be taking a look at the Curt Q25 5th wheel trailer hitch for Ram tow prep package. This is what our Curt Q25 5th wheel hitch looks like when it's installed. This is going to allow us to easily hook up to the king pin on our 5th wheel trailer. It's designed to work with our factory OEM prep package. One of the things that's going to separate this hitch from others out there is the base. As you can see, it's not going to take up a whole lot of space.

It's going to allow us to utilize that space to pack any extra items we may need to take. It's going to have nice handles, so it allows us to remove it fairly easily. Each side is going to have a welded-in handle to make installation and removal much easier. We're going to have four feet that are going to lock into our factory puck system, and are very easy to adjust if necessary.You can see our head is very wide. It's going to give us a solid foundation for our king pin.

You'll notice we're going to have a very large opening here. This is going to allow us to hook up and disconnect from our king pin, even if we're at a slight angle. The other thing that's going to set this one apart from others is some of the others only have a front to back and side to side articulation. This is actually going to have a 360 degree articulation. Let's say your trailer is at an angle like this, and you're going over a hill or something at an angle.

Well, if your articulation is only front to back and side to side, what it's doing is it's putting pressure on this side, and it's pulling up here. Or pushing down, vice versa, and what's that's doing is putting pressure on the framing itself. With 360 degrees of articulation, the actual head is going to pivot, taking that pressure off the frame.Our center section allows us to set the height for our head, with four inches of adjustability. Going to have a dual jaw set-up, which is going to give us 360 degrees of contact around our king pin. This is going to reduce the amount of movement between that king pin and our jaws, unlike some of the single ones that may just hook on one side.

Now when hooking up to your king pin, simply pull the handle out. It's going to lock your jaws open. Once you back in your king pin, you're automatically going to lock around the king pin. If you notice, our handle kind of has an upward angle to it. This is going to allow us to easily get ahold of it while we're outside of the truck, unlike some of the other ones where you might have to reach down in the truck, or climb up on the tire to get ahold of it. It's also going to have a nice lever that's going to help lock it into place once we're hooked up to our king pin. This is going to keep our handle from accidentally coming open.The other thing that's going to set this hitch apart from others, is on the handle here you'll notice the three different colors. The yellow, green, and red. This is going to tell us whether we're coupled, ready to tow, or not ready. You notice it's yellow. That's going to tell us we're ready to couple. Once we back in, you'll notice it's green for ready to tow. When we're ready to tow, simply flip your handle, lock your pin in place, and you're ready.Now as far as our weight capacities go, we're going to have a 24,000 pound gross trailer weight, and a 6,250 pound vertical load limit, which is straight up and down. This hitch is going to work on the 2013 and newer Ram trucks with the factory prep package. Nice thing about this design is it's easily removable to give us total bed access.Our head and our center section are going to come preassembled. It's easier when installing your center section to remove the head. To start our installation, we need to install our center section onto our legs. We're going to have four bolts, four lock washers, and four flat washers for our middle section connecting to our legs. I've got it set on the mid height right now. We have three height adjustments. You got the highest, you got mid, where I have it set, and then lowest for the bottom hole. You're going to insert the head of your bolt with your lock washer and flat washer on, from the inside out. We're going to put on a nylon lock nut. We just want to loosely install this right now.We're going to take this bar here, you'll notice it has flanges. These flanges are going to go on the bottom of our legs, and then we're going to have two bolts that are going to go from the outside of our legs, and it's going to thread to the inside here, or into this center section. We're going to take this, and underneath you'll notice this hole here, we're going to have two long bolts, look like this. Hex bolts, lock washer, and a flat washer. We're going to go through, and we're going to thread it into that cross bracket and cross member. Again, we're going to loosely install it until we get it all put in. We'll just do the same thing for the other side.We're going to tighten and torque our six bolts that we just installed. We're going to be using a 13/16 socket for our lower one, and a 7/8 socket for the top one. We want to make sure that we're torquing it to the specification in the instructions. Then we need to determine if we need to adjust our feet. We're going to open our handle, pulling out like that, and we're going to set it into our factory prep package. We're looking for our handles to be able to close like this. I'm having a problem with this one. I can't get it closed, so I'm going to show you how to adjust it. First we're going to remove that cotter pin. Needle nose pliers, we're going to squeeze these ends together here. We're going to loosen this nut like that, and we're going to be able to open and close it freely. Once we get it where we want, just reinstall the cotter pin. Just like that. The same adjustment can be done with any one of the feet.We're going to slide our head down into place, and I have two brackets that look like this. Slide them over the top. We're going to line them up with the holes that are in our center section. We're going to have a large pin that's going to slide through the back, through that piece, and then we'll have a pin that holds it into place. We're going to have one on each side. That'll do it for our look at the Curt Q25 5th wheel trailer hitch for Ram towing prep package on our 2018 Ram 3500.


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