Front Mount Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ram 3500 - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Ram 3500

Speaker 3: Today on our 2015 Ram 3500, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, offering the 2" x 2" receiver tube opening. Its part number is 65063.Now, here's what your hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, it's a really clean look, a fairly easy installation. A few of the bolts are kind of tough to get to, to get the nuts on the backside, but you're not doing any cutting or any modifications to your vehicle at all.A lot of guys use these front mount hitches for several different reasons. One can be a remote winch connection point. In that case, you're going to have a winch mounted to one of the receiver winch mounts that'll just slide in, and you can pin it in.

Other guys will use this for an extra cargo carrier, if you're going to be out, kind of in the off-road situation, maybe a spare tire carrier if you don't have room for it in the back. So you get a lot of different options here.These are also pretty handy for moving around boat trailers in driveways or tighter quarters. Since you've got your hitch mounted on the front, you can turn it a lot more quickly. So several different uses for it. Whatever you decide to use it for, you'll want to use the larger of the pin holes, that's 5/8" in diameter.

It's going to work with any of your Class 3 type accessories. Here, a little bit closer to the front, you can see we've got a little bit smaller hole there. That's for use only with the J-pin stabilization device, which is just another form of anti-rattle device. It'll kind of push in on whatever you have mounted in there.Now as far as weight ratings go in the hitch, we've got a 500 lbs vertical load limit, or the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening, and it gives us a 9,000 lbs straight pull rating. That would be if we we're winching, 9,000 lbs is its rating.

The thing to keep in mind is, you don't want to overload your front vehicle gross axle weight rating with that downward force, so use whichever is lower in that case.Now a few measurements that you might find helpful will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. It's about 27-1/2". Then from the end of our receiver tube opening here, back to the bumper, it's about an 1-1/4". Then from the center of our hitch pinhole out to the edge of our bumper, it's about an 1-1/2".Now to begin our installation, we'll be here at the front of the vehicle. We're going to have our tow hooks on each side.

We're going to remove the tow hooks and the hardware that attaches them. There's 4 bolts, basically one in each corner here. You want to use an 18mm socket to get these removed.Now as we remove these, we want to hang onto the tow hook. We're going to reuse those when we mount our hitch back up. The bolts, we can return to our customer. If you're doing it yourself, hang on to them, so if you ever take the hitch off, you can reinstall your hooks with them. We'll use our socket here on the outside. There's going to be a nut on the backside. You'll want to hold that with your wrench. All right, once we get all four of those removed, just going to take our tow hook, bring it out. All right, we'll hanging onto that. Just go over to the other side and do the same thing there.Now we're going to get our hitch put into position. You can see I've got the help of an extra set of hands, basically because I don't want to damage this bumper. It's a nice chrome bumper. It's going to make it a little easier for us to get it in. We're going to take our new hardware. That gets placed through our tow hook. You can see there we've got our bolt. One of our conical tooth washers, we want those teeth to face in towards the tow hook. We're just going to align the upper hole in our hitch with that upper tow hook hole. I'm doing the upper one on the outside, just because it's really the easiest one to get to from underneath the vehicle. I'm going to get that one started. Once we get that started on each side, we should be able to go through and get the rest of them lined up.You can see where our bolt comes through right there. On the inside, we're going to place another conical tooth washer. This time the teeth need to face in towards the bumper, and we're going to be threatened on one of our hex nuts. Now with them all started, let's get them snugged down. Once we have these snug, it's time to get them torqued. You can find the specifications in your instructions, and you want to make sure you get all 8 of them done properly.That'll complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 65063, on our 2015 Ram 3500.

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