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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ram 1500 - Draw-Tite

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Ram 1500


Today on our 2012 Ram 1500 we're going to be taking a look at Draw-Tite Front Mount Custom Fit Receiver Hitch with the 2" x 2" opening, part number 65062. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. This is going to give us a perfect solution for, snowplows are very, very common, putting those up on the front of the vehicle, but also spare tire carriers if you're going to do some off-roading. People like to do that, even cargo carriers and bike racks if you really need to maximize the capacity of your vehicle. Also these work out really, really well for winching. There are certain platforms designed for a winch come out right into a class 3 receiver hitch like we've got here with the 2" x 2" opening.

This is going to give us a 9,000 pounds straight line pull so that's a really nice high capacity. Even on the larger quad cab here I don't think we'd have an issue getting ourselves pulled out. Now when holding our stuff in place we're going to use the 5/8 diameter pinhole. It's a little bit closer to the rear of the vehicle and you just want to be sure to choose class 3 accessories. There's plenty of room there on each side. The slightly smaller hole that's closer to the front will only be used with the J pin stabilization system.

You'll see the rounded reinforcement collar here around the end gives it a nice clean look, and when it comes to the tongue weight weightings are maximum downward force that we can put here at the receiver tube opening we're looking at 500 pounds and the gross trailer weight capacity would be 5,000 pounds if we we're going to be moving a trailer around the yard or something like that. Those are all things to keep in mind. Now when it comes to comparing this hitch to the other hitch available for the same application, this one gives us better ground clearance by about three quarters of an inch. Our hitch pinhole, it's three inches out here closer to the outside edge of our bumper which is going to be important so we don't have to get down on the ground and try to get our things attached. It has higher tongue weight and trailer rate rating so it's definitely the better of the two options currently available for the vehicle. Something else that I like, we've got tow hooks or recovery hooks down here, really nice heavy-duty material. We'll be able to either, if we're winching use this for a secondary winch point if we needed to use a snatch block or even for having our vehicle recovered out of a ditch or something like that.

Those will be nice and convenient. Now a couple measurements that will be important for finding the appropriate accessory for your new hitch will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening we're going to have about 10-1/2 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the front bumper it's about five inches. Now with the help of an extra set of hands we're going to get the hitch lifted up into position. We want to take the large bolts, you see they've got the blue Loctite on them. Those are going to go right up into the factory well locations. What we want to do is place a conical tooth washer on our bolt.

We want the teeth of that washer to face up towards the hitch. Once we've got that one started we can get our other one started. All right, now we're just going to snug these bolts down a little bit. Now we'll take a pointed punch, we want to mark the center of our whole location here. We do this on both sides and that'll act as our guide for our bit as we drill out our holes. Now we'll get our holes drilled out. We're going to start with a 1/4" bit and just work our way up to a 1/2". We need to get our carriage bolts and our spacer blocks in place. Now, these are going to go in through the frame rail through this oval-shaped hole. If you take a look, our spacer block's just a little bit too big. Now in some applications these are going to fit right in, and some applications you will have to take out just a small notch there to allow it to pass. Now if you do need to take out a notch we're just going to use a rotary style tool and get it cut out. You see we're just going to take out that small notch allowing that spacer block to pass through freely. I want to do that both the passenger and driver side if required and then we touch it up with a little bit of rust preventative paint there just to protect those bare metal edges. You don't want to have any rusting. Now, to get our rear hardware in place we'll want to take our fish wire. That's going to go up through our hole and we want to direct it or guide it right back through the whole that we enlarged. Once we've got that out of our hole location that we are going to slide on our spacer block and also thread on our carriage bolt. Feed these in separately here. Pull back to our hole location. Once we've got that pulled through we'll want to remove the fish wire and place on our conical tooth washer and our hex nut. We're going to do the same thing on both sides of the vehicle. Take one last look just to be sure we've got our hitch squared and we'll get everything tightened down to specification. Now for these nuts we're going to be using the 19mm. For the bolts we'll use an 18mm. That's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Front Mount Custom Fit Receiver Hitch with the 2" x 2" opening, part number 65062, on our 2012 RAM 1500.

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