Trailer Hitch Installation - 1995 Dodge Ram Pickup - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1995 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 1995 Dodge Ram pickup we're going to review and install the CURT class five Extra Duty 2" receiver tube hitch, part number C15300. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. We've got a fully welded construction with a strong square tube that attaches our receiver tube, which is a 2" by 2", has the pre-drilled 5/8 pinhole, and chain hold downs on either side of our receiver tube. It's got a nice classic look that adds some nice finishing touches to the look of our vehicle. Now our hitch is capable up to 2,400 pounds of tongue weight and 16,000 pounds of tow capacity. Next I'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 3".

From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 17-1/2". We'll now go ahead with the installation. Special note, on vehicles equipped with a custom exhaust, it may be necessary to relocate the tailpipes to outside the frame rail, allowing room for the hitch. Now let's go ahead and point out our attachment points. We're going to have a total of six attachment points, three on each side. Now depending on your application, your attachment points could be pre-drilled holes already in the frame.

This one already has three 1/2" pre-drilled holes. However, the hardware here for our rear attachment point is going to be a 9/16 carriage bolt and block so we'll need to enlarge the rear attachment point hole. Keep in mind that each process we do here on one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side, as our attachment points and hardware are the same. Now with our passenger side drilled out we can even take our 9/16 carriage bolt and double check to make sure it will fit. Now with our hole drilled out, we're ready to install our hardware. We're going to take our 9/16 carriage bolt and spacer lock, engage the two, and put them above the frame channel, dropping them down through our pre-drilled hole.

Once we get the hitch in place we'll use the 9/16 flange nut to secure it. Now for the center and forward attachment points we're going to use the 1/2" carriage bolt and block. Then once the hitch is in place, we'll use the 1/2" flange nut. Let's go ahead and put all our hardware in place. Now with the passenger side done I'll move over to the driver side and repeat the same process. Quick tech tip: there could be some wiring laying on the top of the frame rail.

You want to make sure you don't smash that between the carriage bolt and block and the frame. Now with all our hardware in place, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your flange nuts. Now as we install our fasteners we'll install each one finger tight until we have them all in place. Here at the center attachment point we're going to add a second spacer lock before we install the flange nut. Then for our forward attachment point is again our 1/2" flange nut. Now with all my hardware in place here on the passenger side I'll move over the driver side, repeating the same process. Now once we have all our hardware installed we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now with all our hardware tightened down we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. That will complete the install and review of our CURT Extra Duty class five 2" receiver tube hitch, part number C15300, on our 1995 Dodge Ram pickup. .

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