Trailer Hitch Installation - 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today on our 2001 Dodge Ram pickup we're going to review and install the Curt Class 5 extra duty 2 inch receiver tube hitch, part #C15300. Here's what it looks like once it's installed. As you can see we've got our heavy duty, square, cross-tube design into a fully welded construction. The entire hitch has a nice black powder coated finish. Blends in nicely with the under body of the vehicle. On either side of the receiver tube is our chain hold down. All the way through the receiver tube is the pre-drilled 5/8 pinhole.

The receiver tube itself is a 2 inch by 2 inch. It's a class 5 which means it's capable up to 2,400 pounds of tongue weight and a 16,000 pound tow capacity. Next, we'll give you a couple of 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 pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 3-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube down to the ground is 16-3/4 inches. We'll now go ahead show you the minimum tools required for installing the hitch.

We've got our 3/4 inch socket, 7/8 inch socket, extension and ratchet. Our 9/16 drill bit and drill. Along with our torque wrench. Now, let's go ahead and show you how to install the hitch. To begin our install we're going to go ahead and point out the attachment points. We're going to have a total of 6 attachment points.

3 on each side. See each process we do here to one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Starting at the end of the frame rail we're going to use the 1/2 inch pre-drilled holes. However, the rear attachment point needs to be enlarged to a 9/16 hole. So, using a 9/16 drill bit we're going to go ahead and drill it out. Next, we can put our hardware in place.

We're going to have a 9/16 carriage bolt and spacer block. We'll engage the carriage bolt with the spacer block and then drop it down through the frame. Once the hitch is up to the frame we can use the 9/16 flange nut to secure it. For our center and forward attachment points we're going to use the 1/2 inch carriage bolt and spacer block. Engage the carriage bolt to spacer block and then drop it down through the frame. To secure the hitch we'll use the 1/2 inch flange nut for the center and forward attachment points. Now with my hardware in place here on the passenger side we will repeat the same process on the driver side. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fastener. Now for our center attachment point we're going to add a spacer block between our flange nut and the hitch. Now with all our fasteners in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Once we have it tightened down we can go ahead and torque to specifications, as indicated in the instructions. Now with everything installed, tightened down, and torqued to specifications we're ready to hit the road. That will do it for our review and install of the Curt Class 5 extra duty 2 inch receiver tube hitch, part #C15300, on our 2001 Dodge Ram pickup.


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