Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2006 Dodge Ram pickup, we're going to review and install the Draw-Tite class III 2-inch receiver tube hitch part number 75420. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. This is a completely steel and fully welded construction of our hitch. It's got a really nice black powder-coated finish so that it'll resist rust and corrosion over time. One of the really nice features about the hitch is we have an electrical bracket that's been pre-welded to the cross tube so we can hook up any trailer or electrical connection. This is our square cross tube so it's got a real sturdy design.

It goes into our 2-inch by 2-inch class III receiver tube. On either side of the receiver tube is our chain hold down and our 5/8 pin hole that goes all the way through. Additionally we have a half-inch hole that goes all the way through for the J-pin style anti-rattle locks. This is capable of up to 600-pound tongue weight and a 6,000-pound towing capacity. Next we'll give you a couple of measurements. This will assist you with selecting accessories 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 2-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 21-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you the minimum tools required for installing the hitch. We've got our 3/4-inch socket, 3/4-inch wrench, an extension, a ratchet for tightening down and a torque wrench for our hardware. Now we'll go ahead and show you how to install the hitch. To begin our install, we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points.

We're going to have a total of six attachment points, three on each side. You see the attachment points that we do here on the passenger side is going to be get repeated identically on the driver's side. Starting at the end of the frame rail, we're going to use the manufacturer's pre-drilled hole for our rear and forward attachment point. Then the oval hole here in the tow hook will become our side attachment point. The hardware for our forward attachment point is going to be the rectangle spacer block and a 1/2-inch carriage bolt. It'll get fed into the frame down through the hole to create the attachment point.

Once the hitch is in place, we'll then secure it with a 1/2-inch split lock washer and hex nut. Now in order to get our hardware into the frame, we need to open up the oval slot here just forward of the attachment point so that we can get our block into position. Now to open it up, you could use a cold chisel. We're going to use a file. This particular file is on the end of a drill bit to make things go a little faster. Now as we have it opened up a little bit and we can get our block into place, we're ready to put our hardware in position. We'll start with our bolt leader going through the attachment point and out the access hole. There we can slide on the block and thread on our carriage bolt. We'll feed the block into the frame first followed by our carriage bolt. We'll use the bolt leader to pull them into position. Once we have them in place, we can go ahead and remove our bolt leader. Now for the rear attachment point, we're going to use a square spacer along with our 1/2-inch carriage bolt going down through the frame to create our attachment point. Now to get our hardware in place, we'll just take the spacer, slide it into the end of the frame and line it up with the hole. Our carriage bolt will then go through the side of the frame and down through the block. Now with our hardware in place here on the passenger side, we'll repeat the same process on the driver's side. We're now ready to go ahead and put the 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 fasteners. Now with all of our holes in our hitch up tight to the frame, we'll go ahead and install our split lock washer and nut. Keep in mind as we install our fasteners, we'll install each one finger tight until they're all in place. Now our tow hook attachment hardware is going to be 1/2-inch bolt and flat washer going through the hitch. Then our bolt will go through a round hole rectangular spacer that slides between the hitch and the tow hook. Our 1/2-inch bolt will then come through the tow hook. We going to install a square round hole spacer, split lock washer and then a hex nut. Now with all the hardware in place, we can go ahead and tighten it down. Now with the hardware tightened down, we can go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch installed, tightened down and torqued to specifications, we're ready to hit the road. That'll do it for the review and install of our Draw-Tite max-frame class III 2-inch receiver tube hitch, part number 75420 on our 2006 Dodge Ram pickup.

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