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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Ford F-150

Speaker 1: Today on our 2008 Ford F-150 we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the CURT custom fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. Offering the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, its part number is C13360. Now here's what your hitch will look like installed. As you can see, we've got the square crosstube. It's going to come to your frame brackets, those will come over two attachment points on each side. Really straightforward attachment there, and then we've got two bolts here in the middle.

Definitely something you can easily do in the driveway, get completed in probably under an hour.Now in the middle we've got our receiver tube opening. This is going to be 2" by 2". See that nice flush reinforcement collar around the end there. Now this is going to be ideal for just about any type of hitch accessory that you'd want to use. Typically if they make it to fit a hitch, it's probably going to come in a Class 3 variety.

This is going to work out really well for your cargo carriers, for your bike racks, but think being that it is on a truck, you're probably going to be looking at towing more often. Plenty of ball mounts out there available to get the right size you need.Now to secure all those items in place, you're going to use your 5/8 diameter pin hole. See there's a good amount of room all the way around there. Whatever type of accessory you choose, you want to be sure it's rated for a Class 3, but standard pins and clips, locking hitch pins, or even anti-rattle devices should work out really well.See our safety chain connection points are going to be plate style. That's pretty typical of most of the hitches designed for the F-150 in this year range.

For your smaller safety hooks you can see no issues getting those connected. If you're using a little bit larger trailer that maybe has the larger clevis hooks, also no problem with connecting, although these don't rotate all the way around. Not that you need them too. Also, taking them off's pretty quick and easy.Now the hitch is going to offer a 600 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force you can put at your receiver tube opening.

It gives you a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the total weight of your trailer and anything you we're to load up on it. It's also rated for use with weight distribution. If you decide to use a spring bar or torsion bar setup, that tongue weight rating, it goes up to 1,000 pounds. The gross trailer weight rating's going to go up to 10,000 pounds. Certainly though, you want to check the owner's manual on the F-150 to see what its tow rating is and not go over that.Now a couple of measurements you may find helpful when selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening, we've got about 16-1/4". Then from the center our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 1-3/4".Now with the help of an extra set of hands we're going to get our hitch lifted into position. You'll notice that we've removed the spare tire. That just really makes it easier for you to see. If you can't get to the bolts, might be a good idea for you to lower yours. We just want to bring our hitch up. You can see that we've got a tab here. It's got a hole in it. The carriage bolt's going to go through that right into the frame. Once that's through, we're going to thread on our flange nut there. When you have three or four good turns on it, you can let it rest there while you get the rest of your fasteners started.Now on each side, if we follow our plate up there's another hole here in the frame. Another carriage bolt's going to go from the hitch side through the hole and thread on a flange nut. We'll do that on both sides. Now for our center attachment point, we'll use our larger hex head bolt. You want a flat washer on that. We're going to go through the hitch and through the factory safety chain connection point. Then we'll use our larger flange nut there and get it secured. We're going to have one of these to do on both sides so we'll get those on, and we can start snugging down our hardware.Now for those we'll use a 15/16 socket and wrench. Our exterior carriage bolts, we're going to use a 19mm. Now we'll get all of them torqued down to the specifications. Those'll be listed on your instructions. With everything torqued down, if you took down that spare tire, now's a great time to get it put back in place. That will complete our installation of the CURT custom fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number C13360, on our 2008 Ford F-150.

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