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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ram 1500 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Ram 1500

Speaker 1: Today, on this 2012 Ram 1500, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13374. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. First thing you'll notice about this hitch is that we have plenty of clearance around our receiver opening here. This will make it easy for us to hook up to our trailer, put a bike rack on or a cargo carrier, and not worry about interference from our bumper. On the side of our receiver you'll find an industry standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole that we'll use to secure our hitch-mounted accessories.On the end of our receiver, you'll find this collar that's welded on to give us a nice finished look, and to help improve the strength of the receiver opening. Welded onto the bottom of our receiver is our plate-style safety chain attachment points.

Now, what's great about these is that even if we have a very large hook like this one, we can still easily clip on and clip off. This hitch features a 600 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 6,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull. It does support the use of weight distribution, and when we're using that on our trailer, our max tongue weight rating increases to 1,000 pounds, and our max trailer weight rating increases to 10,000 pounds. You want to make sure that you consult the owner's manual of your Ram 1500 and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessories you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

You're looking at about 20 inches from the ground to the top of the two-inch receiver opening and about three inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we went ahead and removed our spare tire so we have more room to work. We'll take a look up at our driver's side frame rail. We have a 21 millimeter bolt right here on our forward attachment point for our factory bumper beam. We're going to remove this bolt.

And keep in mind, everything we do on one side, we'll repeat on the other side.Now, forward of our bumper beam, we have this access hole in the frame. We're going to take one of our pull wires and our small-diameter spacer blocks, one of our carriage bolts, thread it onto the pull wire, and we're going to do what's called a reverse pull technique. We'll stick the carriage bolt inside the frame rail, followed by the block. I'll pull the bolt through and remove our pull wire.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going to raise our hitch into position, reinstall our factory bolt that we removed. Now we'll take one of our flange nuts and we'll thread it on our carriage bolt.

And we snug down on that one. Now we'll snug down our carriage bolt.Now, on our bumper beam, we have a hole in our hitch. We'll take our pull wire, go through the hole in the hitch, through the bumper beam, and we'll come out the side. Now we've got a pull wire coming through our bumper beam, we'll take one of our large blocks, place it over the wire, stick it inside the bumper, and we'll throw it on another carriage bolt. And now, we'll pull our bolt through our bumper beam and our hitch. We'll remove our pull wire now. We'll now thread on one of our flange nuts. And now we'll repeat the same process for the other side. So, now we'll tighten down those bolts. Now we'll torque our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions.Now we can reinstall our spare tire. For video purposes, we're going to be leaving it off today, but rest assured, a full size spare will fit around the hitch without a problem. And that completes our look at and how to install the Curt Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13374, on this 2012 Ram 1500.

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