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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ram 1500 - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Ram 1500

Speaker 1: Today in this 2012 Ram 1500 we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame class 5 trailer hitch receiver, part number 41948.One thing that's great about this hitch is that we have plenty of clearance around our bumper so we don't have to worry about causing any damage to our bumper as we're hooking it up to our trailer or using with bike racks or cargo carriers.On the side of our receiver you'll find two pin holes. The larger one closest to the front of the vehicle, that's our 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole, secure hitch mount and accessories. One thing I'd like to point out, it is reinforced around the opening on it. Because this being a class 5 hitch and capable of towing a lot of weight, you want to make sure that's reinforced so you don't have to worry about the hole becoming elongated as you're towing a heavy trailer.Closer to the rear we have our J pin stabilization device hole. What that does is take away the annoying shake, play and rattle at what's inserted in your receiver. You can pickup one of those separately on our website if you need to.On the end of our receiver we have this nice collar that's welded on to give us a nice finished look.

It'll also help improve the strength and the receiver opening.Welded onto the bottom of the hitch we have our plate style safety chain loops. What's great about these is they have a really large opening so we have no problem accepting even a large hook just like this one.This hitch features a 1,500 pound maxed tongue rate reading, which is the amount forcing down and a 12,000 pound max gross trailer weight reading, which is the amount it can pull. It does support the use of weight distribution and when we're using that with our trailer our tongue rate rating stays the same at 1,500 pounds, but our max gross trailer rate rating increases to 15,000 pounds.You want to make sure you consult with the owner's manual of your Ram 1500 and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. This hitch is capable of towing more than what the truck is, so go by whichever number is listed in the owner's manual.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. You're looking at about 19 inches from the ground to the top of the 2 inch receiver opening and about 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear most 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 some more room to work. When we have a look up at our frame rail on each side where our factory bumper beam is we have two bolts that we're going to need to remove. We're using 21 millimeter sockets to remove these bolts. Keep in mind everything we do on one side we'll repeat on the other.Now we'll take one of our pull wires and one of our blocks to place over the pull wire and we'll thread on a carriage bolt. We're going to do what's called a reverse pull wire technique through this access hole here.

Place our carriage bolt inside, followed by our block, and we'll pull the bolt through and remove the hole wire.Now we have two pieces of tape laying out with the sticky side facing up. We'll take our large flat washer here and we'll place it over the middle so that the hole is not covered in tape. Now we're going to stick this onto our frame where we pulled the carriage bolts through. This will act as a spacer between the frame and the hitch.Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch into position, then we'll reinstall our factory bolts. We may need to pry our hitch over a little bit using a pry bar where our factory bolts started.

We can now place the hardware on this bolt. Then I'll get a conical tooth washer. The teeth will face up towards the hitch, and then we'll thread on a nut. Now we'll tighten down our hardware.With our hitch secure the frame of the vehicle we now need to do our bumper beam support bolts. We'll take one of our pull wires, go through the hole in the hitch and into the bumper beam, and then we'll route it out towards the end. It'll come out this hole here. Now we'll place on one of our blocks, stick that inside the bumper beam, and we'll thread on a carriage bolt, to push that inside as well. Then we'll pull the bolt through. We'll move the wire. We'll put on a conical tooth washer with the teeth facing towards the hitch and we'll thread on a nut. We'll do the same for the other side. We'll tighten those down now.Now we'll torque our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. The last thing we have to do would be reinstall our spare tire. For video purposes we're not going to be doing that today, but rest assured a full size spare tire will fit around our hitch without a problem.That completes our look in showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame class 5 trailer hitch receiver, part number 41948 on this 2012 Ram 1500.

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