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 in this 2013 Ram 1500 We'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class 5 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C15572. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. One thing I noticed about this hitch is we have plenty of clearance around the receiver making this a great hitch to use not only towing a trailer but with bike racks and cargo carriers as well. On the side of our receiver you'll our industry standard five eighths of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure hitch mounted accessories.Welded on the back of our receiver opening here is this collar which not only gives it a nice finished look but it also improves the strength of the receiver opening. Welded on to the bottom of out hitch is our plate style safe chain loops. Now what's great about these is they have a larger enough opening so even if you have a very large safety chain hook like this one you can still clip in very easily.

As well as remove it very easily.This hitch features a 1500 pound max tongue weight rating which is the amount forcing down. And a 15000 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 tongue weight rating increases to 1600 pounds and our max gross trailer rating increases to 16000 pounds.You want to make sure you do consult with the owners manual of your Ram 1500 and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number is less. One cool feature about this hitch that I really like that a lot of other hitches on the market don't have is the finish of it.

It has this nice matte black powder coat finish which is extremely durable so you don't have to worry about rust for a very long time. It'll also help it avoid getting scratched up as you're loading cargo in and out of your truck bed.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 a cargo carrier. You're looking about 19 and a half 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 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 a little bit more room to work. Now if we have a look up on our drivers side frame rail this forward bolt here that holds our being in place, it's a 21 millimeter bolt, we're going to remove it.

Keep in mind everything we do on one side we'll repeat on the other side.Now just forward of where we removed that bolt on the frame we have an access hole. So we're gonna take one of our pull wires and one of our smaller spacer blocks, place it on the pull wire and we'll thread on a carriage bolt. Stick the carriage bolt inside the frame followed by your spacer block and then we'll pull the bolt through the block and remove the pull wire.Now with extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch into position and we'll re secure it with our factory hardware in the frame. Now we'll take on of out flange nuts and we'll thread it on our carriage bolt. Now we'll tighten down all of our hardware.

Our carriage bolts use three quarter inch sockets. Now on the back of our hitch where it meets our bumper beam we'll take one of our pull wires, go through the hitch and in the bumper beam and push it out the other side.Now we'll take our large block, place it on the wire, stick that inside our bumper beam and we'll thread on a carriage bolt. And we'll stick that inside as well. Now we'll pull our bolt through and remove our pull wire. And we'll thread on our flange nut and we'll do the same to the other location. Now we'll tighten those nuts up.Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. We went ahead and reinstalled our spare tire and as you can see even with a full size spare we have plenty of clearance around our hitch. And that completes our look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class 5 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C15572 on this 2012 Ram 1500.


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