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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer


Speaker 1: Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer you're gonna be taking a look at, I'm gonna show you how to install the Curt class III trailer hitch receiver, part number C13386. Now, the only thing really noticeable is this bottom part of our crossbar, and our receiver tube. However, it has a nice round shape, so it's gonna fit nicely with the contour of the vehicle. The outer part of our receiver tube is not gonna stick out past the edge of our bumper fascia, so we're not gonna have to worry about hitting our legs or our shins on it when we're loading and unloading the back of the vehicle.This is gonna be a class III hitch. It's gonna be two inch by two inch. You can see it has a nice reinforced collar to give it a little extra stability on the receiver tube.

It's gonna have plate style safety chain loops. You can see it has nice-sized safety chain rings, give you plenty of room for different-sized hooks.This is your hitch pin hole. It's gonna be 5/8 inch in diameter. We're gonna have a 400 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube, and a 4,000 pound max trailer weight, which is the trailer plus the load included. I do recommend checking the owner's manual to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight.

You want to pick the lowest number, between the vehicle and the hitch. Now, you can use weight distribution with this hitch. Tongue weight's gonna go up to 500 pounds, and trailer weight's gonna go up to 5,000 pounds.As far as the installation goes on this, it is a very simple installation. Gonna use existing holes and weld nuts in the frame. It's gonna come with all necessary hardware, and there's not gonna be drilling or welding required.

I do recommend getting an extra set of hands to help lift the hitch into place.Now, let me give you a few measurements to help you in deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper is about three inches. From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube is about 16 inches.Now, let me show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do is we need to take a strap. We're gonna hook one on one spring.

We're gonna go under our exhaust, hook one on the other spring. Go ahead and cinch that up. Next, we're gonna take some spray lubricant or soapy water, and we're gonna spray down our exhaust hangers. We're gonna take a pry bar, and we're gonna pry off one end. Just like that.We're gonna do the same thing to the passenger side, and then we're gonna have one directly in the center. Now, you can loosen your strap just a little bit, to bring your exhaust down, but you want to make sure the strap is supporting the exhaust.Looks like an 18 millimeter socket. We're gonna remove these two bolts that are holding up the exhaust hangers. Once you get one side removed, then repeat it on the other side. Next thing you want to do is you want to remove this rubber isolator off of the hanger. Do that for both of them.Next, we'll take our 7/16 hex bolt, flat washer, take your rubber isolator, we're gonna slide that into the bracket. We're gonna put on another flat washer, and then a nylon lock nut. We're gonna do that some thing on the other side, and we'll take a 5/8 socket and wrench, and we'll tighten them into place. Just want to make sure that you can spin your isolator. We're gonna do the same thing on the other side.Next we're gonna take our carriage bolt, our spacer block and our fish wire, and we're gonna thread this onto the bolt. Just like that. Then what we're gonna do is what's called a reverse fish wire, or a reverse pull. We're gonna go right in this hole right here on the passenger side. Push our bolt up first. There's the spacer block in there. You want to make sure that that spacer block is sitting flat.With an extra set of hands, we'll lift the hitch into place, and we're gonna make sure we put our pull wire through the in-hole in our hitch. Go over top of our exhaust. Then we're gonna take a hex bolt, conical tooth* washer, and we'll make sure the teeth are facing up to the hitch. Try and get one in on each side, to hold our hitch into place while we install our remaining hardware.On our passenger side we're gonna remove our pull wire. We're gonna install our hex flange nut. Next we'll take a 3/4 inch socket and tighten all of our hardware. Once we have everything tightened, we're gonna torque it to the specifications in the instructions. We're gonna repeat that for all remaining hardware.We're gonna reinstall our exhaust onto our isolators. Once you have your exhaust back in place, go ahead and remove your safety strap. That'll do it for a look at installation on the Curt class III trailer hitch receiver, part number C13386, on our 2013 Ford Explorer.

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