Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500

Speaker: Today on our 2014 Dodge Ram Pick-Up 2500 Series we'll be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Part No. C15809. Here's what our hitch looks like installed in our vehicle. We'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 3 1/2", from the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 21". Now let's go ahead an install our hitch. Let's go ahead and first begin by pointing out the attachment points that we'll be using to mount our hitch. There's a total of 6 attachment points, 3 on each side. For the two forward most locations, one on each side we'll be using the 3" long square hole spacer blocks with a 9/16 carriage bolts and a 9/16 flange nut. We'll go ahead and use the fish wire provided with the kit.

The fish wire are hardwired in the foremost location. We'll go ahead and it through the mounting location coming out on the access hole here on the side of the frame. Now we'll take our 9/16carriage bolt, thread it onto the fish wire and pull it down into place. We'll then go ahead and remove the fish wire from the carriage bolt. At the rear location we'll take the smaller square hole spacer block and we'll feed it in from the rear of the frame lining it up with our mounting location. We'll go ahead and take our fish wire, feed it through the rear mounting location through the square hole spacer block. Now we'll take 9/16 bolts, feed it on to the end of the fish wire and pull it down into place.

We can then remove the fish wire from the carriage bolt. We'll repeat the same process over here on the driver's side. We'll bolt the driver and the passenger side. Notice that there's a wiring harness that has a plastic tab that goes in through the frame here. It's a good idea to go ahead and pull them out for now until you have the hitch up into position. It will make things a little easier for you. For this application we're going to need to add a quarter inch thick spacer block at the forward most mounting location.

To keep the spacer block in place we'll then go ahead and use a little electrical tape. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position. With the hitch raised up into position we'll go ahead and install the 9/16 hex flange nuts on all four of the locations. Keep in mind that everything we do on one side will be repeated over on the other side. Next we'll go ahead and make sure that the two side holes line up. We're going to make sure that the bolt will go all the way in. We'll go ahead and check this out on both sides.

Now that we've checked the opening on both of the side slots here. Now we'll go ahead and tighten down the four hex flange nuts we just installed. Then we'll check them with the manufacturer's specification. For the side mounting locations we'll be using a 9/16 bolt, a 9/16 flat washer, some round hole spacer blocks, and a 9/16 flange nut. To install this we're going to need to first put a couple of spacer blocks in between the frame and the receiver hitch. You want to put in enough spacer blocks that the tow hook will not be pulled over towards the receiver when tightening down. In this case it looks like two spacer blocks work just fine. Once we have our two spacer blocks into position, we'll then take our flat washer and slide it over the 9/16 bolt, then we'll insert the bolt from the outside of the vehicle towards the center of the vehicle through the receiver, the spacer blocks, and finally the tow hook. We'll then put another round hole spacer block on followed by the flange nut. We'll go ahead and tighten them down. Then we'll check them to the manufacturer's specification. Then we'll go ahead and push the two plastic tabs we removed earlier that hold part of the factory wiring harness in place. That will do it for our installation of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Part No. C15809 on our 2014 Dodge Ram Pick-Up 2500 Series. .

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