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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500


Today on our 2014 Ram 1500, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a custom fit class III hitch offering a 2 inch by 2 inch opening. It's part number is 75662. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, just a narrow area that's visible there. This is designed to go right into factory mounting locations, so no drilling is going to be required. It's a class III hitch, so we're going to have a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening.

This one has the collar around the end, kind of a rounded collar, going to be very versatile. This works really good with cargo carriers, bike racks, ball mounts, weight distribution setups. Whatever you want to do there, it's going to be a very good hitch to use. As you can see, we've got nice large safety chain connection loops on each side, so no matter how big those are, I think you're going to be able to get them connected on there without any kind of an issue. We've got a dual pin setup here. The 5/8ths pin hole is going to be further towards the back here.

That's the one we're going to use with all our class III accessories. On the front side here, there's a little bit smaller hole. That's for use with the J pin stabilization system if you decide to take advantage of that option. As far as towing goes, we've got a 600 pound tongue weight rating and a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the total of our trailer and then anything that we've got loaded up on it. If we move into a weight distribution setup, we can increase the tongue weight up to 1,000 pounds and the trailer weight rating or gross trailer weight rating up to 10,000 pounds but we'll keep an eye on the owner's manual for the Ram, see what it's rated at and we're going to go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest.

Now a couple measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening, we've got about 20 1/2 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 3. The first thing we're going to do for our installation is to lower down the spare tire. It's going to give us a little bit of extra room to work. Now removal of the tire isn't necessarily required, but it will make the installation process a little bit easier and also allow you to be able to see a little bit better what we're doing. Now we're going to use a small screwdriver and we'll pop the cap off that center hole that exists in our bumper.

Now we're going to take the front lip of our hitch and we're going to slide it right up over the lower cover on our bumper there. We can line up our holes. We're going to take the large black bolt with the conical tooth washer. We'll want the teeth of that washer to face down towards our bumper. Place it right down on through the hitch and then on the bottom side we're going to thread on our nylon locking nut. What I'm going to do is just hold the hitch the hitch up slightly and place one of my pull wires through the hole in the hitch and the hole in the back of the bumper and we're just going to push it over this way. It will come right out of the end of the bumper there for us. You can see it right here, so just let our hitch rest. What we're going to do is slide one of the spacer blocks that's going to come with our hardware kit, up onto the pull wire and we're also going to thread on one of our carriage bolts. Now we can slide our spacer in the end of the hitch and also our carriage bolt and then we'll just gently pull on the wire to guide them down where you see it's going to come right out of the back side. Now let's pull our fish wire off there and we're going to take one of the smaller conical tooth washers, that will be slid on and then one of our hex nuts. Now all we have to do is repeat that exact same process for our other side. Now we'll grab our torque wrench and we're going to torque each of our fasteners down to the specifications that we'll find in our instructions. Now with that bolt torqued down, we can take our cover, we're going to line up that pattern with our bolt head pattern and we can slide it on just like that. Now we can slide our spare back in and we'll get it put back into position. That will complete today's installation of the Draw Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75662 on our 2014 Ram 1500.


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