Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Dodge Journey - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Dodge Journey

Today on our 2015 Dodge Journey, we'll be having a look at the Draw-tite Max-frame Class 3 2-inch Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75648. Here's what our hitch looks like once it's installed. You can see there is a very minimal amount that hangs down. What does hang down is a nice round tube. Then we have actually our 2-inch receiver here. It's a nice matte black powder coat finish, so it looks like a very factory appearance as well.

We have this nice tab hanging down here where we can mount our wiring connectors if we so choose to. We have these very easy to access safety chain loops right here, our standard 5/8ths diameter hitch pin hole here to put in our ball mount and bike carrier, cargo carrier, or things of that nature. We also have a smaller diameter pin. It's a 4J pin stabilization device sold separately on our website in case your cargo carrier bike rack does not have an anti-rattle device built into it. You can utilize one of these to help eliminate the rattling in your tubular receiver.

This hitch has a 400-pound max tongue weight rating and a 4000-pound max gross trailer weight rating. Those numbers don't change if you use a weight distribution setup on your trailer or not. They're the same across the board. Now for a few measurements to help you choose any hitch-mounted accessories you may need such as a ball mount bike rack or a cargo carrier. We're looking at about 15 inches from the ground to the top of our 2-inch receiver and about an inch from the center of the 5/8ths diameter hitch pin hole to the back of our bumper. Now that we've gone over a few of the features, we'll show you how to install it. The first thing we're going to want to do on our Dodge Journey to install the trailer hitch is we want to support the exhaust.

I'm using a cam buckle style strap here and hooking up on the rear subframe, drawing it tight around the exhaust for right now. Once we remove the rubber hangers, we can lower it as needed to get access. Now there are three rubber exhaust hangers, one at the front of the muffler. We'll spray it down with some penetrating oil lubricant to help slide it off easier. We'll do the same on the two in the back.

Now using a pry bar, we can work our exhaust hangers off or if you have a big pair of plyers like these, it goes real easy. With our hangers removed, we can loosen our straps slightly and lower our exhaust down so we have some room to work. With our exhaust out of the way, we can install our hardware that our hitch will mount to. Taking our fish wire, we'll go through this hole here in the bumper support; slide it out; insert our block; screw our carriage bolt onto it; slide the block into the bumper tube; pull the bolt on through and remove our fish wire. We'll do the same thing on the other side. Now we'll take our handle nut and put a very slight bend in it and we'll insert it through the square hole right here and slide it forward through that hole right there. We'll do the same thing on the other side. Now we'll take two of our wedge fascia plates. We'll put one on top of our hitch with the big end going towards the back of it. This will be sandwiched between the body of the vehicle and the top of the receiver tube of the hitch. We'll put one on the bottom in the opposite direction, meaning the small end will be going toward the rear of the vehicle and the big end will be going towards the front. Now we'll take a piece of tape and we'll tape them together. That way they stay on while we're bolting the hitch into place. With both those taped on there nice and tight, we'll poke a hole in the tape going all the way through the top and the bottom layers of the tape. That way, our bolt will slide through nice and easily and we won't have to worry about our wedges falling out when we're putting the hitch into position. We'll do the same on the other side now. Now with the help of an assistant, we'll raise the hitch into position and loosely install the hardware so we have the bolt and the conical lock washer in the front hole that goes into the handle nut. Then we have our conical lock washer on the back and our nut. Now that all of our hardware is loosely installed, we can tighten it with our Impact. On the passenger side, the one towards the front we'll need to use a wrench just so we can have enough clearance between the muffler. With all our bolts snugged down, we can torque them to specifications found on the instructions. I would like to point out that the back bolts and the carriage bolts are a different torque than the front bolts that go in the handle nuts so you want to pay particular close attention to that in the instruction manual. Now I'll push the exhaust back up, snug up our strap. That will help hold it in place while we reinstall the hangers. That completes the installation of our hitch, so we can remove our strap that we used to support the exhaust and we're done. That completes the look of the Draw-tite Max-frame Trailer hitch Class 3 2-inch Receiver, part number 75648, on our 2015 Dodge Journey.

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