Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ram 1500 - Curt

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ram 1500


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2018 Ram 1500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class V Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number, C15572. Here's what our hitch looks like once we have it installed. We are going to be able to see that cross tube, just right below the bumper, but it's going to hide nicely, because it has that flat, black, powder coat finish on it, so it's just going to blend in.Mainly what we're going to see is that receiver tube sticking out, and it is a Class V, which means it's going to give us that 2" X 2" receiver tube opening, and as you can see, it's got that nice, reinforced collar, giving it added strength, and just an overall finished look.The way we're going to attach all of our accessories is going to be through this pinhole, here, and that's going to accept a stand 5/8 pin and clip. They're not included, but you can pick one up on our website, using part number PC3.The safety chain connection points are going to be a plate style, welded directly to the bottom of our cross tube and receiver tube, here, and the loops are going to be rather large, so we're going to have plenty of room to get most sized hooks on or off. Just want to keep in mind, if you are using a locking device, may have a little bit of trouble, depending on the angle, because they are directly in front of that pin.As fat as the weight's concerned, this is a Class V, so it's going to give us a lot of weight capacity.

We're going to have 1,500 pounds of tongue weight, along with 15,000 pounds of gross trailer weight rating. It is designed to work with weight distribution systems. It's going to bump that tongue weight up to 1,600 pounds, and the gross trailer weight all the way up to 16,000 pounds. With that in mind, I do recommend that you double check the owner's manual to make sure that you don't exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements that will help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole, the outer most edge of the bumper, it's going to be right at about 2-1/2".

From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be about 20-1/2".Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like, and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our installation, we're going to come to our back bumper, and we're going to have our bumper support, here, and if we move towards the front of our truck, we're going to have one bolt that we're going to have to remove out of that bumper support. We're going to be using a 21mm socket to pull it out.You're going to want to hold to this bolt, because we are going to be reusing it, and we'll remove the other one on the other side, as well. If we move forward just a bit, we're going to have a rather large hole in the bottom of our frame rail, here. You're going to want to grab your fish wire, and we're going to take this smaller of the two spacer blocks, and we're going to slide that right over the coiled end, and then we're going to take our carriage bolt, and we're going to thread it onto the coiled end.To get our hardware in place, we're going to be doing what's called the "reverse fish wire." You're going to take your bolt, you're going to push it up into the frame, and then separately, you're going to push that spacer block into the frame, and you're going to pull it down.

Now, since they only provide us with two pull wires in our kit, you're going to want to remove the pull wire, but you're going to want to unthread it so it doesn't damage the coiled end on here. We're going to do that for the other side, as well.If we come to the very back of our vehicle, where our bumper support is, right behind our license plate, we're going to notice that we're gong to have two oblong holes that are in our bumper support. We're going to take that same fish wire, and we're going to put it in the oblong hole, and on the passenger side, we're going to push it towards the passenger side, so that it comes out at the end of the frame rail, there.Now, you want to make sure that you leave a little bit coming out of that oblong hole, because you can still access the coiled end. We're going to be doing the same thing. We're going to take the large spacer block this time, we're going to slide it over the coiled end, we're going to take another one of our carriage bolts, and thread it on.Then, we're going to take them, and we're going to push them into the bumper support, and we're gong to pull them towards the center, to where they come out of the bumper support, here, and the bolt sticks out.

I am going to just leave the fish wire attached to this one, and just push it back in to the bumper support, so that we can actually get our hitch in place. We're going to have another one that we're going to have to fishwire into place on that other hole.With an extra set of hands, we're going to put our hitch into position, and you're going to want to take your fishwire coming from the back, going towards the front of the truck. We're going to life it up, and that bolt coming down from the frame is going to go through the middle hole in the side of the hitch.We're going to take our existing hardware, and we're going to throw it back into the frame. Just want to make sure that you get it in far enough so that it can support the hitch, and then we can work on getting the rest of the hardware in place.On the back, where our license plate area is, we can go and grab those pull wires, and we can pull the bolt out. Again, you're going to want to remove the pull wire, and being careful not to push the bolt or let it fall back into the frame rail, there. Once you almost have the pull wire removed, it's always a good idea to go ahead and put your finger on it, so it can't fall out, and we're going to take out 1/2" flange nuts, and we'll thread them into place, and secure it down. We'll do that for the other one, as well.For the bolts coming down through our frame, we're going to take another one of our flange nuts, and we're going to secure it to the hitch. You want to be careful when you're putting these on. You don't want to push too much, so that bolt goes back in the frame. And we'll do that for the other one on the other side, as well.I'm going to come back with a 3/4" socket, and I'm going to tighten down all my 1/2" hardware. With that 21mm socket, I'm going to tighten up my factory M14 hardware. I'm going to come back with that 21mm socket, and I'm going to torque my factor M14 bolts down to the specified amount in the instructions.Now, with a 3/4" socket, I'm going to come back, and we're going to torque down my 1/2" hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. We're going to repeat that for all of our remaining hardware. The bell of our bolts torque down, and it'll finish up the installation. All we have to do is put our spare tire back.That'll finish up your look at the Curt Class V Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C15572, on our 2018 Ram 1500.


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