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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ram ProMaster 1500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ram ProMaster 1500

Speaker 1: Today in this 2018 Ram ProMaster 1500, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75882.Here's what our hitch looks like installed. One great thing about this is hitch, is we have plenty of clearance around our receiver, so it makes it easy to hook up our accessories. Welded onto the side of our receiver, we have a bracket, which we can use to attach any electrical connectors we may have for towing our trailer. We have many different wiring options available for you on website.On the side of our receiver here, you'll find two pin holes. The larger one closer to the front of the vehicle, that is our industry standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure hitch-mounted accessories. You can pick up a pin and clip on our website separately as part number PC3.

The smaller hole closest to the rear, that's for a J-pin stabilization device. What that does is take away the annoying shake, play and rattle out of what is inserted into your receiver. We have one of those available separately as well.On the bottom of our receiver is our safety chain plate, is welded on and is a very large diameter opening on it which makes it easy to hook up even the largest safety chain hooks such as this one. Clip on nice and easily and we still have plenty of room. Makes it easy to remove it as well.On the back of our receiver, you'll find this collar that's welded on to give us a nice finished look and to help improve the strength at the opening.This hitch features a 750 pound max tow weight rating which is the amount forcing down and a 6000 pound max gross trailer weight rating which is the amount it can pull.

It does support the use of weight distribution and when you are using that on your trailer, the tongue weight rating stays the same at 750 pounds, but the max gross trailer weight rating increases to 7500 pounds. You want to make sure you consult with the owner's manual of your Promaster and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for.What I really like about this hitch compared to others on the market for it, is that even though it is not concealed behind our bumper beam, it is a very functional hitch. Not only having large amount of clearance around our receiver opening, the large safety chain loops are really easy to use and having the attachment point for any electrical connections, is also really nice. You don't have to worry about finding a place to mount your wiring harnesses if you want to tow a trailer.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack or a cargo carrier, you're looking at about 17 inches from the ground to the top of the 2 inch receiver opening and about 3.5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the remotest part of the back bumper. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we went ahead and removed our spare tire.

Now since we need to remove our bumper cover in order to install our hitch, if your vehicle is equipped with rear parking sensors that are built into the bumper, you'll need to disconnect those. You can find a harness for that on the passenger's side of your vehicle right at the very corner of the bumper. So we'll pull this away from the bumper cover and we have access to our connector now. We'll lift up on this tab and pull to separate.Now we'll remove the lower screws that hold our bumper cover in place. There's four of these, they are T30 torques.

There's one here, here, here and here. Now we'll open our back doors. Now we'll remove the four T30 torque screws on the top. Now we can take our bumper cover and pull it off. Now we have a couple rubber grommets to remove. We'll have two at the center behind our bumper beam. Use a flathead screwdriver and get behind it and it'll pop out. Now we'll take our 7/16 pull wire, one of our blocks, stick it on the wire and we'll thread on a 7/16 carriage bolt. Stick the bolt inside the hole where our grommet was, followed by the block and we'll leave the pull wire in this position here. We'll do the same for the other hole.Now we have a grommet on each one of our frame rails right behind our rear leaf spring hanger, remove these, using our flathead screwdriver. Now we'll take our half inch diameter pull wire, our block and our half inch bolt, thread that on. We'll stick the bolt through the hole where the plug was, same with our block and remove the pull wire on this one. We'll do the same for the other side.Now we'll take our round hole spacer blocks and we'll apply some black silicone on it which we have available on our website, and we'll use this to hold it in place. That way, we don't have to worry about it falling as we are raising our hitch into position and we'll place this around our half inch diameter bolt at the very back.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position. We'll start on our passenger side going over our leaf spring with the forward part of the hitch. We'll slide it all the way forward that we can and we'll get the backside over on the driver's side and then we'll pull back. Now we'll take our pull wires in the back and we'll feed 'em through the proper holes in our hitch and we'll raise the hitch up and secure it into place. On the back of it with conical tooth washers with the teeth facing towards the hitch and a nut. With our hitch secure on both sides, we'll now pull our pull wires with the bolts through the hitch. We'll remove our pull wires now, place our conical tooth washer on and then we'll thread on our nut. Do the same to the other pull wire. Now we can take our handle nut, insert it above our hitch into the frame rail, line up the handle nut hole with the hole in the hitch and the frame rail and we'll bolt and do it with our conical tooth washer on our bolt.With all of our hardware now in place, we can tighten it down. Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. Now we can reinstall our bumper cover. We'll make sure to plug back in our backup sensors if our vehicle has them and as you can see, this hitch even works great with the full-size spare tire in place.That completes our look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75882 on this 2018 Ram ProMaster 1500.

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