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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Ram 1500 Classic

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How to Install a Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic


Today on our 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class 3 custom fit trailer hitch receiver. So here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. It's going to have a really nice, clean look and the receiver tube's going to be almost flush with the rear bumper. It's going to give us a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, which is going to give us a lot of different options for an kind of accessories that we want to mount up.Now the way we're going to mount any of our accessories is through the hitch pin hole here on the side. Our hitch is going to except a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now these are not included in the kit, but you can pick them up here at etrailer.com.

Now the secondary hole towards the opening on our receiver tube is going to be exclusively for the J pin stabilization device. Now the way this is going to work is the long threaded section is going to go into our hitch pin hole. And then the hook is going to apply pressure once we tighten the nut up and it'll keep our accessory from rattling around and making noise when we're driving down the road.Now it's also a locking device. So it's going to keep everything nice and secure. This is also sold separately and you can find this here at etrailer.com.

Now our safety chain connection points are going to be a plate style. But they're going to be welded to the sides of our receiver tube. So they're going to be a vertical position. This is going to help out with any kind of interference that we might have with our pin and clip. But keep in mind with some of the smaller safety chains, you may have a difficult time getting them hooked up.As far as the weight capacity is concerned, our hitch is going to have a 600 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum force at the end of the receiver tube.

Along with 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the amount it can pull including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now the hitch is designed to work with weight distribution systems as well. Which is going to be a separate component that's mounted on your trailer. That's going to bump the tongue weight up to 1,000 pounds and the gross trailer weight rating up to 10,000 pounds.

With all those numbers in mind, you should always double check your RAM's owner manual, because you don't want to exceed the manufacturers recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements. That's going to help you out whenever you're looking for accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about three inches. That measurement's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure they're not going to come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's right about 21 and 1/4 inches. That's going to help you out whenever you're looking for a ball mount. So you can find the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer. So 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, you're going to want to lower down your spare tire. It's not required, but it's going to give us a lot more head room when we get underneath. Then we can come to our rear bumper. We're going to hae that plastic cap that's right in the center. If we reach underneath, we can push up and remove the cap. Then grab the large bolt that's in our kit and the large washer. You want to make sure that those teeth are facing down when we put it in. But we'll go ahead and drop it down through the hole and we can see that the bottom of the bolt's going to be sticking out.So we can grab our hitch at this point. And if we look right above the receiver tube on this flange, we're going to have a hex cut out on it. So we can grab the lock nut and we're going to slide it into position to where it's just resting inside the hole. Might help if you turn the hitch upside down, get it positioned, and we'll hold it steady with our finger. We can lift our hitch up. So we'll tilt our hitch so it's kind of going behind the bumper there a little bit. We'll need to lift up on the bolt so we can clear everything. Slide it into position. Then we're going to want to thread the bolt onto the nut just hand tight, so that the hitch will hang there and support itself.Now if we come to the back side underneath our truck, you can see that we're going to have two oblong holes in the back of this bumper structure. Now those will line up with the holes in our hitch. But we're going to need to get some hardware in place, so we can bolt it up. So we're going to take our pull wire. I'm going to feed it through the hole. I'm going to go towards the outside of the truck and we're going to push our wire til it comes out the end over here. Once the coiled end of the wire's sticking out, you want to make sure that the tail is still on the other side and it didn't go all the way into the tube. Take one of our square hole spacer blocks, slide it over the coiled end. Then take one of the carriage bolts and thread it onto the wire. And we'll feed everything back in and pull so we can get it to come close to the end here.Now before we pull everything all the way out, you want to make sure that your pull wire goes through the hole in the hitch. So we'll just go around the back side. Lift up slightly. Pull on our pull wire until the bolt comes through. Now at this point, I'm going to go ahead and leave the pull wire attached. That way the bolt doesn't fall back in there. But we'll go ahead and do the same process for our other mounting location.Once both bolts are through, we'll remove the pull wire. We'll take a conical tooth washer. And again, you want to make sure those teeth are facing towards the hitch. And then we'll secure it down with a hex nut. And we'll do that for our other bolts as well. I'm going to come back with the 3/4 inch socket and then I'm going to tighten up my two nuts back here. And for the large bolt in the center, I'm going to be using an inch and 1/8 socket to tighten it up.I'm going to come back with a torque wrench and I'm going to torque all my hardware to the specified amount in the instructions. Now with everything torqued down, you'll notice that the factory caps not going to fit back in place because the bolt head's sticking up. But they are going to provide us with a new cap. So we can just line up the hex shape with our bolt. Once we get it lined up, we can just press it into place and it'll keep all that nice and protected. All we have left to do now is put our spare tire back and we're ready to hit the road. That'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite class 3 custom fit trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 RAM 1500 Classic.


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