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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Ram ProMaster 2500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Ram ProMaster 2500


Today on our 2019 Ram Promaster 2,500 we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver. So here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. The cross tube is going to sit right below the bumper, but the main thing we're going to see is that receiver tube sticking out. It's a class three hitch, means it's gonna give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. So I'll have a really wide variety of options for any kind of accessory for when I mount up.The way we're going to mount any of our accessories, the hitch pin hole here on the side. It's gonna accept a standard five ace 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 that's towards the opening of the receiver tube, that's going to be exclusively for the J pin stabilization device.The way that's going to work is we're going to take the long threaded section, go into our hitch pin hole and then the hook here is going to go into the secondary hole and once we attach the nut on the other side, this is going to apply pressure to our accessory inside and keep down that rattle and noise when we're driving down the road.Now there's also a lock that goes with this so we'll keep our accessory safe. Again, you can find it here at etrailer.com and it is going to be sold separately. Our safety chain connection points are going to be a plate style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube and we're going to have rather large openings on them. But keep in mind that this square flange here may make it a little difficult to get some of those really small hooks in place.One thing I really like about our draw tight is the fact that they went ahead and welded a bracket on just to the left of the receiver tube or towards the driver's side. That way we can mount up any kind of electrical accessory we want so when we're towing, our electrical be right here, ready for us.

As far as weight capacity is concerned, our hitch is going to have a 750 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward force at the receiver tube along with a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the amount our hitch can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it.Our hitch is designed to work with weight distribution systems. Our tongue weight's going to stay the same, right at 750 pounds, but it's going to bump our gross trailer weight rating up to 7,500 pounds. But with all those numbers in mind, you always want to double check your owner's manual because you never want to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight. I'd like to give it a few measurements and that's going to help you whenever you're looking for accessories for your new hitch, like a ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about three inches.

Another measurement that's going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories, make sure you have enough room and that they're not going to come in contact with the rear bumper. And from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's right about 18 inches. That measurement is going to help you and 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 where 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 want to open up the rear doors and we're also going to want to remove the spare tire for extra room underneath. Now once we have the doors open, if we come to the rear bumper cover, we'll notice that we're gonna have a few fasteners going along this edge here.

We'll have a total of four, there'll be one towards the center and one on the very outer edge on each side. We're gonna need to remove those so we can get the bumper cover off. So we have our T30 torque bit and we can pull those out.Now if we move underneath. We're going to have another four fasteners that are holding it in place. It's going to be that same T30 torque bit, and we'll have one of the very edge and then one towards the center on each side. We'll go ahead and pull all those out. Then we can grab the cover and we'll slide it back and we're getting set it aside where it won't get damaged. Now if we move underneath and come right to our frame rail here, we'll have this large square opening, but then we're also going to have this round hole right behind it or going towards the front of the vehicle. We're gonna take one of our handle nuts, we're going to slide it into this channel right here until it lines up right in that round hole there. Now it may kind of rest a little bit, but that's okay. We just want to have that ready for whenever we put our hitch in. And we'll do the same thing with our other handle nut on the other side.And if you want, you can actually bend the handle nut so that the threaded section is going to stay right in the hole and we'll just kind of help hold it in place. Now it's going to be a little bit easier to show you the hardware that we're going to be using to hang the hitch before we put it in place. We're going to be using a half inch hex bolt and a conical tooth washer. You want the teeth to be facing up towards the hitch. And once we have our hitch in place, we'll go through the hitch and we'll go directly into that handle nut. And we'll do that for both sides so the hitch will temporarily holds itself in place.Now with an extra set of hands, we're gonna lift our hitch up and you're gonna have to get the forward side plate up and over your leaf spring. Then we can bring it back and line it up with the hole in the bottom of the frame and then we can put a bolt in into the handle nut. Once you got a couple threads in place, we'll make sure you get a few on each side and then the hitch will support itself when he just let it rest down a little bit. So with our hitch loosely hanging employees, we're going to come to the center section. Behind our bumper structure we'll have two rubber grommets that are against the body here. We're gonna need to pull these two out so you can get a flat head screwdriver or trim panel tool or whatever you have available just to pop those covers out.Then we have to get some hardware in place so we'll take our fish wire. You to make sure you grab the smaller of the two fish wires in your kit. We'll grab our spacer block, and again, this is going to be the smaller spacer block, the outer dimensions of the block are gonna be the same, but the hole is going to be just slightly smaller. So we'll grab our seven sixteenths carriage bolt and makes sure that it locks into that square. Once we know that we have the correct hardware, we'll slide our carriage bolt over the block and then we're going to thread the bolt onto the end of the wire. We can push the bolts into the frame along with the block. Then we're going to pull it back through. It is a little bit of a tight fit, so you may need to get a screwdriver to kind of help pop it out.Once you have this bolt coming through, we're going to repeat the same process for the other hole. Now we come to our rear spring perch here. When we look up at the frame, we'll have another rubber grommet. We're gonna want to pull those out of each side, and that's going to be another attachment point. So we're going to use the same method, just we're going to be using a slightly different size hardware. We'll slide the block over and we can take our half inch carriage bolt, thread it onto our wire. We'll push the wire into the frame with the bolt. Slide the block into place and then pull it back down so it drops through. And we're going to do the same thing on the other side as well.Now the ones in the center, we're going to drop these bolts in just past the frame so that we can clear our hitch and it can come up. So you wanna make sure you leave your pull wire attached so we won't have any issues getting the bolts to come back out. Then we'll take our pull wire, coming from the front towards the back, feed it through our hitch just like that.No, for our side attachment points, there's going to be a slight gap here, so we need to put in these large spacers. So to make it easy for ourselves, I'm going to slide my wire through my spacer and then down through my hitch. That way it'll hold everything in place when I lift it up and start to secure everything. You want to do that for both sides. So now we're going to lift our hitch up to where those holes will line up and we'll pull our bolt through, make sure that it's resting,. It'll hold the hitch in position so we can get all of our hardware in. So now on the side here we can kind of press up on the hitch, we'll remove our pull wire and we'll take another conical tooth washer, slide it over our bolts. Kind of helps if you hold the washer to keep the bolt from moving around too much. Then we'll take a half inch nut, loosely secure it.And then for the bolts in the center, again, we'll remove our pull wire, just wanna be extra careful not to drop the bolt to the inside. We'll remove our pull wire. I always like to keep a finger on there so it doesn't drop back in. We'll take a seven sixteenths conical tooth washer. It's gonna be just a little bit smaller than the half inch one. Slide it over our bolt and then we'll secure it down with a hex nut. So now that we have all of our hardware loosely in place, I'm going to come back, and I'm gonna tighten up my seven sixteenths hardware with an 11 sixteenths socket. Then we're going to tighten up our half inch hardware with a three quarter inch socket.I'm going to come back and I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. Just want to pay close attention to which size hardware you're torquing down cause they do have different torque drives. And we'll repeat that for all the remaining hardware we have. Now we can take our bumper cover, we'll line it up, slide it back into position. Then we can start replacing all the hardware we took off in the beginning. With everything back in place, all we have left to do 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 three custom fit trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Ram Promaster 2,500.


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