Trailer Hitch Installation - 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan - etrailer.com
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Hitch_install_1997_Dodge_Caravan.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to be installing hitch part number 87717 on a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan. We are underneath the vehicle now and I am going to go ahead and point out the attaching points that we are going to use for the hitch. As you can see there are 2 existing bolts in the bottom of the frame as well as a center hole here as well. The hitch is going to utilize this bolt here, as well as this hole here. On 2001 and newer models, we have a hole that is going to be existing here as well that the hitch is going to utilize. On this particular model, they do not have the hole already in the frame so we are going to have to go ahead and drill that out. So the first step is going to be to go ahead and take out this bolt on both sides of the frame. And then I will run it back in. It basically cleans the threads out themselves. A quick footnote, when removing this bolt if you have an older model vehicle that has seen a few winters there is a good chance that there is corrosion built up on the top side of that bolt. So you want to go ahead, if you are having trouble getting the bolt out do not force it. Get it out as far as you can. You can can, try to spray some WD40 through this access hole onto the top of the bolt to give it some lubricant there to help it get out. Otherwise, if you force it too much you could snap the weld nut inside the frame. Now that we have the 2 rear bolts removed from the frame, we want to go ahead and put the hitch back up into position so we know where to mark the holes. We want to re use the bolts that we just took out of the frame. Then I am going to go ahead and hand tighten those up and then we are going to drill out the holes in the rear now. Alight, we have the hitch up into position now and we are going to go ahead and drill out the forward most holes. Again on 2001 and newer models this hole is existing so you can go ahead and skip this step in the procedure. I am going to start by drilling a 1/4 inch pilot hole and then we are going to enlarge that to a 1/2 inch. Now that we have that hole drilled in the forward most location, we want to go ahead and fish the bolts through the frame to mount in these locations. The carriage bolt and block are going to go in both locations on both sides. We are going to use this bolt leader here, to fish them through the frame to get them into position. And what we want to do here is take the bolt leader, run it through the access hole and we are going to fish it to the end of the frame back behind the bumper. It is kind of hard to see hear but if you feel up into the frame here there is a hole here. It will actually feed through and out. You can kind of see that there. The bolt leader is coming out now and, with that in position, we want to put the block on first over the bolt leader. We want to be careful that we do not pull it through too much or this comes out of position.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Chevrolet Uplander - etrailer.com
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-install-chevrolet-uplander.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to install part number 13344 on our Chevrolet Uplander. All right, the first thing we need to do is go ahead and lower the Exhaust and temporarily remove this body bracket here. At this point we can go ahead and hang the hitch on the vehicle and snug it down to the frame because we have to use the hitch as a template to drill the rest of the holes in the frame. All right, with the hitch in place we will go ahead and drill a pilot hole, and the other holes we have to drill out in the frame will be right here. We will do one on each side toward the rear of the vehicle. And on some models you do not have to drill out back here, but on this model we actually have a hole that lines up with the body mount - no, the body bracket - so we will just go ahead and use that one. The next thing we do is install a handle nut that goes into the side of the frame here. We will bring it to the direction we need to match it to the hole right here. And repeat for the other side. Next we will reinstall our body bracket, going through the hitch to the existing well button in the frame. And now we will take these two bolts out and reinstall the Exhaust bracket. All right, at this point we can go ahead and snug down all the bolts and then make sure the hitch is where we want it. You might have a little bit of movement left to right. And then we will go ahead and torque down the bolts. Now we give the bolts their final torque. All right, that covers install of part number 13344 from Curt.
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Dodge Dakota - etrailer.com
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Hitch_install_2002_Dodge_Dakota.aspx Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information. Today we are going to be installing hitch part number 87554 on a 2002 Dodge Dakota. Alright, the first thing we want to do is go ahead and lower the spare tire and remove it and get it out of the way. Looking under the vehicle now, at the frame rails, the attaching points for the hitch are going to be here at the bottom of the frame. This existing hole, as well as this one here. There is a vertical attaching point as well, which is going to be where this bolt is here. So we need to actually remove the nut from the outboard side and pull this piece off. As you can see, there is an extra flange here that kind of holds the bolt in place while you are putting the nut on. If that happens to be pinched in between this particular set of bolts here, you might need to loosen these to allow this to be removed. So you will want to go ahead and remove this bolt and that assembly from both sides of the frame. As you can see I had to loosen these bolts here to get this top bolt out, the flange. You will want to make sure that you re tighten these as soon as you are able to get the top bolt out. Now that we have the bolt removed from the side of the frame, we will go ahead and put the hitch up into position. We are going to use the existing 7/16 bolt and we want to use the flat washer on there. We are going to put the bolt from the outside of the frame inward like so. The hitch flanges are actually going to be on the end board as well. With the vertical bolts now loosely installed on both sides, we are going to go back down to the bottom of the frame here. Then you want to fasten those with the hardened flat washer, lock washer, and nut. Proceeding 1997, your frame may not have the holes already existing in the frame. I believe the 1996 models have 1 hole and the 1995 and older actually have no holes, so both of them are going to need to be drilled. On this 2002 model, both holes are there. So we are going to go ahead and put the carriage bolts and blocks into place, in the top of the frame down through the holes in the hitch. We want to make sure we use the proper block alignment because there are 2 different ones that come with the hitch here. The one with the offset hole needs to go in the front. Now that we have all the bolts in place, we want to go ahead and tighten them down. We want to start with the vertical attachment point up on the side of the frame. We just want to kind of tighten it down, get it good and hand tightened on both sides. Then we want to come back and hand tighten these on both sides of the frame. After we have everything hand tightened down, we will go ahead and torque them down after that. Now that we have all of them hand tightened down, we want to go ahead and torque them down to their specified ratings. With all the bolts torqued down your installation is complete.
Installation of a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado - etrailer.com
http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2005_Chevrolet_Colorado.htm Today on our 2005 Chevy Colorado we will be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 87458. Now this is what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll give you some measurements to help in the selection of a ball mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is approximately 16". From the center of the hitch pin to the edge of the bumper is approximately 4-1/2". Now let's go ahead and with the installation of our hitch. On this particular vehicle the bumper brackets are on the outside of the frame. Note: Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.