Van and Pickup Accessories: Installing a Hitch Mount Kit
There are a lot of aftermarket hitch mount kits available in the market nowadays. No welding or drilling is required to install these kits. They can be mounted to the existing holes in the vehicle's frame which makes it a fun and interesting DIY project for you to do!
We have listed the reminders, steps, and tools that you will need to help you install a hitch mount kit on your Town and Country Van.
Tools that You'll Need:C-clamp setSocket setWrench setTorque WrenchHydraulic jackHitch mount kit
Tips and Reminders:
- Make sure that you're working on a solid, level surface. Engage the parking brakes before starting the installation project.
- Hitch mount kits are classified into five separate categories, and each category is based on the amount of weight the hitches can support. Classes 1 and 2 can support up to 3,500lbs while classes 4, 5, and 5 can support up to 10,000lbs. Determine first the amount of weight you will be pulling before installing a hitch for your vehicle.
- Some vehicles don't have pre-drilled holes to accommodate hitch mounts. Use a loosely assembled hitch as a template for drilling. Never drill holes that are wider than 1/16-inch thicker than the bolts, because the bolts will not hold.
- Wear safety goggles and closed-toe shoes to avoid any accidents while doing this project.
Step 1:Place the hydraulic jack underneath the vehicle's rear axle. Lift the vehicle so you will have enough room to access the van's frame.
Step 2: Lie on your back and crawl under the van to locate the frame rails' two bolts. They are located at the rail's rear-most part.
Step 3: Use a wrench to remove the bolts. Then, insert the hitch mount kit's washers on each bolt.
Step 4: Crawl out of the van and lift the trailer hitch into position. Make sure the hitch and the frame rails are properly aligned.
Step 5: Use a set of C-clamps to secure the hitch mount to the frame rails. Insert the bolts through the holes and thread them.
Step 6: Use a torque and socket wrench to tighten the bolts to 75 ft-lbs. Make sure to apply the right amount of torque when securing them.
Step 7: Use the hydraulic jack to lower the vehicle to the ground. Install all the electrical connections, and check if the turn signals or brake lights are working.
Step 8: Head out, and tow your gear to check if the installation was successful.
Installing an aftermarket hitch mount kit will take about 40 minutes for an expert DIYer, and around an hour for a beginner. Stay safe always!