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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation Kit part number 946435. Here's what this gooseneck is going to look like once it's installed on the truck. As you can see there's not a whole lot of visible up here in the bed except for the ball itself and then the safety chain loops here which are spring-loaded so when not in use they suck back down and being in the lower section of bed corrugation they stay pretty low and flush to make sure that they don't interfere with the use of your bed. Overall, this gooseneck is a really nice heavy-duty gooseneck hitch that has a 30,000lbs capacity and 7,500lbs vertical load limit so it's definitely going to be able haul just about whatever gooseneck trailer you're going to need to pull as long as your truck is rated for it. I like the way that this hitch is constructed because it's nice and it's really going to get the job done for anything you need to do. Also, the hole that needs to be drilled in the bed is a little bit smaller than those on some of the other goosenecks that are able to hide the ball. That's just going to help cut down on the area that needs to be cut out and help for a little bit cleaner look.



WeatherTech Front Floor Liners Review - 2008 Dodge Ram

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 we're going to be taking a look at the Weather Tech front floor mats in black, part number WT440121, also available in grey, part number WT460121 and in tan, part number WT450121. I really like the way that these floor mats contour the floor board of the vehicle, and they help to provide that superior protection but also you have that confidence in knowing that nothing is getting off of these floor mats that's going to get ground into the carpet, so you don't have to worry about cleaning the carpet underneath nearly as often as you would with factory floor mats. Here you can see the factory floor mat. Overall, it gives us coverage right down here along the bottom, but it doesn't give us coverage to keep from getting anything underneath it there as you can see debris. Then here under the pedals you can see that doesn't give us very good coverage, so it's collecting dirt and debris right there. Now let's take this out and put our Weather Tech in. We'll slide our Weather Tech into place here.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20x60 cargo carrier. This is a folding cargo carrier designed to work with 2-inch hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. We're going to start off by taking some measurements here. Ground clearance being first, we're going to have about 21 1/2-inches to the bottom of our carrier. Overall to our vehicle we're adding about 34 3/4-inches. Our closest point here is going to be about 14-inches away.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 we're doing a test fit of the Max Tow 48 by 21 Cargo Carrier. That part number is MT70422. Now, this is designed to work with two inch hitches and have a 500 pound weight capacity. Although it does have a pretty high weight capacity, it is very light weight. It's made out of an aluminum, so it's easy to insert and take out of your hitch. First thing we want to do is take a few measurements. Ground clearance being first, we're going to have about 21 inches. Overall, to our vehicle we're going to have about 28 1/4 inches.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23x60 Cargo Carrier. That part number is CC-100. We already have our carrier installed. This is designed to work with 2 inch hitches and has a 500 pound weight capacity. Although it does have a pretty high weight capacity it is pretty light weight so it's easy to insert and take out of your hitch. We're going to start off with a few measurements. Ground clearance being first.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Rack. That part number is TH824. Now we already have this laid across our tailgate. We're going to show you how to get it installed and then show you an example of to mount your items on there. To start off, we just drape this over tailgate just like so. We're going to open up our pocket here or our flap. It's going to allow us to gain access to our door here and be able to open that up.



Darby Extend-A-Truck Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 we're doing a test fit of the Darby Extend-A-Truck hitch mounted load extender. That part number is DTA944. Now, we already have it loaded in our first position here. We're going to go over some features and then we'll show you our second position. One of the great features of this Extend-A-Truck is that we are able to adjust it up and down on these different mounting points to fit the different heights of your truck. If you have a roof rack on your truck, you can always lift this or even lower it to adjust to fit anything that might be sitting diagonal off of your bed. Here we have it just about even with our roof on our cab of our truck.



B&W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today in our 2002 Dodge Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at installing the B,W custom under-bed installation kit for the companion fifth wheel trailer hitches. Part number BWGNRK1394-5W. This fifth wheel installation kit is designed to let you install your B,W companion fifth wheel trailer hitches. The adapters that work with this are part number BWRVK3500 or part number BWRVK3400. The under-bed design of this kit allows for full truck bed access. And when you're ready it's under 5 minutes to convert your empty truck bed into a fifth wheel hitch. We'll start off by unlocking our B,W hitch and installing our fifth wheel adapter. We have ours pre-assembled, so you can adjust the uprights here depending on your truck and trailer combination.



B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 we're going to be taking a look at and installing the BMW turnover ball under-bed gooseneck trailer hitch, with custom installation kit rated for 30,000 pounds. Part number BWGNRK1394. You can also use adapters for fifth wheels, part number BWRVK3500, or part number BWRVK3400. Some things that sets this set up apart from some of the other gooseneck hitches is that this one, with it being able to turn over here, it does help maintain a nice clean look, but you also don't have to keep the ball some place else. You can keep it right here so then when you need it, you can simply unlatch it, pull up using this little tab here and flip it over. Here's what this gooseneck hitch looks like from underneath the truck once it's installed. As you can see, it's nicely sitting on top of the frame rails and that's about as low as it's going to go except when the ball sticks out. It may come down just a little bit further.



Husky Base Rail Kit Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram

Today in our 2006 Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at, and installing, the Husky Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number HT31413-686. Here's what it looks like once its installed. It's got a nice, black, powder-coated finish. It's a custom kit that uses existing holes on your frame to help expedite in your installation time by not having to drill any holes in your frame. It's going to work with most of the 5th wheel hitch manufacturers on the market. One of the reasons you're going to want a hitch like this is, it's going to make your installation time very quick, because you're only going to have to drill four holes through the bed of your truck, where some of them are going to require you to put six or eight holes through the bed of your truck. We can go ahead and show you how it installs with our 5th wheel. Drop in down on; you'll take your pins, slide them through. We'll install our clip. Next we'll go ahead and show you how to install.



Putco PURE Halogen Headlight Bulbs Installation - 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2003 Dodge RAM pickup 2500 series, we will be installing the putco pure high performance 9007 halogen headlight bulbs. Part number P239007DW. This is what our old headlights looked like. And here is what our new putco pure high performance lights look like. Replace your factory headlights, and add a custom look to your vehicle with this double wide hue. It emits a bright white color that maintains the original look of you vehicle, but with a far greater light yield.



Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today at our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the blue ox 00:00:06 base plate kit with fixed arms, part number BX1989. When you're ready to tow, remove these rubber plugs which are going to keep dirt and grime out of your base plate. Put them in, rotate it until it locks and that's secure, and then we do the same thing on the other side. You're ready to hook up your tow bar. As you can see, we have a nice big area for our safety chains, it comes from our coach and we'll have room to mount our wiring. We can simply mount our six or seven pole connector, or four flat if that's what you're going to be using. They'll simply screw into those two there.



SMI Air Force One Braking System Installation - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the SMI Air Force One supplemental braking system for motor homes with air brakes, part number SM99243. Here's what it looks like once it's installed, simply plug in your air and comes on. Once your air hose is disconnected, your system is turned off, plug it in and now your system is live. This is your breakaway switch so if your tow bar was to come unattached from the vehicle it would turn on and that would apply the brakes in the vehicle and let it coast to a stop on the side of the road. As you apply your air brakes in your coach, it pulls the pedal down. This system is proportional so when you're braking on your RV is at half your vehicle is at half and the further you go down the more brake you're going to apply to your towed vehicle. As you can see your backup camera as we apply our brakes, our red LED lights up that's on our rear-view mirror.



Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit, Part Number RM-15267. Now that we have it installed, you can see this nice coiled 7-way to 6-way power cord. It's coiled to keep it up off the ground. It'll stretch out and come back as it needs you as you turn the corners with the vehicle and the tow coach. Now, we can go ahead and test our system. We can try our tail lights, our left turn and brake, and our right turn and brake. Now, with our Tow Doctor hooked up, we're not going to get both bulbs on the brakes to flash at the same time, but if you have a turn signal bulb, it's going to be that they share the brake bulbs, so if that one's working, your brake bulb's going to work also. Let's go ahead and show you how to install it.



Best 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup Hitch Options

Today we'll be taking a look at the four best hitch options available for our 2009 Ram 3500. Up top we're going to have the CURT class five trailer hitch receiver, part number C15809. Next down we're going to have that Reese Titan, which is going to be part number 45288. The third one down here is going to be that CURT XD or extra duty receiver hitch, part number C15409. Down here on the bottom is going to be our Draw-Tite class four, part number 41929. Up top we're going to talk about these two, the CURT and the Reese.



Curt EZr Double Lock Gooseneck Trailer Hich Installation - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Curt EZR Double Lock Underbed Gooseneck trailer hitch with installation kit. Part #C612-6600. When we're ready to tow our trailer, we're simply going to reach under, grab, pull it out, and tilt it to the side so it catches and drop in the ball. Notice that it's going to go in one way. Then, all you have to do is release your handle and lock it in place. With it locked in place, your ball isn't going to go anywhere. It's going to have the nice spring-loaded chain tie downs on either side that are going to allow you to put those safety chains right under. The center locator is a great feature of this hitch.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Proportional Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160, with assistance from the Tekonsha Plug-in Wire Adapter, part number 3020-P. Now here on our brake controller, you can see that it's going to be fully adjustable, with 3 different settings here on the side, so you can adjust the pitch or the controller on the inside of the vehicle. Not only that, we have our trailer connected now. You can note that by seeing the C on the side here. Press in the manual and you can see the gain for the manual switch on our trailer. Since this is a proportional braking system, this is going to be how much power you're putting out to those trailer brakes, as well as selecting from the different boost modes here on the top, depending on what trailer you have connected will depend on what boost you're going to select. The wheel here on the side is going to be the power wheel to adjust the power that's going back to your brakes.



Clazzio Perforated Leather Seat Cover Installaion - 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2008 Dodge Ram pickup 2500 quad cab, we'll be doing an install of the Clazzio Perforated Leather Seat Covers in tan, part number L-EADOB7021TTT. Also available in grey, part number L-EADOB7019GGG. The Clazzio seat covers are a custom leather seat cover that contours exactly to fit your specific vehicle. It features memory foam inserts that provide a nice, cushioned ride. As you can see, the memory foam covers most of the underside of our seat covers. The leather is treated with an anti-bacterial and anti-odor coating. The seat covers are specially threaded to be durable, yet able to break in the case of an airbag deployment.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

On this 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup, 2500 Series, we're going to review and install the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Break Controller. Part number: TK90160. Also, to help us with our install, we'll be using part number: 3020-P from Tekonsha. This is a Dodge Break Control Wire Harness. This is what the Tekonsha Primus IQ Break Controller looks like, when installed in our Dodge truck. This is your manual override control right here. This only applies the breaks on the trailer, if you ever need it. Take a look at our display here, it also shows an NC, which means no connection to a trailer, which is correct for us right now.



Draw-Tite Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

On this 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup, 2500 series. We're going to show you the Hide-A-Goose under bed gooseneck trailer hitch with the installation kit. Part number 9464-35. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed in our truck. As you can see there's really not much to it. It's all very flat and doesn't stick above the bed of the truck, until you put the hitch ball into place.





Dodge Ram Pickup Questions

  • To determine the size of the hub assembly you need to purchase you have to determine which bearings are in the old assembly. If the old assembly has L44649 inner bearings, you would use the hub you chose # 8-258-5UC1. If the inner bearings are marked L44643, you will need # 8-258BTUC1. If you do not have the old bearings, you need to measure the inner bearing surface on the spindle to determine if the 1.063 inch dimension or 1.00 inch dimension will be needed to accept the bearing....
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  • It sounds like you are on the right track to rewire your cattle trailer. You are correct about the wire colors on the 7-way connector that you purchased. The colors that you see on the 7-way connector are typical for RV style trailers rather than utility, cargo, or livestock style trailers. The black wire should be connected to the terminal in the 7-way connector labeled black. This is the terminal in the 11 oclock position when you are looking at the back of the trailer connector...
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  • It sounds like you have narrowed the problem down to being on your 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 since multiple trailers have had the same results when connected to that vehicle. It sounds like the problem could be a blown relay on your truck since you have checked the fuses. However, the fuse you would be looking for should be in cavity J14 and will require a 20 amp cartridge fuse. We have seen this issue a few times and have seen some threads on the internet where people have had...
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  • Thank you for sending the photo, it really makes things easier! The connector you show in your photo is not the connector for installing a brake controller. If you look on the firewall behind the emergency brake, you will see a white wiring junction box. The blue female connector that accepts the # 3020-P brake control wiring adapter is located alongside or on top of this junction box, as you can see in the photo I have edited for you. I have also linked you to an install video...
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  • If your trailer has 7 wires running all the way back to the brakes, then yes, you can tap into the existing wiring. Each of your new brakes will have two wires for the brake magnet. One wire is for 12 volt power to the brake magnets and the other wire should be grounded either to the trailer frame or to the main trailer ground wire. It does not matter which wire is used for power or ground because they are not polarized. If the trailer wiring is running down the left side...
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  • Leaf springs typically have the part # stamped on the strap that holds the leafs together at one end of the shorter leafs, or it is painted on the concave side of the springs. The part number can then be used to determine the capacity of the springs. Generally springs with any age on them will be very hard to get a part number off of. You would then need to go by the axle capacity to determine the spring capacity, which would be 1/2 of the axle capacity. If you have a 3,500 lb...
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  • Your 2004 Dodge should have the connector if the 4-pole connector was factory installed, but it might be a bit tricky to locate. Behind the emergency brake pedal on the firewall is a white junction box. The blue connector you are looking for is located above the junction box, and is sometimes actually pinned to the top of the box. You might need to give the connector a tug to get it free. The connector is sometimes hidden by the wires entering the top of the box, so sometimes...
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  • The 205/65-10 and the 20.5 x 8-10 would be very close in size. Assuming that 20.5 is the diameter of the tire and 8 is the width. The Kenda 205/65-10 Bias Trailer Tire with 10 inch White Wheel, # AM3H390, for example, is 8.3 inches wide with a diameter of 20.5 inches. So it will be slightly wider than a 20.5 x 8. Even though it is such a small difference, I would recommend measuring for clearance on the trailer to ensure a proper fit. I have also included a link below on measuring...
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  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2409 is indeed a correct fit for your 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Limited; I confirmed this with my technical contact at Blue Ox. The Aventa LX tow bar # BX7445 you referenced is fully compatible and is the most popular choice for owners of the Dodge Ram. This tow bar includes the required safety cables. The other components you'll need for safe and legal flat-towing are a lighting/wiring kit and a supplementary braking system for your towed...
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  • The Tru Ryde grease seals you mentioned, part # RG06-70 are indeed a replacement for the 10-036-00 Dexter seals. They would work great for your application.
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  • In my opinion, the best way to tow a fifth wheel trailer with your 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 with the OEM fifth wheel prep package is to use a fifth wheel hitch that fits the in-bed pucks in your truck bed. You have several hitch options that will work, but my favorite is the B&W Companion 25K Fifth Wheel Hitch, # BWRVK3600. This hitch will drop right into the pucks in the truck bed and once it is removed, you will have full access to your bed. Curt also makes fifth wheel hitches...
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  • As long as the bolt pattern is the same and you have enough room all around the existing tires for the larger size then yes, you can go to a 15 inch wheel and tire. There are a couple other things you will want to look at though. If the wheels attach to your hubs using wheel bolts and not lug nuts then the center pilot hole of the new wheels as to be exactly the same as the old wheels. Otherwise the wheel will not center on the hub. If the wheel does use lug nuts then the...
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  • A short bed truck by itself can pose a challenge for 5th wheel towing due to the limited front-to-back clearance between the truck cab and the trailer's overhang. When we add the Rambox feature we also add another complication: reduced side-to-side clearance. Hitch makers like Reese, Curt and B&W discourage use of 5th wheels in such trucks; that said, there are those that have satisfactorily installed 5th wheels anyway. The best solution for the turning clearance problem...
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  • There are several ways to adapt a 5th wheel trailer to enable it to be towed with a truck that has a goose neck hitch installed. The best choice for you will depend on how often you need to change between trailer types. Some of the adapters that allow this flexibility will put more stress on the trailer frame than other types. Options are still somewhat limited for newer vehicles like your 2014 Ram. The best method is to replace the pin box on your 5th wheel with a compatible...
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  • Yes, I can certainly help you with getting your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 hooked up with a brake controller. The item you selected, Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, will work great on your Dodge Ram, and I would recommend it. The P2 Brake Controller is a proportional brake controller, so it applies brake power to your trailer in proportion to the brake pressure applied to your vehicle. If you have a factory 7-way on the truck then all you will need to install...
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  • The lighting malfunctions you describe could be caused by one of several factors, but the most common faults that would account for them are either a bad ground or an overloaded wiring harness on the vehicle. Since you have tried your 2004 Ram Pickup with another trailer and have the same problem I suggest you first focus on the vehicle for troubleshooting. The best tool for this is a circuit tester, such as # 3808 or # 40376. First, you will want to test the Ram trailer connector...
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  • The Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 and the Primus IQ # TK90160 share some basic features, but there are many differences. The most obvious ones are the displays and appearances of the units, which are connected to the usability of the brake controllers while towing. The P2 has a brighter, light-colored LED display that is easier to read than the red LED display on the Primus, and the P2 also features a rotary lever for the manual braking feature, while the Primus uses an...
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  • It sounds as if you have an electric over hydraulic braking system on your horse trailer. Most OEM brake controllers are not compatible with electric over hydraulic actuators. If you trailer brakes are working, you may find that your actuator is cycling on and off when connected to the truck and this will significantly shorten the life of the actuator. The Dodge factory brake controllers are designed to be used with electric trailer brakes only and are not designed to be used...
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  • The red light on the Hayes-Lemmerz Energize Electric Trailer Brake Controller, item # HA81745 should not illuminate until the brake pedal is pressed or the manual lever is activated. You may need to readjust the brake controller. This could happen because the brake controller position in the mount has changed or because the trailer weight has changed affecting the the ride height of the vehicle. If this does not solve the issue and the trailer brakes are not functioning properly...
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  • There is most likely a separate fuse and/or relay for the running light circuit on your 2012 Dodge Ram 3500. The easiest way to find any fuses or relays is to use the owners manual and/or legend on the power distribution box lid for the locations of items related to the tow package wiring. From what I could find in the online version of the owners manual, the trailer tow lamps/park lamps fuse is in cavity J14 and requires a blue 20 amp cartridge fuse.
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