bing tracking image
  1. Gooseneck Hitch
  2. Reese
  3. Removable Ball - Stores in Truck
  4. Below the Bed
  5. In Bed Release
  6. Manual Ball Removal
Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for GM Underbed Gooseneck Hitch

Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for GM Underbed Gooseneck Hitch

Item # RP23FR
Retail:$341.99
Our Price: $225.73
You Save: $116.26
Gooseneck Hitch

Will this fit?

To see if this custom-fit item will work for you please tell us what vehicle you'll use it with.

Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Add to cart
zoom in icon
slider vertical icon
zoom out icon
Comment field cannot be left empty.
Name field cannot be left empty.

Thank you! Your comment has been submitted successfully. You should be able to view your question/comment here within a few days.

Error submitting comment. Please try again momentarily.

Product Images

In Use/Installed

Need help with installation?
Locate installers near me
Ball fits your GM factory-installed underbed gooseneck trailer hitch and features an easy-to-use lever and ball bearing locking system. Includes 2 safety chain loops, rubber ball cover, and storage bag. 1-800-940-8924 to order Reese gooseneck hitch part number RP23FR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for GM Underbed Gooseneck Hitch. Gooseneck Hitch reviews from real customers.
  • All Info
  • Reviews (434)
  • Q & A (0)
  • Videos (8)
  • Photos

Reese Gooseneck Hitch - RP23FR

  • Reese
  • Removable Ball - Stores in Truck
  • Below the Bed
  • In Bed Release
  • Manual Ball Removal
  • 30000 lbs GTW
  • 2-5/16 Hitch Ball

Ball fits your GM factory-installed underbed gooseneck trailer hitch and features an easy-to-use lever and ball bearing locking system. Includes 2 safety chain loops, rubber ball cover, and storage bag.


Features:

  • Hitch ball is designed for use with factory-installed gooseneck hitches on GM trucks
  • Pop-In ball fits securely in hitch and is easy to insert and remove
    • Lift and turn integrated lever to unlock and remove ball
    • Locks with built-in ball bearing system
  • 2 Safety chain hookups included
    • Attach directly to receivers built into underbed rails for simple mounting and removal
  • Storage bag keeps ball in good condition when not in use
  • Rubber cover keeps ball hole free from dirt and debris when ball is removed


Specs:

  • Gross towing weight: 30,000 lbs
    • Capacity is limited to that of your hitch
  • Ball size: 2-5/16"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


30948 Reese Elite Series Pop In Ball Kit for GM Under Bed Goose Neck Hitch

Installation Details RP23FR Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles




Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Video of Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for GM Underbed Gooseneck Hitch

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Reese Elite Series Pop In Gooseneck Ball Kit Installation - 2024 GMC Sierra 3500

Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2024 GMC Sierra 3500, we're gonna be checking out the Goose Ball and Safety Chain Kit by Reese, which is designed for the OEM prep packages. It's really cool now, at least I think, that a lot of these manufacturers are starting to put tow prep packages right from the factory in the bed of these heavy duty trucks. And it makes sense, you know, it makes it super convenient to be able to pull your gooseneck trailer around, or even drop in a fifth wheel head and pull your fifth wheel. So you know, it's really cool.

With that said, that's exactly how this kit's gonna work. They're just gonna drop into place. And this particular one is gonna have a 30,000 pound weight capacity, and it's going to have a two and five 16ths diameter ball. So pretty standard as far as goosenecks go. To compare this kit to some of the other ones available, the biggest differences are gonna be the locking or unlocking type mechanism, and the style of safety chain openings.

So locking mechanism first. This one isn't bad. This piece is actually metal and kind of spring loaded, so you lift up on it, rotate it, then you can pull the ball out to lock it in. Just do the opposite, you know, it's not going anywhere. One thing I could potentially see happening over extended periods of time, or especially left out in the weather or something.

In here, it might just get caked up or seized up, and might be difficult to operate. That's just my thought on it, at least. But I actually have the CURT kit on hand, which is this one here, and it's actually pretty similar. It drops in, and there's this style of mechanism. So that piece is metal too.

That one, you just flip it up, rotate it about a quarter turn, and it pulls out. Potentially, I could see the same thing happening to this as the Reese. Not saying it will, but that's just my thought. And then, there's a kit that unfortunately I don't have on hand today, but it is my favorite one. It's the BMW, and it's almost completely different. It has a ball that drops in, but there's a big handle that comes off of it. That's how you unlock it and do it like that. So you know, there's not these smaller parts to deal with, and you know, to pull it out and everything, you're not gonna have to get your hands dirty, you just grab it by that handle. As far as the (indistinct) safety chain openings go, they're not bad by any means. The way they work is this little mechanism in here, kind of just drop it in and then you rotate it, it locks itself down into place. The BMW ones are fairly similar in how they're gonna work. And these are somewhat thin, which I think is a good thing. You're able to get, you know, these smaller size hooks on them. This one's wanting to fight me now, but you can get that size. This is a five 16ths. Just to kind of give an example there. You know, it is tight, but it does work. With the CURT ones, they're super beefy, which you know, you definitely can rely on them, in the event of an unlikely disconnect. But the thing is with these that I've ran into is, you know, with the smaller size hooks like this one, these are so thick, you know, you can almost get it over it. I feel like if I snap this in, I'm really gonna have to fight it to to get it off. So just something to think about, you know, if you end up liking the CURT more than the others, or vice versa. You know, think about what style the hook is on your trailer, and you might have to change that out or do something a little bit different there. You do get a couple extras with the Reese kit. You know, they give you this little carrying case, which is nice. You can kind of throw everything in there, keep it organized and all together. And then they give you a plug as well. So even though your truck has little covers from the factory, not bad to have a spare or backup. You know, you can put that one in there and use it, or continue to use your factory one. Choice is entirely up to you. And that'll finish up our look at of the Reese Goose Ball and Safety Chain Kit for OEM prep packages on our 2024 GMC Sierra 3500.

Customer Satisfaction Score:


Customer Reviews

Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit for GM Underbed Gooseneck Hitch - RP23FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (434 Customer Reviews)

Ball fits your GM factory-installed underbed gooseneck trailer hitch and features an easy-to-use lever and ball bearing locking system. Includes 2 safety chain loops, rubber ball cover, and storage bag.

by:
GMC

Perfect fit for 2018 GMC 2500



by:

Good well built product



by:



by:



by:



by:
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Great



by:

Ordered in March of 2022 - installed in July of 2023 in a 2015 F350. Received boxes after a reasonable few days of shipping transit. Was fortunate to be home shortly after delivery and compare the parts list to the received contents. As reviewed by others - both boxes had extensive damage and there had been an attempt by someone to re-tape the boxes with lots of clear packing tape...but 3 of the 4 pucks were missing. Due to the marginal packaging, the larger heavy parts had some paint missing, but otherwise undamaged. Contacted etrailer customer service and they were very good about responding and immediately sending the replacement pucks.

Prior research? I could find no other system that allowed me to have full convenient use of the 8' bed and provide both 5th wheel carrier and goose-neck hitch capabilities that came as close to maxing the rated hauling ability of the vehicle (for a reasonable price).

As always...there's no better motivation than necessity (the purchase of 5th wheel RV). I planned a full day to do the install...it took 2 1/2 days. It's not the hitch's fault, it's the preparations. Removing the bed bolts took two days. There are no instructions, or edited videos, that can prepare you for 7 out of 8 bolts that are soo seized in the nuts that they are beyond difficult to remove. These factory bolts are designed to have an interference fit through the nuts. The protective coating on the bolts and nuts is effectively scraped off during installation, and with a little corrosion, no longer function as a separable bolt and nut. I sprayed penetrant oil on all the bolt threads the evening before (not easy where some of them are located), and carefully used a Dremel tool to remove the sprayed rhino-lining covering the bolt head/washers (fortunately, whoever applied the lining had covered the torx socket on each bolt). I also used the Dremel to remove the rhino-lining from where the 5 bed holes are required (referencing measurements given in the hitch instructions) and was able to find the factory dimples indicating the exact hole locations.

The next morning, I pilot drilled the dimples, checked under the bed for any possible interferences, and then patiently, with some cutting oil, slowly hole-sawed the holes in the bed (videos of this part always edit out the length of time this takes). Starting in on the bed bolts…the supplied torx bit removed the first bolt, but with difficulty. Though if the rest had come out similarly, I'd have had them all out in under 30 minutes. The supplied bit broke on the next bolt...as did 2 more impact rated bits. Neither a pneumatic impact wrench, an electric impact wrench, or a long pipe on the handle of a ½” breaker bar had any chance of turning any of the 7 remaining bolts without breaking another torx bit.

There are limits to the options you have to remove seized bolts. My possibilities were:

A. Weld something to the exposed head of the bolt to provide a better way to apply turning force.
B. Drill the head deeper and use an "easy-out" to try to turn the bolt.
C. Use a grinder to remove the head of the bolt.
D. Drill the head off completely.

A and B are desirable because (if successful) all of each bolt would be unthreaded from inside the bed. However, adequate welding creates heat that can damage the surrounding area (paint and linings) and has the potential to damage electrical systems of the vehicle. I broke 2 easy-outs on my first attempt of B. Grinding is possibly the easiest (if you have the right tools), but be aware that you could easily damage the bolt holes as there is considerable tension on each bolt and the bed will raise up around the bolt as you are close to having it ground off, but not sufficiently ground to be able to pass through the washer and the hole in the bed. Ultimately, what worked best for me was to drill the head completely. The bed bolts are hardened automotive class bolts and are not easy to drill. The torx socket in the bolt head provides both a guide, and a reservoir for cutting oil. I used first a 1/4" bit (to about 3/4" deep), then a 1/2", then a 3/4" bit, and a liberal amount of cutting oil for each (if you don’t have actual cutting oil…penetrating fluid or even engine oil will be much better than nothing). Once you reach the shoulder of the bolt below the head with the 3/4" bit, the entire head comes off cleanly. If you don't stay well centered while drilling, you may need to use a 7/8" bit at the last. You may have to almost stand on the drill, and drill slowly, but at least you have gravity working for you. Don't expect to get more than 2 bolts with each set of bits (you need at least four of each size unless they are very good drills, or you are adept at re-sharpening drill bits). This process requires at least some of both finesse and patience.

Any of the 4 methods above are going to destroy the bolt. Fortunately, I was able to order replacement bolts (which include a washer and the clip-retainer nuts for each) for next-day delivery. Be smart, and just order them to have on hand before starting this project.

All the information on the internet seems accurate about the steps necessary to raise the bed of the truck once you get the bolts unattached. Personally, I made sure to replace the fuel and DEF caps after the hoses were released from the bed (don’t allow any contaminates to get into either). Now...just because you can raise the bed, doesn't mean you can remove all the headless bolts. The enlarged shank just below the removed heads of these bolts may not all go through the holes in the truck frame. This means you have to raise the bed far enough to be able to get a grinder (thin-cut) to cut the bolt below the enlarged shank. Be sure to “block” the bed up so it is stable and safe to work under. I was able to hold the headless bolts above the truck frame with a vise-grip to get access to the smaller portion of the bolt. One of these was almost directly above the fuel tank. Without welder or grinder blankets, I used dampened towels to cover and protect the tank and hoses.

Having the bed raised an extra amount made removing the pieces of the old bolts and their retainer nuts (you’ll also have to grind/cut each of the old nut retainer clips), and installing the new retainer nuts easier. After placing the under-bed parts of the hitch (all except the gooseneck hitch mount plate), I lowered the bed back down (slowly while checking for pinched hoses, wiring, or any other interferences, and installed most of the hardware loosely (for the hitch, hoses, wiring, etc). Don’t install the bed bolts yet as you may want to see down through the holes to make sure they all line up while you measure and position the bed to be sure it’s centered (relative to the truck cab) and aligned squarely on the frame.

After all this unplanned preparation, the rest of the actual hitch install went quickly. Pay attention to making sure the puck locations are "square" (diagonally) by the measurements as you snug the bolts. I used a rope with one end tied to a ½” drive extension through the center of the gooseneck mount plate, up over a 2x4 across the top of the truck bed and back down through the plate to pull it up and hold it in place from below, to get washers and nuts started on the carriage bolts. It should center itself nicely into the hole in the bed. At this point, after assuring the bed was in exactly the position I wanted, I coated each of the bed bolts with anti-seize compound and installed the bolts. Once each was threaded in 5 or 6 turns with a manual ratchet, I used a pneumatic impact wrench to take them down to ‘loose-snug’. If a bolt quits turning with the pneumatic wrench, stop immediately and let it cool for a while. Use a manual wrench to back it out a ½ turn or so and then continue screwing it in with the pneumatic wrench. You don’t want one of the new bolts to seize during installation and have to take everything apart to replace it. The new bed bolts should come with specifications for final torquing.

Start sequentially snugging the hitch mounting bolts, all the while checking that the pucks in the bed have the right spacing and are positioned squarely. I had to buy a new open-end wrench for the bolt heads that are inside the tubes on each side of the assembly (the head on my one ancient wrench that fit the bolt head was way too wide to reach inside the tube…a new wrench worked without modification). Do not fail to torque all the bolts to specification in the instructions. The special scalloped-edge dished washers are designed to dig in and flatten under specified torque. This keeps them from loosening and assures that all the load from your cherished RV, Horse trailer, or any attached trailer, is transferred and properly distributed to the frame of the vehicle. Dropping the spare tire is almost mandatory to properly access and torque the nuts for the gooseneck hitch plate – as is a selection of ½” drive extensions.

And finally, I had to re-coat the heads and washers of the new bed bolts with something at least approximating the toughness of the existing rhino-lining. In my experience, the so-called bed liner brand-name sprays available are worthless. The only thing I found locally is “HERCULINER”. It took about 10 coats to fill up and coat over the new bed bolt heads & washers.

Yes – this is a great addition to vehicles that performs like a factory installed feature. Just be aware that the process of installation might not be as simple and timely as instructions and videos would suggest. In my case…two days of additional install time (and a slight test of ability and patience) against possibly 10 years of reliable service is a small inconvenience. A lug-mounted 5th wheel carrier dropped into this newly installed under-bed multi-purpose hitch like it was “made-to-fit”. I have full use of my vehicle for many purposes with just one installed assembly. You can’t ask more than that!



by:

Besides removing the bed of the truck and needing to grind off the bed bolts. The installation of the hitch was easy and a very heavy duty product.



by:

I recently purchased a 2016 Ram 3500 with 5th wheel tow package already present on truck. I wanted an additional goose neck product and looked at various suppliers online and found etrailer products offered for sale. After to speaking with Heather who answered all my questions as well as reviewed feedback from customers I chose to go with the Reese gooseneck kit. I received the product within the shipping date provided to me and I went out to install it. It took me all of 3 mins to install with no issues. I did my best to remove, shake and couldn't get them to budge. It took me a total of 5 mins to remove the parts and storing them back under the rear seat. The parts fit perfect, look great as well as we're the cheapest price I could find. Their online video is all the install instructions you need! I will definitely use etrailer in the future. Thanks Heather!



by:

Will try to keep this as real as it gets out there.
2015 F250 XLT Crew Cab 8' Bed

Ordered the Reese Elite Gooseneck and Barger 90 degree wiring harness.

Received the gooseneck hitch and harness quickly. Free shipping got here in two days. Item came in two boxes. The rails were poorly packaged. Box was basically open and beat to hell, leaving markings on the rails' paint. Didn't bother me, but might others. The pucks were loose in the box and were lucky they did not fall out.

The second box with the ball, ball mount, harness and misc. hardware was packed so well it took about 5 minutes to take off all the staples and then each product was individually boxed inside. Wish they would treat the rail box with the same care.

Instructions are ok. Used the online install video instead. The video is slightly simplified as getting the nuts on the bolts is a slight challenge for a one man install. I was able to do the entire installation by myself with the exception of the four rail-to-frame bolts. Getting these snugged up to the point of being able to torque took two people simply because the nuts are hidden on the backside of the rail...particularly the driver-side front...which is slightly behind the gas tank, but still accessible.

My F250 is factory lifted 4-5" so I did not have to remove the rear wheels, nor did I have to remove the spare tire or heat shield. Lower trucks will need the rear wheels pulled.

Installing the ball mounting plate took some doing. Got one bolt on then decided to actually install the ball into the plate from above pulling the plate tight below. I used vice grips to basically keep the plate mounted tight rather than trying to lift it from underneath with one had and bolt it with the other.

For me the most time consuming part of the project was getting the darned bed bolts off to lift the right side. Broke the T50 bit they supplied and then two others. Finally gave up and ground off two of the remaining bolts...and ordered replacements. Tip for those doing this on their own, you may want to spray the bolts from under with PB Blaster the day before you intend to install. I forgot and the issue was likely that the bolts were rusted.

The wiring harness was a breeze, although I wish a shorter version was available. (Perhaps I missed it). Had to loop/zip tie about 2-3' under the bed. Connecting between the factory connectors did require me to pull the mounting plate. Was a bit tight to just slip the new connector in. Also, working the harness thru the hole in the bed side was a bit tight. Install probably took 10 minutes after getting the holes drilled.

Total install time for this slightly skilled guy was about 3-1/2 hours...after the bed bolts fiasco.

Oh...and did it all with a cast on the left arm. Ha!

Now to see how she tows!



by:

This drop in gooseneck hitch is all that it reports to be. Easy to use and convenient to store.



by:

The kit appears very heavy duty and built to work. Excited for when I get to put it work pulling a stock trailer with cattle, and whatever else I can find for it.



by:

Product took less than a minute to install on my 2015 Ram 3500. Would highly recommend this product for those who have the factory 5th wheel and gooseneck prep package from Ram in their truck.



by:

I'm very delighted with the product and the superior service provided. My order was initially scheduled for delivery weeks into the new year. However the very helpful contact lady found my item and got it delivered to me within days. I'm so grateful. Thank you all so very much.



by:

Perfect fit, extremely fast shipping. Thanks so much



by:

The hitch worked out perfectly, The chain pucks are a little small for some chain hooks, there rating is fine but to safety hooks for the rating of the fifth wheel would not fit in the holes, so I was forced to use hooks with the less rating, put 20000 miles on the ball and it was fine.



by:

Purchased for a 2006 Silverado Crew Cab Duramax. Previous owner left the underbed portion of the assembly. The actual ball mount is very easy to install with detailed instructions. Plastic trim on top is sort of cheap with unreliable double sided tape from the manufacturer, which I will have to replace. I would not recommend for lifted trucks as the ball sits approx 6 inches higher than a hideaway turnover type, unless you have that much room to adjust your gooseneck trailer. Other than that, I am pleased.



by:

Perfect equipment. Quick install and removal so I can use my truck to haul flat material without a fixed hitch getting in the way.

I’ve been towing a 7 ton dump trailer or pulling a 28” flat bed w a 5 ton skid steer for a year now flawlessly.

Highly recommended equipment and company at etrailer



by:

I have had great success with this converter. Easy to install, I love the remote release cable. Ride is comfortable. Did not disappoint whatsoever.



by:

Still loving this easy to use hitch!



by:

Great hitch to convert your Reece elite puck system to a gooseneck. Plastic cover is pointless and doesn’t stay down, but it’s not needed anyway.



by:

I think this hitch is great, it was kind of hard to tighten the bolts that are for the chain hooks but after a year it has held up great and nothing is loose on it. I haul our 14k equipment trailer multiples times a week and a 22k gooseneck with our backhoe at least once every two weeks in between jobs. I also use it to move our 5th wheel with an attachment and it pulls really smooth. The only thing is the dust covers won’t stay on but it’s fine I just vacuum them.



by:

Worked out slick. Put Never Seizure on the shaft and bearings that hold ball in place. Should be good to go.



by:

Shipped quickly... Thank you.



by:

I love it. Has worked flawlessly since being installed. Install directions were good with step by step instructions that were easy to follow. If there was any one thing I would knock, it would be the boxes were pretty well destroyed when it got delivered, but that is t necessarily etrailer’s doing. Nothing was missing and all parts were individually packaged. Solid, sturdy, well constructed. Highly recommend for anybody wanting to add a puck system/gooseneck ball to there HD GM truck.


25
434
Show More Reviews

See what our Experts say about this Reese Gooseneck Hitch

Do you have a question about this Gooseneck Hitch?


Info for this part was:

Employee Lindsey S
Edited by:
Lindsey S
Employee Joshua S
Video Edited:
Joshua S
Employee Jacob T
Video Edited:
Jacob T
Employee Dustin K
Video Edited:
Dustin K
Employee Chris R
Video Edited:
Chris R
Employee Wilson B
Updated by:
Wilson B
Employee Manda E
Updated by:
Manda E
Employee Jonathan Y
Video by:
Jonathan Y
Employee Aidan B
Video by:
Aidan B
Employee John S
Video by:
John S
Employee Thomas T
Video by:
Thomas T
Employee Conner L
Test Fit:
Conner L
Employee Jacob H
Test Fit:
Jacob H
Employee Ryan G
Test Fit:
Ryan G
Employee Andy C
Installed by:
Andy C
Employee Justice A
Written by:
Justice A

At etrailer.com we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.