Installing the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose on a 2007 Ram 2500 With Gooseneck Hitch Previously Installed

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I purchased a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 short bed pickup and it already had a full time gooseneck hitch installed. I am wanting to install the draw tite hitch. The problem is the hole that was cut into the bed is centered at 42 inches instead of the 44 stated in the instructions. Can I use the hole at 42 inches to install this hitch?

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It is likely that the previous gooseneck hitch was from a different manufacturer. Gooseneck hitch manufacturers vary on their ball placement. Some manufacturers state to put the ball directly over the center of the rear axle and other manufacturers state to put the ball slightly forward of the rear axle.

There are a few things that you will want to take into consideration before attempting to use the previous hole in your truck bed. First, the main concern would be a matter of the warranty. Since the instructions say 44 inches, installing the hitch in any way that differs from the installation instructions could void the warranty on the gooseneck hitch, at least if the damage were caused by the alternate installation.

Next, to use the current hole in the bed, you will have to move everything for the hitch 2 inches (frame brackets and underbed rails). You will need to make sure you have the room under your bed and on your frame to do this.

Finally, if the current hole in the bed is behind the center of the rear axle, I do not recommend using that hole. The center of the gooseneck ball should always be either over the center of the rear axle or slightly forward of the rear axle. Placing the ball behind the rear axle will put too much weight on the back of the truck causing many issues with steering, sway and stabilization.

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