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Today, we're going to review part number 83394435. This is the Reese Fold-Down Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with the custom installation rail kit. This is a custom fit part number, so it is designed to fit the 2003 to 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy duty short and long bed trucks, even including the Mega Cap. For demonstration purposes, I do have the hitch already installed on to the rails and the end plates, just to give you an idea of what it looks all installed, and this is how it will look underneath your vehicle. Now it comes with two parts, the hitch is a separate part and then the rails and side plates are another part. So first I am going to describe the gooseneck hitch itself. It is a durable platform, and the platform and the ball are rated for 25,000 pounds gross vehicle towing weight and 6250 pounds vertical load weight.

It is a fold-down design and that allows unrestricted use of your truck bed when not towing. So when you're not towing, all you have to do is pull up on this, drop the ball down. It will fold down out of the way, and you'll have full use of your truck bed. It does only take seconds needed to raise or lower the ball, as you've seen there. Just pull up on all it, the ball raise it back up; put it down, ready to go towing. It does use the heat treated, standard 2-5/16 inch diameter of gooseneck ball.

It has the integrated- right over here, the integrated drop-down single looks spring-loaded safety chain loops, as you can see right here. They are spring-loaded, so when you go to hook your safety chains up, you just hook them. When you unhook them, they will pull right back down to the bed. As this oversized pull ring- and the reason it's oversized, it'll allow you to raise or lower even if you have gloves on. So lots of times when you're going to be towing, you put your gloves on, you can just pull up on this oversized ring. Just like that.

Now, also when the ball goes down- if you will notice when it's down on top here, there is a brass zerk fitting. It's an integrated grease fitting which is visible and easily accessible, put a grease gun on there and lubricate that gooseneck ball. And when installing this, there is usually no alteration of the factory exhaust system as required. Now, on to the rails and the side plates which is the custom installation kit. It is rated to match the manufacturer vehicle's tow weight ratings. On the side plates, it will use existing holes in the vehicle frame, so there is no drilling required.

It bolts on very easily, so no welding is required. Usually, there is a no need to raise the truck bed when you are installing this, and it allows quick easy installation of Draw-Tite and Bulldog gooseneck hitches, and it usually does not require removal of your exhaust for installation. Now, the mounting hardware which we show here is all included. Mounting hardware is for both the gooseneck hitch itself and the custom installation rails. Nice thing with it is it does include the Spacer shims. And what those Spacer shims are allowed to do is it will protect your truck bed corrugation from collapse. So when you do install this, you have your truck bed corrugation. It will include the shims that would fit in there and keep anything from squeezing down on that corrugation of your truck bed. But that should do it for the review on part number 83394435 the Reese Fold-Down Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with the custom installation rail kit. .

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