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B&W Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install a B&W Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado

Rate your transcript OrderClientKevin BrossRef #20491Order #TC0717080066 Today on our 2013 Chevy Silverado, well be installing the B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit for the Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part number BWGNRK1057-5W. This Underbed Kit can be used with the Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter by replacing the hitch ball with the 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch such as part number BWRVK3500. Now, we can go over operation of our new Gooseneck hitch and ball. To install our Gooseneck ball, well simply pull out on the hitch handle, rotating it towards the cab of the pickup to lock the pin out so we can then take the ball and drop it into the throat of the Gooseneck hitch. Then to release the handle, well simply rotate it towards the rear of the vehicle and the spring pressure will close the pin on the Gooseneck ball.Once were finished using our new Gooseneck ball, well simply pull the handle on the pin again, locking out the hitch pin, taking the ball out, turning it over, and putting it back down into the throat of the Gooseneck hitch and releasing the handle, locking the pin back in position and locking the ball in the stored position.To begin our install, well first go ahead and lower and remove the spare tire and remove both rear wheels. While its not a requirement, it will give us a lot more working room and make an easier install.

Next, to give ourselves some more working room, were going to lower the exhaust. This particular application is a gas model. It will differ with the diesel. To lower the exhaust, were going to need to remove the rubber isolators from the metal hanger. To do that, well spray each one with some spray lubricant.

You can remove from the top or the bottom, whichever is easier. Well do a total of four, one at the tail pipe, 2 just behind the muffler, and one forward on the exhaust pipe.Once we removed the rubber isolators from the metal hanger, well go ahead and lower the exhaust and let it rest on the axle. Next, were going to cut out the heat shield. As we cut it out, well go just behind the fasteners to secure it and make sure theres no heat shield in the front of the hatch channel. To cut it outward, were just going to use a cut-off wheel.

You can also use a pair of tin snips.Next, were going to move into the pickup bed. Here were going to find the mounting location for our ball. Well measure from the end of the pickup bed as per the instructions for a short bed as this application is. Well mark our length from the end of the pickup bed and then well find our width by measuring between the wheel well. Then once we find our center point, well go ahead and pre-drill the hole for the pilot bit.

Note: This application has a bed liner, so were going to be going to the bed liner then down to the pickup bed. On applications without a bed liner, you simply go to the pickup bed or if you have spray-in liner, you simply go to the spray-in liner then down to the pickup bed. Note that your length can slightly change with the spray-in bed liner as it will add to the surface where youre measuring from at the end of the pickup bed. Youll need to compensate for any buildup on the spray-in liner.We recommend to use a hole saw bit to cut out the 4-inch hole, so that the Gooseneck throat will come up to the pickup bed. To assist in drilling out our hole, weve got a pre-drilled 4-inch hole on our board. Well take the board and set it over the hole. Set it up and then put our bit in place. Once we have it in position, well go ahead and put our body weight on the board to help hold it in place and drill out our hole. Then once we have the hole drilled out, well go ahead and remove our board and we have our perfectly drilled 4-inch hole.Next, to the passengers side, locate the hatch channel thats above the rear axle. From the front edge of that hatch channel, were going to go about 6-1/2 inches forward. Make a mark. Were going to cut a V in the pickup bed seam approximately an inch and a half long. This notch will allow for the crossmember rails to be fit in above the frame rail. Next, well take the front rail. Set it into position above the frame through our cutout. Once we get about halfway in, well stop because well need to locate the center section mounting point on the drivers side. We have a bolt and an O-ring that will go on position. Well take the bolt. Feed it to the cross rail then put the O-ring on, run it down tight to the steel to help hold the bolt in position.Now, with the bolt in position, we can feed the crossmember over the top of the frame rails, then well go underneath and help feed it over the top of the drivers side frame rail. The notch or cutout in our crossmember will fit over the top of the brake lines and wiring. Once were in place, well then take the crossmember. Move it back approximately 4 inches behind our 4-inch hole, and then rotate the base rail up so the pre-drilled holes are facing the rear of the truck. Well simply use a wrench to help rotate the bar up into place.The rear wheel has pre-drilled threaded holes in it. These holes are actually offset and not in the center of the bar. The offset or threaded holes need to be down, so well go ahead and make a mark on our bar, filling the up position. Then we can take our bar and put it into place. Once we have it in position, well then take our wrench and turn it up, spacing up and down and push it back against the hatch channel. Now, were going to take the center section. Feed up into position. Well take our front rail and slide it back forward, lining up the holes on the center section with the pre-drilled holes in the front crossmember.Now with everything lined up, well go ahead and take a nut and install it into the drivers side bolt, fastening the front rail to the center section. Well just install our fasteners finger tight at this time and then well repeat the same process with the center fastener using our 1/2-inch bolt and split lock washer, going through the front rail then to the center section, securing with a 1/2-inch nut. Now, well repeat the same process with the drivers side attachment point for the front crossmember to the center section. Next, well install the 4 fasteners that will secure the center section to the rear crossmember. Each of these fasteners will be the 1/2-inch bolt along with the 1/2-inch split lock washer and a 1/2-inch flat washer. Were going to go through the center section into the threaded holes to the rear rail. First, well take our carriage bolt and strap. Feed the carriage bolt into the strap, locking them together. Then we can feed them into the oval hole just behind the rear hatch channel at our rear crossmember.Once in the hole, well then turn the strap so it holds the carriage bolt into position. Then well hang onto the bolt so it stays in position and install the oval bushing which will fill the oval hole. Now with the bushings in place, well use the retainer flip to hold it on position. The retainer clip will thread onto the carriage bolt like a nut. Next, well repeat the same process on the other side. Next, well put the side plate in position. The side plate will go over the bolt we just put in the frame. Line up with our front and rear bracket. To secure it to our carriage bolt, well use a flat washer, split lock washer, and then a nut. This will help hold it tight to the frame. Then we can install the hardware for the side bracket for the front rail.This will be a bolt and flat washer. Go through the side bracket then to our front crossmember where well secure it with a split lock washer and then a nut. The hardware well use for the rear side plate attachment to the rear crossmember will be a split lock washer, flat washer and bolt, going to the side plate and then to threaded hole of the rear crossmember. Again, well install each of our fasteners finger tight at this time.Once we complete one side, well move over to the other side and repeat the same process. Heres the drivers side side bracket clamp. This clamp will fit around the frame and then go to the side plate where it will get secured with a split lock washer and nut. The notch, this cutout, will go around the brake lines and manufacturers wiring. Well go ahead and fit it into position, feeding it from the inside out. Split lock washer and then a nut.On the passengers side, well simply use the U-bolt to secure the side plate to the frame. U-bolt will go from inside out, fitting to the pre-drilled holes and gets secured with a 1/2-inch split lock washer and then a nut. Again, well install these fasteners finger tight. Now with our center section rails and side brackets in place and secure it finger tight, were ready to go ahead and tighten it down. We start with the center section bolts of the crossrails. Once we have the front crossmember and center section, well then do the 4 across the back of the center section to the rear crossmember. Well tighten down the crossmembers to the side plates and finally ending with our carriage bolt stud, securing the side bracket to the frame.After we tightened it down, well then torque to specifications. From the center section to the rear crossmember, it will be necessary to use a line wrench to torque it down. Next, well install the hitch pin handle. The tab will face up and the handle will go on the cabs side of the pin. First, well take the handle. Feed it to the hole in the center section out towards the wheel well. Well line up the handle with the pin, taking the bolt going through the handle and then through the pin. Next, well install the lock nut. Once we have it installed finger tight, well go ahead and run it down.Now with our handle in place, well need to install the U-bolt chain hole down. Using the pre-drilled holes in the center section of the head assembly, well go ahead and drill up through the pickup bed and on this application, the bed liner. Well use a smaller pilot bit and then open up to a 1/2-inch size. Now with one side drilled out, well repeat the same process on the other side. Now with the holes drilled out, well go ahead and drop the U-bolts in position. To make it easier to install our hardware underneath and keep the U-bolts in place, we can simply just add some weight on top of the U-bolt. Now, well go ahead and put our hardware on underneath.Now with our U-bolts tightened down, we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust, spare tire, and both rear wheels. That will complete our install of the B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit, part number BWGNRK1057-5W, on our 2013 Chevy Silverado. .

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