Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ram 3500

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Ram 3500


Today on our 2017 Ram 3500, we'll be installing the B&W Turnover Ball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, with custom installation kit, part number BWGNRK1314. Now when we don't want to tow our gooseneck trailer and we want to store our ball in a stored position, so we have full access to our truck bed, you just pull the handle out, latch in position, raise it up, grab it, grab this handle here, drop it on down, and you can see it sits flush with the bed. Let's put it back in our tow mode now. Pull it out, flip it over, drop it in. I'll secure our latch real quick. Move it to the right, push it on in. Here with the ball latch inaudible 00:00:52, you can see the ball's not going anywhere, so we hook our trailer up, we couple onto the ball, hook our safety chains up to our loops.

As you can see, they raise easily, and they're spring-loaded to retract. They retract easily, so when we don't have our trailer hooked up and we want to load some cargo on our bed, they won't get snagged on any of our cargo. This hitch features a 7,500 pound vertical load limit and a 30,000 pound gross towing weight. You want to consult the owner's manual of your Ram 3500 and not exceed the limits of the vehicle or the hitch itself. All right, here's what our gooseneck hitch comes with. We have our gooseneck head itself right here, we have our gooseneck ball, two and 5/16ths inch diameter ball.

We have all of our installation hardware right here. Our safety chain loops as well. Our ball release handle here. Our hardware to install it, a collar here that'll keep our bed from crushing around the gooseneck ball once it's installed, and a template here to drill our pilot hole on the bed, so we know where to drill out our large hole for our ball to stick through. We've gone ahead and already removed our spare tire to make our life a little bit easier. You don't have to remove it to do the install, but moving it out of the way gives you a better area to stand underneath, if you're doing this on a lift.

If you're doing it on the ground, it would still probably be a good idea to take it out. Now our heat shield for around where our spare tire is. It's held in place with two 10 millimeter bolts here, and another two up here. We're going to remove this to get a little more room to work. Right now we need to lower our exhaust here inaudible 00:02:52 this exhaust hanger. Spray it down with some lubricant so it slides off a little bit easier.

We use a pry bar to pry it off. The hardware that's going to hold our gooseneck head in place is located right above our tailpipe here. Now, our tailpipe is clamped to the rest of the exhaust right here. You can slide this section off once you loosen this clamp, and have plenty of room to work. We're going to do that. We'll use a 15 millimeter socket to loosen our clamp. With our clamp loose, we can wiggle our tailpipe section off. We'll set that aside. With our tailpipe out of the way, you can see how much more room we have, and you're going to see our holes that our gooseneck head will secure through. Now we need to mark our pilot hole location before our ball goes through using our template. Push it up flush against the bed, just to make a mark. We'll just line up where we made our mark, with the punch, got a nice little divot there right now. I'll drill it out. We're up here in our truck bed now. You can see where our pilot hole came through. We use that as a guide, and use our three and a half inch hole saw to make the hole for our gooseneck ball to come through. We're all the way through now. We're back underneath and we have our plastic ring spacer right here. We insert it over on this side, we can start to slide it over, and we'll work it into position. You may need to tap it with a hammer and a screwdriver. With our spacer block in place now, we can install our handles. Now, our handles are size-specific, so our passenger side one, when these are facing towards us, it looks like a seven, will sit on top of our crossmember here, and this will give us the bolt holes for our bolts to thread into to hold our gooseneck head up. We'll slide this in above our crossmember, below our bed. We'll just slide this in, get them centered above those holes. Now we'll take our driver's side one, the one that's left over. Get all our holes centered up as best as possible. Good. Now we can take our gooseneck head here, we'll raise it into position, we'll run our bolts in the bottom here, three on each side. We'll have an assistant run the bolts in for us while we hold it in place. Now we have a couple started, we'll get the other ones started too. We went up to our bed and verified that our gooseneck head is centered and in the hole. With that done, we'll tighten our bolts down now. Now that all of those are tightened down, we'll torque them to the specifications found in the instructions. Now we can install our handle for our ball latch release mechanism. These two holes right here will line up right here, so we'll slide this. We'll take our carriage bolts here. You can pull the handle out a little bit to drop it in place and secure your mechanism with the included flange lock nuts. Now we use a 15 millimeter socket and we'll tighten these down. Here with our nuts tight, we'll torque them to the amount specified in the instructions. With our handle on and in place now, we can drill the holes through our truck's crossmember and bed for our safety chain loops. We'll have two holes on each side, we'll make a small hole in the middle. It is a pilot hole in each of our holes. Once you feel it go through the crossmember, continue up and through the bed. Repeat the same process for the other three holes. Now that we have all our pilot holes drilled, we can drill through the crossmember to the final size. Now that we're through the crossmember, we'll go through the bed too. We'll do the same for the other three. We'll just clean these up a little bit with our half-inch step bit. Now we'll take our safety chain U-bolts. Drop them down into the holes. Make sure the slide up and down easily. Sliding up and down easily, we can go underneath and install a hard wire to secure them. Take one of our springs here, make sure the small one faces down. Push it up over the U-bolt, so we'll thread on one of our nuts to the U-bolt with the spring in place. You might have to hold the spring up with one hand while you put the nut on, just to make it easier. Do the same on the other side of the bolt. We'll repeat the same process for the other U-bolt. Now we can tighten down our nuts on our U-bolt until they are flush with the end of the bolt. We're now back on the driver's side of the vehicle. Here's where our handle is, right here. We need to clear up a spot in the frame to apply the sticker to explain the operation of it. We'll use some soap and water here, just so we can get all the dirt off the frame, so our sticker sticks on nice and easily. We'll take our sticker and just apply here. Now this sticker, while it's in place, will explain to our customer how to operate the latch in order to store the ball in either the tow position or the storage position. Now that all the hardware's installed for our gooseneck hitch, we can reinstall the parts that we removed, starting with the tailpipe section of our exhaust. Slide it and twist it on. Once we have it mostly on, you can see where the line is of dirt and exhaust soot. That's how down we need to go. We may need to tap it down a little bit with a hammer. That should do it right there. With our exhaust back in the proper position, we'll re-tighten our clamp back down using the 15 millimeter socket again. With that tight, we can install the hanger now. We'll just slide our rubber hanger onto the studs here. Now we'll reinstall our spare tire heat shield. Get these loosely started, and come in on the back side and you install the other two. Now if you removed your spare tire, you can reinstall it at this point in time. Now that we're ready to install our ball, we pull our handle out and move it left. We can insert the ball in the bed now. It's as simple as inserting it. Now if we want to lock our ball into place, we'll just grab the handle, move it to the right, push it on in. That completes our installation of the B&W Turnover Ball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with custom installation kit. Part number BWGNRK1314 on our 2017 Ram 3500.


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