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B and W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install a B and W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today on our 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, we'll be installing the B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number BWGNRK1313-5W. The B&W Companion Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter, part number BWRVK3500, is designed to be used with B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kits for Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. Now before we begin our install, we'll go over the operation of the hitch. To unlatch the pin simply pull here on the driver side wheel well and rotate it forward. This will lock the pin in the open position which will allow you to either insert the ball or flip it over for the storage position. Once you have the ball in place, you'll simply take the handle and release it back all the way in. This will lock the ball in place. Now we can show you how the safety chain loops work.

The springs are all attached. You simply pull up. You hook your safety chain to each one of these. And now we'll being our install. Now to begin with we're going to lower the spare tire down out of the way to give ourselves a little more working room, as well as removing both of the rear tires. Next we'll go into the bed of the vehicle.

We're going to need to measure from the rear of the bed up to the appropriate distance per the instructions. We'll take our measure. Once we have the distance from the rear measured out, go ahead and find the center between the wheel wells. Now we'll put a pilot hole in first and then we'll come back with our hole saw. Next we're going to go into the passenger side rear wheel well. This little hole right here, we're going to mark.

We're going to need to trim some metal out here to make a notch to allow for our crossmembers to slide into place. Now, we'll mark our area that we'll need to trim out. Now to cut our area out we're going to be using a rotary tool with a cutoff wheel but you can use a set of tin snips as well. Now we're going to take the front crossmember, or crossbar, and slide that into place. We're over here on the passenger side. Now when the bar is tipped up into position, you want to make sure that the end holes are closer to the bed than to the frame.

It'll be oriented like this. Ill go ahead and we'll slide our bar into position here. We'll get our crossmember fed all the way across. Once that's in place, you'll flip the bar like that, making sure that the outer holes are closer to the bed than to the frame. Now for the rear crossmember, it'll end up oriented like this. So the holes will be down and the L portion will be towards the back. So to get it into position we'll lay it like this, across the frame. We'll slide it through the notch that we trimmed here in the wheel well. Go ahead and slide it all the way across. Once we have it in position we'll slide it back. Now that we have the rear crossmember in place, you want to make sure there is about 10" between the front crossmember and the rear crossmember when it's flipped up into position. And to help us do that we'll take a pair of Channellocks. Just kind of fold it up into position like that. Next we're going to take the center section. We'll slide it over up and over the exhaust. Here's the hardware that we'll be using to connect the center section to the front crossrail. We're using a 1/2" bolt, 1/2" lock washer, that'll go on first, and a 1/2" flat washer. We'll then go through the center section and thread it into the front crossmember. We'll just install all of these loosely for now. Now for the rear mounting locations, or what connects the rear crossbar to the center section, we'll again be using a 1/2" bolt. This time we'll put the 1/2" flat washer on first. Then it'll go through the rear crossmember, then through the center section. Then on the back side we'll put a 1/2" lock washer followed by a 1/2" hex nut. Next we're going to need to go here on the driver side and remove these two bolts that hold the emergency break cable bracket in place. Take both the bolts out. Next we're going to need to take our bolt leader and we'll take our coiled end. We'll go through this hole right here and we'll pull it out this hole right here. Put the bold leader in; the coiled end. Feed the bold leader back here to the back hole here. We can pull it out. First we'll need to slide one of these locking straps over the coiled end of the pull wire. We'll then thread one of our 1/2" by 2" long carriage bolts onto the end. Once that's in place we can go ahead pull the other end of the wire, pulling the locking plate and the carriage bolt into position. Now we're going to go ahead and leave the fish wire of the bolt leader in place for now until we get our side plate on. We'll repeat the same process over on the passenger side. Next we're going to install the side plates. We'll begin over here on the driver side. We'll take the end of our fish wire or bolt leader, feed it through this front hole in the side plate. We'll then line up between the two crossmembers, as well as pulling our bolt through the front hole here. Then we'll go ahead and install the hardware that attaches the two crossmembers to the side plate. For the forward mounting location, or the front crossmember, we'll take a 1/2" bolt, 1/2" lock washer, and a 1/2" flat washer. Go ahead and feed it through and then thread it in place. Now for the rear hole, we'll go ahead and take another 1/2" in bolt. This time we'll go through the side place first, then through the rear crossmember. We'll then install a 1/2" flat washer, 1/2" lock washer, and a 1/2" hex nut. Now we'll go ahead and undo the bolt leader. We'll then install a 1/2" lock washer and a 1/2" hex nut. Next, we're going to need to temporarily remove this wiring harness in order for us to install our U bolt. We're just going to take a trim panel removal tool or a large flat head screwdriver will work. Just slide it underneath it to release the tabs that hold it to the frame. We'll go ahead and then take our U bolt here. We'll slide it in underneath the wiring harness. We'll go ahead and turn it. Line it up with the holes in our side plate. Now with our U-bolt in place we can put a 1/2" lock washer and a 1/2" hex nut on each side. We'll then repeat the same process over on the passenger side, except we won't have to remove a wiring harness in order to install the U-bolt. Next, we're going to go ahead and put our wiring harness back into the frame here by pushing in the fasteners. Next, we're ready to go ahead and tighten down the seven bolts that secure the center section to each of the crossmembers. We'll go ahead and tighten everything down. Next, we're going to go ahead and make sure the hitch is square to the frame and the bed of the vehicle. So we'll go ahead and measure here off this back crossrail to the nearest crossmember of the bed. We'll go ahead and check both sides and make sure that we're the same distance. Next, we'll go ahead and tighten down our 1/2" bolts that attach our side plates to the frame. We'll begin with the front one and then we'll tighten down the two nuts on the U bolt. Then, go ahead and repeat the same process over on the other side. Next, we'll go ahead and tighten down the 1/2" bolts that attach the crossmembers to the side plate. Now we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the other side. We'll then go ahead and torque all the hardware down to the manufacturer's specifications. Next we're going to need to reattach our emergency break cable. We'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now you'll notice that we only used one bolt this time. If we use both, the bracket won't line up properly. It'll also put too much tension on this emergency break cable. So we'll just use the lower hole and just attach one bolt. Now we're going to go ahead and install the handle that releases the pin here on the hitch. Go ahead and take the rubber end, feed it through the small hole right here on the center section. Then, go ahead and work it so that it goes out on the driver side. We'll then make sure that the handle is in front of the pin so it'll sit like that. Or the handle will be toward the cab. We'll then take the bolt, slide it through the handle, and through the pin mechanism, where we'll then put the locking nut in place. We can then go ahead and tighten everything down. Next we're going to need to drill out the 4 holes for the safety chain U bolts. We'll be using the 2 inner holes on this one because these line up with the low portion of the ribs of the bed. So we'll be using these 2 holes as well as the 2 inner holes over on the driver side. We're going to go ahead and put a pilot hole from the underside up into the bed for all 4 locations first. We'll then go up into the bed and drill a 1/2" hole back down through. Now we'll go ahead and take our U-bolts here, slide them down into position. Now, to make things easier to put the nut and the spring on underneath, we're going to go ahead and set a board on top of these so they don't push up as we're tightening up the nuts underneath. Now we're going to go ahead and take our spring, put the larger, open end on first, push it up, and then we'll take our locking nut, thread it on, go ahead and put the other spring and nut in place, then go ahead and tighten these down so that the threads are flush with the bottom of the nut. Go ahead and repeat the same process for the other U-bolt. Now we can go ahead and reinstall both of our rear tires as well as put our spare tire back up into place. And that will do it for the installation of the B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number BWGNRK1313-5W, on our 2005 Dodge Ram pickup. .


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