B and W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ram 2500

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How to Install the B and W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ram 2500


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ram 2500, we're going to be installing the B and W Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part number BWGNRK1384.This is an ideal setup for hauling your gooseneck trailer. It can be later upgraded with the B and W companion for your fifth wheel trailer.When hooking up your companion for your fifth wheel trailer, it just slides right into the slot in your center unit. There's a release lever on your driver's side wheel well. This is for your ball mount. You can lock it forward to keep it released, and pull it back and let it in to lock your ball in place. This is convenient and easy to access.One of the main benefits of this kit versus others is that you'll be able to have full truck bed access.

Your ball mount can be flipped over and stored flush, and your safety chains are spring loaded, so they stay flush against the bed. So no worries of your ball mount getting in your way loading up the back. This is nice and easy because there's no uninstallation of any components; just flip things over, slide it back in, it's awesome. It's a one piece machine ball mount for extra durability. There's a little hook in the bottom so it can be easily pulled out from its storage position.

The base has a square opening for your ball mount; this way it can't rotate when you're inserting your pin so there's no fumbling around trying to get it lined up.It has a 7,500 pound over the bed capacity, and a 30,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity. There's no welding required, the bed doesn't have to come off. There's some minor drilling required, but the installation process is fairly easy with great directions.Now, if you're trying to decide between a gooseneck, or a bumper style trailer hitch, some of the main differences are that all the weight is going to be on the back of your vehicle on your bumper style trailer hitch. This is going to produce more sway on your trailer hauling it behind you, and it's going to cause more oscillations in the back of your vehicle.But your gooseneck on the other hand is going to position all the weight over your rear axle. So this is going to reduce a lot of sway in your vehicle and trailer, it's going to allow for tighter turning radius's, and it's going to allow you to haul greater capacities.

So you'll be able to have a longer, heavier load in the back end. This is great for living quarters and other things.To begin our installation, we're going to make a few preparations. Get your spare tire out of the way if it's installed, and then we're going to get this heat shield out of the way so we have better access to start drilling for our gooseneck. Using a 10mm socket, we're going to remove the three bolts on your heat shield here, and the two bolts located on the other side of the heat shield here. And just set this aside.We're going to go ahead and put a strap in place so we can lower our exhaust out of our way.

This will catch the exhaust to prevent any damage happening while lowering it. Go ahead and spray the hanger down with some lubricant; this will make it easier to come off, and just pry it out of the way.Now that we've got our heat shield out of the way, we can easily access the location we're going to be drilling for our gooseneck. Go ahead and take the template that comes in your kit, put it in the hole, then mark the middle. If you have a center punch that will fit in the hole, you can go ahead and punch it now. If not, you may need to mark it with something else so that you can punch it later. Now that we've made our mark where to drill, we're going to go ahead and use a center punch to ping that to make it easier when drilling.Now we've got our center punch, we're going to make a pilot hole using a quarter inch drill bit. Now that we've got our pilot hole drilled, we're going to use a three and a half inch hole saw to allow the opening for our gooseneck to stick through our bed. Now that we've got our hole drilled, we're going to go ahead and clean this up here. Grab a shop vac and just get all that out of there.Now that we've got everything cleaned up, we're going to go back with some protective coating. You can use some gloss enamel, just to prevent any rust in the future. Next, we're going to take our plastic spacer and we're going to put it between our frame here and our bed. We're going to need to come around up top, slide it over, and push it in there. Now it might be necessary for you to use a screwdriver, or other small tool to finish pushing it into place. Go ahead and get this centered, and now our spacer is properly in place.Next we're going to put our weld nuts into place. Use the angled handle to slide it up in there. You might have to tweak the fender a little bit to get it to go all the way. Now that you've got your handle in there, you want to go ahead and line up your nuts with your holes. You can use the screwdriver here to help center everything. You want the outsides to line up.Now on our driver's side, it's going to be the same process but you're going to have a harness in the way. I just take a screwdriver or body panel removal tool, and pop these harness clips up out of the way so you can get your weld nuts in place. With our harness moved out of the way, we can slide our weld nuts in just like on the other side. Might have to move the fender out of the way a little bit. Then again, center your weld nuts with the holes in the frame here. This is a good time to grab your harness and pull it back down, and clip it into place.Now we can go ahead and put our gooseneck up into place. Make sure that when you're putting it up, the holes towards the front of the vehicle, and the handle is on the driver's side. Now you'll take your large hex head bolts that are included in your kit, line it up with the hole and your weld nuts, and go ahead and get it started. Once you get one started, that will hold that up and then you can move onto your next bolt. Now you want to go back and snug your bolts up. You don't want to have them all the way tight, you want to have a little bit of play because we need to make sure that we're centered within our hole. Measure the distance between your center section and your frame. We're going to go ahead and use the spring here, and make sure it's the same on both the passenger and driver's side. Then you'll make any adjustments pushing it left or right as necessary. Now that we've got everything centered, go back and tighten them all the way down. With everything snugged up, go back and torque them to the specifications in your instructions.Next, we're going to be installing our handle. Take your carriage bolts, and slide them through the release mechanism on the center carriage. Take your handle, slide it up over the fuel tank, up over your frame, slide it on your carriage bolts, and start your nuts. These are going to be the flanged lock nuts in your kit. There will be two of them. Go back and tighten on your bolts using a 9/16 socket. Then go back and torque your bolts for the specifications in your instructions.We're going to drill out our safety chain mount locations now. Make sure that your pin is engaged, and then insert your ball mount. This way, your ball mount will stay raised up as it sits on the pin. We're going to use that with our template provided as a guide. Go ahead and slide that down over it. Then refer to your vehicle in the gooseneck kit that you're installing to find the appropriate holes. Ours is 1384, so we'll be using these holes. Go ahead and mark your holes, and then again use your center punch to make sure you drill straight.Now we can drill out our holes. We're going to be drilling it to a half inch. However, I'm going to start with a quarter inch hole as a pilot hole to make it easier to drill through, then we'll step it up to half inch. Little lubrication makes the drilling process faster. Need to drill all the way through, and repeat this for your remaining holes. With all of our pilot holes drilled, we'll now step it up to half inch, and repeat that for your remaining holes.Now that we've got all our holes drilled, we'll go back and clean them up. Now you want to go back and use some black gloss 00:09:10 spray paint to prevent any rust and corrosion from occurring in the future. With it being about a half inch diameter, you can poke your finger through a napkin and that will make a pretty good template to keep the paint right on where you drilled.Now with our holes painted over and drilled, we can slide our u-bolts down, and we'll be attaching them underneath. Now that we've got our u-bolts passed through our bed, we're going to take our four springs included. Take one of them with the wider side towards the top, slide it over your u-bolt, and then install your nut. Do this for the remaining three locations. Tighten them down using a three quarter inch socket. Now with all your hardware loosely installed, you're going to go back and tighten it up using a three quarter inch socket until your nut is flush with the bottom of your u-bolt. Do that for the remaining bolts.Now we just need to put our handle sticker in place. Use a little bit of alcohol and a cloth to clean up your frame here, so that way the adhesive will stick well. Then just place your sticker below your handle.Now that our hitch is fully installed, we're ready to reassemble our components we removed earlier. We'll put our exhaust back up, and our exhaust heat shield back on. Then put your spare tire back up, and re-installation is complete. Slide your ball mount in, and reengage the pin and you're ready to go.That completes our installation of the B and W Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, on our 2018 Ram 2500.


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