B and W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install the B and W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 we're gonna be taking a look, and showing you how to install, the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider, part number BWRVK3270.So here's what the Patriot looks like once we have it installed. Now this is gonna allow us to tow our 5th wheel trailer down the road safely. Now, like our truck, if you ever towed with a short bed truck, you do know that going around corners with a 5th wheel trailer does get a little squirrel-y, but luckily, if we flip this lever here, we have a slider that's built in, that's gonna give us that much more extra room, and allow us to maneuver around corners with ease. Now, it's gonna slide the full 12", getting that trailer away from our cab so we don't have to worry about crushing it.Now, our Patriot is gonna have a dual jaw mechanism. Now that's gonna have a full 360 degree kingpin contact, and it's gonna be a lot more quiet than that slider style jaw, where that bar is gonna go across and make contact that way. Now, the fully articulating head is gonna reduce all that noise, and reduce chucking while you're driving down the road.We're gonna have three different height adjustments, from 17" to 19", and that's gonna be nice so you can dial in that perfect level stance when you're towing your trailer down the road.

Now, our hitch is gonna have an 18,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, along with a 4,500 pound vertical load limit. I just wanna mention, you always wanna double check your owner's manual, to make sure that you don't exceed the manufactures recommended weight.Our Patriot hitch is gonna work with any industry standard, above the bed rail, rails like we have here; we have the B&W, which is gonna match nicely with the gray powder coat finish. Now, the nice thing about this is, is that we already have four pins that are gonna hold it down to our base rails, and when not towing a 5th wheel camper, or trailer, or anything like that, we can remove it, and we'll have full bed access.Now that we've seen what our Patriot looks like, and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. Now once you have your base or slider in place, we're gonna secure it down with the included pins and clips. Just gonna slide through our rails into the bottom of our base, and secure it down with the clip on the other side.

And we'll do that for all four locations.Next we're gonna get read to mount up our pivot arms. Now, we do have a couple different ways that we can do this, 'cause if we look in the middle of our hitch itself we're gonna have all these different mounting holes. And our pivot arms, we're gonna have four holes that we're gonna need to line up. So we're gonna have three different positions that we're gonna be able to mount it: the lowest setting, a medium setting, and a high setting. And we're also gonna have a different configuration.

We can have them so that it's farthest away from the cab, which the straight part on our pivot arm is gonna be toward our tailgate, or we can turn the pivot arms, and it will be closer to our cab. Now, since our truck is a short bed truck, we're gonna move it to farthest away, giving us just that little bit of extra clearance.The hardware we're gonna be using is, we're gonna take a 1/2" bolt, followed by a lock washer, and we're gonna go through our pivot arm, and we're gonna go directly into our hitch, in those threaded holes. And I'm gonna get one bolt started by hand, and then another one directly across from it, and we don't have to worry about it moving around on me. Then we can put the hardware in the lower holes as well. And once you get all your hardware in, you can put the other pivot arm in, on the other side.

I'm gonna come back with a 3/4" socket and a torque wrench, and I'm gonna torque each one of these bolts down to the specified amount in the instructions.Next we're gonna start assembling the spring assembly. We're gonna have a clamp and a spring, and one of the ends is gonna have a little ear coming off the bottom here; we're gonna line that up with the whole on our clamp, and we're gonna take our 1/4" bolt, we're gonna go through the clamp, and through the spring. And then on the back side we're gonna secure it with a 1/4" lock nut. Now you're gonna wanna grab a 7/16" wrench and socket, and we're gonna snug that up. Now, you don't wanna go too tight, you wanna have a little bit of movement, but you don't want it to completely move.Next, we're gonna take our clamp here, and we're gonna want about a 1/2" of clearance between the bottom of this rubber on the pivot arm and the top of this spring, so about your finger's width. You can just put it right there, and we're gonna be attaching this clamp directly to the pivot arm. So you're gonna wanna go ahead and grab a hammer, and don't be afraid to hurt the pivot arm or the clamp, and just watch your fingers. You're gonna wanna hit as hard as you can right here, because it is gonna fight you a lot, and it is gonna be a little bit difficult to get on. So that's what it's gonna look like once you have it on.We're gonna need to secure the handle for our coupler. Now, there's already gonna have a couple bolts that's packaged, just holding it there. We're gonna need to remove the carriage bolt and nut on the end here, and we're gonna pivot it out to where the handle is straight out, we're gonna drop that carriage bolt down, then we're gonna take the nut, going underneath, and reinstall it. Then we're gonna be taking a 7/16" socket, and snugging up both this nut, and the nut right here as well.On our pivot arms here, I'm just gonna spray a little bit of lithium grease on the rubber, making it a little bit easier to get that coupler locked into place. Then we're gonna take our coupler, I'm grabbing it with both handles, lift it up, and slide it on, and let go of the handles, and that will lock it into place. Now all we need to do is back up to our trailer, and hit the road.That will finish up your look at the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider, part number BWRVK3270, on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.

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