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Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ram 2500

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ram 2500

Today on our 2016 Ram 2500 we're going to show you how to install the Hide-A-Goose Custom Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch. This has a twenty thousand pound rating. It's part number is 9467. Here's what our Hide-A-Goose is going to look like fully installed. As you can see we've got our two and five sixteenths inch ball that's going to stick up here and our safety chain connection points are all we're really going to see when we're ready to tow. This two and five sixteenths inch ball is going to offer us a five thousand pound tongue weight rating.

That's the maximum downward force we can put here on our ball. It's going to offer a twenty thousand pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total of our trailer and then anything that we've got loaded into it. When we get to our destination, we're ready to unhook or if we just need access to our bed, we just simply pull up on the black tab, rotate it, that's going to allow us to slide our ball right out. You'll notice we've got a round ball that's going to go into a round socket. This is going to give us reduced noise because we've got a tighter fit there.

It's also going to reduce any wear and tear that we might have from something that would be kind of comparable, like a square ball and socket situation. Draw-Tite's also provided a cover we just put right down over that. That's going to keep dirt, debris, and stuff like that from getting down into the ball socket itself. The Hide-A-Goose is made to fit your factory connection points to customize design for each different application. It's going to use factory holes that are already existing so we don't have to worry about doing any excess drilling on the vehicle itself. Safety chain connection points are going to pull up, nice and easy.

As you can see they're on a spring return. That spring is going to keep them from kind of moving around or flopping around as we're heading down the road again. Reducing the noise, increasing that passenger comfort. We won't have to hear it all the time. All right, here's what's going to come in our Hide-A-Goose kit. Of course we've got our main Gooseneck brace here in the middle.

We've got the quick remove ball here. As you can see, just pull that out and rotate it. It allows the balls to go inside. Once we've got it down into position we just rotate that and then slightly rotate our ball. Not only is that going to keep it from turning, it'll also keep it in place while we're heading down the road. We're also going to have all the hardware we need to install it. We've got our nut plates here, bolts, we've got some washers, lock washers, nuts, we've got our U-Bolts for our safety chain connection points, the springs we need to keep those functional up and down, we've got four spacer plates, and even a nice cap. One of the first things we're going to take care of is getting the spare tire lowered down and out of position. It's going to give us good room one, so you'll be able to see, and also so we have plenty of room to lift our bracket up into position. We're also going to remove our heat shield here. This just protects our spare from our exhaust. It doesn't say to do this in the instructions, but it's going to make it easier to see, so we're going to go ahead and get it out of the way. We've got the two bolts here to remove and then there's also two right up here on the top that we'll take out. Once that's removed just take it down out of the way. We're going to take a cam buckle strap, we're just going to go underneath the main exhaust tube. We're going to be removing the hangers and this will just provide us with a little support as needed, now we can start pulling the hangers. We're going to have two located on top of the exhaust pipe here. One here and one here, and then there's also going to be one back on the tailpipe. Use a little bit of spray lubricant and then we just pry them off. What we're going to do is take a three quarter inch hole saw, it's going to have a quarter inch bit in it, and we want to drill that using the large hole here in the bottom as a guide. However you want to do it, we just want to be sure that we've got that centered. All right, now all we're doing here is just poking through. Once we've got it through we can go up top and drill down from there. Here at the top we're going to use the same three and a quarter inch hole saw, go right down through the hole that we just created, and get our hole cut. All right, there's our cut out. What we'll want to do is just kind of clean up that edge, and we're also going to vacuum up. We're going to remove the inner fender liners here, we're going to have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten bolts on each side. As well as one pushpin fastener. Pushpin fastener, I'm going to pop that out first right up here at the top. Start taking our screws out. I'll start working it out of position here. That should give us the room we need, if we let that hang right over the top of our tire to get our nut plates right up here into position. We'll go over to the driver side and do that exact same thing. It's time to get our nut plates installed on both sides. Basically these are going to sit right below the bed of the truck, right above the frame. There's going to be a hump here, it's going to go right up on top of that. We're going to do this on both sides of the vehicle, only on the driver side we need to go all over the wire harness that's right here, just do the same thing on the other side. We're going to slide that plate over into position and we want to line up the two nuts that are in it with the two holes that exist right here in the bottom. We're going to get our head lifted into position. Once we've got it locked into position, we want to go ahead and take out each of our bolts individually, we're going to put our plate on, and then thread it right back in. I find it's a lot easier to do that after you've got that in place rather than trying to hold that up and get them in place all at the same time. We'll just do that for the three remaining fasteners. We'll go through and torque down each of our bolts to specification. We'll find those listed in our instructions. Do that for the other two on the remaining side. We're going to use an eleven sixteenths inch drill bit and we're going to use it to mark the center of each of our four holes. We've got the two, we've got one located here and here, and then the same spot here on the passenger side. What that's going to do is give us a nice point up there that we can use for our drill bits and step up to the appropriate size. All right, with those marked, we'll grab our three sixteenths inch bit and put a hole up through all four locations. All right, now we just do it for the three other remaining locations there. With those four holes drilled out let's go ahead and take our five eighths drill bit, this time we're going from the top down through. We're ready to take our U-Bolts, and we're going to drop them right down through the holes we just created, and we can go underneath and put on the springs, washers, and nuts. On each of our threads that come down from the top, we're going to slide on our spring, and we've got a flat washer that goes on, we're going to follow that up with one of the locking nuts. The indentions will go towards the bottom. Do that for each of the four locations here. We just want to check, make sure we have nice, smooth, easy operation, which we do on that one, so we'll do this one, now that we've confirmed that they're going to move freely up and down, we'll go ahead and tighten down our nuts and we want to have three threads showing below them. The good news is at this point, we're done installing that Gooseneck. We just need to get everything put back together at this point. For the fender wells to line back up, we need to bend our handle out of the way, just a pair pliers there, hold it, bend it up. Try to bend it enough to where we won't have any contact with metal. You can imagine as we're heading down the road, that's not something that we're going to want to hear, so kind of flex it up where we won't have to deal with it. You can also completely remove them, if you decide to go that route. Start working our fender back into position here. Grab our fasteners and start putting them back in. Last thing we'll need to do is slide that, all right. I'm going to head over and do the same exact thing for our driver side. We're ready to get our exhaust hangers put back into position. It's a good idea to use a little more spray lubricant on it, help it slide on. Once you've got that one slid on all the way we need to go up front and take care of the two that we removed there. You want that into position, we'll go ahead and take down our safety strap, and we can put that heat shield back up. We can also put our spare tire back into position. With everything back in place that's going to complete today's installation of the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Custom Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part number 9467 on our 2016 Ram 2500.

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