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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup, we'll be installing the Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation, part number 9464-35. To begin our install, we'll go ahead and take the rear cross rail and put it into position by taking the cross rail, feeding it up over the frame on the driver's side and then bringing the passenger's side up into position diagonally, then between the frame and the truck bed. Now, we'll screw it all the way back against the rear hatch channel. Now, we'll go ahead and install the forward rail. To do this, we'll follow the same setup, feeding it up over the driver's side and then bringing the passenger's side diagonally up into position and over the frame. Next, we'll need to put our head bolts into position on the cross rails.

These would be the 5/8 bolts supplied with the gooseneck head. We'll take the head bolts and drop them through the square hole of the cross rails. Next, we'll take the side brackets and put them into position on the outside of the frame over the cross rails. Taking special note to make sure we put the cross rails into the proper holes of the side plate. To secure the side plate to the cross rails, we'll use the 5/8 flat washer, split lock washer and nut.

Next, we'll install our U-bolts to secure the side brackets. On the driver's side, we'll need to work the U-bolt underneath the brake line so that we dont pinch the brake line between the U-bolt and the frame. Again, to secure our U-bolts, we'll go ahead and slide the conical toothed washer on with the teeth of the washer facing the side bracket, and then secure it with a 1/2-inch nut. Keep in mind that each process we do to one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Next, we'll need to install the carriage bolt and block into the frame.

To do this, we'll use the 1/2-inch pull wire provided with our install kit. Feed it to the attachment point and out at the excess hole of the frame. Then we'll slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. We'll feed the block into the frame followed by the carriage bolt and then pull them both into position. Once we've pulled it out to the frame and side bracket, we'll go ahead and remove the pull wire.

Install the conical toothed washer and 1/2-inch nut to secure them. Keep in mind that we'll be installing each of these fasteners finger tight until we have them all in place. Next, we'll need to cut the hole in the bottom of the bed to allow for the gooseneck to fit up through the truck bed. Following the measurements supplied with our install kit, we'll measure it out and use a paint stick to mark the location. Then we'll use a center punch and pilot bit to start our hole. Once we have the pilot bit drilled out, we can go ahead and use our hole saw to drill out to our final size. Now with our hole cut out, we're ready to get back underneath the truck and put the head assembly into position. Note: It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the head unit as you install the fasteners. The fasteners that will be securing the head unit will be the 5/8 conical toothed washer with the teeth of the washer facing the head unit and the 5/8 nut. Now with all the fasteners installed finger tight, we'll go ahead and start tightening them down, starting with the 5/8 carriage bolts at the head unit and then working out to our side brackets. We'll tighten down the 1/2-inch hardware and then the 5/8 hardware. Now, with everything tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions, starting with our 1/2-inch hardware. Then we'll torque the cross rails and the side brackets, and, finally, the gooseneck head bolts. Now with everything torqued to specifications, we'll need to install the handle for the gooseneck lock. To prepare the handle, we'll go ahead and put the cover onto the handle first and then slide the handle into the pin lock. Once we have the holes lined up, we'll go ahead and install the clips securing the handle into the gooseneck head. Next, we'll need to install the U-bolts for the chain hole down. Using the oval-shaped slots and the gooseneck head, well go ahead and take our drill bit and mark the center then use a smaller bit for a pilot hole. Once we have the pilot hole drilled out, we'll go ahead and get into the bed of the pickup and drill down through the bed into the oval cutout. Now with all four holes drilled out, we'll go ahead and put our U-bolts into position. Securing our chain hole down underneath, we'll first install our spring, flat washer, and then a 1/2-inch lock nut. Noting that we go to secure the lock nut, we'll only leave one to two threads protruding below the lock nut. Next, we'll go ahead and show you the operation of our new hitch. First, we'll go ahead and pull the handle and then move it towards the rear of the truck to lock the pin out and into position. Then we can take our ball lining up the groove on the driver's side and drop the ball into position, returning the handle back towards the inaudible 0:05:12 of the vehicle, unlocking it and allowing it to go to the ball, unlocking the ball into position. Next, we'll go ahead and pull the handle again. Turn our ball over, dropping it back into place lining up our groove, and the relocking the pin, securing the ball into position. This will be the gooseneck ball in its stored position. That does it for the Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part number 9464-35, on our 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup.