Fifth Wheel Hitch Installation - 2007 Chevy Silverado

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How to Install a 5th Wheel Hitch on a 2007 Chevy Silverado


Today we are going to be installing the Signature Series Fifth Wheel part number 30061. On a 2007 new body style Chevy Silverado pickup 2500. The first thing we need to do is lower the spare tire to gain access to the under body. Next we will need to remove the heat shield or else it will be in the way during our installation. After we remove the heat shield we want to go ahead and put the rear cross member into place. As you can clearly see that we have already put the cross member in. It will be easier if you loosen or remove the bed bolts. There are 4 middle ones that if you take them out or loosen they will allow you extra room when putting the cross member back into position. Then go ahead and install the front and rear channel. You can see we have both cross members into position now. The next step will be to mount the side brackets on the side of the frame.

On this 2007 new body style Chevy pickup it has this optional brake controller unit built into the dash board. All of the electronics for that unit are mounted here on the driver side frame rail. They offer an after market bracket which is part number 58318. That is what we are going to have to use to relocate this so we can get the frame bracket up into place without interfering with this. We are back on the outside of the frame rail here. We are going to show you the 6 fasteners that are holding the electronic brake control unit to the side of the frame. You can see there are five 10 mm bolts and one 13 mm here as well. Which all of them need to be removed that will give us access to the brake controller on the frame. You want to make sure to support the unit on the other side before removing the bolts because it will fall. We have removed the brake controller components and attached them to the after market bracket part number 58318. It is going to mount to the frame with the same hardware that the frame brackets are going to use. We are going to install these spacers in between this bracket and the frame well also

So it spaces them away from each other. Now we have the mounting plate attached to the electrical brake controller unit on the inside of the frame. The next step is going to be to go ahead and put the frame brackets on. As you can see there is a cut out here that will go right around that section right around the axle. Now when this frame bracket is in position the holes align with the already existing holes. You can see we have the frame bracket in place like I said before the 5/8 x 2 inch bolt fits with most models. However with us having the brake control bracket on the other side we use the longer bolt that they provided with it. Actually bring it out this way a little more and attach the lock washer and nut here. This here is the other extra bolt holding on the brake control bracket which gets fastened with a 7/16 washer and nut. Over here to the forward most hole and again that is going to be mounted from the inside out. We are going to have to fish it through the frame with the use of this bolt leader here. Basically what we are going to do is fish this through the hole like so meet up with the bolt on the other side of the frame. Then wrap the threads with the bolt leader here and then pull it back through. Then what it is going to do is pull the bolt up and out of the frame here. Then we just attach it with a regular nut and washer. We have all the washers installed on the driver side frame bracket. We are going to to ahead and install the one on the passenger side as well. Now that we have the side brackets on we have them hand tightened on both sides we are going to line up the holes in the cross members with the holes in the side brackets then put the 5/8 inch hardware through. We went ahead and hand tightened all the frame bracket bolts down to a pretty good snug fit. We are going to come underneath the vehicle now what we are going to do is punch the marks to drill the puck holes out. Using the pointed bolt they provided in the kit here. It basically just threads these into here until it makes a prick mark in the bed. Which that mark tells us where to drill down through. What you want to do is hit all 4 points. Back on the bed now you can see where the pointed bolt made prick marks. At those spots we are going go to ahead and drill our 2 1/2 inch holes. Now as you can see we have the 4 holes drilled out here for the pucks.

It basically just threads these into here until it makes a prick mark in the bed. Which that mark tells us where to drill down through. What you want to do is hit all 4 points. Back on the bed now you can see where the pointed bolt made prick marks. At those spots we are going go to ahead and drill our 2 1/2 inch holes. Now as you can see we have the 4 holes drilled out here for the pucks. The next thing you are going to want to do is install the pucks. You want to use the torse headed bolts. Just slot them through the puck here then put the sleeve over the outside of the puck. It should thread into the bolt holes in the base. We have these pucks secure down in the bed here. The final step is to go ahead and torque everything down here. We are starting with the pucks which get torqued down to a 100 foot pounds. Then we want to go back down under the bed and torque down all the frame rail bolts. Which will be torqued down at 170 foot pounds. Again if you loosened the bed bolts to gain access to the cross members go ahead and tighten them down also. After torquing the bolts back down we want to go ahead and raise the spare tire back up and that will complete the installation of Signature Series Fifth Wheel installation kit part number 30061 on a 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500.


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