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5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today on our 2006 Dodge Ram, we'll be installing the B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th wheel Trailer Hitches, part number BWGNRK1313-5W. This 5th wheel installation kit is designed to let you install your B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. The adapters are part numbers BWRVK3500, or part number BWRVK3400. The underbed design of the kit allows for full truck bed access. When you're ready, it's under five minutes to convert your empty truck bed into a 5th wheel hitch. We'll start off by unlocking our B&W hitch, and installing our 5th wheel adapter. We have ours pre-assembled, but you can adjust the upright tier depending on your truck and trailer combination.

At this point, the hitch is ready to attach to a trailer. There's a little clip here that you can release. Basically, it's a safety pin. Then you swing the handle out, and you watch the jaws open. Your ready to back onto your trailer.

Once your secure onto your trailer, you can reinstall the clip. Since this 5th wheel installation kit doubles as a gooseneck hitch, when you're not towing your 5th wheel you can remove it. This frees up the hole to reinsert the hitch ball when you need it. We'll go ahead and show you how to install the custom underbed kit for the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches. We're going to start our installation in the bed of our truck. Depending on if you have a long bed or a short bed, your measurements will be different.

Just make your measurements based upon your bed length. In the center of your bed, make a mark with a paint marker or Sharpie, something like that, permanent marker. We'll drill a small pilot hole. We'll go through the plastic bed liner or so equipped, and in the bed of the truck. We use that as a guide to use our hole saw to make the hole for the gooseneck head to stick through. With our hole made in the bed, we've stepped over to our passenger side of our truck now.

There's a 7/16 inch hole in the side of our bed here, right above our frame, above our rear axle. We're going to make a notch going to the top of it to come down and form a triangle so we have a place to slide our rails in. We use a grinder for this. This large square crossmember is our front one. You may notice our outside holes here are closer one edge. When we insert this, we want to make sure when it's rotated up that these holes are closest to the floor of our bed. We can slide this in now. Just go across our frame. Rotate it up. Once you've rotated up, you can see how our holes are closest to the floor of the bed. Now we'll take our rear crossmember, and you'll see why we have a notch here when we slide it in place. It goes right through the notch. Cool. Slide this towards the back of our truck. We'll flip our rail up here just for the time being. It's not going to stay in this position. These two rails are going to be brought further together once we have our center section in place. There may be at least 10 inches in between them right now so we can raise our center section in place. We can raise our center section up now and install it with the appropriate hardware. Now we'll get four bolts ready like this. We have our bolt, our lock washer, and then a flat washer. These four bolts will hold our hitch head into position to our front rail. We'll get three ready like this with just a washer on them. These will hold it to our back rail. With an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch head into position with our pin mechanism here towards the driver's side, and the short end here facing towards the front of the truck. Slide this into position. Use a 3/4 inch wrench or socket. Make sure they're going in nice and smooth. Now that we have all our hardware started on the front rail, we'll take our back rail, slide it forward, and take our bolts inaudible 00:05:18 through the rail on the head. On the inside of our gooseneck head for our back rail, we'll place a lock washer and a nut over each of our three bolts that we inserted. Now we have all our hardware loosely installed to hold our center section into our rails. We're on the driver's side of our truck now. There's a 13 millimeter bolt right here that holds a parking brake cable in place. You remove this bolt. We'll save this bolt because we will need it again. Set this thing down. We can take one of our long fish wires, go through this large hole here underneath our bed support, and run our fish wire towards the rear of the truck frame. You see our fish wire here in this hole right above our leaf spring hanger. Pull it on out. We'll slide on one of our spacer plates here under the wire, and then we'll thread on a carriage bolt. We'll insert that into the frame, as well. For reference, this hole is at the very rear at our frame section on the driver's side of the vehicle right below and then towards the front of our leaf spring hanger. Now we'll pull our fish wire on through, and we'll have our bolt. Now we'll take our driver's side plate here. We know it's the driver's side plate because it has the instructions right here on how to operate our latch mechanism. We'll take the end of our fish wire and we'll thread it through this large hole. We can slide our bracket into position and pull our bolt through it. With our bolt through our side plate, we'll attach our side plate to our rails using a bolt, lock washer, and a flat washer. For our back rail, it gets a bolt, flat washer, a lock washer, and then a nut. Now we can remove our pull wire, place on a lock washer, and then a nut. Just finger tighten everything up. Now on our passenger side of our truck it's slightly different. We don't have to worry about that parking brake cable bracket. We have the same access hole here. We'll insert our fish wire in and go towards the back of the truck. Here's our fish wire right below and in front of our leaf spring hanger on the rear. Put on our plate, insert it in the frame, and thread on our carriage bolt. Push it in. Grab our pull wire, bring our bolt through. We have our passenger side plate now. Put our pull wire through the hole, and get our rail slightly into position. Now remove our pull wire, put on a lock washer, and a nut. Okay, now we're underneath our vehicle again looking towards the driver's side frame. There's wiring harness right here that's in way of our U bolts that we'll be installing, so I'll pop it off our frame with a trim panel tool, or you could use a flat head screwdriver. Either one works just fine. There's two clips that hold it in. We'll unclip it. Take our U bolt, goes over our frame. All right, now that we've got this U bolt all the way through on driver's side, we can reclip our wiring harness to the front end. Now I'll put our U bolts in on the passenger side. Okay. With our U bolts through on both sides, we'll put a lock washer on, and a nut. We'll keep the same process on the other side. Now that all of our hardware is in place, we can begin the process of tightening down all of our bolts, starting with the center section bolts to our rails first. I'll repeat the same process on the other side. With all of our center section bolts tightened, including the ones underneath, we'll tighten our side plates to the frame, then our U bolt. Now that all of our hardware has been tightened, we'll torque everything down the amount specified in the instructions. All right, now that all of our bolts are torqued, we can reinstall our parking brake cable bracket. Insert it in there, and we'll reinstall the bolt. Okay. Make sure it's going in straight first, snug it down. All right, perfect. Here with our parking brake cable already attached, we can drill our safety chain loop holes through these existing holes through the outer holes. Make a pilot hole first. Now we'll use our step bit to enlarge our hole to 1/2 inch in diameter. Now we'll take our safety chain loop and try to see if we can get it to go down. We may need to go underneath our truck and enlarge the hole a little bit more in order to get in the right spot, and trim out our bed liner a little bit. Okay. We'll take our safety chain loops. Okay, they slide in and out smoothly. Just what we want. Okay, that also slides down nice and easy. Now we can go underneath and attach our hardware. Take one of the included springs, push it up so the small side is against the bottom of the U bolt for the safety chain loop. We'll thread on a nut, one spring per side of the bolt, and one nut. Now we're tighten our nuts down until they're flush with the end of the safety chain loop. Okay, that one's good. All right, we'll repeat the process for the other safety chain loop. Now we'll take our ball release handle and we'll install it. We'll take our handle, go like this through, twist it, and we'll pull it on through. Okay. Now we can attach it to our gooseneck head. We'll take the included carriage bolt, put on our latch, slide our handle over the bolt, and then secure it with the included flange nut. We'll snug it down with a 13 millimeter wrench. All right, now that our handle is installed, we can pull it towards us, turn it clockwise, and it'll hold the pin open and we can go insert our ball. Drop it on in, turn our handle back counter clockwise, and it secures our ball into place. We're ready to hook up to our trailer now. That completes our installation of the B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches, part number BWGNRK1313-5W, on our 2006 Dodge Ram.

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