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B & W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install the B & W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today on this 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup, well be installing the B and W Custom Underbed Installation Kit for a Fifth Wheel Companion Hitches, part number BWGNRK1313-5W. First, well show how the B and W Fifth Wheel Companion works. First, well pull off the locking pin on the side of truck and twist it towards the front of the truck. Let the pin stays open. Now, we can place our partially assembled companion hitch in position. Next, well close the locking pin on the side which will hold the companion in place.

Then, well tighten this bolt on the top of the companion assembly which tightens down the hitch to the pin underneath. Well lock down the bolt by placing the locking bracket over it.Now, we can install the head assembly. You set it down into place, and lock it in with the pinning clips on each side. Now, well go ahead and tow our trailer. This installation kit can also be used for gooseneck application as well.

Now, lets show you how to install the kit. First thing we need to do is go ahead and get the truck ready to install our hitch. To make things easier, well go ahead and get the spare tire out of our way. Were going to go ahead and remove the tires and wheels in the back axle. It makes getting access to the center of the hitch a lot easier.Over here, well go ahead and remove the internal panels in the thinner liner.

There are two fasteners holding them in on both the driver and the passenger sides. Well be using a screwdriver to remove the fasteners. Were done for our passenger side, lets go ahead and do the same thing on the driver side. All right. Now, well go ahead and remove our heat shield for the spare tire.

Now, well remove these three fasteners. To do that, you have to get from the other side of the heat shield with an extension. Next thing were going to do is lower the exhaust. This will make installing our gooseneck hitch easier.First, remove this rubber hanger here. Well spray it down with some lubricant and pry it loose. To give us a little more leverage, we need a block of wood to work against. Now, well go ahead and loosen this fastener going to the exhaust. At this point, well go ahead and move our exhaust out of our way. Next, we can create some extra access to put our crossbars in. To do that, were going to enlarge this hole. Basically, were just going to cut out the sheet metal just like that with eyeball triangle, and we should be good to go. Our next step is go ahead and locate a whole that will be drilled in the bed. Now, we got a bed liner to contend with.Now before we do any cutting, well go ahead and find our center line. Well do this on the edge of the bed by the tailgate. Then, well measure here back as described in the instructions. Make sure well go ahead and measure from the edge of the bed towards the front. Before I make our initial cut in the bed liner, well go ahead and use a piece of wood to prop up the bed liner. That way, we dont mark up the bed any more than we have to. Well go ahead and make a 1/4-inch pilot hole first, and then through our bed liner, well go ahead and do a 3-inch hole for starters. Okay. Well go ahead and take the timber out of our way.Now, well go ahead and double check our measurement. You can lay it on top or possibly sneak it underneath. Well make our mark for length. Now, well just go ahead and simply measure inside the edge of our ribs. Pull it off that in half. All right. Were going to use a small 1/8-inch drill bit for our starter hole. Were going to leave a drill bit sticking through for now. What I like to do next is go ahead and take one of the side plates, find its correct location, and just double check to get a good idea where the hole is going to be relation to our plate just to verify thats in the right spot. All right. Well go and take our bracket, and put it into place.According to instructions, it looks like it lines up this hole here, and we lower a little bit. We know our cross members will be on each side of the bracket. We take a look at our drill bit, its all set towards the front. It looks like everything will match up. All right. Lets go ahead and take our pilot hole, and run it out to a 1/4-inch. Now, well go ahead and drill our final hole size which should be 4 inches. Were just about ready to install our head assembly. First, Id like to clean the threads of the cross members by threading in the bolts a few times. This cleans out any paint that may be in the threads of the cross member. Its easier to do it now than when its up in the truck.Now one thing to note, these bars have to go in a certain way. We will make sure the threaded hole at the end of the bar faces up towards the bed of the truck. Well go ahead and take our front cross member, and put it in place first. Well go ahead and lay it in flat then rotate it. Now, we can go ahead and work with our second cross member. Now, we want this edge to be going towards the back of the truck. Pull it all the way to the other side, and then well scoot it back a little bit. Now, eventually this bar will sit up like that with hitches installed.For this scene, were going to go ahead and install this center section of our hitch. Before we do that, well go ahead and show you how the hardware goes together. This will be easier to see it now than underneath the truck. Were going to use our 1-1/2-inch long bolt, a flat washer. This side will actually go through the angle on cross member. Lock washer and knot. This will be the same across all three holes. Now our front cross member, well use the same bolt, then a lock washer and a flat washer, then well thread into the cross member.At this point, its a good idea to get extra set of hands help hold up the center section of the hitch, and put that in place, and loosely install our hardware. Lets go ahead and work with our front cross member first. Land the whole event thread in our hardware just enough to get us started to hold it shape. Its a good idea to leave it somewhat loose, so you can move it around. Go ahead and rotate the cross member up. Well go ahead and line up our holes and install our hardware. Before we get too much further, its a good idea to make sure any wires or lines are out of our way, make sure theyre not getting crushed. Lets go ahead and start working on the side plates.On the driver side, we have to do some modification. We need to remove this bolt. While were here, well go ahead and loosen up our bolt for the ground strap just enough to move it around. The side plate has a cutout for the ground strap. All right. Now, well go ahead and install some hardware to the inside of the frame. Were going to install our hardware through this hole right here. Now, were going to take our nice long bolt leader. It comes with the kit. Well go ahead and run it through the hole, and then down through the frame. Now, well take our clay here, our block. Well go ahead and thread it on.Basically, just push it through and then to the frame. Then, well take our carriage bolt, and thread it into the bolt leader. Push into the frame, and pull through, and out the hole. Therell be some interference on the inside of it too, but just rock it back and forth to get it to come through. Take your bolt leader, run it through the side plate, even up to our bolt, and we use it to help keep it in place. Then, we move the plate around till it fits over our ground strap, then well hook up to our cross member. The hardware will be the same as we did on the cross members with the hitch head. Bolt, flat washer, lock washer, and knot. Okay. Going towards the front, bolt, flat washer, lock washer.Well go ahead and remove our bolt leader, and install a lock washer and knot just enough to keep shape, but we can still move it around. Next, well go ahead and install our U-bolt. This will go from the inside of the frame towards the outside. When we do this one, make sure that any lines and wiring is out of the way before we install this. We dont want to crush it. Were just going to use a simple trim panel tool, pull these plastic rivets out of the way. Well then put our clamp into place, and then fasten into place with a lock washer and knot. All right.Now at this point, we can go ahead and reinstall our brake cable bracket. Line up the existing holes, and thread it back into place. Again, were just going to leave this loose for now. All right. Now, were done for our driver side. Lets go ahead and repeat the same process over our passenger side. That side will be a little less complicated. All right. Now at this point, all of the hardware is installed for the hitch. Well go ahead and tighten down this center section, then work our way out. Its also a good idea if you can, hold this up against the bottom of the bed to make sure it doesnt move around.Now to run this bolt, were going to go ahead and use a ratchet wrench. Now before we tighten down our fasteners for our frame bracket going to the frame, its a good idea to measure out from the hatch channel to this edge right here of a cross member. You could adjust the side brackets if necessary with a pry bar. All right. Next, well go ahead and tighten down the fasteners for our side bracket that go to the frame. With the side plates going nowhere, well go ahead and tighten down our cross members through our frame brackets. All right.Now at this point, we can go ahead and torque down all our bolts, and well use the same pattern as before. Now to tighten this bolt, were going to take our pin, pull it out, and pull it towards the back. This will keep it in place, and we have just enough room in this case to get our torque bar in the place. Now our U-bolts, well also tighten them one at a time. All right. Well go ahead and hand-tighten this bolt. Now, well go and torque our cross members to our frame bracket. Now, well go ahead and tighten down our bolt for our ground. At this point, well go ahead and take our wires underneath around our U-bolt. Lets go ahead and push them back into place.Now, well go ahead and install our handle. Take your handle, you run it through the opening here, and you just work your way to the outside. Then, our loop will fit behind this tab right here. Well take our bolt which comes in the kit, run it through the handle, and onto the pin here. Then, well go ahead and secure it with a lock knot. Okay. With our handle connected, well go ahead and try it out for operation. We had to pull it out, and twist it towards the front, and it should latch open. It look like it does. Well go ahead and rotate it back, and falls into place.With our handle installed, lets go ahead work on the U-bolts. Well leave the 1/2-inch drill bit to mark our holes from underneath, and then well use the 1/4-inch drill bit to drill from the bottom to the top. Now, the holes were going to be use will be these two here. Now when we drill our holes out, well make sure that the bottom of corrugation is sitting towards the hitch. That way, we have our U-bolts sitting as low as possible. Mark it for 1/2-inch bit. Now, lets go back at it with our 1/4-inch bit. Now, we also have our bed liner to go through too, so well slowly go through that. Then, well drill out our final hole size from the top down. Well also cut out the bed liner as necessary to make room for the U-bolts.Now, were actually going to use one size over and go from 9/16 drill bit. Well sneak this small piece of wood underneath the bed liner, and then well use a rotary tool to cut out the bed liner making room for our U-bolts. Well take the U-bolts and put them into place. Once we have them emplaced, well go underneath the truck and install the rest of our hardware. All right. Now to install our hardware, well install a spring and a lock knot. Now, well go ahead and tighten down these knots through our flasher thread or maybe warranty pass. Go ahead and check for operation.At this point, our hitch is fully installed in the truck. Basically, well go ahead and put our truck back together in reverse order. Well put our exhaust up and our heat shield. Well reinstall our side panels in the wheel wells. On the driver side, well need to make sure we have access to our lever. If there isnt, well have to modify. In this case, well be using a utility knife. Its a good idea to start off small, and then work your way up as needed to accommodate your lever. Well go ahead and reinstall our wheels and tires onto our axle, and then a spare tire. For us, our tires and wheels are back on. Were finished with our install of our gooseneck kit, part number BWGNRK1313-5W on our 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 Series Crew Cab. .


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