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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup


Today in our 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 we'll be installing the B&W turnover ball under bed gooseneck trailer hitch with custom installation kit, part # BWGNRK1313. There's 2 and 5/16 inch hitch ball, we'll go to a 2 and 5/16 inch coupler on your gooseneck, connect there. Got your safety chain loops, hook up your electrical connection and you're ready to hit the road. When you're not towing your trailer you can store the ball in a convenient manner. Just pull the pin again, pull your ball out, flip it upside down and secure your ball by turning the pin counter-clockwise. As you can see your ball's not taking up any of your space in your bed of your truck and it's there for when you're ready to use it. This B&W hitch features a 7500 pound vertical load limit, and a 30,000 gross towing weight capacity. You'll want to consult with the owner's manual of your Dodge Ram 2500 and go by whichever number is less, either the towing capacity of the truck or the towing capacity of the hitch.

You don't want to exceed the limits of either one. We're going to start our installation in the bed of our truck. Depending if you have a long bed or short bed your measurements will be different, so just make your measurements based upon your bed length. In the center of your bed, make a mark of a paint marker, a Sharpie, something like that, a permanent marker, and we'll drill a small pilot hole. We'll go through the plastic bed liner if so equipped, and in the bed of the truck. We'll 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 our passenger side of our truck now. There is 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 in the top of it to come down and form a triangle so we have a place to slide our rails in. We'll use a grinder for this. This large square cross member is our front one. You may notice our outside holes here are closer to one edge. When we insert this we're going 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.

Go across our frame. Rotate it up. Once you rotate it up you can see how our holes are closest to the floor of the bed. Now we'll take our rear cross member and you'll see while we have a notch here while we slide it in place. It goes right through the notch. 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 needs to be at least 10 inches in between them right now so we can raise our center section in place, so 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, a lock washer and then a flat washer. These four bolts will hold our hitch head into position to our front rail, and we'll get three ready like this, with just a washer on them. These will hold it to our back rail, so with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch head into position with our pen mechanism here towards the driver side, and the short end here facing towards the front of the truck. We'll slide this in position. Use a 3/4 inch wrench or socket. Make sure they're going in nice and smooth. Now that we have all of our hardware started in the front rail, we'll take our back rail, slide it forward, and then take our bolts, thread 00:05:14 them through the rail and 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 that we have all of 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 break cable in place. We're going to 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, clear through this large hole here underneath our bed support, and run our fish wire towards the rear of our truck frame. You can see our fish wire here in this hole here right below 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, and we'll insert that into the frame as well. For reference, this hole is at the very rear of our frame section on the driver's side of the vehicle right below and in 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 and we'll slide our bracket into position. 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. Our back rail gets a bolt, flat washer, lock washer, and then a nut. Now we can remove our pull wire, place on a lock washer, and then a nut. Let's 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 in there. We'll put on our plate, insert it in the frame, and thread on our carriage bolt. We'll push it in, grab our pull wire, and 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 we'll remove our pull wire, put on a lock washer, and then a nut. Now we're underneath our vehicle again looking towards the driver's side frame. There's this wiring harness right here that's in the way of our U bolts that we'll be installing, so we'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 just unclip it, take our U bolt, goes over our frame. Now that we've got this U bolt all way through on the driver's side, we can reclip our wiring harness to the front. Now we'll put our U bolts in on the passenger side. With our U bolts through on both sides we'll put a lock washer on and a nut. We'll repeat the same process on the other side. Now that all of our hardware's in place, we can begin the process of tightening down all of our bolts starting with the center section, bolts to rails first. We'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 and then our U bolts. Now that all of our hardware has been tightened we'll torque everything down the amount specified in the instructions. Now that all of our bolts are torqued, we can reinstall our parking brake cable bracket. Insert it in there and reinstall the bolt. Make sure it's going in straight first, then snug it down. Here with our parking brake cable reattached, we can drill our safety chain loop holes through these existing holes, through the outer holes. We'll 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. We'll take our safety chain loops. They slide in and out smoothly, just what we want. 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's against the bottom of the U bolt for the safety chain loop, and we'll thread on a nut, one spring per side of the bolt, and one nut. Now we're tightening our nuts down until they're flush with the end of the safety chain loop. That one's good. We'll repeat the same 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 and go like this through, twist it, and we'll pull it on through. 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 secure it with the included flange nut. We'll snug it down with a 13 millimeter wrench. Now that our handle's installed, we can pull it towards us, turn it clockwise and it will hold the pin open. Then we can go insert our ball. Drop it on in, turn our handle back counter-clockwise, and it secures our ball into place, so we're ready to hook up to our trailer now. That completes our installation of the B&W turnover ball under bed gooseneck trailer hitch with custom installation kit, part # BWGNRK1313 on our 2006 Dodge Ram 2500.


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Wade S.

love it gest got it put in really like the video great job with the step by step

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