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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ram 3500

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ram 3500


Today on our 2014 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually, we're going to install the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with a Custom Installation Kit, part number BWGNRK1314. Now here's what our B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch looks like installed in our vehicle. Now let's go ahead and go over the operation of it. Now to install or remove the ball, you reach in, you'll grab the handle, pull it out, and go forward so that it is in the locked open position. Now we're ready to put our ball into the head here. Go ahead and drop it down into place. Then you'll release the handle in the wheel well on the driver's side, securing the ball in place.

Then when you're ready to take the ball out or flip it over for storage, you'll simply pull the handle back open to the locked open position. You'll then pull the ball out, you can flip it over, drop it back down into position, releasing the handle so that it locks the ball into the storage position. That's all there is to the operation. Now here's our safety cable loops. There's one on this side as well as this side. They are spring loaded so that they hold down close to the bed whenever not in use, but yet they can be lifted up and allow you to hook the safety cable.

Now let's go ahead and begin our installation. Now to begin with, we're going to go ahead and lower down the spare tire and set that out of the way to give ourself a little more working room. We're going to go ahead and remove the spare tire shield as well. We'll need to take out the 2 bolts that are right here, I'll just be using a 10mm socket to do that. Now up here on the top side, there's another bolt right here on the back side. Over here there's a nut that you'll need to remove.

To remove these two, we'll use either a 10mm socket or wrench. Now on our particular vehicle today, it has an after market tailpipe section that's a little bit larger than factory. To make things a little bit easier to install, as well as for you to see, we're going to go ahead and remove this tailpipe section. We'll begin here by loosening up the nut here on the exhaust clamp. Next we can move back and use a little bit of spray lubricant and a large pry bar to remove the rubber exhaust hanger. Now it might be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the exhaust pipe once you remove the rubber exhaust hanger.

Now to help you remove the exhaust, we're going to go ahead and rotate the pipe back and forth a little bit, working it free. Get ready, here it comes. There it goes. Next we're here in the driver's side fender well. You can see we have these plastic fender well liners. We'll need to remove this center section by taking out this fastener here, and this fastener here. Now once we get our B&W hitch in place, we should be able to just trim this a little bit and re-install this panel. Now on these fasteners you'll need to unscrew the center section, and sometimes using a small screwdriver to help you get it started will make things a little bit easier. Go ahead and repeat the same process here on this one. Once you have the fasteners out, you can go ahead and lift the panel up off the 2 hooks that are attached on the back side, and we'll just set it aside for now. Next we're going to go back here underneath the vehicle. Right here's the hole that's already cut inside the vehicle's frame that's set up for our B&W hitch. Now, right here's the template that they give you so that you make sure you drill the hole in the right spot in the bed. The template goes in there like this. There's a couple different ways we can mark our center section. You can either take a marker or pencil and mark the dot, or the hole here in the middle and then take a center punch and then drill out your hole, or you can just take a bit that fits this size, and go ahead and just start a spot on it, that way it works just like a center punch would. That's how I'm going to do it for our install today. Just going to take a bit that goes through the hole. Now we have our mark. We'll take our 1/4" pilot bit, and we'll drill here from the underside up into the bed. Now we've come up here to the top side of the bed. We have our pilot hole right here. We have our 3 1/2" hole saw bit. Go ahead and put the pilot hole back down in. Then we can drill out our 3-1/2" hole. Now it's a good idea before you install the hitch itself once you have the 3-1/2" hole cut in the bed that you either reapply some paint, some undercoating, or if you have a rubberized bed liner, you put something on the exposed metal so that it doesn't rust. Next we're ready to put the plastic spacer between the frame bracket and the underside of the bed. Here's what the spacer looks like, and we'll be putting the smooth side up. Now, we'll feed it in from the front side, or the cab side of the bracket here of the frame, and it will be a tight fit being that this is a short bed pickup, so you may need to bend the bracket just a little bit to work it in place. Now once you get the spacer up into position, it may be helpful to use a pry bar to help slide it into position. It is a little tight. Oh I see how, you just lift up on the bed a little. Next we're going to need to put the threaded blocks into position, and they are rights and lefts, so driver or passenger side. This one right here, the tab forward in a position like this, is the driver's side. We'll be sliding it up and over the frame there. This little tab here will lock into position. You want to make sure that when you push the tab in, you feel it drop down into its slot where it locks it into position, which we did. It's actually in quite a bit. My hand's just about all the way in before it drops into position. We'll go ahead and repeat that same process over on the passenger side. Now this right here is what the passenger side threaded block looks like, It'll be positioned in there just like this. Now to make things a little easier, and so you can see a little more, we're going to go ahead and remove this plastic fender liner section as well. Once we get our block in place, we'll go ahead and re-install it. We need to just remove the fasteners the same way we did earlier. We don't need that anyways. Now that we have our block in place, we'll go ahead and re-install the fender liner piece here on the passenger side. Now we've come back underneath the vehicle. You'll see here's the threaded holes on the block that we just installed from the underneath. You want to make sure that they are centered in the holes here. If you need to move them, you can just use your finger and move them around. You'll do that for both sides. Now here's the bolt that we'll be using to secure the Gooseneck Head to the vehicle's frame. There will be a total of 6 bolts used here, they're all the same. You'll notice that there's some built-in thread locker here on the side of the threads. Now that we have our center section up into position, and all 6 of the bolts just hand tight, we're going to go ahead and snug each of the bolts down a little bit, starting with the middle one on each side, then the rear bolt, and finally the forward bolt. Once we have the center section secure, but yet you can see it's still loose, we're going to go up into the bed, make sure that the hitch is square in the bed, as well as centered in the hole where it should be. Now if this part was turned, and you we're to tighten it down, some of the B&W hitch accessories may not work properly. You want to make sure that this is squared, as well as centered in the hole. Now we'll come back down underneath the vehicle, and we can go ahead and tighten down all 6 bolts the same order we did earlier, starting with the middle ones, then the rear bolts, and finally the forward 2 bolts. Once we have everything tightened down, we can go ahead and torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Next before we attach our latch handle, we're going to go over a couple things here. You can see how the pin comes all the way through and goes through this side of the metal as well. This is where the ball would be attached. Now, over here on the handle right here, this is part that slides, releases the locking mechanism, and with it fully closed, going to go ahead and take a marker, and we're just going to put a mark on on the slide. That way once our handle's on, we can always do a quick check if we need to, and make sure that the pin is all the way closed, since you're not able to see on this particular model B&W hitch. We're just going to draw a line like that, so that when it's open it's good, but when it's closed, you can make sure that it's fully closed and engaging both sides here, securing the ball properly. Next we're going to go ahead and pull the latch mechanism open and lock it into position. When you pull it out, you pull it forward. We're then going to be taking these 3 Ace carriage bolts. Slide them down into position like that, as well as on the other one. Now that we've done that, next we're going to need to attach our handle. This end here with the rubber on it is what slides out into the fender well, so it'll sit in here like this. We'll need to fish this up and around any break wires or hoses that may be in there. We'll then come out into the fender well, line it up like that, and put 2 locking flange nuts in place. They look like this. Go ahead and get them just started for now so we can make sure everything is right in the fender well. Here's what our handle looks like coming over the frame. We're also clear of any hoses or wires or anything in there. We're not pinching or binding any of them. Now that we've checked this, we can go back underneath and tighten down the 2 nuts on the carriage bolt that hold the handle in place. We'll go ahead and tighten them down, and then torque them to the manufacturer's specification. Next we're going to need to drill out the safety chain loopholes. There's a hole here, as well as just here on the other side, one here, and one here. Now the back 2 holes will just go through the bed, but the front 2 holes will be going through this thicker steel, which is part of the cross member, and then through the bed. Now it's a good idea to use a pilot bit in each of the 4 locations first, and then you'll need to use a 9/16 drillbit to drill out to the final size. Now that we have our 4 pilot holes drilled, we've gone ahead and come into the bed, where we're going to take our 9/16 drillbit and drill back through the 4 mounting locations. Now that we have our holes drilled out, we can go ahead and take our U bolts, drop them down into position. Now that we're back underneath the vehicle, we're going to need to install a spring on each half of the U bolt, so it'll look like this. We'll then install a lock nut on each after we slide the spring into place. Now when tightening down the nuts on the U bolts here, you'll tighten them down so that the threads on the U bolt are even with the edge of the nut. You can see they push up nice, allow you to hook your safety chain up. Go ahead and repeat the same process for over here on the driver's side. Next we're going to move over here to the driver's side fender well. Right here is the handle. You'll notice that the plastic fender liner, when you re-install it, it's down here with the handle. Now, it doesn't hit the plastic liner, but if you wanted to notch out an area with a razor knife, or a pair of tinsnips, or a rotary tool with the appropriate bit, you could. There's plenty of room to operate the latching system on the hitch without doing any trimming. If you don't want to trim out any, you could just leave this section off as well. We're going to go ahead and re-install this section on ours, and we're not going to trim any out. Next we'll need to re-install our exhaust if you removed it, or put your rubber exhaust hanger back up into position if you just lowered the exhaust down. Once you have your exhaust back up into position, we'll need to go ahead and re-install the heat shield that goes around the spare tire. Once that's in place, we can go ahead and re-install the spare tire. That'll do it for the installation of the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part number BWGNRK1314 on our 2014 Ram 3500 Mega Cab Dually. .


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